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  • Gardener’s Guide to Grand Rapids Greenhouses and Markets

    Spring has finally sprung in Michigan, and green thumbs everywhere are beginning to itch. Whether you have an established garden or you are trying something new this season, here are five well-loved stops in the Grand Rapids area to guarantee your garden is at its best this season. Horrocks Market: your one-stop shop! Photo Courtesy of Lyndsay Israel Horrocks Market 4455 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwoo...

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  • Girlfriend’s Guide to ArtPrize: Make the Most of Your Girls’ Weekend in Grand Rapids

    Fewer phrases can bring a bigger smile to a woman’s face than “girls’ weekend,” and there’s no better time for a girls’ weekend than during ArtPrize Nine, running from September 20 – October 8. Besides exploring the three square miles of free art in and around downtown, there are countless other ways to enjoy a weekend with your ladies in Grand Rapids! In between checking out art at more than 160 ...

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  • Where to Catch a Game: 5 Sports Bars in the Grand Rapids Area

    In addition to being the home of several competitive sports teams such as the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids sports fans know there are tons of great places to catch a game on TV. Long-time residents can bank on a seat with a view at Peppino's, SpeakEZ Lounge (especially good for soccer fans), Buffalo Wild Wings, or The Score on Plainfield. Relative newcomer, D...

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  • Cider Week GR: Celebrating Grand Rapids’ Craft Cider Scene

    Hard cider lovers rejoice! Grand Rapids, primarily known for its craft beer scene, is devoting a whole week to craft cider. Cider Week GR starts April 17 and is a seven day celebration of the rich array of locally produced ciders. If you didn’t know, Michigan is America’s second largest producer of apples – with the majority grown on family farms stretching north from Grand Rapids. In terms of ap...

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  • Free Spring Family Fun around Grand Rapids

    Now that it’s spring, there is so much to explore in greater Grand Rapids. Art, nature, and baby animals are just some of the treats waiting to be discovered. Gather the family and head out to these free West Michigan events and experiences. Events A Historical Betty Ford Easter Egg-Stravaganza! April 15, 2017 Follow the Easter egg trail and join in on many family-friendly activities at the s...

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  • Craft Beer Cellar: Everything You Need to Know

    Downtown Grand Rapids welcomes its newest addition to the beer scene, Craft Beer Cellar (CBC), an independently owned and operated craft beer retail store. In March, this nationwide franchise opened its 31st location at 404 Ionia Avenue NW. Franchisees Jessica Beeby and Brian Beaucher moved from Massachusetts to Grand Rapids to bring the CBC’s mission of amazing beer, education, and hospitality t...

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  • Run Grand Rapids with these 9 Summer 5Ks

    If you want to experience a city, one of the best ways to do that is by walking its streets. It’s a much easier way to take in the sights and sounds normally missed when in the confines of a vehicle. However, if you really want to get to know a city and its community, there’s no better way than to run a race there. Here are some of the best races in Grand Rapids this summer. May Fifth Third Rive...

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  • Sensory-Friendly Events and Outings for Families in Grand Rapids

    The greater Grand Rapids area offers a wide range of accessible, fun outings for families seeking sensory-friendly experiences. With some help from our partners at DisArt, we found several activities taking place throughout the year. Take a look! Bridge Walk for Autism and Free Sensory-Friendly Museum Night Wednesday, April 26, 2017, marks the date Hope Network and the Grand Rapids Public Museum...

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  • 8 Fun Activities for Rainy Days in Grand Rapids

    Don’t let the weather rain on your parade–- or your entire day! From trampoline parks to escape rooms, brewery tours to roller rinks, there are a lot of fun, indoor experiences in Grand Rapids. Embrace the rainy day and check out these eight activities that are fun for all ages and all forecasts. Cinematic Adventures Going on a cinematic adventure is the perfect way to escape a gloomy day. Sunda...

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  • Where to Find – or Make – the Perfect Bloody Mary in Grand Rapids

    There’s no denying Grand Rapids’ brunch scene is growing, and with it, there are more options than ever to find the perfect Bloody Mary. From full-service Bloody Mary bars, to secret recipes and unique twists on the classic morning cocktail, here’s a look at 11 must-try spots for the ultimate Bloody Mary fan, as suggested by our Facebook and Instagram fans. That bacon, lettuce and tomato are ju...

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  • Grand Rapids' West Side Welcomes Whiskey Bar, Butcher's Union

    The West Side of Grand Rapids is transforming, making the beloved neighborhood a destination for dining, shopping, and nightlife. In 2015, we saw the addition of Harmony Hall and Black Heron to the food scene, joining old favorites like The Blue Dog and Maggie’s Kitchen. Last year the neighborhood experienced even more culinary expansion, with the addition of New Holland’s The Knickerbocker and Th...

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  • New Union Brewery: Lowell, MI’s First Craft Taproom

    Those chasing Beer City Brewsader® status have yet another box to tick. But, let’s be honest – who’s complaining, right? New Union Brewery, Lowell’s first brewery, quietly opened in mid-November, 2016. Now that the secret’s out, Experience Grand Rapids has extended the radius of the Brewsader® Passport to include New Union Brewery. Brewsader® passport’s extension to Lowell is an open invitation to...

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  • 8 Ways to Welcome Spring in Grand Rapids

    Spring might be the most anticipated time of year in West Michigan. Heavy coats and boots are put away, the days get longer, and things start to get a little greener. If you're thinking spring, read on for eight ways to embrace this most welcome time of year in Grand Rapids. Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids Butterflies are Blooming Flowers aren't the only things blooming in West Michigan ...

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  • ArtPrize Made Easy: Shuttle Service for Hotel Guests

    We’re just six months away from the opening of ArtPrize Nine! Last year the New York Times cited ArtPrize as one of the reasons Grand Rapids was named one of 52 Places to Go in 2016. Visitors are already gearing up to visit Grand Rapids for the free, open, international art competition this fall. Artist at work during ArtPrize Six. Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids About ArtPrize During th...

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  • Spring Break Ideas for the Family

    Visiting Grand Rapids for spring break? There are lots of things to keep your family occupied over the long break from school. Here are a few local budget-friendly favorites that you'll want to check out. Grand Rapids Children's Museum A stop into the Grand Rapids Children's Museum is a must for any family on spring break in the GR area. The two floors of fun have something for everyone to enjoy...

  • Art and wonder, butterflies and beauty

    There are a few times during the year when you really don’t want to miss a trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and any local will tell you that the yearly “Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming” exhibit is one of those times. Nearly every Grand Rapidian parent has a tale of getting caught up in their child’s excitement and wonder as one of 7,000 butterflies from Asia, Afric...

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  • Warm Drinks for Cold Days in Grand Rapids (Part II)

    In January, we told you about 10 warm drinks to enjoy on cold winter days in Grand Rapids, and you responded via the Experience Grand Rapids Facebook page with even more suggestions for local drinks that will provide a sense of comfort and warmth during chilly weather. Thanks to your recommendations, here are six more warming drinks to enjoy in Grand Rapids. Mayan Mocha – Mayan Buzz Café Mayan B...

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  • Local Talent at LaughFest 2017

    Back for its seventh year, the always thought-provoking, very funny, 10-day fundraiser, LaughFest, kicks off on March 9.  With comedians, speakers, yoga sessions and more there’s something for everyone during LaughFest, including performers like Iliza (from NBC's Last Comic Standing), Joel McHale and Howie Mandel, who will headline the Signature Event on Tuesday, March 14 at DeVos Place. All proce...

  • Get Ready for KBS Week at Founders Brewing Co.

    The annual release of Founders Brewing Co,'s Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is always a cause for celebration for craft beer enthusiasts in Grand Rapids and beyond. But 2017 brings two other celebrations: the 20th anniversary of Founders and the first-ever Beer Month GR. Photo courtesy of Founders Brewing Co.   KBS History Five years after Founders began, Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki thought it...

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  • Six Places to Pop the Question in Grand Rapids

    Love is in the air and Grand Rapids is full of romance for Valentine’s Day. Some have even said Grand Rapids is downright sexy. So if you plan on asking THE question to your special someone, Grand Rapids is the place to do it. We asked our loyal Facebook fans their thoughts on local places to pop the question. Below are six enchanting ideas from real couples: 1) On the Blue Bridge. Having the Gr...

  • US IS THEM is You is Me: Conversations to bring us together

    It’s a great time to go on an art tour to Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Ai Weiwei’s monumental show at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to Finders Keepers at the Grand Rapids Art Museum to the solid work presented by local artists year round at galleries like LaFontsee, there’s a lot to take in. Be sure not to miss the full four floors of important work at the city’s center, where the Urban...

  • Guide to Planning the Perfect Date in Grand Rapids

    Valentine's Day might be just around the corner, but you don't need a holiday to treat that special someone in your life to a fun and romantic date in Grand Rapids. Whether you're attached to the hip of a music lover, an arts aficionado, a beer enthusiast, or an outdoor explorer, Grand Rapids offers a multitude of date options to make you look awesome in the eyes of your loved one. The Music Love...

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  • Pairing Cool Brews with Hot Eats

    What was once a week-long celebration of Grand Rapids' beer has evolved into Beer Month GR, a full 29 days worth of sipping, tasting and savoring the craft of beer in Grand Rapids. This month-long celebration of beer runs February 15 – March 15. And, because beer goes so well with food, the 5th annual Cool Brews. Hot Eats. will run during the same timeframe. Cool Brews. Hot Eats. (CBHE) doesn't st...

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  • Open Mic and Songwriter's Nights in Grand Rapids

    Thanks to Grand Rapids' burgeoning music scene, you can make your way to clubs, venues, listening rooms and epic album release parties to hear cover songs performed to their fullest potential in front of a crowd. But if you want to be ahead of the pack, or just get a sneak peek at the songwriter's process, then you may want to pay a visit to one of the various open mic or songwriter's nights hoste...

  • Up Your Culinary Game with a Cooking Class at the Downtown Market

    From live music and craft beer tours to art and cooking classes, there are lots of ways to immerse yourself in the culture of Grand Rapids. Last month we showed you how to search our website for over 100 Tours and Experiences, based on your particular interests, dates, budget and other variables. After you input the details, you’ll receive a personalized list of tours/experiences based on your inp...

  • Sample Craft Beers from Around Michigan at the 12th Annual Winter Beer Festival

    If you're in the market for an eclectic sampling of Michigan craft beers, mark your calendar for the 12th Annual Winter Beer Festival where you can taste about 1,000 beers from more than 100 breweries and brewpubs in the Mitten State. Sponsored by Michigan Brewers Guild, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Winter Beer Festival is the premiere opportunity in West Michigan to enjoy some...

  • West Michigan Winter Sports: Try Something New

    One of the distinct benefits of living in West Michigan is that we can enjoy the beauty of all four seasons. It’s one of the reasons visitors like coming here. No matter the weather, there’s plenty to do. In addition to familiar activities like cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, the winter months present an opportunity encounter nature in a different way. Here, we’re profilin...

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  • Don't Miss ArtPrize Eight: What to See, Where to Start

    If you’ve been to ArtPrize before, you know it’s smart to wear good walking shoes, and this year is no exception. With over 1,400 works of art featured in 170 venues, you’ll get your steps in as you attempt to see as much of the radically open art competition as possible. From the bigger venues, like the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and DeVos Place, to public parks, lobbies, bars, and more, ...

  • Grand Rapids, The Music City of the Midwest?

    Two years ago I moved to Grand Rapids after 9 years in Nashville, Tennessee.  Nashville is home to “The Grand Ole Opry,” the longest running radio broadcast in music history.  When I first moved to Nashville, which they call “Music City USA”, I asked some of the old timers around town, “How did Nashville become music city?”  They all had an answer.  “Because we had the tallest radio tower.”  Gra...

  • Exclusive Fashion Exhibit Comes to Grand Rapids Art Museum in October

    Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) welcomes Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017, to Grand Rapids. The exhibit features 45 haute couture outfits from the Dutch fashion designer, a selection of her shoe designs, and 27 pieces from van Herpen’s solo exhibition at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands. Known for her combination of traditional craftsmanship and futuristic...

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  • Grand Rapids Comic-Con: A Complete Guide

    In 2006 Mark Hodges had an idea to create an event in Grand Rapids that would encourage attendees to embrace their inner Avenger, Jedi, Ninja Turtle, Power Ranger or Pokémon trainer. Fast forward to 2013 and the first Grand Rapids Comic-Con took place at the Home School Building, located in Wyoming. Hodges said he and his wife, Jennifer Hodges, both co-owners of the event, only expected a few tho...

  • ArtPrize Song Competition & Blue Bridge Music Festival

    Music at ArtPrize Well it’s here and I don’t have to tell you that!  ArtPrize, the international art competition recognized as “the most attended public art event on the planet” according to The Art Newspaper, hits Grand Rapids for the 8th year from September 21 - October 9. Visitors from all over will come see art in many, many, different forms and I’m thrilled to say this year we will make sur...

  • Grand Rapids Welcomes Circus XTREME to ArtPrize

    Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, get excited for the return of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey as their new show, Circus XTREME, comes to Van Andel Arena this fall! From September 29th to October 2nd, check out one of Circus XTREME's five performances taking place during ArtPrize, one of Grand Rapids' largest annual celebrations. Circus XTREME has all of the jaw-dropping stunts you ...

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  • New for ArtPrize Eight: Preview Week

    If, like most people, you can’t wait for the start of ArtPrize Eight, here’s a treat: it’s the newest ArtPrize addition and it’s called ArtPrize Preview Week. 2013 ArtPrize Entry Simone Crestani (Molvena, Italy) – Bonsai Group, 2013. Borosilicate glass flameworked If you’re wondering what exactly ArtPrize Preview Week is, you’re not alone! It’s a brand-new feature this year, presented by Edwar...

  • New Places to Hear Music in Grand Rapids

    New Places to Hear Live Music in Grand Rapids Grand Rapids already has many places to hear live music - but did you know that Blandford Nature Center and VanderMill Cider were just added to that list?  On GR Live, I featured performances from two new live music location in Grand Rapids. Blandford Nature Center The Blandford Nature Center is an independent, charitable non-profit organization tha...

  • Art Outdoor Project 2016: Karin Nelson

    Self-taught artist Karin Nelson has been painting for about seven years. One of her pieces, Edge of Light, was recently selected as one of five winners, from more than 20 entries, in this year’s Art Outdoor Project.  Held in conjunctions with UICA, the Art Outdoor Project encourages artists with ties to Grand Rapids to submit artwork that represents the area. The works of the 5 selected artists ar...

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