Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition allows guests to experience the legend of Titanic. Feb 9 - Jul 7. ...more
See recovered artifacts and personal stories of crews on such memorable ships as the Edmund Fitzgerald. ...more
The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. May - Aug 2013 ...more
Restaurants will offer creative 3-courses for $25 while others will offer a 2 for $25 for 3-courses Aug 14-24. ...more
Follow Gerald Ford from his birth in Nebraska, to his growing up in Grand Rapids. Ford Museum - Until 2013 ...more
Part arts festival, part social experiment - decided solely on a public vote. Sept. 18 through Oct. 6, 2013. ...more
Grab your friends, sisters, mother or daughter and escape for a girls-only weekend in Grand Rapids! ...more
Experience Grand Rapids where guys can be guys. Enjoy beer and the great outdoors! ...more
Chock-full of information to help you plan your trip... more
A: Grand Rapids, the grand city of Michigan's West Coast, offers all you need to exceed the expectations of your attendees. From DeVos Place convention center and an award winning hotel, to over 60 restaurants, museums and theatres all within a five-minute walk. Championship golf course and world-class beaches are just a short drive away. Your colleagues will experience the fun, service and value, of meeting in Grand Rapids.
Q: Why would I want to have my event in Grand Rapids?
A: Inviting your meeting/tournament to convene in Grand Rapids is an excellent way to show your pride in both Grand Rapids and Michigan. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the region's economy while offering valuable exposure for your local and state-wide members'.
Q: Won't it be a lot of work for me to host my group's convention?
A: It all depends on the group. Some groups only need an invitation from the local chapter, some may provide financial assistance to your local group, and some need the local members to assist with planning and fundraising. Needs differ for each individual group, but together with the Convention & Visitors Bureau's staff you can explore what your group's requirements are.
Q: How will the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) staff help me?
A: The CVB works as your partner in the bid process. We can block the space for large groups at DeVos Place convention center years in advance, obtain proposals with prices and hotel room availability and help with the special needs and requirements of your group. We can also assist with presenting the bid.
Q: What support will the CVB provide after the group is booked?
A: The Convention Services staff will help guide you as you begin to plan your convention. This help ranges from local business referrals for help with audio-visual needs, speakers, transportation, maps, and visitor information to help with planning event programming and tours. Staff is also helpful by providing assistance with attendance building prior to your event.
Q: My local association doesn't have enough members to host a convention?
A: Together we'll help you think more broadly to consider regional or state-wide assistance. Often other nearby chapters will join together with the planning efforts as they gain useful exposure within the larger organization. Sometimes these broader relationships last beyond the actual event.
Q: I'm ready to help, what do I do next?
A: Just provide Experience Grand Rapids with information about your group and its upcoming meetings. Then the CVB will begin the bidding process. This information will allow the CVB to:
We look forward to working together with you to bring your group to Grand Rapids.