Silver Maple Music Festival Debuts E-mail
Traditional folk, bluegrass, world beat and roots music will fill the air at Fifth Third Ballpark Saturday, August 2nd for the inaugural event. Festivities being at noon with gates opening at 11 a.m. Seven bands will be performing until 10:30pm starting with The Ragbirds and ending with Donna the Buffalo.

In the middle of these two bands will be Greensky Bluegrass, The Milroys, Big Leg Emma, Aphrodesia and Railroad Earth. The Grand Rapids Children Museum will have a face painting and tambourine making booth set up from noon until 7pm for kids attending the festival.

The stage will be set up near second base. Blankets are welcome however chairs and umbrellas are not. Food cannot be brought in but the ballpark will be offering their food selections for festival goers.

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GRNow Weekly Preview July 28-August 3 E-mail
Coast Guard Festival continues in Grand Haven this week with the Meijer Grand Parade happening at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. There's also no way to miss ABBA with Mamma Mia! running Tuesday through Sunday at DeVos Hall and the GR Symphony teaming up with former members of the band for the Picnic Pops. 'High School Musical' and 'Alice' also open this weekend and Neil Diamond performs at Van Andel Arena.


*New: GRNow Ticket Giveaway Schedule & Winners

 
Coast Guard Festival Honors Grand Haven's Finest E-mail
Coast Guard City, also known as Grand Haven, will host it's Coast Guard festival from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, August 3. The volunteer-based event will celebrate the men and women who protect our waterways with a parade, fireworks, a carnival, the popular ship tours, and much more.

The family friendly festival includes a kids parade Saturday, July 26 at 10:30am starting at the corner of 5th street and Franklin. The Cruise-In car show will be the next day from 7:30am-2:30pm on Washington Ave. Meijer will sponsor the grand parade Saturday, August 2 at 11:45am in downtown Grand Haven, and it all ends that night with the fireworks extravaganza. Fireworks will start the moment it gets dark and will be viewable from the waterfront.

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GRNow Weekly Preview July 21-27 E-mail
Taste of Grand Rapids and Coast Guard Festival highlight another busy week around Grand Rapids and West Michigan, that also features performances by the Foo Fighters, Sara Evans and The Black Crowes. Plus The Green Well debuts the all-new Mittenbrau, a celebration of Michigan beer and food combined with local music.


*New: GRNow Ticket Giveaway Schedule & Winners

*MadCap Coffee slated to open in former Two Choppers location
 
Ireland Comes to West Michigan at Great Lakes Irish Music Festival E-mail
Fifth Third Ballpark will go green Saturday, July 19 when it hosts the Great Lakes Irish Music Festival. The day long event starts at noon and ends around 10 p.m. with a traditional Irish grand finale. The Quinn School of Irish Dancing will provide traditional Irish step dancing throughout the day along with musical performers such as Fenian's Players and the award winning David Munnelly Band.

Admission is $12 for adults, children 12 and under are free but still need a ticket to get in. Parking is $5 for cars and $10 for buses and RV's. Gates open at 11 a.m. and parking opens at 10 a.m.

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GRNow Weekly Preview July 14-20 E-mail
Outdoor festivals continue this week with the inaugural Great Lakes Irish Music Festival happening Saturday at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Berlin Fair, National Baby Food Festival, Ionia Free Fair and Sparta Town & Country Days also all open.


*MadCap Coffee slated to open in former Two Choppers location

*Discounted downtown evening parking will be available. More details soon

 
Lowell River Walk Festival Goes to the Ducks E-mail
The famous duck race is on for the Lowell River Walk Festival July 11-12 on Riverwalk Plaza in Lowell. The free family friendly event will include entertainment, a parade at 11 am on Saturday, car show, kayak and canoe race, fireworks and much more.

The Grand River will be littered with ducks as they make their way downstream starting at 5 pm on Saturday. Adopt a duck for $2 or three for $5 or ten for $10. The winning duck will receive a $1,000 prize and five others will receive $100 prizes.

Street musicians start playing at 5 pm on Friday to kick off the festival. Late night shopping will go on until 9 pm, and Dixieland DeJour will be playing at the entertainment stage starting at 7 pm.

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Tenth Year for Taste of Grand Rapids E-mail
Area restaurants from Johnny Carino's to GoJo Ethiopian Cuisine will set up at John Ball Park July 25th through 26th for the 10th annual Taste of Grand Rapids. Admission is free to the event which includes the barbeque championship tradition with Great Lakes BBQ & Feed Company defending their title. Local bands will also be performing throughout the weekend with The System (Bob Seger Tribute Band) headlining on Saturday at 8 pm.

Tasting starts at 3 pm on Friday for restaurants such as Bella Mia Pizzeria, Spinnaker, Cafe San Juan, Famous Dave's and much more. Food samples from these eateries are $1 to $5. Alcohol will be available to help wash the samples down. Saturday tasting starts earlier at 11 am and continues all day.

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