GRNow Weekend Guide March 4-6, 2011 E-mail
There are sure signs of spring this weekend with the Home & Garden Show, Butterflies are Blooming and the special re-opening celebration at John Ball Zoo. Plus the UICA's 19 Holes: Artist Designed Mini-Golf makes its debut.


Friday (03/04)

West Michigan Home & Garden Show - The all-in-one home and garden expo at DeVos Place is back for its 32nd season, this time with ten featured gardens, six free seminars and more than 350 exhibitors pitching everything from landscaping to roofing and everything in between. Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for kids.

Grease - Broadway Grand Rapids brings Grease to DeVos Hall through Sunday evening. See Danny and Sandy fall in love to the background of 'Summer Nights', 'You're the One that I Want' and 'Greased Lightning'. Tickets: $25.

Girlfriends Weekend - The new three-day event in downtown Holland will feature a Friday night fashion show, a dueling piano party, a chance to party 'like it's 1979', a breakfast buffet and trunk shows, cooking demonstrations and more at Holland shops and stores. Advanced registration required.

All Friday Events

Saturday (03/05)

Grand Rapids Griffins - Star Wars Night returns to Van Andel Arena as the Griffins host the Rochester Americans. More than 50 costumed characters will roam the concourse and fans can have their pics taken at two photo booths for a small fee that will be donated to the Griffins Youth Foundation. The first 2,000 fans will also receive a talking bottle cap opener. Tickets are $13 and up.

19 Holes: Artist Designed Mini-Golf opens - The UICA helps get an early start on LaughFest with wacky and wild mini-golf course that will feature 19 extreme and inventive holes on the walls, windows and even the ceiling. Admission $5-$8.

Butterflies are Blooming - One of Frederik Meijer Gardens' (and a sure sign of spring!) most popular annual events returns through April 30. See hundreds of butterflies from around Michigan and the world fly freely through the Lena Meijer Conservatory. Visitors can also watch the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at the Butterfly Bungalow. Admission is $12 for adults and $4-$6 for kids.

Salsa Pachanga - Salsa Pachanga returns to the JW Marriott Grand Rapids for the first time in 2011 Saturday at 9 p.m. 10-piece salsa band Grupo Aye will provide the music and host the dance contest and a street food station and cash bar will be available. $10 cover.

Mardi Gras Ball - The black-tie event at the Cultural Center at St. Nicholas on East Paris SE celebrates Mardi Gras while also raising money for the National Kidney Foundation. Enjoy food, live music and a live auction.

John Ball Zoo Reopens - It's another sign that spring is right around the corner: John Ball Zoo is now open for the season and will host a celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with special activities for everyone. Admission: $4-$5.

Sugarbush - If you still haven't spent enough time outside this weekend, head to the Blandford Nature Center for the annual Sugarbush Festival. From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, learn how syrup is made, see the production process and sample the final product. The buildings and general store will be also be open. Admission: $3.

All Saturday Events

Sunday (03/06)

Pop! - Celebrate local artists from 4-7 p.m. at Moxie Beauty & Hair Parlor near 44th & Kalamazoo. All artwork displayed by the eleven participating artists will be available for purchase. Free admission.

The Grand Affair - The Amway Grand Plaza hosts the bridal showcase where prospective brides can meet with local vendors and receive a complimentary tour of the AGP facilities. Admission is free, as is complimentary parking, hors d'oeuvres and cake samples and more.

All Sunday Events