Every new year brings with it a list of New Year's resolutions, from dropping a few pounds or finding a new job, to spending more time with family and friends or adopting a new hobby.

Now that you've finished that list, try creating a new one filled with GR Resolutions — exciting experiences to be had in and around the city of Grand Rapids. Whether you're a permanent resident, or planning a visit, below are 17 ideas for events and activities that will keep you busy with fun and adventure all year long.

Attend a concert at 20 Monroe Live

In 2017, the city of Grand Rapids will welcome its newest venue for live music, entertainment and special events. The doors of the intimate and state-of-the-art setting of 20 Monroe Live will open February 1, and offer an environment inspired by the art deco clubs and theaters of the past. Live music fans will enjoy a variety of performances when visiting the approximately 2,600-capacity club, such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey's McGee, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shinedown and Dropkick Murphys.

20 Monroe Live Event in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy Live Nation

"Taste the City" during Restaurant Week

Experience Grand Rapids' annual Restaurant Week GR is the perfect opportunity to "Taste the City" of Grand Rapids by sampling a variety of unique menu options. During the event August 9-20, many of the city's restaurants will charge a set price (it was $28 last year) for a three-course meal, with some restaurants offering more courses for the same price. As an added perk, select restaurants allow two people to eat a three-course meal for the same price. This is your chance to experience a variety of menu creations and treat yourself to local wines, craft beers and spirits while you're at it.

Dining Entree at Grove for Grand Rapids Restaurant Week
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

"Sip Local" during Cocktail Week

Speaking of spirits, Cocktail Week GR encourages West Michigan residents and visitors to "sip local" when local bars, distilleries, and restaurants showcase the area's craft beverage culture. Typically for $25 or less, you can enjoy two craft cocktails and a shared plate at any participating restaurant or distillery. This year's Cocktail Week, which runs November 8-19, also overlaps with the 10th annual Wine, Beer and Food Festival, November 16-18

Drinks Featured at Grand Rapids Cocktail Week
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

See art from around the world at ArtPrize

Three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids transform into an art epicenter during ArtPrize each fall when artists and art enthusiasts alike join the conversation about art and why it matters. Since ArtPrize began in 2009, more than 1.9 million people have reveled in more than 10,000 pieces of artwork scattered across hundreds of venues around the city. These participatory numbers have earned ArtPrize the distinction of being the world's largest international art competition. ArtPrize Nine takes place September 20 – October 8, but there are also plenty of galleries to see artwork year-round, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (UICA).

Grand Rapids ArtPrize Artist
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Laugh "for the health of it" at LaughFest

LaughFest, the first community-wide festival of laughter in the U.S., will encourage event attendees to "celebrate laughter for the health of it" March 9-19. Based in Grand Rapids, LaughFest features stand-up, improv, film showcases, and a variety of "seriously funny" events throughout West Michigan, including the Funderwear Run and Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge. Spotlighting comedians like Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Amy Schumer, Martin Short, Betty White, and Jim Gaffigan in the past, this year's headlining acts include Joel McHale, Katt Williams, Sinbad, and Iliza.

Joel McHale at LaughFest 2017
Photo courtesy LaughFest

Explore parks and landmarks by geocaching

If you're searching for an inexpensive, family-friendly activity in 2017, why not choose one that provides exercise, takes you to unexplored locations, and only requires a mobile device to play along? Since 2010, geocaching has blossomed into a global community of about 3 million adventurers searching for more than 2.8 million geocaches hidden in more than 180 countries. Of those millions of caches, there are approximately 5,000 waiting to be found in and around the forests, parks and urban areas of Grand Rapids. For more about geocaching and how to play, check out this previous Experience Grand Rapids article.

Geocaching in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Experience fall fun on the Kent Harvest Trails

We may be months away from seeing the beautiful colors of fall in West Michigan, but that doesn't mean it's too early to plan an exploration of the 18 farms around Kent County that comprise the Kent Harvest Trails. Each farm offers fall-themed activities, from U-pick apples and horse-drawn carriages, to "farm art" and challenging corn mazes. 

Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery Family Apple Picking
Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Get your geek on at Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Grab your mystical hammers, magical wands, flowing capes and patriotic shields, and mark your calendar for October 20-22 when Grand Rapids Comic-Con returns to the DeVos Place Convention Center. For the past four years, Grand Rapids Comic-Con has provided an inviting, safe and fun environment for people of all ages to embrace their inner geeks, while scouring a plethora of comic book-related vendor booths, meeting celebrities and dressing in costumes. Stay tuned to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con website for updates about the 2017 event.

Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2016
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Run, ride, walk on the White Pine Trail

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is the perfect avenue for exploring a large chunk of West Michigan. Accessible for biking, walking, running, jogging and skating, the White Pine Trail spans a distance of 93.5 miles, with convenient end points positioned in Cadillac and Riverside Park in Comstock Park. Whether planning a casual stroll or a marathon bike trip, more information about the trail can be found on the Friends of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail website.

Mountain Biking on the White Pine Trail
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Sample craft brews at the Winter Beer Festival

The 12th annual Winter Beer Festival, presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild, will feature more than 100 Michigan breweries and brewpubs February 24-25 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Each individual ticket comes with 15 tasting tokens that guests can exchange for three ounce samples of almost 1,000 different craft beers while enjoying local bands, ice sculpting demonstrations and fire pits to warm up.

Grand Rapids Winter Beer Festival
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Become a Beer City Brewsader®

Find out exactly why Grand Rapids is hailed as Beer City USA by joining the community of more than 4,400 official Beer City Brewsaders®. Simply begin your brewsading adventures by grabbing your free Beer City Passport, available at participating breweries or at the Welcome Center located inside the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Then collect eight stamps at any of the 32 participating breweries and you'll receive an exclusive Brewsader® t-shirt to commemorate your escapades. Visit all 32 breweries to become an ultimate Brewsader®, which earns you a wallet card good for exclusive deals and discounts. 

Grand Rapids Brewsader Experience
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Celebrate the arts at Festival of the Arts

For the past 47 years, Festival of the Arts has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors to Grand Rapids each year for performances, art activities and exhibits celebrating the art scene in West Michigan. In addition to the aforementioned free activities during festival weekend, a plethora of food booths will be available and will operate as non-profits to fund local school sports, churches, food banks, clothing closets and more. This year's festival will take place June 2-4.

Art Structure at the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Attend a Broadway show

Why travel to New York City or Chicago to see Broadway-quality productions, when top-notch shows like Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, RENT and The Book of Mormon can be seen right in Grand Rapids? Each season, Broadway Grand Rapids brings celebrated stories and unforgettable music to the stage of DeVos Performance Hall to help illuminate the magic of theater to the Grand Rapids community. While the 2017-18 season hasn't been announced just yet, there's still time to purchase tickets to the remaining 2016-17 season productions of The Sound of Music, RENT, Motown the Musical and Dirty Dancing. If you're itching for more of the theater scene, also consider attending performances by the Grand Rapids Ballet and Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in 2017.

Broadway Grand Rapids Performance
Photo courtesy Broadway Grand Rapids

Surround yourself with 7,000 butterflies

If making new friends is on your New Year's resolutions list, March 1-April 30 is your chance to make about 7,000 new and tiny acquaintances at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Every year the venue hosts the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit, which is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the U.S. The exhibit showcases more than 50 species of tropical butterflies. In addition to Butterflies Are Blooming, Meijer Gardens offers family fun all year with its annual Summer Concert Series, Japanese Garden and multiple limited-engagement exhibits, including Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State.

Butterflies at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture
Photo courtesy Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

See 50+ ice sculptures during Valent-ICE

Put your plans for February 9-14 in order to carve out time to enjoy more than 50 ice sculptures in downtown Grand Rapids during Valent-ICE 2017. The winter festival brings to the city 50+ sculptures, the state's largest ice bar, and a 6,000-pound sculpture. For the past three years, the festival, sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., has welcomed more than 8,000 people to the city to enjoy these chilled masterpieces. Valent-ICE is also one of many events that take place during the annual Experience Pink community-wide fundraiser. For the entire month of February, the Grand Rapids community will come together to offer specials at local retailers and restaurants, as well as other events, to support Susan G. Komen® Michigan.

Experience Pink Ice Sculpture
Photo courtesy Susan G. Komen® Michigan

Watch movies under the stars at Movies in the Park

What could be a better way to take advantage of the beautiful summer nights we Michiganders wait through so many wintery months to enjoy, than with a movie under the stars? Movies in the Park welcomes visitors to relax in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids for multiple evenings of cinematic fun June – August. The next round of films to be shown has yet to be determined, and you can help choose the lineup by voting for your 10 favorite movies on the Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. website. Films to choose from this year include Batman Begins, Twilight, Office Space, Saving Private Ryan, Shrek, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Big Lebowski, Forest Gump, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many, many more.

Movies in the Park Event in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Watch or run in the Fifth Third Riverbank Run

Whether you prefer to run, walk or spectate during road races, the 40th Annual Fifth Third River Bank Run offers options for all to enjoy. More than 18,000 people are expected to compete in the May 13 event in Grand Rapids, which features the largest 25K road race in the country and offers the only 25K wheelchair racing division in the world along with a 25K handcycle division. To further add to the race's prestige, the USA 25 km Open Championships will run concurrently with the 25K event. The race also include options for a 25K relay, 10K run, 5K run, team competition for 25K, 10K, 5K run and a 5K Community Walk.

River Bank Run
Photo courtesy of Fifth Third Bank