10 Things To Do this Weekend: March 1st-3rd
We have winter activities...and we are looking forward to spring and summer. From a Cardboard Bobsled Derby to the West Michigan Home and Garden Show -- there is something for everyone this weekend. We have indoor and outdoor events -- from cold to warm. We have Disney on Ice’s Frozen and we have the Butterflies are Blooming Exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens. We also have charity events, board games, Legos, and beer!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
Click on the event title for additional information.
Butterflies Are Blooming
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Runs Friday, March 1, 2019 through Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
Cost: Included with admission
The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory every March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities.
West Michigan Home & Garden Show 2019
DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - 3:00 pm-9:00 pm
Friday, March 1st, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-9:30 pm
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 - 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: Adults $10 Online/$12 at the door, Children 6-14 $4
West Michigan’s largest Home & Garden show is back for its 40th season! With 14 feature gardens, 5 free seminar stages and over 350 exhibitors featuring every product and service you’ll ever need, all under one roof!
Disney On Ice presents Frozen
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 1st, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - 11:00 am, 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 - 11:00 am, 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $15.00
Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintery Arendelle. Be a part of Anna's fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everst-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award-winning songs like “Let it Go” and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses.
Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons
Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 1st, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10-$20 depending on time of show
Mixing an incisive wit with scathing sarcasm, Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer and host on both radio and TV. Greg is host of "The Greg Fitzsimmons Show," on SiriusXM’s "Howard 101” and twice a week puts out the hugely popular FitzDog Radio podcast. A regular on "@Midnight," "Conan O," "Jimmy Kimmel," and "The Tonight Show". Writing credits include "Cedric the Entertainer Presents," "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," "The Man Show" and many others.
Grand Opening Blue Bridge Games
Blue Bridge Games, 954 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 am-12:00 Midnight
Cost: Free Admission
Join Blue Bridge Games for their Grand Opening! The store play space and game library are free to use all day. They will have tasty refreshments and awesome raffle prizes, including a Carcassonne Big Box to one lucky customer! Blue Bridge Games is your friendly, local game store in the Uptown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. We are a welcoming community for players and spread the joy of board gaming to everyone. Stop by and pull up a chair, turn off your phone, and reconnect with others around a great board game! With over 100 games in our store game library, there is something fun for everyone! Try a new title or return to your favorite of yore! Our staff is happy to make recommendations that will be fun for you and your group.
Cardboard Bobsled Derby
Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Cost: $30.00 Registration Fee
Teams will put their sleds to the test down the Cannonsburg hillside! Grab a teammate and start constructing your one of a kind cardboard bobsled! Participants must be 21 years of age or older and each team shall consist of two members. Bobsleds can only be created from cardboard and tape; paint and wax can also be used, but get creative with your design, decorations and costumes! There will be fun prizes, Cannonsburg gift certificates, and bragging rights! Judging of sleds will be at 2:00 pm at the base of the Face. The sleds will be judged in two categories; artistic and construction. The combined scores will be added for the overall score. Please note: Costumes are strongly encouraged and may be considered toward the your final score! The race begins at approximately 3:00 pm.
Northview High School, 4451 Hunsberger Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission, donations accepted
Northview Band Boosters invite you to this community-wide, family-friendly event for LEGO® enthusiasts of all ages! All proceeds benefit Northview band students in grades 5-12. Competitive events include: Creation Competition, Speed Building Competition, Teacher/Staff Challenge. Non-competitive events include: Exhibition, Raffle, Building area (sponsored by KDL), Robotics Demo, Voting for your favorite creations, and more! Delicious pizza, snacks and drinks for sale. (Disclaimer: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.)
The 22nd Annual Bid for Bachelors and Bachelorettes
JW Marriott, 235 Louis St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are $30.00 in advance/$35.00 at the door
Hosted by Friends & Families of Cystic Fibrosis. Bid for Bachelors and Bachelorettes started 22 years ago as a small auction. Volunteers would agree to be auctioned off as bachelors and bachelorettes and then go on quaint dates with the highest bidders. Over time, the event has grown in size and attracts a diverse crowd of both singles and married couples. Now, the bachelors and bachelorettes aren't auctioning themselves but rather date packages that they work very hard to assemble. In the last few years, those packages have included trips to Hawaii, Napa, Chicago, and Detroit, as well as places all over West Michigan. There is also a silent auction with too many goodies to list. Bid for Bachelors and Bachelorettes is a wonderful night out, packed with fun from beginning to end. Come, enjoy the evening with us and support our wonderful cause!
We Do Care Fundraiser Dance
Lincoln Country Club, 3485 Lake Michigan Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - 7:00 pm-12:00 Midnight
Cost: $10.00 per person
'We Do Care' is a non-profit charity that was set up 34 years ago to help families at places around town like the DeVos Children’s Hospital and Mary Free Bed. The fund helps buy things that insurance won't cover like iPads and small toys that help distract children diagnosed with cancer during serious medical procedures. They also have a fund to help families deal with incidental expenses like added parking costs and hotel stays. Their annual benefit and dance is this Saturday. In addition to dancing with the band Moon Shot, there will be raffles with amazing prizes, a cash bar, and a 50/50 raffle. 21 and over please.
Beer Month GR
Various Locations in Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, February 15th, 2019 through Friday, March 15, 2019
Cost: Varies by event
Savor the Craft during a month-long celebration of Grand Rapids' exceptional craft beer scene. Highlights include Cool Brews. Hot Eats, the 14th Annual Winter Beer Festival, The Beer City Brewer's Guild Tree Beer promotion, benefiting Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and plenty of beer dinners and tap takeovers at Grand Rapids craft breweries.