Community and Culture Come Together for Festival of the Arts E-mail
Don't miss the largest all-volunteer festival in the U.S. June 6-8 in Downtown Grand Rapids. This celebration of the arts will have six stages that will feature music from local bands and hundreds of pieces of art will be on display throughout the festival.

Food vendors from more than 30 non-profit organizations around Grand Rapids will be lined up along Ottawa Avenue selling everything from Bosnian to Vietnamese food. It's a coming together of cultures that continues with the opening ceremony Friday June 6 on Calder Plaza.

Complete Festival Schedule
Event Calendar Listing
Official Festival Map (PDF)
Facebook Festival Page

GRNow Weekly Preview May 27-June 1 E-mail
This week, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers visit Van Andel Arena with special opening guest Steve Winwood...The Spring Parade of Homes continues through May 31...Grand Rapids' Memorial Day Parade takes place Friday evening...Both the Whitecaps and Rampage are in town this weekend.

Broadway's Spamalot Comes to Grand Rapids E-mail
Broadway takes the stage in Grand Rapids when Monty Python's Spamalot comes to DeVos Performance Hall May 20-25 for a one week run. The 2005 winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Spamalot has been heralded by critics across the country as a must see show.

Spamalot takes much from its counterpart movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail with King Arthur and his knights running around on a quest for the Holy Grail. Fans of the movie will be glad to know that the killer rabbit and black knight make appearances along with an entire song devoted to the "I'm not dead yet!" scene.

2008 Memorial Day Parade & Event Guide E-mail
Celebrate our past veterans and current troops this Memorial Day at various parades around Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Highlights:

Grand Rapids Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - The annual Memorial Day Parade begins downtown at 7 p.m. on May 30 at the intersection of North Division and Michigan Ave. The parade will then proceed south on Division to Fulton Street and then east to Veteran's Park, where it will be followed by a special ceremony.

Veterans Troop Train - Veterans ride for free May 26 on the Coopersville & Marne Railway, and everyone else rides for $5.50 instead of $10.50. The Coopersville Community Band will play patriotic music during a special ceremony at noon, and the train leaves the station on Danforth Street at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Memorial Day Guide
GRNow Weekly Preview May 19-26 E-mail
This week, Monty Python's Spamalot makes a national stop at DeVos Performance Hall...Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes take the stage at Van Andel Arena for back-to-back shows Wednesday and Thursday...the annual carnival at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming returns May 23-26...Nearly all area Memorial Day events take place May 26; Grand Rapids' parade is May 30 at 7 p.m.

New Restaurant Opening: Chez Bayou at 1520 Wealthy Street in Eastown (Cajun/Creole)
Mayfest Brings Bluegrass to Lowell at 13th Annual Festival E-mail
Grab your pick and head over to the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, Michigan for the 13th Annual Mayfest Bluegrass Festival. Put on by the West Michigan Bluegrass Association, the festival promises fun for the entire family. The fairgrounds host a weekend of entertainment May 16, 17, and 18, which along with local and regional bluegrass groups including the The Oat Bran Boys and The Bluegrass Echoes, also features national act Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

The festival kicks off Thursday night May 15 with a potluck dinner and indoor jam session. Friday festivities start at 6 p.m. with The Thunder Floor Cloggers and winds up around 10 p.m. with Sandi Paul & Raisin Corn.

GRNow Weekly Preview May 12-18 E-mail
This week, WWE visits Van Andel Arena with back-to-back Smackdown and ECW TV shows...West Michigan host four main festivals this weekend: Arts in Ada, Mayfest Bluegrass, Grand Haven Kite Festival and Rock the Coast...On May 17, John Ball Zoo debuts the Sky Trail ropes course and brings back the 300ft zipline.

Photos taken atop the River House Condo crane, which sits at 460', submitted by Wolverine Building Group:

River Bank Run is Back for 31st Year E-mail
The 31st Annual Fifth Third River Run takes to the streets of downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday May 10th. With 14,000 participants expected from across America and as far as Kenya and Russia, the River Run promises to live up to the reputation of the largest 25K run in the United States. Smaller races including a 10K, 5K Run and a 5K Community Walk will also take their place in the Saturday events.

Online registration and walk-up registration at Gazelle sports locations for the Run closes Monday, May 5th. Late registration fees will apply making the 25K $40, 10K $36, 5K Run $34 and 5K Walk $28 to participate.

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