GRNow Weekend Guide June 17-19, 2011 E-mail
It's another weekend of popular outdoor festivals with Reeds Lake Clothesline Art, B93 Birthday Bash, Walker Festival, Founders Fest and the return of the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival.


Friday (06/17)

West Michigan Chalk Art Festival - Artists of all ages are invited to bring their chalk to 84th & Byron Center and showcase their creativity and imagination while competing for the Chalk Awards. Entry fee is $20 each for adults, youths and teams and participants have the opportunity to walk away with $1,000 in cash.

B93 Birthday Bash - Birthday Bash 19 returns to the US 131 Motorsports Park for 2011. General admission is free, reserved seats and parking are extra. This year's lineup includes Josh Turner, Eric Church, Frankie Ballard, Gary Allan, Thompson Square and more.

Spring Lake Heritage Festival - The nearly week-long festival hosted by Grand Haven's eastern neighbor will have a classic car show, library book sale, farmers market, live music in the park, flea market, ice cream social a Bloody Mary mix-off, beer tent, village-wide garage sale, fireworks, Civil War Cemetery walk and more. Admission to most events is free.

Thank God for Michigan! - The new limited-run exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum explores Michigan's ties to the Civil War through uniforms, weapons, photographs, letters, and more pulled from the Museum's collection. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for kids.

West Michigan Whitecaps - It's Tigers Friday with Jason Thompson as the 'Caps take on Lake County at Fifth Third Ballpark. The first 1,000 fans in the gate will receive a retro Tigers t-shirt. Lawn seats start at $6.

All Friday Events

Saturday (06/18)

Reeds Lake Clothesline Art Festival - The popular annual art festival on Wealthy Street and Lakeside Drive is sponsored by Grand Valley Artists and features dozens of Michigan and Great Lakes-area artist booths from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is free; open rain or shine.

Walker Festival - Central City Park behind the Walker City Hall is the site of the family-friendly festival featuring fireworks, a petting zoo, live music & entertainment, food booths and a classic car show. Free general admission; $5 wristbands for unlimited access to all activities.

Field of Green Festival - Blandford Nature Center on Grand Rapids' northwest side will have live music, sustainability-themed vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and kids games from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 admission.

West Michigan Pride Festival - The 23rd Annual Pride Festival at Riverside Park will have local vendors, food, a beer tent and live music from 1 to 9 p.m.

Founders Fest - The collection of beer and music returns to Grandville Ave in downtown GR from 3-11 p.m. with national acts Galactic and Rubblebucket and Michigan performers A.B.! & Coconut Brown and Steppin' In It. Cost is $10-$20; ages 21+ welcome.

Collective Soul/Better Than Ezra - The Val Du Lakes concert series in Mears continues with rockers Collective Soul ("December", "Shine") and Better Than Ezra ("Desperately Wanting", "Good"). Tickets range from $40 to $60.

All Saturday Events

Sunday (06/19)

G. Love & Special Sauce - The Philly-based R&B/blues band takes the stage at the newly remodeled Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater. Tickets are $37 and still available (as of June 15).

45 Seconds from Broadway - Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids' performs the Neil Simon comedy classic based on the real-life struggling actors, aspiring writers, standup comics, and suburban matinee ladies who gathered at the Polish Tea Room in New York City. Performances run through June 26.

Blind Melon - Best known for megahit "No Rain", the 90's rock group takes the stage at The Orbit Room with special guests Wayland, Legal Immigrants, and Vandrie. Tickets are $18.50 in advance, $20 at the door.

All Sunday Events