We have chocolate, we have food, new homes, remodeled homes, comedy, free bike helmets, summer reading, a dog park grand opening and free pinball! Wow, something for everyone this weekend.

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

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    100 Year Celebration - Sweetland Candies

    Sweetland Candies, 5170 Plainfield Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 - 7:00 am-7:00 pm

    Cost: Varies depending on how much you buy!

    To celebrate their 100 years of being in business, they are doing a customer appreciation day at their Plainfield location! Thanks to you Sweetland Candies have been able to be in business for a century. They will be giving 20% off your entire purchase of candy on Friday!

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    2019 Spring Parade of Homes

    Various Homes and Locations

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 -1:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 1:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Cost: $10 in Advance, $15 at the Door. Kids 18 and under are free (Must be accompanied by an adult)

    The Spring Parade of Homes is upon us once again! Come see the newest trends in the home industry, get ideas for your upcoming remodel, connect with builders for your new home, or simply admire the hard work of some of West Michigan's best builders. The event starts May 31 and runs through June 15. Fridays and Saturdays 1 pm-9 pm, Wednesdays 1 pm-5 pm. The remodeled home will be available for tour June 14 & 15 from 1:00 pm-9 pm. Virtual tours are available for viewing at paradeofhomes.mygrhome.com.

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    Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park

    Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Fridays - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    Celebrating their 3rd year at Riverside, Food Truck Fridays are back with more food truck action. Food Truck Fridays will be held through September.  This year during the hot summer months they will be setting up in a new location to offer more shade. It will still be off the Guild St. entrance, but will require less of a walk to the trucks.  They will start the season as usual near the disc golf course. All trucks in attendance take credit cards. Most trucks offer Vegan options and some Gluten Free option. The event is family friendly so bring a blanket and your pet, and enjoy the food and company.

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    Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 Division Ave. N., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 - 2:00 pm

    (Runs through June 23rd, 2019)

    Cost: Tickets start at $18.00

    This Tony Award®-winning musical proves that social injustice and unfair labor practices are always front-page news. Based on the real-life newsboy strike of 1899 and the 1992 Disney movie, Newsies follows a rag-tag band of teenage newsboys who go on strike against newspaper publishes to demand their rights. Along with film favorites like “Carrying the Banner” and “Seize the Day”, the stage production introduces eight new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman.

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    Comedian Carmen Lynch

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

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

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

    Carmen was recently listed on Splitsider’s "2016's Best Late Night Sets" for her appearance on "CONAN." She has also performed twice on "The Late Show with David Letterman," as well as "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "@midnight," "Inside Amy Schumer," and "The Good Wife." Carmen has also performed for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait, and continues to tour in Spanish-speaking countries doing standup in Spanish. Check out her comedy CD "Dance Like You Don’t Need the Money”.

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    Lids for Kids

    Garfield Park, 334 Burton St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 10:00 am-12:00 Noon

    Cost: Free

    Lids for Kids is a bike helmet giveaway and bike safety event on Saturday at Garfield Park. Free bike helmets, fitted for each child! Free drawings for bikes and other family-friendly prizes! Meet GR firefighters and check out a fire engine!

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    Blast Off Into Summer Reading

    Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 10:00 am-1:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    They are bringing you the stars this summer! Join them at their Summer Reading kick-off event for planetarium shows, face painting, space crafts, and snacks. Practice your moon walking skills in the indoor bounce house. Get signed up for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge too!

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    Downtown Dog Park: Grand Opening

    Downtown Dog Park, 210 Market Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 10:30 am-11:30 am

    Cost: Free

    It is the official opening of the Downtown Dog Park in Grand Rapids. The ribbon cutting will begin around 10:30 am. Bring your pups! Playtime starts afterward, with photo opportunities, meet-and-greets with dog-friendly businesses, and get to know our Downtown Ambassadors. Then, have lunch at nearby dog-friendly patios. Just before the official grand opening, there is a Dog Parade to Open the Downtown Dog Park at 10 am starting at Fido & Stitch (820 Monroe Ave., NW).

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    Celeste Barber Is Back

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

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $35.00

    Actor, Comedian, and Social Media Super Star Celeste Barber is the self proclaimed queen of everyday sophistication and low budget lifestyle aspirations. Her meteoric rise on Instagram, parodying celebrity photographs, has resulted in her taking meetings with top moguls of the entertainment industry and awkwardly becoming friends with the very people she is parodying. In this exciting live show experience, Celeste explains the story behind some of her most famous images, her new relationship with famous people, and the stalkers, fans and comments that get under her skin. Hailed as “The Funniest Woman on Instagram”, Celeste also hits us with a healthy dose of humor, as she explains some of the pit falls of being married to someone so much hotter than her and what it’s like to be an Anti Influencer.

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    Free Pinball Day

    The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 - 4:00 pm-2:00 am

    Cost: Free

    Head out to play from free pinball! This is for 21+. Current list of pinball machines: Addams Family, Batman 66, Congo, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Deadpool, Dialed In, Game Of Thrones, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure, Iron Maiden, Medieval Madness, Metallica, Monster Bash, Scared Stiff, The Shadow, Simpsons Pinball Party, Spiderman, Star Wars, Tales Of The Arabian Nights, Theatre Of Magic, Total Nuclear Annihilation, Twilight Zone, White Water & Walking Dead.

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