October 2023 Arts Calendar

In 2023, arts organizations are largely back on their feet and offering incredible seasons of art, conversations, fun and community involvement. Now that it’s fall, arts organizations are diving right back into their seasons with renewed gusto. This month, you can visit the theaters for big Broadway shows and intimate plays, listen to symphonies launch into their seasons, and head to local museums for a variety of stunning art. Check it out.

Central Park Players
421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven 

Wait Until Dark, Oct. 13-22

Face Off Theatre
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Exit Strategy, Oct. 19-22

Fontana Chamber Arts 
359 Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 200, Kalamazoo

Fry Street Quartet, Oct. 13

Farmers Alley Theatre Kalamazoo
221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo 

Working the Musical, Sep. 21-Oct. 8

Addy & Uno, Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

The Magic of Motown, Oct. 6

World Ballet Series: Cinderella, Oct. 8

DSB: Tribute to Journey, Oct. 27

Gilmore Theatre/WMU Theatre 
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo 

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Grand Rapids Art Museum 
101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids

Everything Beautiful in its Time: Six Centuries of Prints, Sept. 2-Dec. 3

Underneath Everything: Humility and Grandeur in Contemporary Ceramics, Oct. 7-Jan. 14

Experimental Film Selections from Open Projector Night, Oct. 7-Jan. 14

Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 

Contemporary Visions, Oct. 6-8

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids 

The Spongebob Musical, Sep. 15-Oct. 8

Grand Rapids Symphony 
300 Ottawa Ave. NW Ste. 100, Grand Rapids 

Violent Femmes, Oct. 6-7

Lehninger Conducts Liszt & Bartók, Oct. 20-21

Mozart & Grieg, Oct. 27

Holland Chorale

Adventures in Harmony: Low Voice Edition, Oct. 3

Holland Chorale w/ Chanticleer, Oct. 23

Hope College Great Performance Series
100 E. Eighth St., Holland

Escher String Quartet, Oct. 26

Holland Symphony Orchestra
96 W. 15th St. Ste. 201, Holland 

Brahms 3, Oct. 28

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 
2727 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids 

Judgment at Nuremberg, Oct. 12-22 

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo 

All Of Us: A Celebration of BIPOC Voices, Oct. 6-15 

Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 
314 South Park St., Kalamazoo

A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Works by Wu Jian’an, Sept. 16-Dec. 31

C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction, Sept. 16-Dec. 31

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra 
359 Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 100, Kalamazoo

Craft Music: Classics on Tap, Oct. 4

Bachtoberfest, Oct. 21

El Amor Brujo: Love Bewitched, Oct. 29

LaFontsee Galleries & Farming
833 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

Cut & Paste, Oct. 21-Nov. 4

Miller Auditorium
2200 Auditorium Dr, Kalamazoo

Mean Girls, Oct. 24-25

Muskegon Civic Theatre 
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon 

Little Shop of Horrors, Oct. 6-21

Muskegon Museum of Art 
296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon 

Oddities & Delights, Sept. 14-Feb. 25

Tiffany Lamps: The Richard H. Driehaus Collection, Sept. 7-Jan. 14

Opera Grand Rapids
1320 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids 

The Abduction from the Seraglio, Oct. 13-14

Saugatuck Center for the Arts 
400 Culver St., Saugatuck

Creative Fellow Mindy Trafman, Through Dec. 31

Of Plants and Place, Ongoing

Ningaaseg, Oct. 20-Jan. 26

A Bright Night: Free Community Celebration, Oct. 27

St. Cecilia Music Center 
24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 

Madeleine Peyroux, Oct. 21 

Stulberg International String Competition
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Esme Arias Kim w/ WMU Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 1

The Gilmore
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Baby Grands: Esteban Castro, Oct. 7

Rising Star: Esteban Castro Trio, Oct. 8

Rising Star: Illia Ovcharenko, Oct. 29

Announcing the 2024 Gilmore Artist 
One of the most prestigious awards in the music world is the Gilmore Artist, which comes with $300,000 and is only given every four years. Now, in 2024, the first artist since 2018’s Igor Levit has been announced: Alexandre Kantorow. The French pianist has won multiple historic awards and been hailed by critics as “the young tsar of Piano” and “Liszt reincarnated.” 
Learn more at thegilmore.org.