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Pick Your Patio: Grand Rapids Offers Plenty of Outdoor Eating Spaces!

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Posted July 3, 2014


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There's Nothing Quite Like An Outdoor Summer Concert in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids residents are proud of the national, big-name musicians the city regularly brings to our region. But summer has a sound all its own in Grand Rapids, with a plethora of outdoor concerts fo...more

Posted June 5, 2014

Circle the date, pull up a barstool or purchase your ticket for the season's hottest musical entertainment!

Touring Acts

The Summer Concert Series at Meijer Gardens hosts some of the world's finest and best-known musicians in an incredible outdoor amphitheatre. Be sure to check out their lineup.

Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, hosts three big summer concerts:
• Country music star Craig Morgan, August 26
• Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry with special guests Plain White T's, August 27
• Theory of a Deadman and Halestorm, August 28

The Black Keys, a six-time Grammy-award winning blues-rock duo, return to Van Andel Arena with opening act Cage the Elephant on September 7.

The Eagles, one of the most successful bands in rock history, bring their "History of the Eagles" tour to Grand Rapids on September 8.

Free Outdoor Concerts

Blues on the Mall is a series of free Wednesday night concerts in downtown's Rosa Parks Circle. Through August 20.

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts feature popular local acts in a variety of genres. Sit in the grandstand or bring your own chair or blanket to sit on the Riverwalk Green. Thursday nights through August 22.

Gun Lake LIVE 2014 features outdoor concerts in a beautiful lakeshore pavilion, Wednesdays through August 27.

The Standale Concert Series in Walker Community park offers free family-friendly concerts plus food vendors, kid's face painting and coloring contests, and more. Bring chairs and blankets.  Last concert is August  28.

Musical Theatre

Circle Theatre presents:
Carrie the Musical, a thriller based on the famed Stephen King book and film. September 4-20.

Sweet Symphonies

The Grand Rapids Symphony kicks off its 2014-15 season with Beethoven's Fifth: An Artful Opening Night. "Part fusion with ArtPrize and part British," the music is inspired by visual elements. September 19-20.


Founders Brewing Company, the world's 3rd best brewery, hosts live local music in its taproom on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Michigan's first USDA-certified organic brewery, offers live music every Friday and Saturday.

H.O.M.E. at The B.O.B. is Grand Rapids' newest live music venue - a rustic, casual bar presenting America's most beloved musical genes: jazz, rock, country and blues. Thursdays - Saturdays.

Mojo's Dueling Piano Bar and Restaurant features a main-floor duo of multi-talented piano players and second-story dance floor with DJ.

See what strikes your musical fancy at The Intersection, GR's most enduring live music club. The Intersection hosts more than 40 performers in diverse genres.

Check out the lineup of independent acts at The Pyramid Scheme nightclub and bar in downtown GR. The Pyramid also hosts pinball tournaments and board game nights.

Downtown's Back Forty Saloon features live and local country music bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill presents a wide variety of concerts along with excellent food and drink.


ArtPrize 2014, the world's richest, most radically open art competition, includes a music category. Now in its sixth year, ArtPrize brings 1,500+ artists and 400,000+ visitors to downtown Grand Rapids for 19 days of art everywhere. Now's the time to make plans to attend! September 24 - October 12.

Be sure to consult our Music Calendar for the very latest musical events!