Experience Grand Rapids coordinates a variety of community promotions and events and we invite community organizations and businesses to partner with us on.
Experience Grand Rapids holds an annual celebration to share with partners, stakeholders and community members the progress and success of the previous year's tourism industry as well as future plans for the upcoming year. The Joe Tomaselli Hotelier of the Year Award is also presented to a Kent County hotel general manager who displays passion for hospitality, exceptional customer service and community involvement. This event has fast become one of the premier annual events in Grand Rapids.
An invitation to diners to "Taste the City", Restaurant Week GR takes place each August. Experience a variety of earth-to-table menu creations from 50+ restaurants. Indulge in Michigan's freshest harvest and treat yourself to wonderful wines, beers, and spirits. Plus, $1 from every Restaurant Week meal sold goes to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.
A Grand Welcome is our way to reach out to newcomers – especially minority residents – and facilitate connections that will improve their lives, their careers and their sense of belonging. This strengthens the fabric of our community and makes Grand Rapids more appealing for residents and visitors alike.
If you are interested in attending or supporting any of these gatherings please contact Andie Newcomer.