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The Itinerary Oct. 6-12

Written by  Josh Veal and Revue staff
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Did I scare ya? Let’s be honest, you jumped a little bit, and you probably dropped your phone on the floor out of sheer terror. No shame in that — October is a spooky time, after all.

This year, everyone has been absolutely voracious for fall and Halloween. It’s like we’re all desperate for a new season, something to signal a change, to usher in a new era without Covid (even though it’s not gone yet) or staffing shortages or all those silly little things.

I’m not here to focus on the negative — things really are turning around! We have concerts now, and new restaurants opening, and festivals and safe travel and so much more. The world is much less frightening than it was a year ago, and now we’re ready for the FUN spooky stuff.

Of course, this weekend’s events are beyond fun. Check it out:

Downtown Holland Fall Fest
Oct. 8-9

Downtown Holland is the perfect cozy town for fall, and this weekend’s festival makes the most of that. This fest features all kinds of family friendly activities, including DIY pumpkin carving, PROFESSIONAL pumpkin carving, community tulip planting, fall walking tours, street performers and more! Plus, head to Windmill Island Gardens for an artisan vendor market.

Tea & Trails
Crow’s Nest Trail
Oct. 8-10

Ox-Bow School of Art is hosting more fun events this fall, starting with walks through the Tallmadge Woods paired with live music and special tea tastings. This isn’t just any tea though, it’s in partnership with Spirit Tea, a Chicago-based company offering seasonal farm-direct teas. It isn’t just any music either, featuring an “experimental soundscape” from Paul Catanese and “audio pharmacology” from Shannon Harris. Plus, proceeds from this hike go to Hemlock Wooly Adelig Remeditian Fund.

Art & Coffee Popup
Switchback Gear Exchange
Oct. 9, 4-8 p.m.

Art, bikes, coffee — what more do you need? This pop-up at Switchback features several local makers, including apparel from Stephanie Ellis, floral prints from Casey Bresso, handmade ceramics from Take Time Studio, and more!

Oktoberfest Bar Crawl
Oct. 9, 2-9 p.m.

Marzen lovers, grab your steins! This bar crawl includes a liter Das Boot mug for enjoying lots of delicious beer at local bars, starting with Home at the BOB and heading around downtown. Tickets include food and drink discounts. Cheers!

Plant Based Junk Food
Arvon Brewing
Oct. 10, 1-6 p.m.

Vuture Food is coming to Arvon Brewing, offering some of the best vegan comfort food around. They will be bringing out a variety of Vegan Chik'n Sandwiches and Loaded Fries, all made entirely with plant products, of course. Menu will be posted morning of, but you don’t need a menu to know you want some of this.

Matthew Whitaker Quartet
Gilmore Piano Festival
Oct. 10, 4 p.m.

Performing as part of Gilmore’s Rising Stars series, Matthew Whitaker is a 21-year-old keyboardist who has defied the odds from the outset. He was born in 2001 premature by three months and blind, fighting his way to health through his earliest years. By age three, he exhibited an unusual musical acuity — picking out nursery rhymes on a toy piano — and by five, blessed with perfect pitch, he began piano lessons at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York City where he learned to play and read Braille music as well.

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