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Now that November is in full swing, the festive holiday season is on its way. Grand Rapids has a plethora of exciting events that are sure to keep your fall calendar full. Here is a compilation of 15 events that are not to be missed.
// Grand Rapids Cocktail Week //
What better way to celebrate then by kicking back with a couple of cocktails? Cocktail Week Grand Rapids runs from November 8-19 and includes the Pair and Share event where you can get 2 Michigan cocktails plus a shared plate appetizer for $25 or less at participating bars and restaurants. Another part of cocktail week is the Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival, a premier tasting event which takes place at Devos Place from November 16-18. Keep checking back for more cocktail events and special offers to be added!
Date: November 10th | Time: 8pm-11pm | Facebook
// Mane Event //
The Mane Event will be coming to BOB in Grand Rapids on November 10th. A dedication to Hollywood glamour, guests will be asked to style their hair in a way that best pays homage to this old school era. A judging competition will determine who is most deserving of the fine selection of prizes. Some proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Red Project, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting HIV.
// She’s All That-Roasting Last Call Cinema //
Date: November 11th | Time: 9pm-10:35pm | Tickets
Funny Girlss are just too much! Don’t you love how they offer live movie mocking commentary? The choice for November 11th is She’s All That…and with a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 38%, I can only imagine what kind of hilarious sarcasm will ensue!
// Long Run John //
Date: November 11th | Time: 8pm-10am | Facebook
Now that it’s getting cold, I’m sure your busting out those long johns! In fact, what better way to keep warm and enjoy minimal constraints while you’re running? Get those long johns and get your silly on when you run for the Long John Run at the Christ Church GR of November 11. Proceeds will be donated to Mel Trotter Ministries.
// A very Rustic Christmas Craft Show //
Date: November 11th | Time: 7am-3pm | Facebook
This is going to be freakin’ amazing…We promise this will be the coolest rustic craft show you have ever been too & will be the best one of the year! Bigger, badder, and better then ever! Warning: we don’t sell spanx or essential oils…not how we roll!
// Odesza //
Date: November 13th | Time: 7pm-10pm | Tickets
2017 finds ODESZA’s Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight on the precipice of a musical takeover with their third full-length album ‘A Moment Apart.’ The relentless touring that followed sophomore release ‘In Return’ gave way to prolific studio sessions, and the result is a 16-track album representative of ODESZA’s growth and maturity: weighted atmospheres, shimmering synth lines and familiar feelings of nostalgia, optimism and hope.
// Wonder: A DisArt Premier Film Event //
Date: November 14th | Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm | Tickets
Is there a movie buff in the family? Someone who likes to see all the latest movies before anyone else has a chance to publish spoilers on the internet? They will enjoy this pre-release, family friendly screening of the movie Wonder. On November 14, find out what it’s like for this boy to overcome his facial differences and become a hero in his community.
// International Wine, Beer and Food Festival //
Date: November 16th-18th | Time: 5pm-10pm | Tickets
This festival takes place November 16-18 as part of Grand Rapids Cocktail Week event. Celebrating its 10th year, this tasting event will feature 1,800 varieties of wines, beers, ciders and spirits. Recommended for expert connoisseurs as well as beginners who are looking to familiarize themselves with the local palette, this festival is sure to have something for everyone.
// FHN Presents //
Date: November 16th-18th | Time: 7pm | Tickets
Beauty and the Beast: What better way to ring in the holidays than with a live production of a perfect fairy tale? This timeless classic will be brought to life at Grand Rapid’s own Forest Hills Fine Arts Center on November 16th, 17th and 18th. Give your children a holiday memory they won’t soon forget.
// Marvel Universe Live- Age of Heroes //
Date: November 17th | Time: 7pm-10pm | Tickets
These days, the superheroes of the Marvel Universe are loved by kids and parents alike. Witness live action battle scenes featuring your favorites from the Marvel Universe on their endless quest to rescue good from evil. This event takes place on November 17 at the Van Andel Arena.
// Raise The Woof //
Date: November 17th | Time: 6:30pm-11pm | Tickets
Join us at our second annual Raise the Woof benefit! The event will feature a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, music, a photo booth, and an opportunity for attendees to meet some of the dogs our organization is working to save.
// 26th Annual Christmas Through Lowell //
Date: November 17th-19th | Time: 9am-5pm | Facebook
Looking for a unique gift to give this Christmas season? Maybe one that supports the community? Well shop local at this shopping event that will feature artists and crafters all vending their handmade treasures. Running from November 17-19, you’re sure to come home with a real find.
// Art Van Santa Parade //
Date: November 18th | Time: 9am-10am | Facebook
The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. Downtown Grand Rapids will be filled the sweet sounds of local marching bands, carolers, and local performers. Entrants for the 2017 event will create unique entries around the theme, including costumes, music, and floats based on popular & classic holiday songs.
// A Drag Queen Christmas //
Date: November 19th | Time: 8pm | Tickets
A Drag Queen Christmas- The Naughty Tour, starring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1, performing live on stage and rocking the catwalk. It’s an evening of holiday songs and outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens. All ages welcome. Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm. Presented by Murray & Peter.
// Grand Rapids Turkey Trot //
Date: November 23rd | Time: 8am-11am | Tickets
Come join the biggest and best holiday race in the Grand Rapids area with over 3,000 runners in the 25th annual Thanksgiving Day Run for Grand Rapids Public Schools presented by Blue Care Network of Michigan. This is a 5K run/walk through downtown for people of all ages and all fitness levels.