New BBQ Restaurant Opens in Downtown GR Today

+-*A new restaurant is celebrating its grand opening today in downtown Grand Rapids. Located at 333 Grandville Ave SW across from Founders and the Grand Rapids Ballet, Horseshoe Smokehouse is now serving BBQ and Southern favorites like beef brisket, buttermilk fried okra and chicken wings from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily every day except Sunday. Diners can also enjoy 1/2 […]


To Drink or Not to Drink…

+-*The world of flappers, bootleggers and organized crime will come alive at a new museum exhibition opening in Grand Rapids later this year. Beginning September 26, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” will explore one of the most colorful and complex constitutional hiccups in U.S. history, spanning from the start of the temperance movement and through the Roaring ’20s, until the amendment’s […]


Weekend Guide May 22-25

+-*Memorial Day Weekend features tons of local parades, plenty of bbq, live music, outdoor activities and much more! Friday, May 22 West Michigan Whitecaps – The ‘Caps take on the Dayton Dragons for a four game series this holiday weekend at Fifth Third Ballpark. Friday is Summer Grilling Night and fans will receive a free multi-tool spatula. Fireworks will follow Saturday’s […]


2015 Grand Rapids Area Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies

+-*Honor those who gave up their lives for America’s freedom at parades and Memorial Day commemorations around Grand Rapids and West Michigan Monday, May 25 (Grand Rapids parade is May 30): Grand Rapids Memorial Day Parade  – At noon on Saturday, May 30, the annual parade in downtown Grand Rapids will have a new route, stepping off at Monroe & Lyon. The […]


Gita Pita Making a Fresh Start

+-*A Middle Eastern eatery that built a loyal following in Cascade will make a fresh start in Downtown Grand Rapids. Gita Pita is planning to open its doors in early June at the corner of Fulton & Jefferson, and will serve fresh Mediterranean cuisine in a fast-casual environment. “Everything including the bread is made from scratch,” said owner Ramzy Kader, who operates […]

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Festival of the Arts Celebrates its 46th

+-*One of Grand Rapids’ longest-running annual festivals is returning downtown for a 46th year. Festival of the Arts, also one of the largest all-volunteer art events in the nation, is set for June 5, 6 & 7 and will stretch from Calder Plaza to the Art Museum and the UICA. 27 nonprofit-run food booths will be on hand this year, […]


Sneak Preview: The Discovery of King Tut

+-*Experience the thrill of unearthing an ancient Egyptian tomb when the Grand Rapids Public Museum opens its newest exhibition The Discovery of King Tut May 16. Visitors can follow Egyptologist Howard Carter and his team back to the moment in 1922 when they located and unsealed the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. Featuring more than 1,000 scientifically produced recreations handcrafted […]

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Skateboarders Allowed Downtown Beginning Sunday

+-*Share the downtown roads with skateboarders. The Grand Rapids City Commission has unanimously approved an ordinance that allows skateboarders to use downtown streets beginning May 17. The new ordinance allows the use of skateboards, long boards, roller blades and roller skates in downtown traffic lanes. Riders under the age of 15 aren’t allowed to skateboard on the streets, but can […]