|GRNow Weekend Guide September 23-25, 2011|
Along with ArtPrize this weekend, check out Oktoberfest, the West Side Pizza Shoot-Out, Rockford's Harvest Festival and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
ArtPrize - Friday's ArtPrize highlights include Westside Neighborhood GO Time, a meet-the-artists reception at Purple East, Cathedral Square's opening reception WMU's ArtPrize Reveal After Party. Full ArtPrize Guide.
Oktoberfest - The annual festival returns this Friday and Saturday to John Ball Park with a beer tent, German music, dancing, authentic food and more. Admission is free.
Gershwin's Greatest Hits - The Grand Rapids Symphony performs the best of the celebrated American composer, who so effortlessly linked jazz with orchestral compositions. Tickets start at $18.
Rockford Harvest Festival - Downtown Rockford welcomes the fall season in a big way with hayrides, children's activities, scarecrow building and much more. Admission is free.
All Friday Events
ArtPrize - The main event continues with a morning ArtWalk, artist demonstrations at Peaches Bed & Breakfast, Center City GO Time and live music at Rosa Parks Circle. Full ArtPrize Guide.
Komen Race for the Cure - One of the largest 5K walk/runs in the area, the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 2011, returns to RiverTown Crossings Mall next Saturday morning. Registration is still open.
West Side Pizza Shoot-out - Try out a variety of pizzas served by local independent pizza-makers competing head-to-head to be your favorite at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Garfield SW. Enjoy family-friendly per-piece pricing, salad and breadsticks from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Famous Pumpkin Train - See The Great Pumpkin, Scarecrow and Little Crow on the Coopersville & Marne Railway. Local actress Eva Swietec and her cast of wacky characters will sing and dance during the approximately 1 hour, 15 minute ride and each child can pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch after the train returns to downtown Coopersville. Runs Saturdays and Sundays through October 30. Tickets: adults $14.50, seniors (60+) $13.50, kids (2-12) $11.50.
All Saturday Events
ArtPrize Street Party - Swing by the street party at LaGrave & Fulton between noon and 8 p.m., in front of the Cottage Bar, and catch live music with the Nik Stevenson, 13th Hour and The Trace. Free.
Art & Architecture Tour of Fountain Street Church - See the stained glass, mosaics, architectural detail and much more up close at Fountain Street Church from 2-4 p.m. Free.
All Sunday Events