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Your Fall Kid-Friendly Weekend Itinerary

As the hot humid air gives way to crisp cool mornings, Grand Rapids is ready for its glorious transition to all things fall… and so am I. Not only do the colors of the trees change, but so do the types of events and activities the Grand Rapids area has to offer. If you’ve been wondering what there…

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Grand Rapids Is Bursting With Art This Fall

You can't beat fall in West Michigan. This is my favorite time of year when the trees flaunt their brilliant colors and cooler temperatures prevail. It's also a popular time for locals and visitors to enjoy the Grand Rapids art scene, which blossoms all year long but is especially vibrant in the…

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Play the Grand Rapids Game of Life: After Dark GR

The Game of Life was hands down my favorite board game to play growing up, I even bought myself the newest version to add to my stash of games during quarantine. Now imagine the joy when my good friend and colleague Hannah Berry created her own version of the Game of Life: After Dark Grand Rapids…

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Revisiting ArtPrize With These 5 Works of Art

When ArtPrize launched in 2009, I was skeptical. I’d never heard of anything like it (because there isn’t anything quite like it) and couldn’t conceive of the entire concept. Nonetheless, I picked up a map, planned a route, and headed downtown to check it out. Amazed isn’t an exaggeration of how I…

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Visit the John Ball Zoo's Red Pandas & More

For more than 125 years, John Ball Zoo has given Grand Rapids locals and visitors of all ages the experience to learn more about animals from around the world. The zoo is home to nearly 2,000 animals representing more than 230 species. As an accredited organization with the Association of Zoos and…

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Locally Owned & Operated LGBTQ+ Businesses to Check Out

With COVID-19 putting a halt to many pride celebrations around the world, Grand Rapids included, you may be looking for creative ways to celebrate June as Pride Month. Grand Rapids is home to many locally owned and operated LGBTQ+ businesses, and many of them have had their doors closed for months…

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A Visit to Listening Room: Tips for a Night of Live Music

I’ve been to plenty of concerts in plenty of venues in my time – everything from student unions to professional sports stadiums. And while they were all great performances, I’ve never had a musical experience like I did when I attended a show at the Listening Room, on the second floor of Studio Park…

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Iconic Public Art Spots in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Vamonde app and website, contains content to help users experience the cities they visit like a local. Each city’s stories, written by local experts and influencers, include “must-see” spots and experiences. Because the art scene is an integral part of Grand Rapids, there’s an entire section in…

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Your Kid-Free Fall Weekend Itinerary for Your GR Getaway

Fall is a beautiful time to visit West Michigan. The air is crisp, the skies are blue, and the trees are decked with brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. It’s also the time of year that outdoor art is in full bloom, whether it’s the year for ArtPrize® or, in alternate years, Project 1 . Another…

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