Hard Cider Run
Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill
8540 2 Mile Rd. NE, Ada
June 2, 9 a.m. -1 p.m., $40+
Dash around apples destined to become cider someday as you make your way through this 5K. The picturesque run has a prize at the finish line worth racing to: a delicious glass of hard cider. And you don’t have to be the first to finish to get this prize — all participants get a free glass of cider, a T-shirt and some other commemorative goodies.
Food Trucks With A Twist
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
June 6, 4-7 p.m.
Food trucks have become increasingly popular over the past few years, especially as the Grand Rapids food scene has continued to develop. The Downtown Market decided the best way to celebrate these food trucks and all they have to offer is bringing them all together, complete with a full bar and outdoor games. Some of the food trucks during this event include What The Truck, Blue Spoon, Patty Matters, and Doughrunts, among others.
Soul2Soul World Tour
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
June 7, 7:30 p.m., $67+
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are a power couple in the country music industry, having been married since 1996 and raising three daughters together while performing in tours and releasing new music. People who love country music undoubtedly love McGraw, Hill, or both, so fans were thrilled when they announced another leg of their collaborative Soul2Soul tour, which showcases both of their musical talents.
Rock the Block
1167 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
June 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rock the Block is a celebration of Grand Rapids and the people who live here, but more specifically, it’s a celebration of diversity, community and equity. With more than 10,000 attendees, the annual event connects residents to local resources, entertainment, art and food. More than 100 vendors come together to make this the ultimate block party.
Pianos Become The Teeth & The World Is
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
June 10, 6:30 p.m., $17
It’s incredibly lucky to see two post-rock, post-hardcore icons playing the same show, right in our backyard. Pianos Become The Teeth was part of a generation of artists including Touche Amore, Defeater and La Dispute who pioneered an emotional hardcore sound, but the band has since dropped the screams and gone more mellow. Meanwhile, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is a large band with a long name and emotional music that addresses today’s issues — xenophobia, racism and abuse.
360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
June 15, 8:30 p.m., $3
The seven-member Melophobix bends genres and explores the broad spectrum of music, playing both reimagined covers and original music. The masters of “cage-free funk” are in the process of finishing up their debut full-length, but need some help recording and releasing it without a label or management. To get the word out about the album’s Kickstarter, they’re playing four shows this month: June 1 at Shakespeare’s, June 8 at Rockford Brewing Co., June 15 at Unruly Brewing and June 16 at Founder’s Fest After Party.
Can’d Aid Music Gathering
Perrin Brewing Co.
5910 Comstock Park Dr., Comstock Park
June 15, 5 p.m.
This charitable concert features music from Seth Bernard, Mark Lavengood and Steep Canyon Rangers, but it isn’t all about the music. Proceeds go to Can’d Aid, a nonprofit based in Colorado that raises funds to “spread people-powered do-goodery” and has already helped in several efforts in Michigan. The gathering also offers a silent auction, raffle, outdoor games and food trucks.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
June 20, 7 p.m., $91-$96
Award-winning English singer-songwriter Seal is one of many famous musicians set to perform in the Meijer Gardens Concert Series this summer. Expect to hear timeless tunes from his new album, Standards, where he leaves his mark on songs that have defined generations. His voice was meant to sing these songs, just as your ears are meant to hear them.
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
June 22, 6:30 p.m., $9.37-$20
The country band hasn’t been around for too long, but that hasn’t stopped LANCO’s success from going through the roof. With songs like Born to Love You and Greatest Love Story topping charts, it’s clear to see how they’ve risen to fame so quickly. LANCO is playing in support of its debut album, Hallelujah Nights, released earlier this year.
Ballpark Cornhole Tournament
Homer Stryker Field
251 Mills St., Kalamazoo
June 23, 1-5 p.m., $25
If you’ve ever been to a summer campout or Fourth of July party, you are probably aware of how competitive a game of cornhole can become. For all the folks who seek to prove they’re the best at tossing a bean bag into a hole, now’s the time to prove it. First-place winners take home $100 and a 10-person Miller Lite Party Zone outing. Right after the tournament, the Kalamazoo Growlers take on the Madison Mallards.
Burger Battle Grand Rapids 2018
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park
June 23, 1-5 p.m., $15-$25
Everyone loves an amazing, juicy burger — it’s just in our DNA — which means any restaurant that respects pub fare has invented its own version of the delicious American classic. More than 25 of the best restaurants in Grand Rapids are allowing you to try some of the best burgers they have to offer, but only one can be crowned the Grand Rapids 2018 Burger Battle Champion — and there are five celebrity judges who will be, well, the judge of that. Refreshments will be offered, including a full bar, and there will be a cornhole tournament as well as a playground for the kids to enjoy.
20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
June 30, 9 p.m., $10+
Arrested Development, an alternative hip-hop group formed in Atlanta in the late ’80s, creates afrocentric music that many have jammed along to for decades. Tackling issues like gentrification and spirituality in their music sets them apart. n