10 Things To Do this Weekend: August 3rd-5th
It's the first weekend of August and we have no shortage of events. We have festivals and pageants, food trucks, concerts, magic, movies, insane inflatables, and bung hammers...just to name a few!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Various locations around Grand Haven, MI
Runs through Sunday, August 5th, 2018 - Times vary by event
Cost: Varies by event
The festival will feature tribute bands, ship tours, parades, fireworks, a downtown carnival and much more! This weekend’s events include Hotel California - An Eagles Tribute Band on Friday night. On Saturday at 11:45 am it will be the Meijer Grand Parade. Saturday night it’s Material Girls Tribute, following by the big Fireworks Extravaganza!
Abbott’s 81st Magic Get Together
Various locations around Colon, MI
Runs through Sunday, August 5th, 2018
Cost: Varies on event
It’s the Annual Abbott's Magic Get-Together this weekend. Once again, magicians from all over the world will migrate to Colon, MI, the Magic Capital of the World, to be a part of this family oriented event. Tents and campers will magically pop up everywhere to swell this tiny little village until it appears there is no room for even one more person. Magicians will be performing in the streets, restaurants and bars. Each of the days ends with a world class magic and variety show held in the air-conditioned Colon High School Auditorium. These are not your average birthday party magicians and each show is different, with comedy, large illusions, variety acts, and much more.
Food Court Fridays at Calder Plaza
Calder Plaza, 300 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 3rd, 2018 - 11:00 am-1:45 pm (Every Friday through September 14th, 2018)
Cost: Free Admission
There will be a Food Truck Food Court on Fridays down at Calder Plaza for lunch. Come down and grab a bite to eat from some of your favorite food trucks!
Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park
Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Friday, August 3rd, 2018 - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm (Every Friday through August, 31st, 2018)
Cost: Free Admission
After last year's successful Food Truck Fridays, they have extended the season and will be running for 16 weeks this summer. This year they have expanded and partnered with the Grand Rapids Food Truck Association to bring you the best group of trucks we can arrange. They will be setting up near the start of the disc golf course. All trucks in attendance take credit cards, and have a variety of options including gluten free and vegan.
Movies on Monroe
Movies on Monroe, 555 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 3rd, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Movies on Monroe, formerly Movies in the Park, is the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids. Films will be shown, free of charge, on a giant video wall along the banks of the Grand River every other Friday from June thru August. Guests are invited to treat the evening like a picnic and bring your own blanket, chairs, beer, wine and snacks for a special night under the stars. Gates open at 6:00 pm, Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 pm. The first film starts at 7: 30 pm followed by an additional feature shortly after the first ends. This week’s movies are Shrek (PG) and Hidden Figures (PG).
Grand Rapids Symphony - Picnic Pops: Ben Folds
Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306
Friday, August 3rd, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, Ben Folds, returns for a spectacular evening of music making with the Grand Rapids Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Hear Ben's smash hits as you've never experienced them before - with live orchestra - plus a movement from his piano concerto. **PLEASE NOTE** This concert may contain content not appropriate for children under the age of 16. Arrive at the concert early and enjoy pre-concert entertainment featuring Mid-Life Crisis.
Insane Inflatable 5K
Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave., SW, Walker, MI 49534
Saturday, August 4th, 2018 - 8:00 am-12:00 Noon
Cost: Registration starts at $57
The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to Grand Rapids, MI! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice!
Baseball: The Beer City Bung Hammers & The West Michigan Whitecaps vs. The Dayton Dragons
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Saturday, August 4th, 2018 - 7:05 pm
Sunday, August 5th, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $8.00
The West Michigan Whitecaps are paying homage to Grand Rapids, otherwise known as “Beer City”. The Whitecaps will be changing their name for Saturday’s game to “The Beer City Bung Hammers”. There will be beer, bung, and bunghammer themed games all night long as well as Family Fare Fireworks after the game. And on Sunday, it is Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Family Day. The first 1,000 kids eat free! Fans can get autographs and play catch on the field before the game from 1:15-1:30 pm. Kids Run the Bases after the game presented by Milk Means More.
Ms. Wheelchair America
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, August 4th, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Cost: Tickets available at the door for a $10 suggested donation
On Friday at 7:30 PM you can hear the platform speeches from the contestants and then on Saturday it will be the crowning gala. The event will be streamed live on Facebook on the official Ms. Wheelchair America facebook page.
It's Britney, B! PRISM Pride Party featuring Derrick Barry
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, August 4th, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $20
20 Monroe Live’s PRISM Pride Party returns for its second run featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Derrick Barry! Derrick is a Britney Spears look-a-like and will be performing a few numbers before hosting a small meet and greet. This night is a celebration of our LGBQT community in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Pride Center, with a Britney Spears kick! With special guests: Melissa Millionaire, Dia Elektra, Gemma Stone, & Jasinya Sanchez.