GRNow Weekend Guide October 19-21, 2012 E-mail
Another busy weekend around Grand Rapids features a wide variety of events including Sleeping Beauty, Zoo Goes Boo, the opening of "Real/Surreal", The Music of Queen, the Brewers' Challenge and more.

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Friday (10/19)

Zoo Goes Boo - The family Halloween event where kids can dress up an trick-or-treat returns to John Ball Zoo October 19, 20, 26, 27 & 28. New for 2012 is a Scarecrow Safari Contest. Admission: $7 per person.

Real/Surreal - Focusing on the tension and overlap between "Realism" and "Surrealism", the Grand Rapids Art Museum's newest exhibition features works by Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Man Ray, George Tooker and more. Also opening this weekend at GRAM is "Salvador Dalí's Twelve Tribes of Israel". Both exhibits run through January 13.

Brewers' Challenge - As part of 'Thank You, BEER!', the Grand Rapids Public Museum presents the Brewers' Challenge this Friday and Saturday. The audience-judged competition will showcase Michigan brews and tickets include small plates and 10 beer tasting tokens.

Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival - Michigan's premier film festival celebrating the genre movie runs three days at the Wealthy Theatre, October 18-20. Dozens of full-length films, shorts and cult classics will be shown. All-access weekend festival passes are $40; individual event tickets available.

Flat Stanley - Visiting the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre stage for the first time, the children's musical based on the book by Jeff Brown brings Flat Stanley to life through October 28. Tickets: $10-$16.

All Friday Events


Saturday (10/20)

Sleeping Beauty - The Grand Rapids Ballet Company and the Junior Company combine forces to present the classic ballet featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and the choreography of Petipa. The Ballet will perform the Russian favorite seven times at the Wege Theatre. As of October 17, one performance is sold out and three have limited seating.

Blandford Harvest Festival - The annual festival filled with pioneer-like activities like candle making returns Saturday. Families can also enjoy live music and paint pumpkins. Admission is $5, kids 3 and under are free.

Lift: Movement and Music - Members of the Grand Rapids Symphony will visit the UICA to perform a specially choreographed piece with 'Song of Lift', the ArtPrize entry that won second place this year. Tickets still available.

Dinosaur Jr. - The alt-rock pioneers take the stage at The Orbit Room with special guest Shearwater. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Fall Bridal Show - Future brides can check out wedding industry vendor booths and fashions shows at DeVos Place Saturday and Sunday, and a have a chance to win prizes and freebies. Tickets are $7 at the door.

All Saturday Events


Sunday (10/21)

The Music of Queen - Hear the classic music of Queen performed by vocalist Kerry Ellis and a band/rhythm section of some of the finest session players in the industry, along with an orchestra, at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Tickets: $42, $44, and $48.

Museums Free4All - The four major museums downtown, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Public Museum, the Children's Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will once again be completely free from noon until 5 p.m.

All Sunday Events