Grand Rapids Ballet Company Opens New Theatre E-mail
The Grand Rapids Ballet Company marked the opening of their new 300-seat, $6.3m Peter Wege Theatre with a special ribbon cutting ceremony September 15. The facility is thought to be the first environmentally sustainable dance theatre of its kind in the U.S.; in addition to a new stage and seating, the expansion houses a costume and gift shop and other amenities.

Fiesta Mexicana 2007 E-mail
One of the largest Mexican celebrations in the Grand Rapids area returns to Calder Plaza for a 37th year beginning September 14. The three-day tribute will have authentic food stands, multiple music and dance performances, a Mercado and cultural events. Admission is free.

Grand Rapids' Celebrates Hispanic Culture E-mail
Calder Plaza will be alive with food, music and entertainment this weekend when Hispanic Festival opens Friday, September 7. More than 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the celebration of Latin, Central and South American culture in Grand Rapids. Ten food vendors will feature authentic menus with items such as tamales, rice and pork and pasteles and more than a dozen bands will perform before Sunday evening.

Celebration on the Grand 2007 E-mail
2008 Celebration on the Grand info

Grand Rapids' largest annual event featuring fireworks, food and music returns downtown for its 28th year beginning Thursday, September 6. The fireworks show over Ah-Nab-Awen Park and the Pearl Street Bridge will take place at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Daily Schedule:

Thursday, September 6
Friday, September 7 (Fireworks)
Saturday, September 8

Headlining country music act Andy Griggs will perform Thursday night at the Rosa Parks Circle stage and American Idol Finalist and VH1 Celebrity Fit Club contestant Kimberley Locke will take the stage at Ah-Nab-Awen just before the fireworks Friday evening.

Labor Day Parade Returns to West Side E-mail
The annual parade to honor working men and women in Grand Rapids returns to the city's west side September 3. Kicking off at 10 a.m., the route will begin at Fulton Street and Mt. Vernon, near the GVSU campus, and proceed west to John Ball Park. The parade will feature floats, heavy equipment from the City of Grand Rapids, high school bands, marchers from various unions and 35-50 classic automobiles.

JW Marriott Offers Inside Sneak Peak E-mail
The J.W. Marriott opened its doors Monday for a special interior sneak preview of the 24-story, 337-room luxury hotel opening in late September. The property is one of only three JW locations being dedicated around the world in 2007, and the only one in the United States.

Polish Festival Returns to Calder Plaza E-mail
After a one-year hiatus, the celebration of Polish food, music and culture will return to Grand Rapids when the Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival opens on Calder Plaza August 24. Hosted by the Polish Heritage Society, the three-day event will feature continuous live polka, authentic food, cultural displays, children's activities and a beverage tent.

Expanded 28th Street Metro Cruise Begins Aug 24 E-mail
Nearly 200,000 spectators and cars are expected to line 15 miles of 28th Street this weekend when the AT&T Metro Cruise returns to Grand Rapids' south side. Entering its third year, the popular event has been expanded to two days, August 24 & 25, and will feature live music, auto competitions and hundreds of classic show cars.

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