It's a weekend of food, festivals, and lots of music. We also have a run and kayaking or a nature hike. There will be sandcastles and a lawn party at the park. The weekend weather looks great. Get out and enjoy one of the few remaining weekends left this summer.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

Click on the event title for additional information.


  • 1

    Restaurant Week GR

    Runs through Sunday, August 19th, 2018

    Various locations

    Cost: Meals starting at $15 per person

    Restaurant Week GR is your chance to Taste the City! Savor specially priced lunches, dinners or both at 60+ area restaurants. Each restaurant will create a special menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients for the event. There will be three options this year:

    Option 1: 2 courses for $15 per person

    Option 2: 2 courses for $25 per person

    Option 3: Chef's Choice for over $25 per person

  • 2

    Sparta Celtic Festival

    Rogers Park, 152 N. State St., Rockford, MI 49345

    Friday, August 10th, 2018 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    The Sparta Celtic Festival is a free, family friendly event focused on the expression of Celtic heritage. The festival offers music, food, and merchants with a Celtic focus. The annual festival features three stages filled with music and dancing. Highland Games, historical encampments, Scottish clans and more.

  • 3

    Unity Christian Music Festival

    Heritage Landing, W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441

    Friday, August 10th, 2018 - 1:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018 - 1:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $40.00

    The Unity Christian Music Festival is THE "Family Affordable" event of the summer in West Michigan. There will be music, food, fun, and fellowship. The main headliners this year are: Crowder, Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, and For King & Country.

  • 4

    Cowpie Music Festival

    Shagbark Farm, 7525 Alaska Ave., SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

    Friday, August 10th, 2018 - 3:00 pm-2:00 am

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018 - 11:00 am-2:00 am

    Cost: Tickets start at $40.00

    There will be over 20 musical acts -- local, regional and national bands. Fresh music, no fresh cowpies! This is an event for all ages.

  • 5

    Sugarland: Featuring Frankie Ballard & Lindsay Ell

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, August 10th, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $25.00

    Award-winning Country duo Sugarland announced their highly-anticipated return to the stage with the Still The Same Tour. With numerous Grammy, ACM and CMA Awards, chart-topping hits and multi-platinum sales, the pair's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will bring their new live show to the Van Andel Arena. Featured guests will be Frankie Ballard & Lindsay Ell.

  • 6

    Jonny Lang with Zane Carney

    20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, August 10th,2018 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $25

    American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist Jonny Lang will be at 20  Monroe Live on Friday night. He has five albums that charted on the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart and has won a Grammy Award for Turn Around.

  • 7

    2018 Sand Sculpture Contest

    City Beach, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018 - 9:00 am-1:30 pm

    It’s the 37th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at the Grand Haven City Beach on Saturday! Registration begins at 9 am and the sculpting begins at 10 am. Teams have until 12:30 pm to complete their masterpiece before jurying takes place. This is fun for all ages! No need to be a professional -- grab a bucket and join in the fun! If you're not interested in participating, you'll definitely want to come down and watch the sculpting in action. Make sure you cast your vote for People's Choice!

  • 8

    Lawn Party Extravaganza

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018 - 10:00 am-12:00 Noon

    Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49501

    Cost: Free

    Bring the whole family for a trip down the rabbit hole! Celebrate summer and all things Alice with giant lawn games, Wonderland crafts, and tasty treats that will make you grow very tall or very small (results may vary). Dress as your favorite character and be prepared to have so much fun you will leave grinning like a Cheshire Cat. This program will be held rain or shine at the bandshell area.

  • 9

    Go Rogue

    Sunday, August 12th, 2018 - 9:00 am

    Downtown Rockford, MI

    Cost: $80

    We are excited for our inaugural Go Rogue Race. Go Rogue is a 3.5 mile run and 3.5 mile kayak on the Rogue River, starting at 9 am.  The race starts out at the Rockford Foot Depot.  You will hop on the wooded White Pine Trail, which runs along the Rogue River, take a little jog over to tree-lined Summit to Rector, ending at Camp Rockford. A kayak will be numbered and waiting for you at Camp Rockford where you go from running to paddling for the second leg of your trip. The Kayaking is roughly 3 1/2 miles long, taking approximately 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace to complete. The race ends in downtown Rockford where we will have a boxed lunch from Herman's boy waiting for you. After lunch, it’s a post-race party at Rockford Brewing. Proceeds to go to Team Orphans, who provide grants for special needs adoptions.

  • 10

    Nature Hike

    Hudsonville Nature Center, 2748 New Holland St., Hudsonville, MI 49426

    Sunday, August 12th, 2018 - 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    August is the peak of many prairie and summer wildflowers with the heat spurring them on. Four different Silphiums, Sunflowers, Coneflowers, Goldenrods and more will be in bloom as well as grasses blooming and easier to identify. This walk will be held on the Prairie Path and a trip into the Prairie itself to experience what it is like walking in tall grasses over your head. You can also view the prairie from the raised observation deck.


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