It's another busy weekend in West Michigan. From a Lenten Fish Fry, to celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and much more. Concerts, the Women's Expo, Butterflies are Blooming, and taking your dog to a Griffins Game. There is plenty to do!

Butterflies are Blooming

Runs Through Thursday, April 30, 2023 - Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory every March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities. Get more information on the Butterflies Are Blooming Facebook page.

Lenten Fish Fry

Fish Fry
Photo: Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media

Fridays During Lent - Various Locations and Times

Start your weekend with a nice fish dinner on Friday. We have put together a your complete guide for finding a Friday Fish Fry in West Michigan. Use the interactive map to find the fish fry nearest you.

West Michigan Women’s Expo

West Michigan Women's Expo
Photo: West Michigan Women's Expo via Facebook

Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19, 2023 - DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Celebrating their 25th season! The West Michigan Women's Expo features hundreds of exhibits, shopping and fun that aim to provide entertainment, education and enjoyment tailored to women and their families. More details can be found on the West Michigan Women's Expo Facebook page.

Broadway GR Presents Stomp

Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 7 pm - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. Get more information on the Stomp (Touring) Facebook Events page.

Jay Leno

Friday, March 17, 2023 - 9 pm - Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, MI

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Get additional information on the Jay Leno- Four Winds New Buffalo Facebook Events page.

Irish on Ionia

Irish on Ionia
Photo: Irish on Ionia via Facebook

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - Ionia Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan's Largest St. Patrick's Day Street Party is back for its 10th year. Stretching on Ionia St. from Fulton to Oakes and on Weston from Ionia to Commerce, in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Two entertainment stages, Irish bands, dj's, food trucks, heated tents, Irish & local beers, seasonal cocktails, bag pipes, irish dance troops, and so much more! Find out more on the Irish on Ionia 2023 Facebook Events page.

Jerico Faire

Jerico Faire
Photo: Jerico Faire via Facebook

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 1501 Fulford St., Kalamazoo, MI

There will be vendors from around the Michigan area with a wide array of handmade art, items, and goods. Shop fiber art, prints, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, and more! Find out more on the Jerico Faire Facebook page.

Kat Williams 2023 And Me Tour

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 8 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

Comedy legend and Emmy® Award-winning actor, Katt Williams has a career spanning over 20 years. He has earned a reputation as one of today's top entertainers, having developed a career seeded with thousands of sold-out arenas, an expansive list of starring roles on the small screen and memorable performances in major box office hits. Get more information on the Katt Williams: 2023 And Me Tour Facebook Events page.

The Mega 80s - The Ultimate 80s Retro Party

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 9 pm - The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

It will be a trip back to the 80s with the Mega 80s at the Intersection. Take a handful of your favorite 80's songs, a splash of some retro fashion, a pinch of panache and an eye-popping video spectacle in the background and what do you get? The Mega 80's, of course! More information can be found on the Mega 80's - The Ultimate 80's Retro Party at The Intersection - Grand Rapids Facebook Events page.

Kool and the Gang

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Kool & the Gang, officially launched in 1969, after performing for five years under various band titles, has influenced the music of three generations and, at the age of 49, the band has become true recording industry legends. Thanks to iconic songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Additional information can be found on the Kool & The Gang Facebook Events page.

Grand Rapids Griffins

Dogs at Griffins Game
Photo: Scott Winters/Townsquare Media

Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 5 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Milwaukee Admirals on the ice at VanAndel Arena on Sunday. It is also the Jake Engel Memorial Dog Game -- a change for you to bring your dog to a griffins game! You can read more about that here.

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