Things To Do in West Michigan This Weekend: November 18-20, 2022
Welcome to winter! The cold and snowy weather will help set the scene for a couple of Christmas Parades or to check out some holiday decorations and shopping. It is also the last weekend to visit the John Ball Zoo for the 2022 season. If you'd rather be indoors, there is the International Wine, Beer and Food Festival and a concerts and a Hollywood medium.
International Wine, Beer and Food Festival
Friday, November 18-Saturday, November 19, 2022 - DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
Now in its 15th year, this Festival has established itself as Michigan’s annual tasting event, with more than 1,200 wines, beers, ciders and spirits from around the world, along with creations from the area’s finest restaurants. This Festival will deliver a grand experience that is sure to please every palate. In 2019, Forbes listed this festival as one of the “Best Fall Wine Festivals in North America You Don’t Want to Miss”. More information can be found on the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival Facebook page.
Christmas Through Lowell
Friday, November 18-Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 113 Riverwalk Plaza, Lowell, MI
It will be the 30th Annual Christmas Through Lowell event. Area residents and visitors looking for a unique Christmas gift or home décor can find what they are looking for while supporting the Lowell community during this shopping experience. More than 60 homes and businesses will present a distinctive location to kick off your holiday season in and around historic Lowell.
There will be more than 350 artists, crafters, and businesses showcase gifts, homemade crafts, and more. More information can be found on the Christmas Through Lowell Facebook page.
Silver Bells in the City
Friday, November 18, 2022 - Downtown Lansing, MI
The city of Lansing will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration. It is a Lansing tradition that is loved by generations. It attracts more than 45,000 people to the Capital City every year. For more information, visit the Silver Bells in the City Facebook page.
Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo
Saturday, November 19-Friday, December 23, 2022 - Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI
Thousands of lights create an extraordinary holiday display at the 30th annual Wonderland of Lights! As you take a stroll around the zoo, you can enjoy holiday music, and marvel at the twinkling light displays during this series of magical Michigan winter evenings. If you get hungry, stop by the Savanna Grill for something to eat. There will be goodie bags for the children as you leave. Additional details can be found on the Potter Park Zoo Facebook page.
2022 Grand Rapids Santa Parade
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 10 am - Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Formerly the Art Van Santa Parade, the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber is excited to announce that the Santa Parade is returning this year as the Gentex Santa Parade! This will be the 101st annual Santa Parade. Notable 2022 Parade Guests include Olivia Sanabia. She is a 19 year old actress and singer/songwriter well known for her role as Kelly Quinn in Amazon’s “Just Add Magic”. Miss Michigan 2022 Melissa Beyrand will also be part of this year’s parade. More information is on the Gentex Santa Parade - Presented by the GRJC Facebook page.
The parade will march down Monroe Avenue starting at Bridge/Michigan Street. The parade will then turn onto Louis Street, before finishing on Ottawa Avenue.
Maple Hill Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 11 am - Downtown Kalamazoo, MI
This parade began in 1962 and was started by Irving S. Gilmore. It’s been 60 years since that first parade. There will be a full day of activities for after the parade. More information can be found on the Maple Hill Holiday Parade 60th Anniversary Facebook Events page.
The parade starts at Lovell & Jasper. It then travels down Lovell to Park Street. Then Park Street to Michigan Avenue. It then proceeds down Michigan Avenue Pitcher Street. It makes it’s final turn onto Lovell Street for its final stretch of the parade.
Final Weekend for John Ball Zoo for the 2022 Season
Last Day of the 2022 Season is Sunday, November 20, 2022 - John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI
This is the final weekend to check out the John Ball Zoo for the 2022 Season. The zoo will be open from 10 am until 4 pm each day. Now is a great time to visit to see some of the animals that like colder weather. The snow leopard, tigers, red pandas, and North American porcupines all come from areas that get cold like Michigan. These animals tend to be more active in colder weather. More information can be found on the John Ball Zoo Facebook page.
Hudsonville Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 6 pm - Downtown Hudsonville, MI
This will be the 29th annual holiday parade. Following the parade there will be the Christmas Tree Lighting in Gemmen’s parking lot. More information is on the Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Facebook Events page.
The parade route runs along Harvey Street, starting on Cherry Ave. The parade route ends at Allen Street, but the fun doesn’t end there. Immediately following the parade will be the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Fountain in Gemmen's parking lot.
Koe Wetzel & Jelly Roll
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 8 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Koe Wetzel is a singer songwriter described as a blend of rock and country, outlaw country and fusing country and grunge. The Texas-born singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has bulldozed a path of his own since 2015 without permission. Going deep into the Southern roots of various styles, Tennessee rapper, vocalist, songwriter Jelly Roll explores themes of addiction, pain, and struggling to reach better days with Southern rap beats and soulful, bluesy vocal performances.
Tyler Henry - Hollywood Medium
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 9 pm - FireKeepers Casino and Resort, Battle Creek, MI
Tyler Henry, star of E! Entertainment’s mega hit television show, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, continues his sold out national Live Show tour across the country. During the show Tyler explains how he communicates with the other side, gives Live Audience Readings and answers audience questions.