It’s the first weekend of LaughFest. There are also exhibits to check out at different museums. There are concerts, the Home & Garden Show, Fish Fries, Hockey, Nature, and a World Record Attempt you can be part of.

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

Click on the event title for additional information.

 

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    LaughFest

    Various Locations and Times

    Runs through Sunday, March 15th, 2020

    Cost: Varies

    It’s the 10th annual Gilda’s LaughFest. The nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. Created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, showcases and a variety of seriously funny stuff. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops, and social activities designed to support emotional health. Check the LaughFest website for the complete schedule.

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    Bodies Revealed

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Runs through Spring 2020

    Cost: Additional admission cost

    After nearly a decade, Bodies Revealed has returned to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before. Bodies Revealed allows people to learn about their own bodies and, ultimately, teach how to take better care of one’s own health and make positive lifestyle choices. In this phenomenal exhibition about the amazing and complex machine we call the human body, 10 full body human specimens and hundreds of organs are respectfully displayed to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us. With a reverent, academic approach, this display allows people of all ages to more closely observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and to absorb information normally reserved only for medical professionals.

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    41st Annual West Michigan Home & Garden Show

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

    Friday, March 6th, 2020

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 - 12:00 Noon-9:30pm

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 - 10:00 am-9:00 pm

    Sunday, March 8th, 2020, - 11:00 am-6:00 pm

    Cost: Adults $10 Online/$12 At the Door, Children (6-14) $4

    West Michigan’s largest Home & Garden show is back for its 41st season! With 13 feature gardens, 5 free seminar stages and over 350 exhibitors featuring every product and service you’ll ever need, all under one roof, this is the show to attend!

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    A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass

    Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Runs through Sunday, April 26th, 2020

    Cost: Included with general admission

    Glass can be translucent, transparent, or opaque; it can refract images or reflect them back to the viewer; it is strong, yet delicate. These qualities make glass perfectly suited for artists to explore fragility, resiliency, transparency, and transformation. This exhibition features work by contemporary artists who are using glass in innovative ways, while presenting its metaphorical possibilities. Their artworks also connect to broader cultural, environmental, political, and spiritual themes. Each of the nineteen artists included in the exhibition examines the material and symbolic potential of glass in unique and revealing ways.

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    Lenten Fish Fries

    Various Locations and Times

    Cost: Varies

    It’s that time again...Fridays mean Lenten Fish Fries! There are several locations that offer up a great meal on Friday. We have the complete guide for you here. The guide includes times, prices, menus, and maps.

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    GR Symphony Presents Beethoven's Pastoral

    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 - 8:00 pm

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $18.00

    This is Beethoven at peace, amid his beloved nature. In the poetic “Pastoral” Symphony, every measure musically animates his images of country life. Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” is a masterpiece of French Impressionism. Plus, a Marcelo Lehninger specialty: music of his countryman Heitor Villa-Lobos. “Forest of the Amazon” is drawn from the exotic, entrancing score to the Audrey Hepburn film “Green Mansions.”

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    One Night Only! A Tribute to Motley Crue performed by Wreking Crue with Reveleations - An Iron Maiden Tribute

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

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: TIckets start at $18.00

    Complete with four different replicated light shows, backdrops, replica guitars, costuming and the façade of Motley Crue, Wreking Crue is becoming the #1 Celebrated Motley Crue Tribute in The United States. As the time has come for the Motley Crue to retire, so too has the time come for Wreking Crue to continue bringing the electric sound and atmosphere of a Motley Crue event to you, up close and personal. You may never again see Motley Crue live, but with Wreking Crue you'll be able to experience a highly energized and replication of Motley Crue!

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    Maple Moon

    Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 - 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

    Cost: $5 members, $8 non-members

    Who was the first to discover that maple sap could be turned into something so special??? Join them for a Native American tale of a young boy who helps his people survive a difficult winter. After the story, travel through time and see how people from long ago gathered, cooked, and enjoyed this delicious, seasonal treat. All ages welcome. Program geared toward children. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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    LaughFest World Record Attempt: Mismatched Socks

    Studio Park, 123 Ionia Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 - 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Bringing back another festival favorite to celebrate their 10th Birthday – a world record attempt! The challenge? The greatest gathering of people wearing mismatched socks – about 1,000 people! Festivities start at 1:30 pm but participants MUST be in place by 2:45 pm for the 3:00-3:05 pm attempt. Rules for the attempt are as followed: Socks must come from two different pairs and must be significantly different – any person wearing socks deemed too similar must be disqualified from the attempt. A single pair of socks cannot be individually altered to make them different (i.e., no drawing, sewing or any other additions/or subtractions to or from a sock for differentiation will be permitted). Socks need to be physically seen easily (not obscured by clothing) so individuals must wear them outside their clothing or wear shorts, skirt, etc.

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    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Rockford Ice Hogs

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

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    It will be Star Wars Night including character appearances. There will also be a post-game autograph session.