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Spring Activities in Grand Rapids

The COVID-19 virus is delaying some of our favorite spring doings – but there are still some great opportunities to explore the city as it greets the new season.

Due to the ever evolving situation regarding COVID-19, our major events and cultural attractions are following the guidelines presented by the CDC and Michigan's governor, and have closed their doors until further notice. But while they're doors may be closed, many offer virtual ways to experience their attraction - right from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual Tours

Local museums are currently closed – but you can still get a look inside:

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park hosts a YouTube Livestream and live virtual visits showing off various aspects of their operation – including the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming exhibit. Tune in to their Facebook feed every day at 10 am and 2 pm.

You can take a virtual walk through the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum anytime.

Grand Rapids Art Museum invites you to explore the Museum from Home with a variety of activities, tours and artists interviews.  They’re also sharing artwork from their exhibitions and collections on their Facebook and Instagram pages using the hashtag: #MuseumFromHome.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is conducting virtual tours of its exhibits – including the Streets of Old Grand Rapids – on its Facebook page.

Take a online tour of the Meyer May House, the most completely restored Frank Lloyd Wright home in the country. It’s located in our Heritage Hill district of historic homes.

Get ready for the opening of John Ball Zoo by checking out their many videos of animal inhabitants.

Dining

Many restaurants, breweries, bars and other food businesses are offering carryout, delivery, drive-thru, drive-up and other services to give you a break from meal preparation while still maintaining social distance. Find a list of them here.

Shopping

Local stores are innovating new ways to shop in light of the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ve created this page to support these stores and help local residents access their products. Explore the list of retailers that offer online shopping and gift cards.

Listen Live (or the Recording)

You can still hear the Grand Rapids music scene, all in the comfort of your own home. If you missed them live, check out the previously recorded performances!

Mark your calendar for Thursday at noon! That's when GRLive is live on WYCE with a new band each week. March 19th was a special live streaming performance but you can watch it anytime (or any of the past performances)!

The Listening Room had to close its doors to the public - but instead started a new music series: Artist in their Residence! Check out the The Listening Room's Facebook Page to see past episodes and to see when the next home performance are.

New Holland Brewing has announced the “Gezellig Virtual Concert Series” that will live-stream different Michigan bands three days a week on their Instagram and Facebook channels! Be sure to follow them and the bands that are playing.

Still want more music? Check out the list of other Viral Virtual Venues from our friends at Local Spins.

The Grand Outdoors

There’s plenty of room in our Grand Outdoors to spread out and maintain your distance. This is an opportune time to explore the area’s 130+ parks and see nature unfurl its spring glory.

Not getting your usual workout in? Biking and hiking trails can help you maintain your physical fitness while enjoying the benefits of fresh air. We have more than 60 trails in the area – paved and natural, through all sorts of terrain.

The Holland Tulip Time Festival is taking this year off – but there are still millions of tulips in bloom all around this lakeshore city in early May. You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle to see many of them.

Entertainment & Exhibits

Many of our major event venues and cultural attractions are currently closed in accordance with CDC guidelines, so we are presenting late-spring ideas here. For individual event and venue information, please visit their direct websites.

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise comes to John Ball Zoo with 40+ life-sized animal sculptures created with more than 1.8 million individually colored building blocks. Opens May 1.

Take a musical trip to mythical China when Opera Grand Rapids presents Turandot, May 1-2.

The Foo Fighters come to Van Andel Arena on their 25th anninversary tour May 12.
 
In a New Light: American Expressionism 1870-1940 opens at Grand Rapids Art Museum May 21.

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Escape to Margaritaville, the hit musical featuring new and beloved Jimmy Buffett songs. May 26-31.

Colin Jost, co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” brings his comedy tour to 20 Monroe Live May 28.

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