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13 events for your perfect Grand Rapids summer


With just three short months to enjoy the sunshine and somewhat predictable weather of a Grand Rapids summer, you'll want to pack your schedule full of fun, relaxation, and tasty treats. This list of the top summer events will kickstart your calendar and get you moving on your best Michigan summer.
With just three short months to enjoy the sunshine and somewhat predictable weather of a Grand Rapids summer, you'll want to pack your schedule full of fun, relaxation, and tasty treats. This list of the top summer events, in no particular order, will kickstart your calendar and get you moving on your best Michigan summer.

Rosa Parks SquareRelax @ Rosa
A summer lunchtime concert series in Rosa Parks Square held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. every Thursday. With 20 different artists and 11 different food trucks attending, you’ll definitely be able to find something to suit your taste for lunch.

Movies in the Park
Excellent movies where you’re permitted to BYOB on the banks of the Grand River? Who could say no! The Movies in the park series allows you to enjoy your favorite beverage in Ah-Nab-Awen Park with family and friends. Movies begin at 7:30 with the second showing at 9:30.

June 16: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory & Pan's Labyrinth

July 7: Mrs. Doubtfire & Forrest Gump

July 21: The Book of Life & Jaws

July 28 Zootopia & Star Trek

August 4: Selena & The Bodyguard

August 18: Remember the Titans & Pitch Perfect

Cars & Coffee at the Downtown Market
It’s pretty simple, enjoy horsepower while hopped up on caffeine provided by Mayan Buzz Cafe on Grandville Ave. With everything from classics to exotic supercars, you’ll wonder if it’s the summer heat or the hot rides making you sweat. With multiple dates you’ll be able to fit it into your busy schedule. Is held on June 9th 7pm-10pm, July 15th 10am-1pm, August 19th 10am-1pm, & September 16th 10am-1pm.

Free Outdoor Exercise
Zumba, yoga and cardio classes to help your body and mind, courtesy of DGRI. Takes place at various locations such as the Blue Bridge and Ah-Nab-Awen Park. You’ll be getting that body ready for the summer beach.

Mondays (June 8 - July 27)
Yoga at Ah Nab Awen Park | 12:15 - 1pm
Zumba at Rosa Parks Circle | 5:30 - 6:15 pm

Tuesdays (June 9 - July 28)
Sunrise Yoga at Rosa Parks Circle | 6:30 - 7:15 am
Zumba on Blue Bride | 5:30 - 6:15 pm

Wednesdays (June 10 - July 29)
Yoga at Ah Nab Awen Park | 12:15 - 1pm
Yoga on Blue Bridge | 5:30 - 6:15 pm

Thursdays (June 11 - July 30)
Cardio Fitness on Blue Bridge | 5:30-6:15 pm
Yoga at Heartside Park | 5:30 - 6:15 pm

Founders Fest
When the taproom takes to the street, you have Founder’s Fest. Make sure you get your tickets ahead of time! The Festival, held June 17 @ 3:00 PM will feature seven artists performing including Grammy-award winning Blues Traveler and Umphrey’s McGee. The $40 Admission covers your first drink. 21 and older only.

John Ball Park Zoo
Always fun for family and friends, the John Ball Zoo posts its feeding times on their website so you can see your favorite animals at their most active.

Amway Family Fireworks
What is the fourth of july without a fireworks show? See downtown lit up under pyrotechnics and celebrate the birth of our great nation with this dazzling display courtesy of the Amway family. While the official event begins at 5pm at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, you can see the light show from any spot in GR with some open sky. Fireworks begin at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday night swing dancing at Rosa Parks
The GR Original Swing Society hold the Guinness world record for largest swing dance gathering! If you’re looking to participate or just spectate, the music and movement is fun for all ages! Begins every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Rosa Park Circle, runs now until June 20th.

Picnic pops
Even those that aren’t fans of classical music can enjoy this concert series. Features covers of such groups as Abba and Chicago. Make sure to check out their other concerts such as Women Rock, and Classical Fireworks as well. Family friendly and fun for all ages, the Cannonsburg Ski Resort provides the perfect venue for enjoying the melodies and weather all at once. Prices vary, so check here for tickets and pricing.

Arrival From Sweden: The Music of Abba
Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.

Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago
Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.

Women Rock
Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - Friday, July 28, 2017 @7:30 p.m.

Classical Fireworks
Thursday, August 3, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.

Wealthy Street Theatre
Beat the heat in a darkened theater with the Meanwhile movie series. See classics like Inglorious Basterds (June 6th) or Jaws (June 20th) at 8:00 pm. Prefer music? What’s Gravity Promotions Presents Week of The Voice Featuring performers from the hit show June 26th-June 30th. With both movies and live entertainment Wealthy Street offers something for everyone. Alcohol is allowed to members only, so purchase a membership to enjoy a brew at your events and support local theater!

Frederic Meijer Gardens
Whether it’s attending any of the many summer concert series, or to simply browse the Japanese garden in full bloom, Frederic Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park is a great place to find entertainment or just enjoy the summer weather. This summer the gardens are hosting sculpture by internationally renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Go see the worldwide sensation’s work for yourself, now through August 20th.

GR Asian Festival
With our very first Asian Fest, come celebrate a multitude of cultures that call Grand Rapids their home! Featuring martial arts demonstrations, Lion dances, and food tents allowing you to sample the best of various asian cuisines and beer, your taste buds will book a worldwide adventure from the comfort of Rosa Parks Circle on June 10 at 11:00 a.m.

GR Hispanic Festival
Celebrate the 40th edition of rich hispanic heritage with the GR Hispanic Festival. Enjoy Live music and authentic food. The party is in Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids from Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27.
 
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