This is a big weekend for runners with a couple of different races. We have comedy, shopping, celebrating Halloween with Wild Animals, Hockey, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and the 80s! That’s a lot to do!

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


  • 1

    Comedian Mike E. Winfield

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

    Friday, October 19th, 2018 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $15.00 on Friday and $20.00 on Saturday

    Strikingly brilliant comedian Mike E. has not slowed down since his debut on "The Late Show W/ David Letterman" and then winning a reoccurring role on NBC’s "The Office." Whether its hardships or love, you’re gonna get it served honestly from this charismatic Baltimore native who got his comedy start in California’s state capitol. And they have, his success is rapidly rising and you may have seen him on Showtime's "Comics Without Borders," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," and the "Arsenio Hall Show." He’s in the movie "PIMP" w/ rapper DMX. He's currently streaming on the Netflix Special "Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo".

  • 2

    Shipshewana On the Road

    The Delta Plex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - 9:00 am-6:00 pm

    Sunday, October 21st, 2018 - 10:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: $5.00 Children 12 and under Free, Free Parking!

    Looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun? For the past two decades, Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show has brought the most interesting, most innovative, most creative and just plain awesome products to our customers. You'll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else!

  • 3

    50th Annual Run Thru The Rapids

    David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Dr., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - 9:00 am

    Cost: Registration is $35.00

    Their 50th Year! All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Camp Manitou-lin Scholarship Fund, which helps send children to summer camp and reduces tuition costs for all young campers. Run Thru The Rapids is proudly owned and operated by the YMCA Service Club.

  • 4

    Friends of the Library Book Sale

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

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    If you like to read, don’t miss this event. It’s a huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more! All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

  • 5

    Zoo Goes Boo!

    Friday, October 19th, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Sunday, October 21st, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    (Also runs next weekend as well)

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

    Cost: Adults $10.00, Children $9.00, 1 years old and under are free, Members are free

    It will be six days of trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations, games & fun! (oh, and did we mention the animals getting treats too?) Wear your costume - they will 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. Please bring your own reusable bag for trick-or-treating, or purchase one from their gift shop.

  • 6

    Park Before Dark

    Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, 8313 Pratt Lake, SE Alto, MI 49302

    Saturday,October 20th, 2018 12:00 Noon-6:00 pm

    Sunday, October 21st, 2018 - 12:00 Noon-6:00 pm

    Cost: $10.00 for Kids and Adults, Ages 2 and under are free. Families with Membership 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. There will be games for kids to play, free popcorn, kids will receive a Halloween Bag at admission, and safari rides are included.

  • 7

    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Chicago Wolves

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

    Saturday, Octoberr 20th, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    Long time rivals Grand Rapids and Chicago square off this Saturday evening at the Van Andel Arena. There will be a calendar giveaway and also a post-game autograph session.

  • 8

    GR Symphony Presents “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

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

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - 7:30pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $42.00

    Grand Rapids Symphony brings :The Nightmare Before Christmas: to DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday. In Tim Burton’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town nearly ruins Christmas, but he soon learns that love and contentment are closer to home than he realized. See the worlds of Halloween and Christmas collide in stop-motion animation voiced by Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara and enjoy the Grand Rapids Symphony perform live the iconic, Golden Globe-nominated film score by Danny Elfman.

  • 9

    Mega 80's Spooktacular at The Intersection

    The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $15 in Advance/$18 at the Door

    It’s Mega 80’s Halloween style! This is a 21 and over show.

  • 10

    2018 Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon

    David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Dr., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Sunday, October 21st, 2018 - 6:00 am

    Cost: Varies depending on race.

    Runners will be taking to the streets of Grand Rapids for the 2018 Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, also featuring the Foster Swift Half Marathon, and the Pepsi Zero Sugar Marathon Relay

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