The first round of New Year's Eve events in Grand Rapids have been announced! Check out our guide to NYE parties and hotel packages. Highlights:
New Year's Eve on the Grand - Watch the ball drop at Rosa Parks Circle and catch free live performances by Darryl Worley and Plain White T's at Grand Rapids first-ever downtown NYE event.
Amway Grand Plaza - Overnight packages start at $154 and offer access to parties at GP Sports and the Ambassador Ballroom after 10 p.m. The $310 package includes overnight stay, drink vouchers, reception, elite dinner stations, champagne toast, DJ entertainment and party favors.
Moxie - At Moxie, it's "The greatest celebration of the year inspired by the greatest love story of all time...", Romeo & Juliet. Tickets start at $15 with special packages available for $25 and $50 and include food, a hosted bar, champagne toast and gift bag.
Our guide to Christmas and holiday events from around Grand Rapids is filled with favorites like the Jaycees' Santa Parade, The Nutcracker, and Christmas Around the World at Meijer Gardens, as well as new events like The Radio City Music Spectacular and A Wonderful Life at the Civic Theatre.
Also find concert, choral and symphony events, family events, photo times with Santa and much more.
One of the biggest election days in recent memory takes place Tuesday, November 4. To help find your polling location, we've created an interactive map that plots more than 80 Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids voting spots. Click on the Vote! icon closest to your residence for address information and then click on the 'Check your voting registration' link to verify your registration through the State of Michigan. You can also find poll open hours and contact information.
November gets underway with Tuesday's big election plus concerts by Reba & Kelly, Three Dog Night, the David Crowder Band and The Mega 80's. Opera Grand Rapids begins its season with Tosca at DeVos Performance Hall and holiday events kick off with the 24th Annual Beneath the Wreath.
Rob Bliss is back with another Grand Rapids Urban Experiment. On October 30, Rosa Parks Circle will become its own version of Night of the Living Dead as thousands of costumed zombies are expected to descend on the venue in an attempt to break the world record for the largest zombie walk. Once congregated on Monroe Center at 9 p.m., the zombies will begin traveling down Monroe Avenue, with The B.O.B. as their final destination.
Participation in the free event is simple: dress like a zombie and arrive at Rosa Parks Circle at 9 p.m. According to Bliss, costumes can be as basic as a white t-shirt sprayed with ketchup. The former world Zombie Walk record of 1,098 participants was set last year at the Monroeville Mall outside of Pittsburgh, as part of their two-day ZombieFest. That same group had 1,375 turn out for this year's October 26 event, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
An incredible week of events features dozens of Halloween parties around Grand Rapids, including bashes at The B.O.B., Founders, Monte's and Billy's. Plus, Rob Bliss attempts the world's largest Zombie Walk, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier face off at Van Andel Arena for charity, Riverhouse Condos celebrates its grand opening, the Griffins play at home twice and The DeltaPlex hosts WGRD's Halloween Freak Show.
A busy Tuesday features country music phenom Taylor Swift, the opening of Sweeney Todd and Dave Matthews collaborator Tim Reynolds at The Intersection. Later in the week, the Griffins kick off their home season at Van Andel Arena, Jamie Kennedy visits Dr. Grins and the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival returns to the Wealthy Theatre.