The West Michigan Jazz Society Presents their 17th season of free Monday night Jazz concerts in the park!
2017 Concert Schedule
June 12 – Northview High School Jazz Band
June 19 – The Mark Kahny Group
June 26 – Noel Webley & His Jazz Friend
July 3 – The Lakeshore Big Band
July 10 – Imer Santiago
July 17- Kevin Jones
July 24 – Jim Cooper & Organic Vibes
July 31 – Metro Jazz Voices
August 7 – Mary Rademacher Reed
August 14 – Musician of the Year, Robin Connell
220 Front Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
More details at West Michigan Jazz Society
|1st annual Snow Days festival kicking off February 10, 2017.
The 5-day festival is designed to take advantage of Michigan’s cold climate, provide fun ways for people to get outside and enjoy the season, and help make Grand Rapids a better winter city, which makes Grand Rapids a better year-around city.
Snow Days comprises three distinct free- and low-cost events that each feature a wide variety of activities for both families and adults:
Valent-ICE, organized around Valentine’s Day, celebrates love and winter in Downtown. Among other activities the event features:
· 50+ unique sculptures that turn Downtown GR into a gallery of ice art. The sculptures total 17 tons of ice and include a life-sized Muhammad Ali, a space shuttle and a 5,000 lb sculpture determined by community voting which runs January 18-25.
· Walking and running tours
· Live ice-carving events
· Games and special libations served at the Downtown Market’s special Ice Bar.
· Rail Jam is a ski and snowboard competition in Ah-Nab-Awen Park. The event features free sledding and open riding for skiers and snowboarders.
· The Human Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament features real people munching marbles on the ice at Rosa Parks Circle in the spirit of the classic tabletop game.
More details at the link below:
I am excited to share some announcements public viewing opportunities for the coming Aug 5-7 weekend (in addition to Movies in the Park showing of Edward Scissorhands).
FIRST – Beginning Friday evening, August 5th at Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapidians will come together under a banner of international brotherhood to celebrate the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on a beautiful 40’ video wall that features precision picture quality. All weekend long, citizens can find the WOODTV8 Olympic coverage available on this big (gigantic!) screen in Downtown Grand Rapids. The event is free and open to the public. Please consider bringing lawn chairs and a picnic. No alcohol is permitted. This weekend of viewing opportunities is made possible by a partnership of WOOD TV8, LiveSpace, The City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
THEN Saturday, August 6th – during a break in Olympic broadcasting – DGRI will provide an outdoor screening of Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character. The recently released documentary film tells the story of how President Ford’s character – and Grand Rapids upbringing – influenced decisions that helped shape and define the future of the United States and world.
The film was conceived and commissioned by the Peter F. Secchia Family of Grand Rapids to showcase the significant role President Ford played in the healing and revitalization of our nation through a challenging period in American history. The show begins at 7 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids. Like the Olympic programming, this event is also free and open to the public. Please consider bringing lawn chairs and a picnic. No alcohol is permitted.
This excellent documentary will play – rain or shine – on the aforementioned very large and impressive outdoor video wall. The program is presented by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. in partnership with Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Executive Producer Peter Secchia, LiveSpace and WOOD TV 8. Click here for more information about the documentary film: http://geraldrfordfoundation.org/gerald-r-ford-a-test-of-character/
Make the most of your summer evenings and join GRAM for Thursday nights filled with FREE outdoor live music, dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar. Come for the music, and stay for the art, as the Museum is also open late for Meijer Free Thursday Nights!
Valent-ICE is an annual festival celebrating winter and love in Downtown Grand Rapids. Organized around Valentine’s Day, the festival features live ice carving, a walking tour of whimsical ice art, ice skating and other snowy season fun.
The event also showcases Michigan’s own Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield carving in the heart of Downtown a 6,000 lb ice sculpture selected by community vote.
Valent-ICE is part of Downtown’s campaign to better embrace the cold, take advantage of the city’s northern climate and make Grand Rapids a better winter city, which make Grand Rapids a better year-round city.
Grand Rapidians are invited to come out to play in the winter, take advantage of the free fun and enjoy Downtown’s shops, restaurants and local businesses.
Friday, February 12
12-7 PM: 40+ sculptures go on display throughout Downtown. Vote for your favorite ice and you could win a Downtown prize package.
4-7 PM: Bubbles on ICE Happy Hour at the Downtown Market’s Valent-ICE Lounge. Learn about and sample sparkling wines and play lighting rounds of 80’s trivia. Michigan craft beer and wine also available.
7-9 PM: 80’s-themed ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle (PDF). $1 for kids (under 17). $2 for adults. AB spinning the tunes. 80’s trivia and costume contest for the best dressed.
Saturday, February 13
12-3 PM: Live carving of the 6,000 lb Voter’s Choice public ice sculpture at Rosa Parks Circle. (Kids under 17 ice skate free) Children’s activities, free hot chocolate and prize giveaways.
Sunday, February 14
2-6 PM: ICE Cold Brewskies with a Whiskey Warmer at the Downtown Market’s Valent-ICE Lounge. Featuring the best winter ales paired with Whiskey warmers. Wine also available.
6-8 PM: Love on the Ice at Rosa Parks Circle. $1 for kids (under 17). $2 for adults. Free professional photography for the public.
More details online: http://downtowngr.org/our-work/projects/valent-ice
The 6th annual WinterWest event is coming back to Richmond Park from January 29-31. WinterWest is an event that encourages people and families to get out and enjoy winter in our parks.
With the return of GRD’s Pond Hockey all events will be held in the park over the weekend of January 29-31. The weekend will feature an Adult and Corporate Crazy Cardboard Sled Race on Friday January 29th, a Family Sled Building Day on January 30th, and the Kids Crazy Cardboard Sled Race on Sunday January 31st. There will also be a warming shelter open for families and individuals throughout the weekend events.
Friday night will feature a new event, the Adult and Corporate Crazy Cardboard Sled Race presented by Long Road Distillers. The event is a partnership between Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Grand Rapids Sports and Social Club. Registration is $40 and can be found on the GRSSC website. Onsite registration starts at 5pm and the first race will begin at 5:30 pm!
On Saturday, head to the Richmond Park lodge between 1 and 4 pm to build a sled for the Kids’ Crazy Cardboard Sled Race. The warming shelter will be open during event hours all weekend long where hot chocolate and coffee will be available.
One of the most popular parts of the event is the Kids’ Crazy Cardboard Sled Race sponsored by West Michigan Credit Union which will take place on Sunday, January 31 at 1:00 pm. Registration and additional info for the event can be found at the WinterWest Facebook page or http://www.friendsofgrparks.org.
- 1101 RICHMOND NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504