Oh we feel so Festive! The Festival of the Arts is happening this weekend. There is also an Anime Convention, Movies, Comedy, Free Fishing, Princesses, a 5K, Kielbasa and Adult Laser Tag.

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Festival of the Arts

    Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-10:30 pm

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - 10:00 am-10:45 pm

    Sunday, June 9th, 2019 - 10:00 am-6:30 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    Festival of the Arts is celebrating 50 years in 2019! Held annually on the first weekend in June, it is a free, three-day community event that celebrates every discipline of the arts; dance, music, literature & media, visual arts, and design. Everyone is invited to attend and experience the rich artistic talent our region offers. Being a regional arts event, Festival of the Arts, represents eight counties including Kent, Ottawa, Ionia, Allegan, Muskegon, Montcalm, Barry, and Newaygo.  Every performance, exhibition, and children’s creative activity remains free for all.

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    JAFAX 2019

    DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, June 7th, 2019

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019

    Sunday, June 9th, 2019

    Cost: Badges start at $25.00

    This is West Michigan's Premier Anime Convention. It will be a weekend full of fun! Some activities include: Watching anime, reading manga, arcade games, tournaments, battlepods, board games, card games, shop with a variety of vendors, wear your cosplay, and jam to music all day long!Guests include Voice Actors Steve Blum, Cherami Leigh, Jamie Marchi, and Luci Christian.

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    Movies on Monroe: Beetlejuice & Bohemian Rhapsody

    City of Grand Rapids Property, 555 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 - Gates open at 6:00 pm, First movie starts at 7:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Movies on Monroe, the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids, returns this summer with big screen entertainment by the banks of the Grand River! This event will feature Beetlejuice (PG) and Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) played in English with English subtitles. Movies will play on 400-square foot LED video wall. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, beer, wine, and snacks. Rental lawn chairs will be available for $2 per chair. Food trucks will be on-site and various snacks will be available for purchase at the event. Pets are welcome! This is a smoke-free event series. Costumes are encouraged.

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    Comedian Pete Lee

    Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show

    Pete Lee was a semi-finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing”. He has his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special, which has earned him a "cult" following at comedy clubs and colleges across the country. Pete was the first comedian to get a standing ovation on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.

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    Free Fishing, Off-Roading, and State Park Entry

    Various Locations around the State of Michigan

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019

    Sunday, June 9th, 2019

    Cost: Free

    It's Michigan's "Three Free" Weekend, where you can fish, ride off-road trails, and visit state parks, all free of charge. The "Three Free" Weekend includes: Free fishing: Twice a year (once in the summer, once in the winter), residents and nonresidents can enjoy Free Fishing Weekends and fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations do apply. Free state park entry: To encourage people to pursue free fishing and other outdoor fun within state parks, the DNR waives the regular Recreation Passport entry fee that grants vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks. Riding ORV trails for free: During two Free ORV Weekends each year (the second one  is set for Aug. 17-18), Michigan residents and nonresidents legally can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

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    Brian Diemer 5K

    Legacy Christian School, 67 68th St., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - 8:30 am

    Cost: Registration starts at $10:00 depending on race

    It’s the Brian Diemer 5k race on Saturday, celebrating 30 years! There will also be a mobility 5k, 1000 meter Steeplechase and Jr. Jog. The course is flat and very fast. There will be 6 bands out on the course. There is $9000 in prize money, a pasta dinner the night before, post race gathering and so much more!

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    Princess Day at the Zoo

    John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free with regular zoo admission

    Come meet your favorite princesses at John Ball Zoo! All princesses, princes, and knights are welcome. Come dressed as your favorite characters and meet Cinderella, Arabian Princess, Ice Queen, Snow Princess, Island Princess, Scottish Princess, Frog Princess, and Beauty princess. Princess hair and makeup services as well as tiaras, wands, fans, and bracelets will be available for purchase. (Characters rotate throughout the day.)

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    Kielbasa Idol

    St. Adalbert Park, Corner of Fifth & Davis, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - 4:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Cost: $5.00 at the door for tasting and voting

    Who has the best Kielbasa in West Michigan? Come on out and cast your vote. There will also be a party in the park with live music and dancing.

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    Torrei Hart Production Presents Super Star Comedy Show featuring Sherri Shepherd

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

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $37.50

    Whether on stage or screen, Daytime Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences. Going back to her roots in stand up, Sherri taped her first one hour comedy special "Sherri Shepherd: It's My Time to Talk", which premiered on the EPIX network. Sharing her passion for staying healthy, Sherri authored PLAN D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes Even If You Don’t Have It (Harper Collins) which debuted April 30 and hit #13 on the New York Times Best Seller List. She is also the author of a humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Grand Central Publishing).  

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    Adults Only Laser Tag Night

    Battlegr Tactical Games, 4735 Lake Michigan Dr., NW Suite E, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - 7:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Cost: $20.00 per person

    This is not your traditional laser tag. They have several objective based games, much like a video game. There are no stinky vests and lots of fun in your future. This is an event that you must register for and they have limited space. All you can play $20 per person. You must register in advance by calling (616) 345-0698.

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