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35+ Nightlife in Grand Rapids: Where To Go When You Aren't 22 Anymore

I'm not sure how it happened, but it seems like one day I suddenly went from being "wrapping up my 20s" to "well into my 30s." Sure, the passage of years makes getting older inevitable, but it still c...more

Posted October 23, 2014

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9/22/2014 CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION EXCELLENCE TO VISIT GRAND RAPIDS IN 2015
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (September 22, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today the booking of the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) in 2015. This booking results in 250 attendees and 250 room nights in Kent County, producing a total business sale of $245,779.46. This group will hold its conference June 1-3, 2015....more
9/12/2014 AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION NAMES ARTPRIZE ONE OF NORTH AMERICA'S 100 BEST EVENTS FOR 2015
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (September 12, 2014) - The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that ArtPrize, (September 24 - October 12, 2014), has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that ArtPrize offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA....more
8/25/2014 Grand Cocktail competition 2014 Winners Announced
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 25, 2014)-Restaurant Week Grand Rapids had a great run again this year with 12 days of Restaurant Week dining and 3-course creative menus for $28 at Grand Rapids area restaurants. Restaurant Week Grand Rapids helps expose area residents and visitors to the many unique dining locations within the Greater Grand Rapids community. This year, more than 60 restaurants participated in the event. Experience Grand Rapids wishes to thank the many restaurants, supporters and restaurant week patrons for participating in the event this year....more
8/20/2014 Grand Rapids Restaurants are Showing Early Strong Business Results During Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 20, 2014) - Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 is at its half way mark with six more days to go. Many restaurants are showing strong business results for this popular foodie event in its 5th year....more
8/17/2014 Winners of Grand Cocktail Competition will be announced on Saturday, August 23 during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 17, 2014)-Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Competition winners will be announced at an outdoor Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. in Downtown Grand Rapids on August 23 at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Cocktail competition is a part of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, which takes place throughout Greater Grand Rapids at 31 out of over 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week GR....more
8/13/2014 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Opens Tonight for 12 Days of Spectacular Dining Out
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 13, 2014) - The Public can dine out on 3-courses for $28 at over 60 Participating Restaurants from August 13 - 24 starting tonight. The 5th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will kick off for 12 days of great dining out at Grand Rapids' best restaurants....more
8/7/2014 EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES THE KICKOFF OF RESTAURANT WEEK WITH A GUESS-THE-INGREDIENTS CONTEST
Experience Grand Rapids will launch Restaurant Week Grand Rapids with a special kickoff event, a Guess-the-Ingredients Contest, testing the taste buds of community leaders and local media personalities. Each contestant will receive a dish made by Grand Rapids Community College's Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and will need to identify as many ingredients as possible in the dish, within three minutes. The winner will claim the inaugural title: "Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Taste Master"....more
8/4/2014 Grand Cocktail 2014, a part of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, returns with a "Live Judged Competition" between Local Mixologists and Bartenders at The Heritage Restaurant at GRCC this Tuesday, August 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MI - (August 4, 2014) - Grand Rapids Area Media are invited to attend the Grand Cocktail 2014 "Judged Competition" featuring 20 finalists from area restaurants who are participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Grand Cocktail 2014 competition. The competition will be held this Tuesday August 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Heritage Restaurant at GRCC (The Heritage Restaurant is operated by The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.) See list of finalists below....more
8/1/2014 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks off "People's Choice Voting" for "Grand Cocktail 2014" competition on August 5th
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 1, 2014)- With Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 beginning in two weeks, Experience Grand Rapids is rolling up to the event with one of the many tasting activities to begin this year's foodie celebration....more
7/16/2014 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Today Announces 2014 Mouthwatering 3-course Locally Inspired Menus on RestaurantWeekGR.com
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (July 16, 2014) - Four weeks from today, the 5th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will kick off for 12 days of great dining out in Grand Rapids. The event takes place from Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 66 of Grand Rapids' best restaurants. "Perfect Pairings" is the theme for Restaurant Week GR 2014. Janet Korn, Sr. Vice President of Experience Grand Rapids says, "This year's theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase different beverages that pair well with different foods. Restaurants have been encouraged to pair their food selections with wine, beer, spirits or coffee that complement each of their courses. We are happy to see that some restaurants are doing this and supporting our beverage partners."...more
6/17/2014 5th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will take place August 13 - 24, 2014 Twelve Days of 3-course menus featuring Creative Local Cuisine at 60 Popular Restaurants
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (June 17, 2014) - Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 will burst on the scene in August again during the peak of the summer harvest in West Michigan. This year Restaurant Week GR will include 12 days of creative local 3-course menus at over 60 restaurants - from Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24 - adding an additional day for the event, which since 2010 has been 10 to 11 days....more
6/12/2014 GRAND RAPIDS TOURISM AMBASSADOR PROGRAM RECOGNIZED AS THE FASTEST GROWING IN THE COUNTRY
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 12, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, has certified 1,002 tourism ambassadors since the program launched in August 2013, making it the fastest growing in the country, out of all 21 nationwide programs. This nationwide certification program is a multi-faceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line hospitality employees, volunteers, public service staff, community leaders and other proud area residents to turn every single visitor encounter into a positive experience....more
5/27/2014 BEER CITY USA TO HOST CONTEST FOR OFFICIAL BEER COASTER
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 27, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, in partnership with Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries and SpringHill Suites North are launching the second annual city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest. The winning artist's coaster design will be used in all the participating breweries during ArtPrize 2014. The top ten designs will be featured at a private event celebrating the artists at the SpringHill Suites Grand Rapids North on July 9....more
5/19/2014 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ELEVATOR CONTRACTORS TO VISIT GRAND RAPIDS IN 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 19, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today the booking of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) in 2019. With over 2,500 attendees and 3,688 room nights in Kent County, the total business sale of this group impacting the community will result in $2,716,876.61. This group will hold its annual convention September 17, 2019 through September 19, 2019....more
5/14/2014 COLLABORATION CREATES NEW ONLINE STORE FOR GRAND RAPIDS MERCHANDISE
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 14, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, today announced the creation of www.GrandRapidsStore.com. This online store provides the community with a one-stop destination for official apparel and merchandise from BeerCityUSA, ArtPrize, Laughfest and GR&®. GR&® (pronounced grand) is making its debut to the public. This brand is a creative way to promote the town and its many "grand" things to experience....more
5/5/2014 INAUGURAL CERTIFIED TOURISM AMBASSADOR STAR OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS OPEN
Experience Grand Rapids today announced the opening of the inaugural Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Star of the Year Award nominations. This award is presented to a Certified Tourism Ambassador who exemplifies excellence in hospitality and customer service. This individual consistently exceeds customer expectations, possesses a strong knowledge of the region and its attractions, and promotes the ideals of the Grand Rapids Tourism Ambassador and the Tourism Ambassador Institute®....more
4/30/2014 WAVE AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN APRIL 30
Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association today announced the opening of the 7th Annual WAVE Award nominations. This annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from both employers and guests from April 30 - October 12, 2014....more
4/29/2014 EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS NAMES STEELE AS NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (April 29, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, today announced the appointment of Nichole Steele as its national sales director. As national sales director, Steele will handle corporate, pharmaceutical, women's groups, Greek sororities, finance/insurance, environmental, and technical/engineering markets....more
3/19/2014 CAR AND BIKE EVENT COMING TO GRAND RAPIDS; GIVING BACK TO VETERANS
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 19, 2014) - Grand Rapids learned today of a new event coming June 25-29, 2014, the inaugural Freedom Cruise sponsored by Village Motorsports. Freedom Cruise 2014 will feature car and bike events & cruises throughout West Michigan bringing in enthusiasts from all over the country. The five day event will be in part a fundraising opportunity for local veterans through a new nonprofit, Finish The Mission Veteran Relief Fund....more
3/17/2014 NEW SUMMER EVENT CRUISES INTO GRAND RAPIDS
This summer, a new event is cruising to Grand Rapids and you're invited to share in the news. Join us as we reveal a one-of-a-kind event complete with county wide activities featuring national cable television celebrities and special events raising money for the community....more
3/14/2014 Experience Grand Rapids, Gerald R. Ford International Airport and Steelcase, Inc. Unveil New, Redesigned Visitor Information Area
Grand Rapids, MI, March 14, 2014 - Steelcase, Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry aims to establish great experiences and make every moment more meaningful for people, wherever they are. When teamed up with additional local partners, that is exactly what they have done for the millions of visitors that pass through the Gerald R. Ford International Airport each year! Experience Grand Rapids, The Gerald R. Ford International Airport and Steelcase, Inc. have collaborated for several months to redesign the Visitor Information Area at the airport, and the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held today....more
2/28/2014 EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS NAMES BENNETT VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & SERVICES
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 3, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, today announced the appointment of Tom Bennett as its vice president, sales & services....more
2/18/2014 MICHIGAN READING ASSOCIATION TO VISIT GRAND RAPIDS IN 2015, 2017 AND 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (February 18, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today the booking of the Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference for 2015, 2017, and 2019. Each conference will bring an estimated 3,500 attendees and 2,700 room nights to Kent County. The total business sale of this group impacting the community over the three years will result in $6,450,984....more
2/3/2014 STUDY SHOWS $22 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT DURING ARTPRIZE 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (February 3, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, released today a study by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group (AEG) that reveals ArtPrize 2013 added $22 million to the local economy, attracted more than 380,400 attendees and created 253 jobs....more
1/27/2014 TOURISM IN KENT COUNTY SEES ANOTHER RECORD YEAR
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (January 27, 2014) - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, reported a record high of 137,490 hotel rooms booked for future group business in 2013. These groups will contribute a future total business impact of over $141 million. Kent County hotel room revenue also grew to another record-high of over $139 million, a 9.7% increase over 2012's record level. This success is a direct reflection of the sales and marketing efforts led by EXGR and through collaboration with its partners....more
12/19/2013 LOTT CAREY FOREIGN MISSION CONVENTION TO VISIT GRAND RAPIDS IN 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (December 19, 2013) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today the booking of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Annual Convention in 2019. With over 2000 attendees and 4,507 room nights in Kent County, the total business sale of this group impacting the community will result in $4,268,561....more
12/17/2013 EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS LAUNCHES GRCITYTWIST.COM, A PERSONALIZED TRAVEL PLANNING WEBSITE
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (December 17, 2013) - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today the launch of its new personalized travel planning website, www.GRCityTwist.com....more
12/12/2013 EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS PUTS A NEW TWIST ON A PERSONALIZED PLANNING WEBSITE
The official destination marketing organization for Kent County has invited the hospitality community, business and political leaders, and its Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTA) to a kick-off event for a new personalized planning website. The new site will be complimentary to the official destination website ExperienceGR.com. The content for the new site will help in the way web users get to discover things in the destination. Experience Grand Rapids is inviting CTAs to contribute to the site as a way of continuing to enhance it. The private, interactive event will encourage participants to discover their persona....more
12/10/2013 GRAND RAPIDS NAMED NUMBER ONE U.S. DESTINATION TO VISIT BY LONELY PLANET
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (December 10, 2013) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today that Lonely Planet has listed Grand Rapids and the Gold Coast, also known as Michigan's West Coast, as the number one destination on its Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2014. The world's leading travel media company has produced this list since 2010....more
11/18/2013 IMPACTING HOSPITALITY CELEBRATION TO RECOGNIZE HOSPITALITY SERVICE PROVIDERS
Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association will celebrate the sixth annual Impacting Hospitality Celebration recognizing outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids/Kent County hospitality industry through WAVE Awards and Grand Rapids Hometown Champions....more
11/7/2013 2013 WAVE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (November 7, 2013) - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR) and the Kent County Lodging Association (KCLA) today announced the 2013 winners of the 6th Annual Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) Awards - a program that recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry....more
10/24/2013 GRAND RAPIDS TO HOST JOB'S DAUGHTERS INTERNATIONAL AND HEARTLAND TRAVEL SHOWCASE IN 2016
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (October 24, 2013) - Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced today the booking of the Job's Daughters International 2016 Annual Supreme Session and the 2016 Heartland Travel Showcase. The total business sale of these groups impacting the community exceeds $2,600,000....more