GRNow Weekend Guide October 2-4, 2015

It’s opening weekend for haunted attractions, Pulaksi Days returns, ArtPrize continues and the West Side Walk for Gilda’s Club makes its debut. Friday, October 2 Forest of Fear – Located just south of Grand Rapids in Caledonia, the haunted attraction presented by the Kentwood Jaycees features five chilling acres of spooky woods and swamps inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and terrifying […]


GRNow Weekend Guide September 25-27, 2015

ArtPrize, festivals and fall fun headline an extra busy weekend around Grand Rapids. Friday, September 25 Oktoberfest – The family friendly tribute to Deutschland at John Ball Park will feature a large beer tent, authentic German food, the Edelweiss Club choir, a keg-tossing contest, Alphom horn players and much more. Parking and admission are both free. African American Art & […]


GRNow Guide to ArtPrize

The radically open art competition boasting the work of more than 1,500 artists installed at 160+ venues in and around downtown Grand Rapids returns September 23-October 11, 2015. Check out the rundown of ArtPrize events including exhibits, family activities, artist talks and much more! http://www.grnow.com/artprize/

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ArtPrize Challenge Helps Raise Money for Local Arts Organizations

An innovative new fundraising campaign to help non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Grand Rapids is underway. Organized by ArtPrize, the $50,000 ‘Arts For All Challenge’ is an online competition where local institutions like the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Meijer Gardens and SiTE:LAB are vying to raise the most money through October 13. The top performing teams will win […]


GRNow Weekend Guide September 18-20, 2015

More non-stop fun is on the way this weekend with the Monroe Center Chalk Flood, Fiesta Mexicana, the opening of ArtPrize’s HUB and much more! Friday, September 18 Fiesta Mexicana – On Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days, experience authentic cuisine, dance and culture at this annual celebration of Mexican Heritage at Calder Plaza. Admission is […]


The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

A new restaurant concept making its U.S. debut is now open in downtown Grand Rapids. Created by world-renowned celebrity chef and restauranteur Wolfgang Puck, The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel showcase an elevated take on made-from-scratch global comfort fare. “The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter are two of my newest concepts and we are very excited […]


GRNow Weekend Guide September 11-13, 2015

Hispanic Festival, Eastown Streetfair, the Traditional Pow Wow, Janet Jackson, Carrie Underwood and much more top an incredible weekend of events around Grand Rapids. Friday, September 11 9/11 Community Day of Remembrance – At the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Boy Scouts lead the day-long tribute and remembrance in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11. […]


Controversial ArtPrize Entry Uses Burned Ashes of Holy Texts

Burned remains of three holy texts will form the center of one ArtPrize entry this year. Syrian-American artist Nabil Mousa’s mixed-media sculpture, “Paradise Built on the Bones of the Slaughtered,” will feature welded towers displaying copies of the Bible, the Koran and the Torah that have been burned to ashes. In an artist statement, Mousa notes that the three major […]