Spring is such a great time to visit Grand Rapids. The weather is perfect. There is a ton going on. And it stays light so long it is almost like you get an extra day in your weekend. Here is what you can look forward to this weekend.
- Mayfest Bluegrass Festival: I love a good music festival. There is always a little something for everyone to enjoy. Mayfest is geared toward the whole family with crafts, food, contests and of course, great Bluegrass artists. The festival begins Friday night and goes through Sunday. The whole weekend will only set you back $20 in advance, $25 at the door with children under 15 admitted free. Or you can buy individual day tickets if you just want a little taste of Bluegrass. The festival is held at the Kent County Youth Fairground and you can find all the details at the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association website.
- GLOW: Maybe Bluegrass isn't your style? If you prefer club music, there is no better venue than Crush downtown in the B.O.B. And Friday night DJs Danimal and Matt B are lighting up Crush with GLOW. You are encouraged to wear anything that glows from clothes to makeup to glow sticks. You must be 21 to enter and there is a $10 cover at the door, unless you are in glow attire and then you can get in free before 11:30. Check out the B.O.B. website for more information.
- Arts in Ada: One of my favorite things about spring and summer in Grand Rapids are all the art festivals. Arts in Ada is one of my favorite. Bring your checkbook to buy unique art from local artists. Listen to local music acts and watch adorable little dancers perform in sparkly tutus. And grab food from vendors or the downtown Ada restaurants. An event for the whole family with no admission charge. Arts in Ada is Saturday, May 19th from 9-4.
- Heritage Hill Home Tour: One of the most gorgeous neighborhoods in Grand Rapids is Heritage Hill. Full of historic old mansions it can feel like you are stepping back in time. The houses, dating from 1843 are close to downtown, so if you are an architecture buff, it is a great way to spend the day. From 11 to 5 on Saturday, May 19th, peak inside and tour seven private homes as well as five historic buildings. Tickets will cost you $18 the day of and you can find out more info at the Heritage Hill Association website.
How will you spend your Grand Rapids weekend?