If you’re dreaming of an easy, affordable and option-rich winter getaway, Dream Grand and Go to Grand Rapids! From big-city excitement to bountiful outdoor recreation, Grand Rapids has it all – and it’s all close and convenient, so you can experience more in less time. Make plans now to make your winter special!
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has updated an epidemic order that is in effect February 1, 2021. Under this order, Entertainment facilities, recreational facilities and food service establishments are permitted to open ONLY IF they comply with masking and distancing requirements. Patrons must be masked at all times, except when eating or drinking in established areas. Groups of patrons participating in activities together (such as those seated together at a concert or movie, or bowling in the same lane) must not exceed 10 persons from up to two households. Patrons must be able to maintain a consistent 6 feet of distance from other groups at all times. Museums and libraries may remain open but guest counts are limited to no more than 30% of capacity. Please check individual websites for details.
Working together, we can also make the season safer. Please review our travel updates for the latest COVID-19 information – including the state’s requirement to wear a mask in all indoor spaces.
The pandemic is altering some of our usual winter plans, but there are still plenty of fun and COVID-friendly activities – including dining outdoors, exploring social zones and experience the best of winter things to do. Many event details are still being finalized, so check this page often for new additions.
Winter weather brings new opportunities to explore and enjoy our natural landscape. Hike the trails at Blandford Nature Center and area parks to savor every shift of the season, as snow comes and goes and comes again.
Explore marked trails for fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing at Indian Trails Golf Course. The clubhouse is open select hours for hot chocolate sales and snowshoe rentals. Click here for more prime snowshoeing spots.
Skiing more your style? You can tackle 21 downhill runs at Cannonsburg Ski Area, just 20 minutes from downtown. Bittersweet Ski Resort (20 runs) and Mulligan’s Hollow (six runs) are 30 minutes or so away. All three offer excellent cross-country trails, as do numerous close-by parks and nature areas.
Want to take the kids sledding? Our favorite fun (and free) sledding locations include Richmond Park, Belknap Park, Johnson Park and Cascade Township Park. Cannonsburg has great tubing for a fee for the family. It's not open yet, but it will be soon!
Ice fishing is a major pastime here – grab your auger and head to one our many inlands lakes and river bayous.
You can ice skate in the heart of downtown at Rosa Parks Circle, which is open through Feb. 21, weather permitting. Due to COVID-19 social distance requirements, skate times must be reserved in advance – reserve online or call (616) 456-3696, option 1.
Bring the kids for Winter-Time Walks at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – this outdoor discovery walks let young ones investigate the Children’s Garden in new ways.
Attend the World of Winter Festival in downtown Grand Rapids through Feb. 28 to see art installations and performances, play games, take walking tours and more ... all FREE!
Need skis, snowshoes, fat tire bikes and other equipment? Check out Where to Rent Winter Gear in Grand Rapids.
If you prefer a warm and cozy approach to winter, plan a visit to one of the great indoor spots featured below. By state order, capacity is limited at indoor venues, so you may have to purchase tickets or make reservations in advance – check venue websites. Remember to wear masks and stay at least 6’ away from anyone not in your household.
Get Culture Pass GR to save on admission prices to some of the area’s top attractions – it’s just $20 for a limited time!
Check out these great ideas for indoor exploration, entertainment, activity and enlightenment.
See Sean Kenney’s Wild Connections Made With LEGO® Bricks at Grand Rapids Public Museum – beautiful works of art that explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems and mankind’s relationship with nature. Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost, which includes a 30-foot-long Alaskan permafrost tunnel replica, is also on display at GRPM.
Don’t miss Mathias J. Alten: An Enduring Legacy at Grand Rapids Art Museum – it features paintings and works from one of the city’s most esteemed and beloved figures as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth. Also at the Museum: In Black and White, a look at what happens when artists cast aside the color spectrum.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites you to follow up a stroll around its beautiful outdoor gardens with a visit to the warm and toasty Tropical Conservatory.
Movie theaters are open! See a big movie on the big screen at Celebration Cinema North & IMAX theatre, Celebration Cinema Rivertown, Celebration Cinema Studio Park and AMC Star Grand Rapids 18. Restrictions apply and concessions are closed.
It’s such a busy season, be sure to take time to relax and let someone else do the cooking (and brewing and distilling) once in awhile. Browse our restaurant, brewery, cidery, coffee shop and distillery lists for something that’s sure to hit the spot.
Michigan restaurants are currently permitted to open for indoor dining service beginning February 1 – but limits on capacity and operating hours continue to impact their bottom lines. Many restaurants continue to serve guests through outdoor dining and carryout/delivery service. We encourage you to check with an establishment directly to confirm hours of operation, takeout services, and outdoor dining availability.
Taste something new – try one of the restaurants that opened here recently:
New(ish) beverage destinations to try include Adesanya Mead (Grandville), Alt City Beverage Company (Downtown Market), Kaffeine Place (Medical Mile), Speciation Cellars (Uptown) and Two James Spirits tasting room (Medical Mile).
Celebrate breakfast and brunch classics with featured items during Brunch Bites at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market – all day long, every Saturday in February.
If you don’t feel comfortable entering an establishment for food and drink, remember that many operations also offer carryout and delivery. Restaurants may also equip outdoor Social Zones with heaters and fire pits for milder days.
Imagine the COVID crisis is over – log on to your computer, smartphone or tablet and enjoy a livestreamed performance as if you were sitting in the front row of one of our entertainment venues.
Grand Rapids Symphony presents Marcelo Plays and Conducts, featuring works from Mozart, Copland and Villa-Lobos, available Jan. 8-Feb. 6.
Log on to the Virtual Orchid Show at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to see a stunning variety of beautiful, unusual and colorful orchids, and learn tips from orchid enthusiasts. Feb. 27-28.
See the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, anytime.
Enjoy archived music concerts from Circle Theatre before its live performance season starts up again in May.
You can also make believe you’re on a museum tour with virtual tools from Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and Grand Rapids Public Museum.
St. Cecilia Music Center presents local Americana troubadour Ralston Bowles (Jan. 21), Portuguese singer Mariza (Jan. 29), acclaimed pianist Gloria Chein (Feb. 11), legendary songstress Judy Collins (Feb. 12), blues band King Biscuit Trio (Feb. 18) and renowned bassists Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer (Feb. 25) live in virtual concert.
Grand Valley State University hosts virtual presentations commemorating Black History Month throughout February.
Visit our Virtual Events Calendar for more virtual entertainment and engagement opportunities.
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Location: Field & Fire Cafe
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Location: Artists Creating Together - ACT Studio
Come for a night of creativity at ACT! Participants will have access to ACT art supplies to create their own masterpiece! Along with this, there will be planned crafts for those who prefer a bit more guidance. Open Studio allows creative art exploration in multiple art media. Access to a wide variety of art supplies to create paintings, drawings,…
Location: Imprint Dance Company
Drop In Wednesdays has become the most consistent Drop In Dance Class in Michigan. Back in 2017, there was no place for community dancers to dance outside of organized dance sports and studio dance. So we started #DropInWednesdays with the crazy idea to have a class every single wednesdays regardless of the Michigan snow. 5 years later, we haven't…
Location: Founders Brewing Company
If you're new to the group, come join us! We meet in front of Founders Brewing Co. EVERY Wednesday evening at 6:30pm (no matter what the weather is like). Here's what we do: 6:30 PM meet at Founders Brewing Co. (just inside the front door during colder weather out front during warmer days) -Head North on Grandville to Fulton. -Then head up (East)…
Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Join Curator of Arts Education, Amber Oudsema, on a guided walking tour of the murals of downtown Grand Rapids. As a group, discuss your interpretations while exploring visual elements and principles of design. Stop at two special murals to hear from the artists who created them. Esan Sommersell and Alan Compo will discuss their artistic choices…
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum
Get your game on and transform into bees, bats and butterflies in the vibrant world of Amazing Pollinators ! The centerpiece of this unique, bilingual exhibit is a visually stunning, playable maze. Hundreds of beautiful interactive flowers are spread across nine environments like lotus flowers in the rainforest, saguaro cactus in the desert, and…
Location: Monroe Center & Ottawa Street
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Location: Location varies each week
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Location: Grand Rapids Skate and Event Cetner
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Location: 36 Center Street - suite D
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Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum
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Location: Fulton Street Farmer's Market
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Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
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Location: Grimsby Hollow Meadery
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PLEIN AIR will feature artists creating urban landscapes as well as street musicians located throughout the downtown area. There will be a second event in the fall, September 17-19, with a performance stage and artisan village on Calder Plaza. Mark your calendars for PLEIN AIR by Festival of the Arts, coming to downtown Grand Rapids June 4th-6th!
Location: Grimsby Hollow Meadery
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Location: Calder Plaza
SAVE THE DATE, for year three of the Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Festival! This family-friendly event is a celebration of all things Asian-Pacific and will feature Asian-Pacific food, drinks, and performances. FREE to attend. Everyone is welcome! Sponsorship opportunities, Performers, volunteers, vendors please email: Hello@grasianfestival.com…
Location: Rosa Parks Circle
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Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum
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Location: Studio Park
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Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum
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Location: Cedar Springs Brewing Company
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