There are several fundraising events going on this weekend...from rappelling down the side of a building to walks and block parties. You can go back in time to the 80s or 90s, We have comedy, theater, Red Panda Day, the Symphony and a festival for Vegetarianism.

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Over the Edge

    Bridgewater Place, 333 Bridge St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 - Media Day

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - Event Day

    Admission: Free to Watch (Registration required to participate)

    Urban Rappelling for a cause! Over The Edge is a premier event for Easterseals Michigan exclusive to Grand Rapids. Everyone who raises $1,500 will go Over The Edge of Bridgewater Place. This is their 4th annual event, but a first at Bridgewater. Experience the beautiful view of Grand Rapids, as you rappel over the building, and down to the ground, 270 feet, with the backdrop of our beautiful city! WFGR’s Scott Winters will be rappelling on Friday afternoon in the 5 pm hour. Read more about it here.

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    Grand Rapids Grows Green Weekend

    Six Organic Parks in the Grand Rapids area

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-2:00 pm

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Cost: All GRGG Weekend events are free to the public, but they recommend a tax-deductible $10 donation to Midwest Grows Green

    This year, six organic parks will arrive in Grand Rapids! Midwest Grows Green and partners will share how we manage these parks with no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers during this fun weekend packed with sustainable landscaping demonstrations. On Friday, it is a Grand Rapids Organic Parks Lunch & Learn: Tour the organic Heartside Park to learn from MGG and partners how they manage the fields with no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. The luncheon will be held at the Grand Rapids Public Service Department at 201 Market Ave SW, Room 240. On Saturday, Celebrate East Grand Rapids Going Organic: Stonyfield is proud to work with the City of East Grand Rapids to enhance the quality of fields at John Collins Park (650 Lakeside Dr., SE) by offering financial assistance and education for an organic maintenance program free from the use of harmful pesticides. Join Stonyfield, MGG and other local organizations at John Collins to celebrate!

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    Ring of Fire

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

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 - 2:00 pm

    (Runs through September 29th, 2019)

    Cost: Tickets start at $22.00

    A musical adventure woven together by the legendary songbook of Johnny Cash; not just a reflection of his life but also an examination of the universal human story. The legendary songbook of Johnny Cash comes to life in this vivid journey through his life and times. An ensemble of 8 introduces a singing, dancing nod to the Man in black including, "I Walk The Line", "A Boy Named Sue", "Folsom Prison Blues" and of course, the tune that inspired the title of this musical portrait, "Ring of Fire." The familiar tunes serve as anchor for a deeper narrative on love, generational living, struggles, and redemption.

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    Lil Duval: Living My Best Life Tour

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

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $39.50

    Lil Duval will be doing stand-up comedy and performing music.  In 2005, he was a finalist on BET's comedy competition series “Coming to the Stage”. He is a series regular to the MTV2 shows “Guy Code” and “Hip Hop Squares”. From 2013 to 2014 he hosted the video show “Ain't That America” on MTV2.

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    Step Up for Down Syndrome

    Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - 8:30 am-12:00 Noon

    Cost: This is a fundraising event

    Step Up for Down Syndrome is a family-friendly event open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends, and thousands of local supporters. As a direct result of event sponsorships, team fundraising, and generous public donations, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan is able to continue providing educational resources, informational programs, parent support networks, financial assistance, and social events for individuals with Down syndrome. This year, they are returning to Fifth Third Ballpark and will be turning it up to 11 with their theme "Rockin' an Extra Chromosome." The celebration will include live music, games and prizes, mingling with the Whitecaps' mascots, and a walk around the ball field!

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    International Red Panda Day

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

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - 9:00 am-4:90 pm

    Cost: Included with regular zoo admission

    Celebrate red pandas, and learn cool facts about these amazing animals. Visit everyone's favorite Red Pandas - Wasabi and Wyatt! There will be games and activities, conservation information, and more! Later that evening, from 6-8 pm it will be Symphony on the West Side. The family-friendly community concert is Free! Enjoy pre-concert music from Kathy LaMar and activities for kids before they take the stage with music from Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Gershwin and more! This concert is free to all attendees but TICKETS ARE REQUIRED! Call the Grand Rapids Symphony ticket office at (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 to save your seat.

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    2019 West Side Walk for Gilda’s Club

    Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, September 21st, 11:00 am-2:00 pm

    Cost: This is a fundraising event

    Proceeds from the 5th Annual West Side Walk benefit the free cancer and grief programming offered by Gilda's Club Grand Rapids. Last year Gilda's Club touched more than 10,000 lives through our emotional health support program for children, adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving a death due to any cause. There will be a block party after the walk.

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    Mega 80's

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

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Cost:Tickets are $12.00

    Jump back in time to the 80’s with Mega 80’s. 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!

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    The Original Back 2 The 90s Party Presents Glow in the Dark 90s Party

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

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $10.00

    If you haven't experienced The Original Back to the 90s Party, then you are truly missing out. This night is a glow-in-the-dark throwback dance party that will immerse you in 90's music, dance, and culture. The host always has tricks up his sleeve, and the DJs never disappoint. You are guaranteed to sing and dance along, even if you didn't plan to. There are no wallflowers at this party, the music is all inclusive and inviting. You'll have folks from all over the Midwest. They've seen everyone from state reps, city officials, professionals, and bar stars. They throw the party for everyone.

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    Grand Rapids VegFest 2019

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

    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $12.00

    VegFest is an annual vegetarian food festival held to promote veganism and vegetarianism, healthy lifestyles, compassion for animals and conservation of the environment. Food Trucks/Cooking Demos/Live Speakers/Kids Activities/Vendors

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