Top 15 January Events in Grand Rapids

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Happy New Year! What’s better than starting the year off with a variety of events to fill your January schedule?!

From fun ways to exercise to shopping events and music festivals, here are our top picks for month of January…

//Grand Rapids Wedding Affair//

Jan. 12 | 5pm – 9pm | Grand Rapids Public Museum

The beginning of the year is a great time to say yes! Those planning on a 2018 wedding will be excited to attend Grand Rapids most elegant bridal show on January 12 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Meet the area’s top wedding professionals while enjoying cocktails, live jazz and food samples.

//B93 Beer City Music Festival// 

Jan. 12 & 13th | Times Vary | Delta Plex

Enjoy an evening of beer and live music at the Beer City Music Festival taking place January 12 and 13 at The DeltaPlex Arena. The lineup includes live performances by Michael Ray, Chase Bryant, High Valley, Joe Diffie and more. Guest will have the opportunity to party in the venue’s 20,000 square foot indoor tailgate lounge while participating in drinking games featuring their favorite microbrews.

//Salsa Night// 

Jan. 14 | 7pm – 9:30pm | Creston Brewery

Whether you are an experienced salsa dancing, or just salsa curious, you might want to check out the salsa social happening at the Creston Brewery on January 14. Salsa dancers of all experience levels are welcome, and lessons will be offered by some of the area’s top instructors. And just wait till you hear the awesome dance tracks!

//The Drunken Retort//

 Jan. 15 | 8pm – 11:30pm | Stella’s Lounge

 Fostering Grand Rapids performing arts community, The Drunken Retort connects artists in a fun, safe and energetic atmosphere with a unique production that should be fully enjoyed by art lovers everywhere. Monday, Jan. 15, a performance takes place at Stella’s Lounge featuring the talented Siaara Freeman. Be sure not to miss your chance to catch the show!

//Hand Made: 90’s House Party //

Jan. 18 | 8pm – 12 am | Gray SkiesDistillery 

Everything that’s old is new again…and the 90’s are back and better than ever! Get out those frilly shirts and high waisted jeans and get ready to enjoy Hand Made, the 90’s House Party happening at the Gray Skies Distillery on January 18. With a specialty cocktail menu put together to suit the hip-hop and dance tunes of the 90’s, it’s time to put on those wedges and get set to dance the night away.

//Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show// 

Jan 18-21 | Times Vary | DeVos Place

Nothing really spells freedom quite like hitting the open road in an RV! Check out what’s new in RV’s, motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and folding camping trailers at this exciting three-day event taking place at DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall.

//Nature Day at the Downtown Market//

Jan. 20 | 10am – 1pm | Downtown Market

If you are a nature enthusiast, grab a bit of the great outdoors right in the Grand Rapids downtown area! On Jan. 20, come on down to the Downtown Market to check out different exotic animals up close and learn about their habitats and daily habits!


Jan.  20 | 8pm | DeVos Place

If you haven’t seen this physical theater performance yet, what are you waiting for? Originating in Brighton, United Kingdom, this production uses the body and ordinary objects to create a production that is beyond what you might imagine. Don’t miss out on a chance to catch Stomp at DeVos Place and Performance Hall on January 20 at 8 PM.

//Harlem Globetrotters//

Jan 21 | 2pm | Van Andel

The Harlem Globetrotters are an institution that has been etched into the memories of so many girls and boys who continue to enjoy them into adulthood. Enjoy this special opportunity to witness the team’s antics live at the Van Andel Arena this January 21!

//Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive//

Jan 26 | 7pm | Van Andel ]

If you are a fan of comedy and ventriloquism, you won’t want to miss out on Jeff Dunham’s performance on Jan. 26 at the Van Andel Arena. He’s appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central and more. Now he’s going to be right here in Grand Rapids so don’t miss out a chance to see him on his Passively Aggressive tour.

//Kids and Family Expo//

Jan. 27 | 10am . 5pm | DeVos Place

Cold weather got the kids trapped in the house? Well, why not make some weekend fun this Jan. 27 by bringing them down to the Kids and Family Expo? Devos Place and DeVos Performance Hall will transform into an indoor playground offering kids the opportunity to zip line through the venue as well as play on a giant slide, run through an obstacle course, build Legos, enjoy live performances and so much more!

//Orchid Show at Meijer Gardens//

Jan. 27 & 28 | Times Vary | Meijer Gardens

It may not exactly be orchid season, but Meijer Gardens defies time and reason by presenting their lovely orchid show. Featured in their luxuriously warm Grand Room, these orchids offer unique fragrances and natural beauty that must be seen to be believed. Guests will not only have the option to view these lovely flowers, they can also take them home with them!

//Crawl of Thrones//

Jan. 27 |  2pm – 9pm | Varies Locations 

It’s a royal pub crawl! Get ready to dress up as your favorite royal figure and participate in a pub crawl to end all pub crawls! $50 get you admission to 7 ‘kingdoms’ (or maybe just bars) where a cast of characters and themed drink specials will ensure you a regal drinking experience that exceeds your wildest expectations.

//Uppers and Downers// 

Jan. 28 | 5pm – 8pm | The Sovengard

Love beer? Love coffee? How about food? This might be the event for you! On Jan. 28, Good Beer Hunting will be offering a four-course meal accompanied by 4 beer pairings and various coffee offerings from Sparrows Coffee. The event will take place at the Soverngard restaurant and feature their culinary delights along with one-off brew batches from Transient Artisan Ales, Greyline Brewing Co., Watermark Brewing Co. and Brewery Vivant.

Edited: Past events were taken from the top and added below. 

//Indie Flea Grand Rapids// 

Jan. 6  | 10am-4pm | Wealthy Street Theatre

The Indie Flea is always a great way to find affordable and unique items. January’s installment will be held at the Wealthy Theater and offer terrific products made by local vendors. Didn’t get all you had hoped for the holidays this year? Well, now is your chance to splurge while supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of West Michigan.

//Barre & Brew with Beer City Barre and City Built Brewing//

Jan. 6 | 9:45am | City Built Brewing

For some, working out can be so much more rewarding when its followed by tasty refreshments. Earn that amazing craft brew as well as tasty food served after a 45-minute work out class taking place at Beer City Barre January 6 starting at 9:45.

//Juice Ball Grease Lightning//

Jan. 6 | 8Pm-12AM | 20 Monroe Live

Guaranteed to be automatic, systematic and hydromatic, this 50’s themed party not only promises to be a lot of fun; it’s supporting a great cause. Check out the 20 Monroe Live venue as it’s transformed into a historical mashup of sets from Happy Days, Grease and Laverne and Shirley. Then get ready to hand jive the night away as Nine Mile Smile perform the Grease Soundtrack in its entirety. All this supports the non-profit organization, Kitchen Sage, helping people fulfill their dreams in the culinary industry.