Streetfair Returns to Eastown September 20 E-mail
The celebration of the the transition of summer to fall returns to the center of Eastown September 20, beginning at 9 a.m. Wealthy Street will be closed to traffic from Lake Drive to Atlas Street and dozens of local artists will be selling paintings, pottery, sculptures, jewelry and clothing.

Participating restaurants include Yesterdog, the Pita House, Bombay Cuisine, Don Rafav's and Brandywine and local retailers like Spirit Dreams and Eastown Antiques will offer specials.

Sixteen local bands spanning the genres of jazz, bluegrass, reggae and rock will perform throughout the day on the two outdoor stages. Live music schedule:

2008 Bud Lite Stage:

12:30 - 1:15: Left Hand Daisy
1:35 - 2:20: The Effort
2:40 - 3:25: Mighty Narwhale
3:45 - 4:30: Common Shiner
4:50 - 5:35: Rick Chyme and Nixon
5:55 - 6:40: Nathan Kalish and the Wildfire
7:00 - 7:45: Simien the Whale

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GRNow Weekly Preview September 15-21, 2008 E-mail
Summer comes to a close with can't-miss events this week like the Eastown Street Fair, Fallfest Bluegrass Festival and the Fall Bridal Show. On Wednesday, the McCain-Palin campaign visits Grand Rapids and the UICA breaks ground on their new location at Fulton and Division.

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2008 Fall, Haunted House & Halloween Guide E-mail
Check out complete guide to local fall & harvest activities, festivals, parties, haunted house listings, hayrides, Halloween parties, trick-or-treating and much more taking place in and around Grand Rapids.

Here are some highlighted events happening throughout October:

The Haunt - One of the largest and most popular haunted attraction in the area is back October 3rd, this time with expanded indoor and outdoor attractions. Inside, the Haunt has increased to 25,000 sq. ft. and features dozens of professionally designed sets and rooms. Outside, last year's new attraction, The Dark Maze has grown to 15,000 sq ft. for 2008. Ticket prices: general admission to The Haunt is $14, VIP is $20; Dark Maze & Haunt combo tickets start at $22. $2.00 and $5.00 off coupons available at Peppinos Pizza and Family Video's outlets. Not recommended for children under 10.

Robinette's - Belgian draft horses take visitors on an authentic hay wagon through Robinette's apple and fruit orchards on Saturdays (11a-5p) and Sundays (1p-5p) during September and October. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. The cider mill and wine tasting room are also open. Located at the East Beltine & 4 Mile Rd.

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Rockettes Event Kicks Off Downtown Entertainment Strategy E-mail
The Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance will kick off a new series of downtown activities and entertainment with a special performance by the Radio City Rockettes at Rosa Parks Circle Tuesday, September 9. Free and open to the public, the 6 p.m. event will feature dance lessons led by four members of the world-famous troupe followed by swing dancing and live music by the Beltline Big Band.

Before the Rockettes take the stage, the Downtown Alliance will officially introduce 'Lets go. Out: The Downtown Outdoor Entertainment Strategy', an initiative to expand the range and frequency of events taking place in Grand Rapids' urban core. The Alliance has noted the success of ice skating, swing dancing and lunch-time concerts at Rosa Parks Circle and looks to promote events that appeal to students, young professionals and families. To help encourage event creation, the Alliance will unveil an assistance program that will award up to $1,000 to help cover the costs of qualifying events, and any individual or organization in the metro area can apply.

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GRNow Weekly Preview September 8-14, 2008 E-mail
Another big week of events follows Celebration on the Grand with both the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and GR Symphony opening their seasons, Mexican Heritage Festival at Calder Plaza, Daughtry and GR's Pop Evil at the Allegan County Fair and the Professional Bull Riders at Van Andel Arena. On Tuesday, the Rosa Parks Programming Series kicks off with a special performance by The Rockettes.


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GRNow Weekly Preview September 2-7, 2008 E-mail
Celebration on the Grand tops a huge weekend of events around Grand Rapids. In addition to Friday night's fireworks over Ah-Nab-Awen Park downtown, Hispanic Festival returns to Calder Plaza, the Allegan County Fair opens, Garfield Park hosts its annual Arts & Crafts Fair and GVSU kicks off their football season in Allendale.


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29th Celebration on the Grand Begins September 4 E-mail
A premier outdoor event will celebrate its 29th year when Celebration on the Grand returns to downtown Grand Rapids September 4, 5 and 6. The fireworks show over the Grand River and Ah-Nab-Awen Park will take place at dusk, around 9 p.m., on Friday, September 5.

Daily Schedule:
Thursday (5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Friday (5 p.m.-11 p.m. + Fireworks at dusk)
Saturday (3 p.m.-11 p.m.)

Taste of Downtown will also be back at Rosa Parks Circle for Celebration on the Grand, this time with ten participating restaurants including Bar Divani, Tre Cugini, Cottage Bar, XO Asian Cuisine, San Chez and Z's. General admission is free and most samples will be available for $2-$5 each.

Country band Little Texas will headline Thursday's concerts at the Rosa Parks Circle stage and Bad Company with Brian Howe will perform on Saturday evening. Local acts The Mighty Narwhale, Chance Jones, Troll for Trout and Bless You Boys highlight the dozen local bands scheduled to play throughout the weekend.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 25-September 1 E-mail
As Labor Day approaches, the Whitecaps wrap up their regular home season at Fifth Third Ballpark, The Doobie Brothers perform at Meijer Gardens and actor Crispin Glover presents his new film at the UICA. Plus Muskegon and Newaygo host Late Summer outdoor festivals. Mayor Heartwell's Grand Crossing Walk will be the featured downtown event on Monday, as the Labor Day Parade has been cancelled for 2008.


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