WHAT TO DO IN DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS - AUGUST 8 – 11, 2019
(All events below are located within easy walking distance from the hotel)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS: RELAX AT ROSA, 12-1:30 PM Live Music & Food Trucks, Rosa Parks Circle – FREE
GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM: GRAM ON THE GREEN WITH WYCE 88.1 FM – Hannah Rose & the Gravestones with KJ & the Good Time Family Band, 6-9 PM – FREE
GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM MEIJER FREE THURSDAY NIGHTS, 5-9 PM – FREE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 7 PM
GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM: FORD AFTER FIVE - SWINGING & SWEARING IN! Celebrating the 45th anniversary of swearing in our 38th President. Swing music with the John Shea Trio. Dancing and music outside on the Museum’s plaza. If raining, will move inside. No reservations needed, All Ages – FREE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9-11
GRAND RAPIDS HISPANIC FESTIVAL, CALDER PLAZA
Live Music, Kids Activities, Food, and Drinks
Please join us in celebrating & supporting the various rich Hispanic cultures that are present in West Michigan – FREE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 10:30 AM – 10 PM
EXPERIENCE GR EVENT: A GLIMPSE OF AFRICA AT ROSA PARKS CIRCLE, MONROE CENTER & MONROE AVENUE. Fashion Art, Food & Music. Family-Friendly - FREE
AUGUST 8 – 11 & ONGOING
GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC MUSEUM, with GR AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM & ARCHIVES AND THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Changing America
The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, this exhibition examines the relationship between two great people’s movements, which both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience. The GRPM added a twist to the exhibition, using artifacts and stories from a local perspective.
Groups of 20 or more, reduced admission $7/$6 senior, group leader free.
Regular admission: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Students $3, Children $3
GRAND RAPIDS AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
LOCAL QUILTS & CITY OF HOPE POSTERS
JAZZ FEST TRIBUTE TO JIMMY FORREST
Open 12 – 5 PM Tuesday – Saturday, 87 Monroe Circle
GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 11 SHELDON AVENUE. OPEN Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm. Sunday noon- 5 pm. Admission: Under 1, free – Ages 1 – 64, $9 – Seniors 65+, $8 – Thursday family night 5 – 8 pm $1.75.