GRNow Weekend Guide August 12-14, 2011 E-mail
Enjoy the outdoors without the humidity this weekend at Coopersville Summerfest, Rock the Rapids, The Mixing Pot, the Cowpie Blues Festival, Avenue for the Arts Market and more.

Friday (08/12)

Coopersville Summerfest - The volunteer-driven festival draws thousands of people each year with the Del Shannon Memorial Car Show (showcasing more than 900 cars), a full week of family-friendly activities, food, museum exhibits, tractor games a 5K run and 3-D fireworks on Friday night. Free general admission.

Blake Shelton - 'Some Beach' country star Blake Shelton takes the Rock the Rapids stage at 7 p.m. with special opening guest Bomshel. Tickets are $29 for one day, $39 for two-day.

Garrison Keillor - The 'A Prairie Home Companion' host brings his live stage show back to the Meijer Gardens Amphitheater with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, sound-effects man Fred Newman and a special guest for tender duets, ballads and poetry.

Unity Christian Music Festival - Now in its 11th year, the contemporary Christian music festival at Heritage Landing will feature headlining acts like Barlow Girl, Newsboys, Switchfoot, Michael W. Smith, Kutless and many more. One day passes are $20.

Tank & Avant - The contemporary R&B singers who have collectively worked with Jaime Foxx, Monica and Ginuwine have teamed up and are bringing their Taste of Honey tour to DeVos Performance Hall with special guest Noel Gourdin. Tickets start at $37.50.

Cattle Baron's Ball - The country western-themed annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society returns with food, entertainment and dancing, plus a live auction assisted by members of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Registration for the event at Steelcase Town Hall gets underway at 5 p.m.

All Friday Events

Saturday (08/13)

Cowpie Blues Festival - The now annual blues festival at Shagbark Farms (a working cattle farm) will again have two stages in 2011 hosting a dozen blues bands from around Michigan and the nation. Weekend passes are $45 in advance and $65 at the gate.

The Mixing Pot - The Mixing Pot returns to Rosa Parks Circle this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The free multicultural family festival will have live music, food, dancing, prize giveaways and a butterfly release.

Kent County Youth Fair - Celebrating more than 75 years, the family-friendly event at the Kent County Fairgrounds will have parades, a talent contest, tractor pulls, a carnival midway with rides, a farmers market, live music, livestock, a rodeo, karaoke and more. Free.

Ludacris - Rock the Rapids wraps up with the the Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist and actor best known for hits like 'What's Your Fantasy', 'Act a Fool', 'Break Your Heart' with Taio Cruz and many more. Ticket to RTR are $29 for one day, $39 for a two-day pass.

Avenue for the Arts Market - The monthly artisans market on South Division continues on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. Browse and purchase hand-made artwork created by local artists, visit their studios and check out the unique retailers found between Weston and Cherry Streets. Free.

All Saturday Events

Sunday (08/14)

Stanton Old Fashioned Days - It's the quintessential small-town Michigan family festival with a classic car show, talent shows, antique tractors, free entertainment, a farmers market, bingo, food, the Grand Parade and more. Free.

All Sunday Events
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