Here are our best bets for October 2018, with comedy, music, drinks and more.
401 Stocking Ave. Grand Rapids
Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m.
Grand Rapids’ first-ever Movie Trivia Night is here! All movie genres are fair game and the event is free and completely open to the public. You can win Harmony gift cards while drinking beer and eating pizza. Recommended team size is two to six, but there are no restrictions. If you call yourself a cinephile, this is the place to be.
General Casimir Pulaski was a Polish immigrant and a Revolutionary War hero, and his legacy lives on centuries later through Pulaski Days, an annual celebration of Polish culture founded in 1973. The Polish halls around the city — and there are many — open up to people of all nationalities, offering music, beer and food, like pierogis, kielbasa, golumpki, kapusta and more. It’s the perfect chance to get out and try something completely new.
Puddles Pity Party
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
It’s a special time in history when a clown can get popular for singing songs on YouTube. To be fair, Puddles is no ordinary clown and no ordinary singer. His smooth, rich crooning is on full display in his somber reinterpretations of all kinds of songs, from I Want You To Want Me to Space Oddity. Despite the name, his show isn’t all pity — there’s plenty of party, with humor, absurdity and lots of Kleenex.
Grand Armory Third Anniversary
Grand Armory Brewing
17 S. 2nd St., Grand Haven
It’s time to throw another party for Grand Armory, with games, performers and plenty of beer. Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, The Goofy Foot Band and The Hacky Turtles are all on the lineup for this outdoor street party, rain or shine.
Roll Out the Barrel
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Oct. 7, 11 a.m.
Bell’s is reaching into its cellars and bringing out the good stuff, with more than 20 barrel-aged beers hitting the taps. You can taste all kinds of classics and new beers aged in bourbon, brandy, rum barrels and more. Last year, for instance, had a Tequila Barrel Mango Habanero Oberon. Bell’s is also hosting a special barrel-focused tour that visits the original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo.
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Oct. 8, 8 p.m., $99+
Even after 51 years of performing, Fleetwood Mac shows no signs of slowing down. The British-American rock band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and 1977’s Rumours continues to be one of the most iconic records of our time. The band will be playing classics like Landslide and The Chain with all of the band’s most iconic members, except for Lindsey Buckingham.
Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
All hail the Great Pumpkin! Battle Creek shows its respect to this gorgeous gourd with a fairgrounds-sized festival, featuring games, pony rides, arts and crafts, bingo, food, vendors, a straw castle, bounce houses and pumpkin carving. It’s a festive family-friendly party that exemplifies fall.
Reel Big Fish
The Intersection’s Elevation
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., $20
Whether you care about it or not, today’s ska wouldn’t be what it is without Reel Big Fish. The group’s goofy, punk style began with the debut LP, Everything Sucks, in 1995 and has stayed strong up to today, even though the band hasn’t released an album in a while. But hey, if your set list isn’t broke… Special guests Ballyhoo! and We Are Union join the band on this Tickle My Tiki TOURch.
Get Sad: Emo Night
447 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids
Oct. 18, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
It’s been a long while since Grand Rapids had its own proper emo night — a chance to don some eyeliner, wear all black and sing your heart out. They’ll be playing all the nostalgic hits, from My Chemical Romance to Taking Back Sunday, Hotelier and more. Come prepared to dance, sing and drink to your heart’s content.
In October, South Haven spends a whole weekend celebrating fall flavors and fright-filled nights. Hayrides, pumpkins, headless horsemen and haunted houses all come to the lakeshore town, along with cider, live music and more. The lineup includes Movies at the Marina, pumpkin chuckin’, pie sampling, a Fright Night at the Maritime Museum, and a scenic bike ride along Kal-Haven Trail with candy, doughnuts, cider and prizes given out. Expect to see fairies, witches, goblins and ghouls along the ride!
Virtue Cider Apple Fest
2170 62nd St., Fennville
Oct. 20, 12-8 p.m., $20
For the third year, Virtue is celebrating its main ingredient with a day of cider, music and fun. You’ll find games like cornhole and giant Jenga, horse-drawn cart rides, a field maze, apple-pressing demos, dog-friendly trails, a farmers market, live bands and the option to tour the production facility. Like any good festival, Apple Fest will also have food available.
68 Commerce Dr. SW, Grand Rapids
Oct. 24, 7 p.m., $15
Prof is not your typical rapper. His beats and lyrics are ridiculously goofy, while his singing is seriously impressive. Prof’s shows are a party, full of the rapper’s self-aware humor and vocal acrobatics. Mac Irv, Dwynell Roland, Willie Wonka and Marcus Ryan all join the show.
Bass Country Halloween
133 Grandville Ave., Grand Rapids
Oct. 26, 8 p.m., $30
Those looking for bone-rattling bass this Halloween should look no further than Bass Country’s bombastic lineup at The Intersection. Topped by L.A. DJ 12th Planet, this low-end rager will make fans scream for the next drop, with a lineup that includes more than a half-dozen of the area’s best EDM acts.
Corgis in the Park
2001 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Oct. 27, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
It’s every corgi’s favorite time of year, when they get to see all their short, squat, furry friends again, as well as all their wonderful owners. Whether you own a corgi or not, this meetup is the perfect place to stare at some pleasant pups for hours on end. There’s fenced-in playtime for the dogs, as well as food trucks and a corgi Halloween costume contest. The event’s free, but you can donate to Paws with a Cause while there.
Broadway Grand Rapids
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Sometimes, when you grow up, you lose the magic. Decades of stress, reality and cynicism can lead to a loss of imagination — that’s when you need to find your inner child, which is exactly what novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie did when he wrote Peter Pan.
In this uplifting, magical musical, Barrie is inspired by four young brothers and their widowed mother, who all help him find Neverland through adventures and imagination. It’s all based on the eponymous film, but with dozens of rousing songs added in. It’s been described as a breathtaking smash that “captures the kid-at-heart” by TIME Magazine and as “the best musical of the year” by NPR. — Josh Veal