GRNow Weekend Guide October 14-16, 2011 E-mail

It feels more like fall outside and there are some great ways to celebrate the autumn season at Blandford Nature Center's Fall Festival, Hoptoberfest in downtown GR, on a historical ghost tour in Grand Haven and at Founders' Harvest Party.

Friday (10/14)

Griffins Home Opener - Griffins hockey is back in GR as the new season kicks off against Toronto at Van Andel Arena. The game is expected to be the 16th straight sold-out season opener and fans can once again take advantage of Dollar Beers, Dollar Dogs.

Carlson's Crypt - Located in Belding (about 20 miles from downtown Grand Rapids), Carlson's Crypt offers both a haunted trail and The Night Maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Admission has been lowered to $10 from $13 for 2011. A daytime corn maze is open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Anthrax - The heavy metal band takes the stage at The Orbit Room with special guests Testament and Death Angel. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Grand Haven Historical Ghost Tour - Take an evening stroll through downtown Grand Haven and learn about the history of the historic parts of the city while enjoying a little ghostly fun and surprises along the way. Cost is $5 per person.

All Friday Events

Saturday (10/15)

Hoptoberfest - Enjoy local beer from breweries like Hopcat and Brewery Vivant while catching live blues music performed by national acts. Ionia Ave between Weston and Oakes will be shut down from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the autumn street party. Admission is $10.

Ziggy Marley - The singer, song-writer and son of legend Bob Marley visits the Intersection with special guest Leon Mobley. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Ages 16+ welcome.

Founders Harvest Party - Sample some of Founders hoppiest beers on tap while catching live music by Rubblebucket at the annual Harvest Party October 15. General admission is $8 ($6 for Mug Club Members).

Blandford Nature Center Fall Festival - The annual festival filled with pioneer-like activities like rope-making and blacksmithing returns October 15. Families can also make their own scarecrows, candles and pioneer toys and press apples into cider. Admission is $5, kids 3 and under are free.

Colorburst Bicycle Ride - The charity tour, hosted by the Grand Rapids Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, honors two cyclists killed by drunk drivers. Now in its 29th year, the ride has raised more than $100,000 for MADD of Kent County and other charities. This year's race begins at 8 a.m. at Fallasburg Park in Lowell.

Fall Bridal Show - See the latest in bridal fashions while visiting dozens of wedding-related vendors inside of DeVos Place. Tickets are $7 at the door.

All Saturday Events

Sunday (10/16)

Grand Rapids Marathon - Returning for a seventh year to downtown Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, the 26.2 mile race has seen 20% participation growth every since its inception. The run begins at 7 a.m. at the David D. Hunting YMCA on Lake Michigan Drive.

All Sunday Events
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