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. Evening events include a flag dedication, remarks from Lt. Governor Calley and a final salute at 8 p.m.
Janet Jackson – The iconic pop star, multiple Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist brings her Unbreakable World Tour to the Van Andel Arena stage. Ticket prices start at $29.50.
The Great Gatsby – The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre kicks off its 2015-16 season with the first-ever presentation of The Great Gatsby. Based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the story follows self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of elusive Daisy Buchanan in a world of excess, greed, danger and obsession. Runs through September 27.
Hispanic Festival – The three-day celebration of Hispanic culture at Calder Plaza features authentic food, stage performances, traditional and artisan wares, activities for kids and a futsal tournament. Admission is free.
Allegan County Fair – Along with midway rides, games, food, tractor pulls and a demolition derby, national musical acts like Brantley Gilbert will perform at the main grandstand during the nine-day fair. General admission is $7 for adults, $4 for youth and free for kids 5 and under.
Saturday, September 12
Traditional Pow Wow – The Grand Valley American Indian Lodge’s 54th Annual Pow Wow at Riverside Park will have Native American dancing and drumming, crafts and food. Admission and parking are both free.
Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair – Now in its 42nd year, the fair at Burton & Madison showcases artist-made works like jewelry, quilts, toys, signs and much more. Food vendors will also be on hand and there will be activities for kids. Free admission.
Carrie Underwood – American Idol’s greatest success story performs at the Allegan County Fair with special opening guest Josh Dorr. In her ten year career, Underwood has sold 64 million albums, scored 18 #1 singles and collected six Grammy Awards. Tickets start at $67.
Eastown Streetfair – The annual family-friendly celebration of arts, crafts, music and food returns to one of Grand Rapids’ most eclectic districts beginning at 9 a.m. No admission charged.
OddBall 2015 – Get a first look at SENSE, the UICA’s ArtPrize Seven exhibition while exploring the galleries, meeting the artists, and enjoying musical entertainment, libations and fine fare. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the UICA.
Sunday, September 13
Grand Rapids Veg Fest – The first-time event at The DeltaPlex will have vendors and exhibitors built around the theme of promoting plant based diets for health, compassion, and conservation of the environment. Admission is $5 and parking is free.
Vintage Street Market – It’s the final 2015 edition of the outdoor market at the Downtown Market. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit 60 vendors selling vintage furniture, clothing, accessories, kitchen goods, home décor and more. Free.