Goonies Quote Along
Final Gravity Brewing Company
246 N. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
May 2, 7 p.m., $5
Hey, you guuuys! Goonies fans, it’s time to get nostalgic and relive the glory days with One-Eyed Willy and long-lost treasure. Come with friends to be a part of the truffle shuffle competition and enjoy some complimentary Baby Ruths before the showing. The best part is, you’re fully encouraged to shout out your favorite iconic lines throughout the movie.
Free Comic Book Day
Vault of Midnight Grand Rapids
95 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
May 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Nerds, geeks and lovers of comic books, this is your day! Alongside other Grand Rapids businesses, Vault of Midnight is celebrating national Free Comic Book Day with arts and crafts, comic giveaways, trivia, complimentary coffee and photo ops! You can also join in on the Cosplay Contest, which gets you a free extra comic just for participating, alongside gift cards for the winners.
3rd Annual Best Cinco Ever
665 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids
May 4, 3 p.m.-10 p.m., $20+
Donkey Taqueria is gearing up Wealthy Street for another year of Cinco de Mayo partying with its best event yet. The lineup of live bands and entertainment will have everyone raising their sangria and dancing all day. Donkey is teaming up with Jonny B’z, The Winchester and Hancock to offer festive food and drinks for all. You’ll enjoy Happy Cinco Hour, a mariachi light show, food specials and much more! In addition to other fun prizes, a lucky señor or señorita will salsa away with free Donkey for a year.
Donut and Beer Festival
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Drive NE., Comstock Park
May 4, 4 p.m., $40
Forget coffee and doughnuts, it’s time for a stronger brew! The Donut and Beer Fest, a sold-out Kalamazoo event for the past two years, is hitting the road and heading to Grand Rapids. Those who decide to enjoy the ballpark fun will receive beer and cider samples, specially made doughnuts, and a mason jar sampling glass. The doughnuts are coming from more than 20 bakeries all over Michigan, alongside dozens of breweries and cideries from around the country. “Cider” tickets are available for those who want to go the non-alcoholic route but still be involved in the festivities.
Holy Smokes BBQ Competition
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
894 4th St., Muskegon
May 11, 1 p.m., $20
Imagine the aroma of different barbecued meats sizzling on the grill while sipping on a cold craft brew and playing some yard games. You sit down and enjoy the live entertainment, digging into freshly grilled barbecue you didn’t have to cook. That’s what Pigeon Hill has in store for us all with the Holy Smokes competition. All proceeds for the event go toward helping child welfare, community outreach initiatives and other great causes. Don’t miss this event that creates a perfect environment for some friendly finger-licking competition and funds a good cause.
Barley, BBQ & Beats
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
May 11, 5-9 p.m., $40
Every great party boils down to drinks, food and music. In this case, the party’s drinks focus on whiskey from local distilleries like Journeyman Distillery and Grand Traverse Distillery. The food comes from the best pit masters and restaurants around, such as American Char and Two Scotts Barbecue. Then, the music comes from local bands like Mid-Life Crisis. It’s your chance to sample the best West Michigan has to offer, with proceeds going to the Hospice of Michigan, which ensures end-of-life care to everyone who needs it.
Merchants and Makers at Baker Lumber
D. Baker & Son Lumber Co.
720 Pennoyer Ave., Grand Haven
May 11, 4 p.m.
It’s time to get out of the normal shopping routine with Merchants and Makers, featuring more than 40 local vendors meeting your needs. There’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, gourmet food, bath and body products, and much more. It’s the perfect event to shop for yourself or for Mother’s Day. Live music, food and drinks all add to the experience, so even if your bags are full, keep room in your stomach for some of the food trucks in Grand Haven.
Cider Week GR
Downtown Grand Rapids
Cider doesn’t always get enough love in the craft beverage world, but at least once a year, it’s the apples’ time to shine. Cider Week GR is based all around GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition), the world’s largest and most respected cider judging session. To go along with it, cideries like Vander Mill, Farmhaus and Virtue are hosting events all over West Michigan, including the annual Cider Festival. This year, it’s taking place in Rosa Parks Circle on May 18, with live music and all the fermented apple juice you could ever ask for.
Cirque de Soleil Crystal
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
May 16-19, 7:30 p.m., $56+
For the first time in Cirque de Soleil history, performers and acrobats are exploring new artistic heights on the ice! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the story of Crystal as she goes on a journey filled with colorful visual projections and an original score infused with the well-known sounds of Cirque du Soleil. The combination of acrobatic and skating skills is jawdropping as the performers conquer the laws of physics both in the air and on the ice.
Kite Festival at Grand Haven
1001 S. Harbor Dr., Grand Haven
You haven’t seen true kites until you’ve been to a kite festival. This inaugural festival is going to hit the ground running — or rather, hit the sky flying — with some of the greatest performers around showing off the magic of massive, complex kites soaring through the air. You’ll see huge inflatable kites, choreographed routines and more, with plenty of space for the public to come fly their own. This event is meant to keep the spirit of the Great Lakes Kite Festival alive after it ended last year. Many of the same people will be attending and performing.
Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
May 21, 7 p.m.
In 2012, the Grand Rapids Swing Society set a world record for the largest swing dance in the world and you can be a part of that same energy. Every Tuesday throughout the summer, swing dancing will be taking over either Rosa Parks Circle or Ah Nab Awen Park. You don’t have to own dancing shoes or have any experience at all, just come for a good time. Arrive at 7 p.m. and they will teach you how to swing, or just take in the music and enjoy a spring evening in the park.
Simply Queen - Live Tribute
20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
May 24, 7 p.m., $15+
Fronted by Rick Rock, a Freddie Mercury impersonator with mad music skills, this show takes fans to a time with some of the most iconic rock songs and anthems ever made. Guitarist Bob Wegner, another star musician in his own right, will definitely rock you, as he was picked personally by Queen’s own guitar solo kings Brian May and Roger Taylor. Plus, just showing up gives you the chance to win tickets to see Queen and Adam Lambert on their tour in Detroit.
Grand Rapids Bodybuilding Competition
Grandville High School Auditorium
4700 Canal Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
There’s really nothing like going to a bodybuilding competition and seeing exactly how far the human body can be pushed. This show is open to people of all ages who want to see athletes at the top of their field compete for a spot in the national tournament. Whether they’re competing for fitness, physique, figure or bikini, these competitors have dedicated their lives to being ripped and showing it off.