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6 Fun Ways to Toast the New Year in Grand Rapids

Although we don’t have snow on the ground yet, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Whether you want to dress up and celebrate in style, go casual and toast 2015 with a craft beer, or you’re look...more

Posted December 18, 2014


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Grand Rapids is Bursting with Music This Fall

Grand Rapids' music fall season is just around the corner and I hope you’re ready! Here is a peek at two of our region's most renowned musical performance opportunities - definitely add them to your c...more

Posted September 2, 2014

Multiplatinum recording artists Marvin Sapp and Brian Vander Ark, both area residents, can tell you that Grand Rapids is a great place to make music. The city boasts a thriving local music scene and a broad range of excellent performance venues that host some of the biggest names in the music business.

Touring Acts

You don't have to go to the biggest cities to see the biggest stars. Everyone from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Bruno Mars and Bruce Springsteen puts Grand Rapids on their tour schedule. See your favorites - without the hassles of traveling to Detroit or Chicago - at:


A wide variety of smaller venues host a mix of national, regional and local favorites. The freshest cutting-edge acts are liable to appear at The Intersection, The Pyramid Scheme and The Orbit Room. Many bars and restaurants also offer live music.

Grand Rapids Symphony

One of the crown jewels of the local culture scene, the Grammy®-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, playing everything from the classics to today's top hits. They Symphony also accompanies Opera Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet Company performances.

Outdoor Concerts

Summer never sounded so sweet as it does in Grand Rapids, thanks to a genre-busting lineup of concert series at outdoor venues, including:

Musical Theatre

  • Actors' Theatre specializes in the very latest off-Broadway fare
  • Broadway Grand Rapids offers touring productions of big Broadway shows
  • Circle Theatre presents three main-stage musicals every summer, plus a host of concerts spotlighting local theatrical talent (and what talent it is!)
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, one of America's oldest and largest community theatres, stages big, crowd-pleasing productions of well-known favorites.

Choirs & More

From a Chamber Choir and Bach Chorale to Blues and Jazz Societies, we've got a great-sounding scratch for most every musical itch. Check out this list of specialty music organizations.

Check out the hottest upcoming shows. For a complete list of music in Grand Rapids, see our music calendar.