I love summer.
Now, you’re probably thinking “DUHH”. Beaches, warm weather, bonfires, social gathers, etc. are beautiful things. But my appreciation for summer, however, goes far beyond the typical response of warm weather and going to the beach on the weekends. I love summer, especially here in Grand Rapids, because there is NEVER a dull moment. Within a ten-minute car ride (or bike for that matter), you can find almost anything to fill that 5 o’clock void.
I recently had a discussion with a good friend of mine that only reiterated just how eventful the summer months are in the city of Grand Rapids. We were able to come up with something awesome and family friendly to do for every day of the week! Here are my favorites:
Sunday – Praise In The Park
Rockford is just a stones throw away from downtown Grand Rapids. Its beautifully set on the banks of the Rogue River and is home to an abundant selection of small-town shops and eateries.
Sunday evenings from 6-8pm the city holds Praise in the Park on the banks of the Rogue River. Its a great opportunity for the family to unwind after an eventful weekend and spend some time in worship with a supporting community.
Monday – GRSSC Softball
It took me a while to realize just how serious this city takes its slow-pitch. After playing on the same team for a few years I decided it was time to branch out and meet some new people. The Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club (GRSSC) is the place to go if you are new to the city and looking to make some connections. With over a dozen different recreational leagues to join, it’s your own fault if you cant find something you enjoy. Complete with post-game “socializing” at the local pub, the GRSSC is a great way to stay competitive and meet new and exciting people each and every week. For more information, visit the GRSSC website here.
Tuesday – Free Admissions At The GRAM
The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is host to the world-famous Art Prize competition that takes place throughout the city of Grand Rapids during the month of September. Enjoy Free Admission Tuesday at the GRAM courtesy of Meijer.
Blues on the Mall is a free live music concert right in the heart of downtown. The event runs every Wednesday night from 6:30pm – 9pm from June 13th to August 15th. Complete with lots of local vendors featuring a variety of food, services, and goods, Blues on the Mall is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and enjoy some hometown entertainment.
Thursday – Line Dancing at Backforty
Backforty Saloon is the only country bar in the heart of downtown. Thursday is line dancing, so strap up those shoes and bring your country spirit to enjoy good drink specials and plenty of live entertainment.
Friday – Fulton Street Farmers Market
The Fulton Street Farmers Market is the oldest and largest farmers market in Grand Rapids. The market currently resides in Grand Rapid’s “Eastown” district and is home to more than 200 different local food vendors. Nearly 11,000 shoppers cruise through the market on a typical week, and provides customers with an assortment of homegrown fruits and vegetables. The market is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8am-3pm.
Saturday – West Michigan Whitecaps.
There are few things that scream summer more than a night at the ballpark. Hot dogs, cotton candy, and a family friendly atmosphere make for the perfect summer combination. The Whitecaps are the Single A affiliate for the Detriot Tigers which means fans have a chance to see some of tomorrows biggest stars before the rest of the world. The West Michigan Whitecaps doing a great job at providing a large-town baseball experience with that small-town feel. For a complete schedule click here.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The events listed above are recurring events during the summer months in Grand Rapids. That means, there are countless other one-time events that take place in and around the city on a daily basis that are worth seeing as well.
Clearly there is not enough space to dive into those events here, but for more information on whats happening in and around the city, visit www.experiencegr.com.