10 Things To Do this Weekend: October 18th-20th
This weekend there are Halloween themed events for the kids...and the adults. Also, the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ powers up for another concert, there is shopping at Shipshewana On The Road, a new exhibit opens at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, we have a Beer Festival, Tickets for New Year’s Eve, a Zombie 5K and a Marathon!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Zoo Goes Boo!
John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, October 18th, 2019 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday, October 20th, 2019 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
(Also runs the weekend of October 25th-27th, 2019)
Cost: Adults $12.00, Children $10.00, College Students $10.00, Seniors $10.00, Members Free
It is one of the kookiest events of the year! Enjoy trick-or-treating, cool decorations, special entertainment, and animal encounters. Tickets are purchased at the gate! Wear your costume -- they provide the treats! Zoo Goes Boo is a children's event. They ask that adults in costume dress appropriately. Don't forget to bring a bag! At John Ball Zoo they are always looking for ways to be more sustainable. They ask that you please bring your own reusable bag for trick-or-treating, or purchase one from the gift shop. Get $1 off admission to Zoo Goes Boo when you pick up a voucher from participating Meijer stores!
Organ Concert & Silent Film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, October 18th, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Cost: Adults $10.00, Children $5.00
The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organs were the most famous musical instrument built by Wurlitzer. On February 9, 1928, out of North Tonawanda, New York, the Wurlitzer Company manufactured and shipped the Opus #1836, a “3 manual special,” to the Stanley Theater of Jersey City, New Jersey. This Mighty Wurlitzer Organ spent two decades entertaining customers at the Roaring 20’s Pizza Parlor on 28th Street in Grand Rapids, before it was moved to its current location at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This is a special Halloween themed Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert by Dale Zieger accompanying the 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In the silent film, viewers will meet Dr. Henry Jekyll, his fiancé Millicent and her father. Upon the challenge of there being two types of self, good and evil, Dr. Jekyll experiments with scientific means to reveal the hidden, dark side of man, in turn releasing a murderer within himself.
Shipshewana On the Road
4 Mile Showplace, 1025 4 Mile Rd., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, October 20th, 2019 - 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: $5.00, Children 12 and under Free
Looking for something fun to do? How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun? Shipshewana On the Road Gift, Food and Craft show has brought the most interesting, most innovative, most creative and just plain awesome products to their customers. You'll find thousands of unique items you may not find anywhere else!
Design Zone Exhibit Opens
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Opens on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - During Regular Museum Hours
Cost: Included with General Admission ticket
What does it take to create an addictive and fun videogame? How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor? What goes behind creating a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills? Discover the secrets behind how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers do what they do in this new exhibit!
Park Before Dark
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, 8313 Pratt Lake, SE Alto, MI 49302
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-6:00 pm
Sunday, October 20th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-6:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 for Kids and Adults. Ages 2 and under are free.Families with Memberships get half off admission.
The Park Before Dark is their end of year Halloween Event.Kids can dress up in costume and come trick-or-treating. Some things the event includes are Games for kids to play, Free popcorn, Free Trick-Or-Treating, Kids will receive a Halloween Bag at admission, and Safari rides are included.
Brews in the Grove Beer Festival
Riverside Park, Ballpark 4, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Cost: General Admission (includes 15 3oz samples) $45.00
Brews in the Grove is a unique beer festival hosted by the brewers of Grand Rapids (aka BEER CITY) themselves! Each brewery will be bringing unique beers or debuting a new beer at this festival, so this will be your chance to try a bunch of unique creations from your favorite area breweries, all in one place! The festival will also feature Pro-Am beers, which are collaborations between local award winning homebrewers and professional breweries. This is a competition between breweries, and the winner will be announced at the festival! Lawn chairs & small pop up tents encouraged! There will also be lots of fun yard games available on site, as well as local food trucks!
Grand Rapids Ball Drop Ticket Stop
V & A Shoes, 3620 28th St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
The Grand Rapids Ball Drop is returning to downtown Grand Rapids for New Year’s Eve. If you would like some free general admission tickets our Street Team will be out V & A Shoes on Saturday. They will be giving away 100 Tickets (limit 4 per person). Stop by for a Free General Admission ticket giveaway for Grand Rapids Ball Drop. Take care of your New Year's plan now, and stop out and grab tickets!
Zombie Dash 5K
Sixth Street Park, 647 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Cost: 5K pre-registration is $46.
5K runners and walkers will be given 3 life strips to insert into their waist band. If you prefer not to be chased by zombies, you may run without life strips. The 5K course will be clearly marked with arrow signs and volunteers at key intersections. The beginning of the race meanders by a babbling brook otherwise known as the Grand River. Zombies are only allowed to scare participants on the Riverwalk. There are two 'feed zones' on the 5K route where slow moving zombies will try to take your life strips. Upon finishing in Sixth Street Park, your life strips will be counted (if you have any left), and you will have one minute for each remaining life strip deducted from your total time. If all your life strips are taken, you are not disqualified.
Mega 80’s Spooktacular Halloween
The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave., SW, Grand Rapids. MI 49503
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 8:0barney0 pm
Cost: $12.00 in Advance, $18.00 Day of Show
Jump back in time to the 80’s with Mega 80’s with this special Halloween show. The return to Grand Rapids this weekend. With all of the continued improvements to the show, from adding dancers, video elements and a spectacular light show, the Mega 80’s production put on a show like no one else
2019 Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, 475 Lake Michigan Dr., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Sunday, October 20th, 2019 - 6:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: Registration starts at $135.00
This Sunday will be the 16th running of the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, Foster Swift Half Marathon, and Pepsi Zero Sugar Marathon Relay! Looking to qualify for Boston Marathon or set a new PR for yourself? Then the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon is the way to go! Last year, nearly 20% of all marathon runners qualified for the Boston Marathon. This is a flat, fast course and is an important qualifying opportunity for dedicated runners. The full marathon will give runners a tour of downtown Grand Rapids and then head out of the city and into the beautiful trails of Millennium Park to show just how great Michigan is in the fall.