Meetings

Imagine that your conference is going as planned, your attendees are happy, your attendance is up and your expectations have all been exceeded.

Your imagination becomes reality in Grand Rapids. We deliver more of what meeting planners want - more variety and value, more service and support, more flexibility and fun. It all starts with our meeting venues:

Our Downtown Convention Campus offers 90+ lodging, dining and entertainment options - all within a 10-minute walk of a riverside convention center.

Additional downtown meeting venues range from banquet halls and ballrooms to theaters and museums.

Venues outside downtown run the gamut from hotels and conference centers to lush botanical gardens and a tree house overlooking the city.

Check out our convention services for 24/7 online planning assistance and a team of talented people eager to help you soar.

Discover what other meeting planners and attendees are saying about Grand Rapids in this video:



"If you purchase real estate for 3 L's - Location, Location, Location, meeting planners would choose Grand Rapids for 3 A's - Accessible, Affordable and Applaud-able"

Harry Schmidt, CMP, RCMA Board member, President of Christian Life College

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Top 10 Reasons to Meet in Grand Rapids

Hot Art.

An expansive public art program has helped make Grand Rapids an international arts destination. We host ArtPrize, the world’s richest art competition. This huge undertaking proves Grand Rapids can deliver a world-class experience – for 250,000 ArtPrize visitors or for your group. More

Hot Eats.

Grand Rapids was a forerunner of the farm-to-table dining movement – and our restaurants continue to serve up an astonishing variety of fresh, local, sustainable and always creative dishes. More

Big-City Excitement

Downtown Grand Rapids offers more than 90 restaurants, nightclubs, museums and entertainment venues within a five-minute walk of five hotels (and more than 1,400 rooms). More

Backcountry Adventure

Golf, fishing, swimming, boating, biking, hiking, running, skiing, ice skating, atv-ing … it’s all here, and it’s all close by. Like, 10 minutes from downtown close by. More

Titanic Exhibitions

Area museums present some of the nation’s most sought-after touring exhibits, from “Diana – A Celebration” to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” debuting at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in February 2013. More

Family Fun

There’s plenty for the family to do while mom or dad is in meetings – from a morning at the zoo to an afternoon at the ballpark to a week at camp! More

Coast with the Most

Grand Rapids is just 30 minutes away from Lake Michigan and a spectacular coastline that must be seen to be believed. Condé Nast Traveler called it one of the world’s Top 25 shorelines. Not the United States, not North America, THE WORLD! More

A Place to See Before You Die

Patricia Schultz, author of, "1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” includes Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in her list of 30 Must-See Museums – alongside such celebrated institutions as The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, & The Museum of… More

Travel Ease

It’s easy to get here: Two major interstate highways converge downtown, and the local airport – just 10 minutes from downtown - offers 140+ daily flights. More

Community Pride

You’ll see it in clean streets, smiling faces and an ever-ready eagerness to pitch in and help out with anything you need. That makes a huge difference in the attendee experience! More