The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Sep. 5, 7 p.m.
It’s been 15 years since Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ first LP, Don’t You Fake It. The album featured hit singles like “Your Guardian Angel” and “Damn Regret,” leading to national radio play. They’re celebrating with an anniversary tour coming through The Intersection’s Stache stage, with special guests Astoria State.
AJR: The OK Orchestra Tour
2500 Turner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Sep. 8, 6 p.m.
AJR is a pop trio composed of three brothers: Adam, Jack and Ryan Met. Their music combines electric experimentation with indie pop, hip-hop and doo-wop, resulting in OK Orchestra’s first single, “Bang!” This tour is supporting the new album, which is big, bold and great to dance to.
Creston After Dark
Corner of Quimby and Plainfield
Sep. 11, 12-10 p.m.
Creston’s big art party — orchestrated by Lions & Rabbits Center for the Arts — is back again, taking over the street with fun for all. Come for the artisan market and kids activities, stay for the local food and drink, live music, public art and far more. It’s a block party celebrating art and inclusion.
MI Drag Brunch
1001 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Sep. 12, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Drag performances have quickly become a favorite pastime of Michigan — especially while dining and drinking. This show at Linear, presented by MI Drag Brunch, is no different. Your ticket gets you a plated meal, a signature drink and a 2-hour performance. What more could you ask for from a Sunday brunch?
An Evening with Michael Buble
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Sep. 13, 8 p.m.
More than a year after he was originally scheduled to perform, Michael Bublé — dreamboat, singer and songwriter — is finally bringing his silky-smooth voice to Grand Rapids. He’s won four Grammy Awards, sold more than 60 million records and had multiple singles, all from singing endlessly about love. His latest album, Love (stylized as the red heart emoji), features two singles, “When I Fall in Love” and “Love You Anymore.”
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Sep. 14, 7 p.m.
Anti-Flag are old-school punk rock, with a career going back to the ’80s. Their music has been radical from the start, with albums like Die For the Government and Their System Doesn’t Work for You, and now they’re coming to The Pyramid Scheme for an all-ages show with special guests Dog Party, Grumpster and Oxymorrons.
Sep. 16-Oct. 3
The semi-annual art festival is back again, with hundreds of thousands of dollars going to artists. Nearly 1,000 creators will display work across 140 venues all over Grand Rapids, from restaurants to parks to museums. This year, there are extra ways to support artists, including an online auction platform and hidden cash prizes.
Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Sep. 24, 7:30 p.m.
From his time as a correspondent on The Daily Show to his Netflix show Patriot Act, Hasan Minhaj has built a name as a talented comedian great at explaining and making fun of real-life happenings. From politics to religion, Muslim culture and daily life, he covers it all. Check out his new live tour, The King’s Jester, in-person at DeVos this month.
Grand Rapids Bourbon Fest
Studio D2D Event Center
401 Hall St. SW, Grand Rapids
Sep. 24, 5 & 7 p.m.
You already know whether this festival is for you or not. Do you love bourbon? How about having 100-plus whiskeys to choose from? This includes special high-end bottles, like Knob Creek 2001, Van Winkle Special Reserve and many more. There’ll also be food from El Caribe and Patty Matters food trucks, along with live music from Mark Warner. Plus, beer, wine and cider choices, in case you want to change it up.
Grand Rapids African American Art & Music Festival
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Sep. 25, 12-10 p.m.
This fest at the piazza at Studio Park will celebrate all the outstanding contributions of local African American artists through visual and performing arts. Expect dance, music, art, vendors, games and food, all reflecting the diversity of African American culture in Grand Rapids. It’s exactly the kind of party we need right now.