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Spring Activities in Grand Rapids

Get in the spring of things the Grand Rapids way: Take advantage of the warmer weather to explore our grand outdoors and stroll glorious gardens in bloom. Cheer on our pro sports teams as they begin or end their seasons. Check out new music and performing arts shows. Celebrate spring holidays at a restaurant or brewery. Scroll down for more great ideas!

Spring Ideas

Wander through a tropical observatory as colorful winged creatures flit around you at Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming, a Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park exhibit. March 1-April 30.

Greet 2,200 animals as they emerge from winter seclusion at John Ball Zoo – it opens March 9 and offers reduced admission through April 26.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

One of the world's top 30 must-see museums.

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John Ball Zoo

Home to more than 1,100 animals from five continents with hand-on activities.

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Watch the city’s pro sports teams as they wind down or ramp up their seasons:

Get out and get active – golf, bike, run, paddle – and test your skills at these events:

  • Take a Vinaysa-style Yoga Class at Grand Rapids Art Museum, March 12, April 17 and May 16.
  • Grab your best gal pals to compete in the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, 10K or 5K, April 14.
  • Head to beautiful Millennium Park for the Rivertown Races Half Marathon, 10K or 5K, April 27.
  • Join elite and amateur athletes for the Amway River Bank Run, America’s largest 25K road race, May 11.

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1. Grand Rapids Art Museum

Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Art...

2. John Ball Zoo

Over 1,500 animals including lions, tigers, bears (oh my)! Both indoor and...

3. Circle Theatre

Each summer, Circle Theatre produces five main stage productions from May...

4. Children's Museum

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of...

5. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White...

6. TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park

TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park is Michigan’s newest adventure park...

7. African American Museum & Archives

Oral history, in African culture, was performed by the griots or...

8. Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and...

9. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts builds creative community by...

10. Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids

Actors' Theatre provides West Michigan with the best in entertaining,...

11. Broadway Grand Rapids

Broadway Grand Rapids was established in September of 1988, opening with...

12. Civic Theatre

Established in 1925, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre...

13. DeVos Performance Hall

Located inside DeVos Place®, DeVos Performance Hall is the 2,404-seat...

14. Grand Rapids Ballet

Under the artistic leadership of Patricia Barker since 2010, Grand Rapids...

15. Opera Grand Rapids

Our mission is to foster and fulfill demand for high quality, live opera in...

16. River City Improv

River City Improv exists because we enjoy entertaining audiences using...

17. Van Andel Arena

Van Andel Arena® — the Must Play Destination of Michigan's fastest-growing...

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Explore the local connection to world-class art at three spring exhibitions:

  • A National Treasure: Fred Meijer, His Collection and Legacy charts the collecting milestones of the community legend.
  • Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford features the works of Ford’s personal White House photographer. Starts March 26.
  • Maya Lin: Flow showcases the talents of the renowned designer whose projects include GR’s Rosa Parks Circle. Starts May 19.

See two award-winning musicals direct from the Great White Way: Broadway Grand Rapids presents The Book of Mormon (March 19-24) and Waitress (April 30-May 5).

Give your ears a thrill at 30+ Grand Rapids Symphony concerts from March through May.

Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Tulip Time Festival with a week’s worth of parades, concerts, markets, fireworks and more in nearby Holland. May 4-12.

Choose a beautiful spring day to tour local breweries by foot, pedal, trolley or van – and don’t miss these great beer events:

  • Chilly Blues & Brews East at The B.O.B., March 23.
  • Donut and Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark, May 4.
  • Bier Klomp at the Tulip Time Festival, May 10.
  • Barley, BBQ & Beats at DeVos Place, May 11.

Get ideas and inspiration for a fantastic summer at the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, March 22-24.

See some of the biggest names in music live in concert: Justin Timberlake (April 4), Kenny Chesney (April 6 & 7), The Who (May 7), Cher (May 8) and Jason Aldean (May 10).

Celebrate the local cider scene with seven days of special events and activities during Cider Week GR, May 12-18.

Spring Break

You’ll find all sorts of things for kids to learn, play and do this spring break:

See kid-friendly productions live on stage:

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the musical classic. March 25.
  • Ferdinand the Bull, a symphonic performance. March 30.
  • Spring Break for Kids 2019: The Monster Who Ate My Peas, a Grand Rapids Ballet event. April 1-5.
  • Peter and the Starcatcher, the prequel to Peter Pan. April 5-6 & 10-13.

Enjoy free admission for youth ages 17 and under at Grand Rapids Art Museum from March 30-April 7.

Meet new spring babies – ducklings, chicks, bunnies, lambs, kids and calves – during Spring Fling at the Critter Barn. March 29-April 6.

Engage in games, animal encounters and more during Spring Break Day Camps (April 1-2 and 3-4) and Spring Break Overnight (April 5) at John Ball Zoo.

Take outdoor hikes, see animals and make nature art during Spring Break Camp at Blandford Nature Center. April 1-4.

Head to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for spring break activities:

  • Porcelain Necklaces for Kids (April 3)
  • Drawing with Color: Beginning Oil Pastels for Kids (April 4)
  • Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming, throughout April.

Find your next pet, shop for pet products and watch live stage events at the West Michigan Pet Expo in DeltaPlex Arena. April 6-7.

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Spring Shopping

It’s the season of renewal – the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe and home décor. Find one-of-a-kind looks in the funky, fashionable boutiques that line walkable Uptown – or shop your favorite brand names in two megamalls: Rivertown Crossings and Woodland. If you love a bargain, head for Tanger Outlet Mall, which offers designer goods at discount prices.

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RiverTown Crossings

Experience complete entertainment at the region's premier shopping destination. Watch a movie, enjoy...

  • Neighborhood: Southwest
  • 3700 Rivertown Pkwy SW
  • Interests: shopping
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Woodland Mall

Woodland is West Michigan's premiere regional shopping center with more than 100 fine stores...

  • Neighborhood: Southeast
  • 3195 28th St. SE, Suite 100
  • Interests: shopping
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Tanger Outlet Mall

  • Neighborhood: Southwest
  • 350 84th Street SW
  • Interests: shopping

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