GRNow Weekend Guide September 16-18, 2011 E-mail
There are plenty of event options again this weekend with the Eastown Street Fair, Fiesta Mexicana, the Circus, ArtPrize events, Michigan Irish Festival and more.

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Friday (09/16)

Salmagundi - Dance in the Annex and ArtPeers present the collection of modern dance and music created by local talent performed on stage at the Wealthy Theatre. Tickets are $12.

Fiesta Mexicana - Celebrate the bicentennial of Mexican Independence with one of the largest and oldest ethnic festivals in GR. Enjoy three days of diverse culture, music, art and food at Calder Plaza. Free admission.

Fallfest Bluegrass Festival - The 16th Annual Festival at the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell features three days of family-friendly entertainment and bluegrass music.

West Michigan Mom's Sale - Browse gently used baby and kids clothing, maternity wear, toys, furniture, books, strollers and more at the DeltaPlex Friday and Saturday. Admission is $3.

Company B - The Grand Rapids Ballet Company kicks off its 2011-'12 season with dances choreographed to classic songs by the Andrews Sisters along with George Balanchine's Serenade, Joseph Hassreiter's Fairy Doll pas de trois. Tickets are $35.

Ringling Bros. Circus - 'The Greatest Show on Earth' takes the circus to new heights at Van Andel Arena with 'Barnum 200'. See 130 performers from around the world fly, bounce and lead exotic animals through exciting stunts at the family-friendly show. Tickets start at $15.

Live Mannequin Night - See your favorite TV shows brought to life in the storefronts and windows of businesses and retailers in downtown Holland. Free admission; runs 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Barley Hop - Get ready for Oktoberfest with this bar crawl that will allow patrons to sample local beers that will featured at John Ball Park next week. A shuttle will journey between Graydon's Crossing, Hopcat, Logan's Alley, Sazerac and more.

Mozart Double Piano Concerto - The GR Symphony's season at DeVos Hall opens up with a double piano concerto featuring Robert Levin, a foremost scholar and performer of Mozart, who will take the stage with his wife, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang. Tickets start $18.

ArtPeers - Before ArtPrize, see the work of local artists installed in businesses, galleries and venues along Wealthy Street. There are no fees to enter or prizes to win, just a celebration of local art.

All Friday Events


Saturday (09/17)

Eastown Street Fair - For more than 30 years, the distinct and original street fair on Wealthy Street SE has brought summer to a close with art, food and music on two stages featuring only local bands. Free.

Chrysanthemums and More! - From September 16 through October 30, see colorful mums in 4 to 6 feet high columns, plus special fall events like the Herb & Gourd Festival, the display of giant pumpkins and leaf tours.

The Hub Grand Opening - Check out ArtPrize's new headquarters in the former UICA location (41 Sheldon Blvd) and register early to beat the rush on Wednesday. Robinette's will provide the free cider and doughnuts.

Michigan Irish Festival - Irish food, step dancing and music await visitors at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. The cultural village will have Irish-made jewelry, baked goods, gifts, artwork, cedar chests and the Pub will have live entertainment and plenty of beer selections on tap. Three-day passes are available for $25 in advance.

Creston Car Show - Back for a seventh year, the free family-friendly event on Plainfield Ave will showcase antique & classic vehicles, live music, prizes and activities for kids from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tulipanes - Mainly held at Holland's Centennial Park, the Latino Art & Film Festival will feature the Children's Art Workshop, award-winning films, a salsa night and more.

All Saturday Events


Sunday (09/18)

ArtPrize Artist Reception at The B.O.B. - Meet the artists showcased at The B.O.B. on Sunday evening at Eve.

They Might Be Giants - The quirky alternative band perhaps best known for the theme song for 'Malcolm in the Middle', will bring their unique musical flavor to The Intersection. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at door. Ages 14+ welcome.

All Sunday Events
 
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