GRNow Weekend Guide August 26-28, 2011 E-mail
The 28th Street Metro Cruise, Polish Festival and Yassou! Greek Festival top the weekend's events.

Friday (08/26)

Hudsonville Community Fair - Admission is just $3 for adults (kids under 12 are free) to enter the "Biggest Little Fair in the State". Highlights include the carnival midway, livestock auction, 4-H shows, tractor pull, off-road derbys and live entertainment under the big tent. Admission for grandstand events is extra; parking is free.

Chris LaPorte Autograph Session - The 2010 ArtPrize winner will sign copies of his new specially-designed Celebration on the Grand posters at the GR Art Museum from 6-7 p.m. Posters are $20.

EGR vs. Catholic Central - It's already the first week for high school football and the 2011 season kicks off with a powerhouse contest pitting East Grand Rapids against Catholic Central at EGR High School.

Whitecaps - The Whitecaps take on Lake County for their second-to-last homestand of the season. Fireworks will follow the game and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Mickey Tettleton bobblehead as part of Tiger Friday.

Dozynki Festiwal - Back for a second year at Rosa Parks Circle, attendees can celebrate Polish heritage, food, music and beer this weekend at the GR Polish Harvest Festival. Free admission; opens Friday, August 26 at noon.

All Friday Events

Saturday (08/27)

28th Street Metro Cruise - The 28th Street Metro Cruise returns this Friday and Saturday with 15 miles of cool cars stretching from Grandville to Cascade, along with a sock hop, swap meet, live music and the Metro Million display of high value vehicles.

Yassou! Greek Festival - After drawing 6,000 people to its inaugural festival at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (near Michigan St NE & Maryland NE) last year, the celebration of Greek culture returns with locally prepared foods and pastries, live Greek music and dancing, beer and wine and ethnic arts and crafts. Admission: $2.

Running of the Bulls - The El Toro! Running of the Bulls returns to the Heartside Neighborhood for a third year. The free event takes you on a pub crawl and scavenger hunt through downtown while being chased by the 'bulls'--members of the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls.

3rd Annual Ritz Koney Cornsacker - Ritz Koney's cornhole tournament is also back for year three, with double elimination tournament play, the Closest to the Cornhole Toss and the Air Mail Competition. Check-in begins at 11 a.m.; cost is $40 per team.

Fes2val - The celebration of the two-piece band is back at The Wealthy Theatre. Beginning at noon, see 16 bands spanning all genres prove that two musicians are enough to create an amazing sounds. Beer and food will be available on-site; admission is $5.

All Saturday Events

Sunday (08/28)

The Naked Foot 5K - Wear shoes or run bare across grassy fields and through wooded areas along the Grand River. The 5K (and optional one mile race) is a fundraiser for Soles4Souls, a Nashville, TN charity that collects and delivers shoes to people in need all over the world.

All Sunday Events
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