Grand Rapids gets even cooler in fall – and we’re not just talking temperature. Fall brings new sports and performing arts seasons, a dazzling display of tree colors, one of the nation’s best apple harvests and the world’s largest public art event. Browse this page to see what strikes your fall fancy – and make plans for a cool getaway!
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The world’s most attended public art event is back! For the first time since 2018, this global competition will fill downtown with every kind of art imaginable – and visitor votes will once again select the winning entry. There are a few new wrinkles this year, including an even greater emphasis on outdoor installations, the ability to send cash and emotional response rewards directly to artists, and an easy way to purchase or bid on pieces you like. ArtPrize 2021 takes place Sep. 16-Oct. 3 – you don’t want to miss it!
Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.
ArtPrize isn’t the only big event on our autumn agenda – check out these crowd pleasers:
Take a self-guided fall color tour that showcases the region’s lush forest canopy, abundant apple orchards and charming covered bridges – plot your own trip to include these picturesque destinations or follow one of the routes suggested by the Kent County Road Commission. Visit local parks for a late-season picnic beneath an umbrella of red, yellow and orange leaves. Wander the trails at Blandford Nature Center , Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve and Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience & Environmental Education Center to see fall’s effect on all manner of native plants.
See the shows everyone will be talking about this fall:
Enjoy music, comedy, theatre and adrenaline-charged family thrills:
Savor the flavors of fall:
‘Tis the season for visiting family farms and farm markets, which offer a whole host of autumnal activities in addition to freshly harvested produce – hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin-picking and more.
West Michigan is one of the world’s best apple-growing regions – and you can get the pick of the fall crop (or pick your own) at local orchards starting in early September.
Search our Events page for more fantastic fall ideas!
Many locals prefer the invigorating days of autumn to the sultry days of summer for exploring our wide-open outdoor spaces. Get in a few more (or many more) rounds of golf. Hike or bike hundreds of miles of trails. Get on the water with a canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Picnic in a park or beachcomb at Lake Michigan. Check out all the possibilities for outdoor recreation.
Many of the area’s biggest tourist attractions are open for business – including
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