GRNow Weekend Guide September 9-11, 2011 E-mail
Celebration on the Grand, 9/11 Commemorations, Hispanic Festival, Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair, the Allegan County Fair and many, many more events are part of a huge weekend in GR.

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Friday (09/09)

Celebration on the Grand + Fireworks - One of Grand Rapids' premier events features fireworks, live music at Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Rosa Parks Circle and a chance to sample the best of local restaurants at the Taste of Downtown. Free admission; food selections are $1-$5 each. The fireworks display is scheduled for Friday, September 9 at dusk.

9/11 Remembered at the Ford Museum - Beginning at 7:15 a.m., the Ford Presidential Museum will host the Scout Salute Program, followed by the 9/11 2001 Remembrance, the Cathedral Square Interfaith Program, the Blessing of the Vehicles, and the Heroes Honor Program, before closing with the Sunset Scout Salute at 8 p.m.

12 Angry Men - The Civic Theatre performs the stage adaptation of the classic television movie about twelve jurors who discover the case is not as clear-cut as it seems. Runs through September 18.

Allegan County Fair - In addition to midway rides, games and food, and national musical acts like Jason Aldean will perform at the main grandstand during the nine-day fair. The grandstand area will also host tractor pulls and a demolition derby. Special event ticket prices do not include admission or parking.

Ain't Misbehavin' - The comic and soul of 1930s Harlem lives on through this musical presented by the Circle Theatre at Aquinas College. Show runs through September 24.

St. John Vianney Annual Festival - The Parish in Wyoming hosts the classic family church festival with bingo, carnival rides, food and game tents, raffles and more.

All Friday Events


Saturday (09/10)

Hispanic Festival - The 34th annual Hispanic Festival at the Calder Plaza celebrates the different Latin American Cultures unified by the Spanish language. Enjoy food, music, fun and free admission.

Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair - The Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair returns to the park at Burton & Madison this Saturday at 9 a.m. Check out more than 100 local artist vendor booths, along with food and kids activities. Free admission.

Kid Rock - The Michigan native's Born Free Tour rolls into the Allegan County Fair at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 to $85.

Art in the Park - Artists across the state will compete in this juried art exhibition in downtown Rockford. Admission is free.

Avenue for the Arts Market - After getting rained out in August, the September edition of the Avenue for the Arts Market on South Division will hope for clearer skies so that visitors can check out artist booths, retail shops, food and music from 4 to 9 p.m.

Art on the Spot - On Saturday, watch local artists paint in the open air around Reeds Lake and Gaslight Village in East Grand Rapids. Visitors will be able to purchase the freshly painted scenes right off the easel.

Klackle Orchards Family Fun Farm - The Greenville orchard and farm will kick off their season of fall activities with wagon rides, the petting zoo, facepainting, a corn maze and much more. Admission is $9.

Reeds Lake Triathlon - Watch (or compete with) up to 1,200 athletes compete in the half mile swim, 17 mile bike ride and 5 mile run around Reeds Lake.

WGRD Dodgeball Challenge - Bring your team of misfits to the parking lot at The B.O.B. and dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge your way to title. Things get underway at 10 a.m.

Maze - Soul sensation, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, will be bringing all their smash hits from the 1970s, 80s and 90s for one night at DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets start at $51.50.

Celebration on the Grand - GR's premier event continues with live music at both Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Rosa Parks Circle and a chance to sample the best of local restaurants at the Taste of Downtown. Free admission; food selections are $1-$5 each.

Ruth's Chris Preview - Get an exclusive preview of the new steak house at the Amway Grand Plaza during Great Causes, Great Steaks. Tickets are $125 with all proceeds benefiting disease research and science education at Van Andel Institute.

Robinette's Fall Festival - Welcome fall with live music, hayrides, activities & games for kids, wine tasting for $1/person and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pulaski Days Rehearsal - Pulaksi Days isn't until October, but that doesn't mean you can't get some practice time in this weekend. The Elks Lodge on Leonard St NW will have kielbasa, Polish beer, dancing, music and more from 1 p.m. until midnight.

All Saturday Events


Sunday (09/11)

Honor and Remember on September 11 - Grand Rapids will come together for a day of remembrance with a collaborative effort among community organizations and churches. At 2 p.m. an interfaith prayer service will be held at Cathedral Square, followed by the blessing of emergency response and memorial walk to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

9/11 Remembered at the Ford Museum - Beginning at 7:15 a.m., the Ford Presidential Museum will host the Scout Salute Program, followed by the 9/11 2001 Remembrance, the Cathedral Square Interfaith Program, the Blessing of the Vehicles, and the Heroes Honor Program, before closing with the Sunset Scout Salute at 8 p.m.

Memorial Stair Climb - The event at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will honor the 343 fallen firefighters killed on September 11th, 2001. Climb the stairs individually or in teams of four; registration is $25 for adults and $10 for students (family discounts available) and all money is being donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

List of 9/11 Commemorations

All Sunday Events
 
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