Grand Rapids is the center of activity in West Michigan. It’s the second-largest city in the state with a metropolitan population of over 1.3 million. The community fosters a unique blend of big city excitement with small town participation. Grand Rapids is proud to sponsor a wonderful and diverse assortment of events, celebrations, and activities throughout the year. Included are a number of websites that can give you a better idea about why we think Grand Rapids is a great place to be!
Looking for things to do outside of the city? The Pure Michigan website can help you plan a day or a weekend trip. From beaches to cross-country ski trails, lighthouse tours to canoe trips, and amusement parks to shopping malls, you can find it all here.
Grand Rapids seamlessly blends the comfort of small town life with the appeal and diversity of big city happenings. With world-class offerings including zoos, arenas, restaurants, nightlife, and the national title of beer city, the city proper has something to satisfy everyone's tastes!
The John Ball Zoo has over 1,100 animals representing the wilds of Africa, Asia, South America, and the United States.
The arena attracts the biggest names in concerts, family shows and sporting events. It is also home to the Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey team.
There are many reasons why Grand Rapids is becoming known for craft beer. After a nation-wide vote in May 2012, it became official that Grand Rapids was BeerCity USA 2012. And for a second year, Grand Rapids was named BeerCity USA 2013!
The state-of-the-art convention center and performance hall, is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. It brings in tradeshows, conventions, and various other performance activities to the area.
This intimate, state-of-the-art venue features live music, entertainment and special events. Inspired by the beautiful art deco clubs and theaters of yesteryear, 20 Monroe Live will be one of the most fan and artist friendly venues in the country.
The arts come alive in Grand Rapids. From Broadway plays to local theater, galleries to gardens, and even the world’s largest open art competition, there is something to delight both arts amateur and aficionado alike.
At ArtPrize, any artist has the chance to show work. Any visitor can vote. The vote will determine who wins the largest art prize in the world. Over 1000 artists participate in the event from late September through early October at hundreds of venues in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Symphony is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Holiday and Children’s programs are among the most popular performances of the year.
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre offers main stage and children's productions along with special events and the School of Theatre Arts. It’s the largest community theatre in Michigan and the second largest in the US.
Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, The Intersection has been providing West Michigan with the best local and national live music and entertainment for over 40 years.
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. This major 10- day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids and includes events throughout West Michigan.
Experience masterpieces of art and nature that will delight your senses at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.MEIJERGARDENS.ORG
Whether on the field, down the court, or across the ice, GR boasts pro affiliate teams that feed future stars to the MLB, NBA, and NHL.
The West Michigan Whitecaps are the Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The Whitecaps play April through September at Fifth Third Ballpark.
The AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, the primary affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, play in the beautiful Van Andel Arena.
ONE CITY, ONE CLUB. GRFC is West Michigan's minor league soccer team. They play at Houseman Field mid-April through mid-July.
GR boasts multiple museum venues that connect visitors of all ages to history, science and fine art.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum, Van Andel Museum Center and Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium offer unique programs and exhibitions for all ages. The antique restored operating carousel is open to museum patrons every day.
The Grand Rapids Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of learning by providing an interactive, hands-on environment that inspires learning.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum has collections ranging from Renaissance to Modern Art, and special collections on 19th and 20th-century European and American art. It’s the country’s first LEED certified museum.
Named for the 38th President of the United States, who was raised in Grand Rapids, the Gerald R. Ford Museum galleries feature hands-on, interactive, video, and holographic displays that make visitors "participants" in history. Presidential burial site is also on the grounds.
Kent County Intermediate School District site has information regarding all public schools in the district. This includes information on all schools of choice and community programs.
Grand Rapids Public Schools mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society. They have program opportunities for students of all ages.
Grand Rapids Christian Schools educate nearly 2,300 students annually, within their five campuses, located throughout Grand Rapids and Rockford.
Numerous links are provided to all the Grand Rapids area Catholic Schools, including numerous elementary schools and two local high schools.
National Heritage Academies is one of the fastest- growing charter school management companies in the country. Grand Rapids is home to 9 of these academies.
Information regarding higher education in the Grand Rapids area. This includes 11 colleges and universities that are either in the Grand Rapids area or that have Grand Rapids area campuses.
Kent Regional Community Coordinated Child Care (4C) connects parents to child care providers and services.
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