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- Southeast Areas Farmers Market (Every Tuesday Friday Starts Jun.7 - Nov.1)
More info coming soon.
- Mayor's Community Bridge Walk (2nd)
You don’t have to drive all the way to the Mackinac Bridge to join the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. Join your neighbors and invite your friends. Participants can walk as many as five miles through Downtown Grand
Rapids, the equivalent of the Mackinac Bridge, and cross more than just one bridge on a new route. The route is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all fitness levels. No sign-up is necessary. Please make sure you are physically able to participate. Mayor George K. Heartwell will lead the walk which steps off at 8am., Monday, September 2, 2013, at 8am, from Ah-Nab- Awen Park, near the corner of Pearl Street and Front Avenue. Free parking is available in City lots Area 7 by Big Boy and the Scribner lot. “Grand Crossings” is part of the Active Michigan Summer initiative.
- Labor Fest (2nd)
The 5th Annual FREE Labor Fest will be on Labor Day, September 2nd, from 11am to 5pm, at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Downtown Grand Rapids in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Come down and enjoy
some incredible music by Jimmie Stagger Band, Cover Story, Mustang Band, Rochelle & the Spoilers, Krystal Kleer, and Mick Lane. Admission is free all day at the Ford Museum. Try some awesome local food, relax in the beer tent, check out local arts & crafts, and admire some classic American made cars and motorcycles at the car show located in the parking lot on the north side of the museum. Bring the kids down for FREE rides on the kiddie ferris wheel, bouncy house, and Berry-Go-Round. There will also be games, face painting, penny throwing contest, and chalk drawing on the bridge. Learn fire safety from the Grand Rapids Fire Dept. So bring the family and a blanket down to the park....sit, relax, and enjoy a fun filled day that celebrates workers. For more info go to www.westmichiganlaborfest.com.
- Hispanic Festival (7th)
The Annual Hispanic Festival will be held on Saturday, September 6th at Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids from noon to 11pm. There will be food vendors, a beer tent, entertainment, and family activities. For more
information, go to www.hispanic-center.org.
- Celebration on the Grand (6th-7th)
Calder Plaza and Rosa Parks Circle
Celebration on the Grand is Grand Rapids annual family friendly festival with fireworks! There will be music and activities for all ages. The events will be held at Rosa Parks Circle and Ah-Nab-Awen Park September 6th and 7th. For more information, go to www.celebrationonthegrand.org.
- Grand Valley Pow Wow (6th-8th)
The 52nd Annual Grand Valley American Indian Lodge Traditional Pow Wow will be held on September 7th and 8th, 2013 at Riverside Park. This is a family friendly event with free admission and free parking. There will be
Native American dancing, drumming, crafts and food. Craft and food booths open at 10am Saturday and Sunday. Dancing starts at 1pm and 6:30pm on Saturday, and noon on Sunday with closing ceremonies at 4pm. Please leave your pets at home. For further information please call Lori at 616.364-.4697 or email email@example.com
- Creston Car Show (7th)
Plainfield Ave. (Lafayette to Page)
The Creston Business Association and Grand Rapids Public Schools are pleased to bring you the 9th Annual Creston Car Show. We welcome the friends and families of Grand Rapids and surrounding areas to enjoy a free community event. Roam freely on the traffic-free Plainfield Avenue at this family friendly event which will host a slew of fantastic automobiles, live music, side walk sale, and entertainment for the kids. Cars, motorcycles, and trucks from all eras past and present will decorate the street as you browse the local businesses, both new and old to rediscover Creston in the North Quarter. The event will take place Saturday, September 7th from 11am to 3pm. Car registration starts at 9am. Persons interested in showing their automobile or motorcycle should go to www.crestoncarshow.com or contact Laurie or Steve at (616) 364-6222.
- GPNA Arts and Crafts Fair (7th)
Discover jewelry, quilts, handbags, and other fine arts and crafts items at GPNA’s 40th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair located in Garfield Park. Celebrate 40 years of fun with family and friends! The event will be held September 7th at 334 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 from 9am to 4pm. For more information, visit our website at www.gpnagr.org/events.
- Tomato Festival (7th)
Come to Baxter Community Center’s Second Annual Tomato Fest! Cooks from across the city will be competing to win great prizes and to claim the title of best dish! All winners are chosen by community vote, so come taste your favorites and help us choose the winners. Also this year, Baxter’s Threads group is hosting a Quilt Show. Explore the history of quilting through a beautiful display of locally made quilts, from traditional to modern. Some quilts will be available for sale. Kids activities and a community quilting project as well! Event is Saturday September 7th; quilt show is from 10am to 5pm in Baxter’s gymnasium, cookoff and activities are across the street in Joe Taylor Park from 11am to 3pm. For more info contact
Danielle at at 616.456.8593
- Walk to Defeat ALS (8th)
Sixth St. Park
More info coming soon.
- 2nd Annual Gazelle Sports Kids Adventure Challenge (8th)
John Ball Park
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 10am-12pm
John Ball Park - 1300 W. Fulton
Gazelle Sports is teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth to bring to the community the 2nd Annual Gazelle Sports Kids Adventure Challenge! Join us on September 8th to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.
This 2-hour adventure race will include multiple challenges and checkpoints for kids of all ages. Teams of 2-5 people will navigate throughout the John Ball Zoo and surrounding parks to find and complete challenges. Each challenge will have multiple activities for varying ages (recommended for children 5 and up). Each participant will receive a passport and a map to navigate and keep track of the progress. With your registration to the Gazelle Sports Adventure Challenge you will also receive admission to the zoo for the remainder of the day. Team members must be over the age of 5 and teams must include one adult over the age of 18.
Post Race Party in the Park:
After the event join us for a post race party in the park! Participants are welcome to bring picnics or sack lunches to enjoy afterwards in the park! All finishers will receive prize.
For more information or to register to volunteer you can go to www.gazellesports.com/KAC
. I've also attached a flyer with the information and a jpeg with hopes that you can post it to Facebook.
Walk to Defeat ALS
Sixth St. Park
Grand Rapids Walk to Defeat ALS will be on September 8th at Sixth St. Park located at 627 Monroe Ave. NW. Registration begins at noon. Walk “steps” off at 1:15pm.
EastGate 5K (10th)
The Eastgate 5k features a 5k run/walk and 1 mile walk through the beautiful Eastgate Neighborhood. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2013, with a 6:30pm race time. The start & finish are located at Beacon Hill at Eastgate at 1919 Boston St SE. There will be aid stations on the course, food and entertainment will be provided post-race, along with an awards ceremony. Proceeds from the event will go to the Beacon Hill Mary & Martha Fund, which provides sustained benevolent care for health care residents of Beacon Hill. Visit www.classicrace.com to registrar for the event or to learn more about it.
Cottage Bar Chili Cook-off (14th)
Annual Cottage Bar and LAV Chili Charity cook-off benefiting Gilda’s Club will be held Saturday,
September 14 from 7am to 7pm on LaGrave St. located right in front of the Cottage Bar.
- Walk to Cure Diabetes (14th)
More info coming soon.
- Fiesta Mexicana (13th-14th)
This year’s Annual Fiesta Mexicana celebrating Mexican heritage will be held on September 13th from 11am to 11:30pm and September 14th from 11am to 10pm at Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids. There will be music, food vendors, merchandise vendors, beer tent, and kids activities. www.mexican-heritage.org.
- Aids Walk + Run (14th)
Rosa Parks Circle
The AIDS Walk + Run event is a yearly fundraiser for the non-profit organization, The Grand Rapids Red Project. The event is a 5k that starts and stops at Rosa Parks Circle via the riverwalk. This year the AIDS Walk + Run
will take place on September 14th from 10am to 1pm.
- LMCU Bridge Run - formerly RUnGR Bridge Run (15th)
Rosa Parks Circle
The Annual Bridge Run is a RunGR event held on September 15th! The event focuses on creating awareness and opportunity to live healthy lifestyles through exercise individually, socially or with groups. Beneficiaries
of the event include: myTEAM TRIUMPH of West Michigan, a group that provides individuals with physical challenges the opportunity to participate in endurance events, No Surrender Running Club, who teaches at risk youth to be active through running and how to set and achieve goals, and Mercy Health Cancer Center. The event creates unique partnerships with local businesses to become “Wellness Partners” allowing them to use the event as a platform to promote wellness within their organization. The event provides organizations with training plans and a Training Clinic 101 to motivate their employee base. The event encourages participation from local school programs to volunteer and earn funds towards their specific programs.
- Eastown Streetfair (14th)
Wealthy St. (Lake to Atlas)
The 40th Annual Eastown Streetfair will be held on Wealthy Street between Lake Drive and Atlas on September 14th from 9am to 9pm. Lots of great activities including;15 Bands on Two Stages, 3rd Annual Eastown Dog
Down (Hot Dog Eating Contest), 100 Vendors, Full Food Court, Children’s Activities, Break Dancing, Street Performers, and More! New this year will be a self-Lock Bike Corral, located in the McKendrie Parking Lot on Wealthy Street The Rapid, Route 6 takes you right there! Come on down and Celebrate 40 years of Eastown! www.eastowngr.com.
- Mayor's Grand River Clean-up (14th)
Sixth St. Park
West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Grand Rapids Young Professionals will host the 10th Anniversary Mayors’ Grand River Clean Up on Saturday, September 14 at Sixth Street Park at 9am. Over the
past 10 years, we have organized thousands of volunteers to pick up well over 100,000 pounds of refuse from the banks of the Grand River and its tributaries in Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville and Wyoming. Last year, nearly 700 volunteers picked up some 16,000 pounds of trash from 23 miles of riverbank. Join the Mayor for what we expect to be our biggest and best clean up yet. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments are provided. The Mayors’ Grand River Clean Up is an all-audiences, most-ages (11+) event. Minors must have permission slips signed by a parent or guardian. Register online at www.grandrivercleanup.com or contact: Becky Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org,
GR's Got Talent (15th)
St. Cecilia Music Center
At St. Cecilia Music Center
$15/person at the door
Top 13 finalists compete for cash prizes and more
- Van Andel Institute Hosts International Parkinson's Disease symposium (Sep. 18 & 19)
Van Andel Institute
The second annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease symposium takes place on September 18-19, 2013 at Van Andel Institute (VAI) in Grand Rapids, MI. Organized by Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Translational Parkinson’s Disease Research Laboratory and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Science(VAI), the symposium brings together global leaders in Parkinson’s and neurodegenerative disease research. The event features detailed information sessions and presentations aimed at professionals in the research/medical field, caregivers, and those living with Parkinson’s disease. The symposium provides attendees with insights into groundbreaking Parkinson’s research and highlights the research and work of Alim Louis Benabid, M.D., Ph.D., who is this year’s recipient of the Jay Van Andel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Parkinson’s Disease Research. Dr. Benabid’s work focuses on the approach of neurosurgical pathologies, particularly brain tumors and movement disorders, namely Parkinson’s disease. One of his recent achievements is the development of a robotic stereotactic surgery which permits biopsies and therapeutic acts aimed at functional targets. The symposium features presentations, poster sessions and addresses by global leaders in the field of Parkinson’s research. Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease is one of the most comprehensive Parkinson’s and neurodegenerative disease events in the United States.
- ArtPrize (Sep. 18- Oct.6)
ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote. For three weeks every fall, thousands of artists flood the streets of Grand Rapids to compete for $560,000 - the world’s largest art prize. From parking garages to public parks, museums to bridges, every inch of Grand Rapids transforms into a hub of creative expression. ArtPrize, taking place September 18 through October 6, has created such a national buzz that Time Magazine recently named ArtPrize on its list of “Five Festive Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2013”. To learn more about ArtPrize and plan your visit, check out www.artprize.org/.
- GVSU Marching Band Parade (18th)
Rosa Parks Circle
Meet at Rosa Parks Circle on September 18th at 6:30pm with the Pride of the Mid West,The Grand Valley State University Marching Band and the Dance Ensemble. We will end up at the Grand Valley State University Venue on the Westside in front of the L. V. Eberhard Center near the Blue Bridge.
- Dog Day in the Park (21st)
Come join the Grand Rapids Kennel Club as we put on our annual celebration of all things DOG – Dog Days in The Park held September 21st at the Guild Street entrance to Riverside Park. Starts at 9am and goes until 2:30pm. Demonstrations, balloon animals, vendor booths, good food, and lots of things to do with your canine companion. All dogs welcom (please on a leash). C-SNIP will be there, as will the Kent County Animal Shelter, and all sorts of rescue groups. New this year – MY DOG CAN DO THAT. Come and see how well your dog does on a mini agility and obstacle course. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Please come and join us for the ACS “Bark-For-Life” event to be held during the day. For more information, and a specific event schedule please visit our website www.dogdayinthepark.com.
- Pagan Pride Fest (21st)
The 13th Annual Grand Rapids Pagan Pride will be September 21st held at Richmond Hills Park. This is an Earth Based Spiritual festival with workshops, rituals, vendors, and more rain or shine! Check us out on Facebook at Grand Rapids Pagan Pride.
- Walk for Farm Animals (22nd)
Sixth St. Park
On Sunday, September 22, you can support Farm Sanctuary’s life-saving work to protect farm animals from abuse by participating in the Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals. The event will take place at 6th Street Bridge Park. Check-in starts at 1 pm. The Walk will feature free vegan food, music provided by Tiki Hut DJ, children’s activities and more! Registration is just $15 in advance; $25 on event day. Kids and teens under 18 register for free and get a free t-shirt! To learn more and to register visit http://events.walkforfarmanimals.org/event/grandrapids.
- Ritz Koney Cornsacker Tournament (28th)
Ionia St. Lot #3
Ritz Koney Bar & Grille will be holding its 4th Annual Cornhole Tournament on September 28th from 12pm to 7pm. Pre-registration begins at 10am Located at 64 Ionia Ave SW across the street in Parking Lot 3. There is a
$40 Registration Fee. There will be multiple skill divisions available. Come on out and have a great time! Food and Beverages will be served. For more information you can call 616.451.3701.
- Kids ArtFest (29th)
Spend an afternoon celebrating the arts with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Kids ArtFest, Sunday September 29, from noon to 5pm! This free event in Veterans Park and Sheldon Ave offers several hands-on art
stations ranging from painting to sculpture and an entertainment stage with performances all afternoon! Visit www.grcm.org to learn more.
- Live United 5k (29th)
More info coming soon.