We have a few St. Patrick’s Day events this weekend along with LaughFest, Beer Month GR, the Women’s Expo, Hockey, Boxing, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. In addition, there are a couple of exhibits at the Gerald R. Ford Museum to check out and it’s a FREE day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Sunday.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

NOTE: With concerns over the coronavirus, some events are being cancelled or postponed. We advise that you check the event's website to make sure it is still going on as scheduled prior to heading to the event.

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Various Locations and Times

    Runs through Sunday, March 15th, 2020

    Cost: Varies

    It’s the 10th annual Gilda’s LaughFest. The nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. Created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, showcases and a variety of seriously funny stuff. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops, and social activities designed to support emotional health. Events this weekend include Jeff Foxworthy at Devos Performance Hall at 8 pm on Saturday.

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    Beer Month GR

    Various Locations

    Runs through Sunday, March 15th, 2020

    Cost: Varies

    Savor the Craft during a month-long celebration of Grand Rapids' exceptional craft beer scene. Highlights include Cool Brews. Hot Eats, the 15th Annual Winter Beer Festival, Sounds of Beer City which features live music at the breweries, and plenty of other beer-centric events at Grand Rapids craft breweries. This is the final weekend of Beer Month GR!

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    The Continual Struggle

    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Runs through Friday, May 31st, 2020

    Cost: Included with General Admission

    Runs through Friday, May 31st, 2020

    The Continual Struggle depicts the pain, sacrifice and emotion of those who fought for freedom during the civil rights movement. This selection of 23 works by artist Brian Washington offers a stark glimpse of those tumultuous times. Celebrate Black History Month at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum through his powerful and moving art. Also on display at the Gerald R. Ford Museum are the Canine Warriors wooden dog sculptures. They were designed by Ohio master craftsman James Mellick, who you may have seen at ArtPrize.

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    West Michigan Women's Expo

    DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 - 10:00 am-6:00 pm

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 - 10:00 am-6:00 pm

    Sunday, March 15th, 2020 - 11:00 am-4:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $9.00

    Invite your girlfriends and join the fun! The West Michigan Women's Expo will feature over 350 exhibits, seminars, shopping and fun that aim to provide a weekend of entertainment, education, and enjoyment tailored to women and their families. Shop current trends and advancements in women's products and services.

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    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Bakersfield Condors - CANCELED

    "With the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans of primary importance, the American Hockey League has announced the suspension of play until further notice, effective immediately, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic."

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 - 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    It will be a Salute to Badges Night and College Night on Friday, along with $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. Saturday’s game will feature a St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Chris Terry Bobblehead Giveaway.

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    Broadway Grand Rapids presents Roald Dahl's “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”

    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 - 8:00 pm

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 - 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

    Sunday, March 15th, 2020 - 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

    Cost: TIckets start at $45.00

    With eight performances, don't miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Grand Rapids' golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

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    2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade - CANCELED

    “In the general interest of public health and safety we have decided to not go forward as planned. Though there are no reported cases in the West Michigan area there is justifiable concern on the part of the public about attending large public events. We recognize our responsibility to the public to always put their safety first.” 

    Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 - 11:00 am

    Cost: Free

    The Parade will start at 11 am on Monroe Center and will end in front of the main Grand Rapids Public Library

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    Irish on Ionia 2020 - POSTPONED!

    Ionia Avenue from Fulton to Oakes

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 - 11:00 am-10:00 pm

    Host:  BarFly Events

    Cost: Tickets start at $25.00

    DUE TO CONCERNS OVER THE CORONAVIRUS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS SUMMER. VISIT THE EVENT'S WEBSITE FOR TICKET REFUND INFORMATION. Irish on Ionia 2020 will celebrate its tenth year as Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street festival. Stretching up Ionia from Fulton to Oakes, and across Weston from Ionia to Commerce, the event will consume three city-blocks including parking area #3. BarFly will continue the zero-waste policy that was implemented in 2014. By using all biodegradable products. Nearly 100 percent of the waste produced at Irish on Ionia is diverted from landfills.

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    West Michigan Golden Gloves Prelims

    The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 - 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $10.00

    Head to the DeltaPlex this Saturday to see some great boxing. It’s the West Michigan Golden Gloves Prelims.

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    Free Day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Sunday, March 15th, 2020 - 10:00 am5:00 pm

    Cost: Free admission

    The GRPM will open their doors free of charge on Sunday thanks to sponsorship from Kent County Farm Bureau. Visitors will receive free general admission on this day to explore the Museum’s three floors of core exhibits at no cost, and get hands on with agriculture-themed activities from Kent County Farm Bureau and artifacts from the GRPM Collections. TOYS! and Design Zone will be included free of charge for visitors on the Museum’s Free Day! In TOYS! visitors will rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones in this interactive, multi-generation exhibition of toys and games. In Design Zone, is a highly interactive, hands-on exhibition where visitors can explore a variety of creative concepts to learn the processes and tools needed to create a successful design. Design Zone is organized into three thematic zones, all highlighting the importance of science and mathematical thinking in areas critical to building creativity and innovation: art, music, and engineering. Additional experiences for visitors include the special traveling exhibit Bodies Revealed and planetarium shows available for additional charge.

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