Round up your best sport loving, beer loving friends for fun and adventure in the city that makes getting together time easy, convenient and affordable. Here are a few ideas for bonding over beers, sports and more!

1. Drink Up

  • Find your craft beer heaven in Beer City USA.
  • Visit 75+ craft breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail – and collect stamps at specially designated breweries to become a Beer City Brewsader.
  • Savor locally produced artisan beverages at our distilleries and cideries.
  • Get more bang for your booze buck at happy hours and bloody mary bars.
  • Perk up your day with a locally roasted coffee in a neighborhood coffee shop.

2. Dig in to Hardy Food

  • Start your day off right (with plenty of bacon) at top breakfast spots like Real Food CaféSundance Grill and Wolfgang’s.
  • Get a good ‘ol fashioned hot dog (or six) at Yesterdog.
  • Try the Crack Fries at HopCat – they’re ranked in the Top 10 of all French Fries served in America.
  • Treat yourself to a juicy slab of beef at three downtown steakhouses:

The Chop House

  • 190 Monroe Ave. NW
  • (616) 451-6184

Treat yourself to the finer pleasures with consummately satisfying dining at The Chop…

Ruth's Chris Steak House

  • 187 Monroe Avenue NW
  • (616) 776-6426

At Ruth’s Chris Grand Rapids we’re picky about our steaks. That’s why we serve only…

3. Attend a Sporting Event

  • Cheer on our minor-league baseballbasketballhockey and soccer teams.
  • Get your motor running watching stock-car action at Berlin Raceway.
  • Mark your calendar for the Meijer State Games of Michigan, an Olympic-style event held every February and June. This year the State Games of America will be held Aug 3-6
  • See student athletes flex their skills at seven area colleges – including Grand Valley State University, home of the winningest team in college football history.

4. Get Outdoors

  • Golf at two-dozen excellent courses as close as five minutes to downtown.
  • Bike hundreds of miles of paved trails through all kinds of scenery.
  • Treat yourself to some of the country’s best fishing, boating, hiking and hunting.
  • Lace up for a never-ending series of running events – including the Fifth Third River Bank Run, America’s largest 25K road race, held every May.
  • Take a Running Tour to burn calories while you learn about the city’s past and present.

5. Chase Thrills

  • Tackle more than 60 miles of mountain bike trails in and around the city.
  • Ski, snowboard and ride the zipline at Cannonsburg Ski Area.
  • Climb aboard seven roller coasters at Michigan’s Adventure amusement park.
  • Engage in pitched paintball battle at TC Paintball.

6. Enjoy the Nightlife


You’ll find something for every musical taste here at 100+ live-music venues!

  • Head to the downtown entertainment district for dozens of nightclubs, bars, brewpubs, a comedy club and more.
  • Catch an indie act at The Intersection and Pyramid Scheme nightclubs.
  • Check the Grand Rapids Music Trail for 100 additional live-music venues including the brand.
  • See touring superstars in concert at:

Van Andel Arena

  • 130 W. Fulton St.
  • (616) 742-6600

Concerts, entertainment and sports venue.

DeVos Performance Hall

  • 303 Monroe Ave. NW
  • (616) 742-6500

DeVos Performance Hall, located in the DeVos Place convention center, is Grand…

GLC Live at 20 Monroe

  • 11 Ottawa Ave. NW
  • (616) 482-2021

This incredible space is the perfect location to host your corporate event, private…

7. Do Something Grand

Delve deeper into Grand Rapids culture with awesome tours and experiences highlighting beer, food, history, art, music and more.

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