Top 15 October Events In Grand Rapids


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From haunted tours and costume parties to adorable corgi get togethers, GRNow has rounded up the Top 15 Events for October. Be sure to mark your calendars with all the fun fall festivities listed below.

Small Plates, Big Impact

Date: October 12th | Time: 5:30pm-9:30pm | Downtown Market | More info 

Strolling dinner and interactive food event to benefit the Downtown Market Education Foundation’s culinary nutrition and entrepreneur programs. Held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm, your $100 ticket grants access to Market Hall for exclusive one-time-only tastes and discounted shopping. Live music, exclusive sponsor lounge, silent auction, and after-party will offer an engaging event for foodies and friends alike.

GR’s Most Haunted Running Tour

Date: October 10th | Time: 7pm-8:30pm | Facebook | Tickets

Grand Rapids Running Tours offers 20+ thematically organized guided group or individual running or walking tours oriented around specific Grand Rapids landmarks and points of interest. We can also customize tours to accommodate any athletic ability, entertainment and cultural interest. Step-on bus tours as well as “virtual” tours (presentations) are available.

GRFF Spotlight 2017

Date: October 13th | Time: 6pm-10pm | More info

The Spotlight highlights two Michigan filmmakers with an outdoor screening of their films. For 2017, the event features the winners of the April Festival’s Best Michigan Feature and Short.

BYOB Fall Colors Tour

Date: October 13th-20th | Time: 5pm-7:30pm | Facebook | Tickets

Join Grand Rapids Beer Trolley for a fall color tour of greater GR!
All ages welcome!
BYOB (beer, wine, cider welcome)

4:45pm- Check in begins at Vander Mill – grab a grolwer of cider for the trolley ride

5:00pm- Depart Vander Mill and wind through the trees, cider/beer/wine in hand!

6:00pm- Arrive at Robinettes for an evening of hay rides, wine & cider tastings, and corn maze adventures

7:15pm- Depart Robinettes and the chase the sunset

7:30pm- Arrive at Vander Mill

Shopping & Lifestyle Expo

Date: October 14th-15th | Time: varies |  Tickets

Indulge yourself and renew your personal style with the latest trends in shopping, entertainment and relaxation. Be prepared to explore a new interest, re-ignite your health, and shop for a great find. Exhibits perfect for unique holiday gift ideas for every member of your family!



7th Annual Rock The Runway

Date: October 14th | Time: 6pm-9pm | Tickets

Rock’n the Runway is a community fashion show developed to increase BREAST CANCER AWARENESS in our urban Community! It highlights the hottest fall fashion trends while taking time to educate the attendees on the importance of early care and prevention screenings. Many of the models rocking the runway are breast cancer fighters and survivors!


Wine & Wig 2017

Date: October 14th | Time: 6:30pm-11pm | Facebook | Tickets

Get wiggy with it at the Premier Party of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in West Michigan! Benefitting Komen Michigan, Gilda’s Club GR, American Cancer Society and Van Andel Institute. #wineandwig17


Date: October 14th | Time: 8am start | More Info 

The Annual Walk For Wishes – West Michigan is a Make-A-Wish Michigan fundraiser that celebrates the more than 8,500 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. It’s a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends.


Shipshewana On The Road

Date: October 21st-22nd | Time: 9am-5pm | Facebook | More Info.

Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public. The shows are held in various venues in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio during the spring and fall. The vendors consist of artisans, crafters, flea market dealers and retail business owners. Many of the vendors set-up at the outdoor market at Shipshewana, IN during the summer months – hence the name of the show. There really is no limit on the type of merchandise for sale, however JDL Corporation decides what merchandise is allowed at the show and seeks to have as much variety as possible. Finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home decor, handmade jewelry, cleaning products, clothing, homemade jams, jellies and cookies, 14kt. gold and sterling silver jewelry are just a few of the products at the shows.

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Date: October 20th-22nd | Time: 2pm-5pm | Facebook | Tickets

The DeVos Place/Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, Michigan

• Huge vending room
• Car show
• Film festival
• Dan’s Dream art show
• Anime room
• Costume contests
• Electronic/Board/Card gaming rooms
• 501st/Ghostbusters/Minions/Manticoran Navy
• Cosplay Crusaders
• LEGOs display
• Lifesize Toothless
• 100+ hours of programming
• Lots of after-hours activities including concerts and a dance

Zoo Goes Boo 2017!

Date: October 20th-22nd | Time: 10am-3pm | Facebook |

Join us for six days of trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations and games & fun! (oh, and did we mention the animals getting treats too?)

Zoo Goes Boo Weekend 1 goes from October 20 – 22, 10am – 3pm

Zoo Goes Boo Weekend 2 goes from October 27 – 29, 10am – 3pm

1 years old and under free

Pooches On The Patio

Date: October 24th | Time: 6:30pm | Facebook |

Join us for our Howl-a-ween dog walk . Bobbing for hotdogs , treat bags , raffle for Hearts Of Hope and many more goodies . Dress your pooch up for a opportunity to win a spectacular grand prize.

2017 Corgis In The Park

Date: October 28th | Time: 10am-2pm | Facebook | More Info.

Year #3… I have reserved the Riverside Park Band Shell and adjacent (fenced in) ball field along the Grand River in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan for Corgis in the Park 2017! Bring your corgi in costume on Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. for a few hours of silliness as we look to benefit Paws with a Cause. You don’t have to own a corgi to attend. Although we love all dogs…this day is meant to be a “Corgi only” event. We want you to reserve your corgi…now! Last year we had nearly (300) corgis that attended. If you’re bringing a corgi, please upload a photo and name of the dog that will be attending.

Freak Show Halloween Costume Party

Date: October 27th | Time: 7pm-2am | Facebook | More Info.

The B.O.B., WLAV 96.9, WBBL 107.3, Hot FM 105.3, and Nash 94.5 present Freak Show at The B.O.B. Prepare to experience a delicious cocktail of amazement, fear and awe as you make your way through 5 floors of freaky frights, diabolical delights, 6 dance floors and 7 DJs. Limited Priority Passes are $15. Admission to Eve is an additional $10 and available the night of the event only.

Prizes are based on the best overall costume as determined by public vote. Guests may wear costumes of any theme – NO WEAPONS or fake weapons will be permitted. Voting takes place from 7pm – 10:30pm. Winner announced in H.O.M.E. at 11:15pm.
1st Place: $1,000 Check + Trip To Redstone Inn, CO
2nd Place: $1,000 Check
1st Place Social Media Picture: Tag your craziest, freakiest, Halloween picture from Freak Show at The B.O.B. on Saturday Night, by using #BOBFreakShow and win a $100.00 Gift Card!

Saved By The 90’s-Halloween Party

Date: October 28th | Time: 8pm-1:30am | Facebook | Tickets

SectionLive presents Saved by the 90s – Halloween Party at The Intersection with special guest Mike On My Radio from Mojo In The Morningon Saturday, October 28th

18+ w/ ID | Doors 8pm | Tickets $10 (First 200), $12 ADV / $15 DOS

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