Welcome to November! No more spooks, scares or frights in the month ahead.
Instead, November is all about watching the leaves fall, quiet contemplation, and getting a jump start on your holiday shopping — or at least, for us it is. West Michigan is really helping you with that last part thanks to multiple holiday markets in the week ahead.
We also have arts organizations like the West Michigan Symphony returning to the stage for the first time since the pandemic began, and multiple restaurants have recently opened as well (Wahlburgers, Bobcat Bonnie's, K-ROK — the list goes on). Feel free to follow us on social media for those new business updates!
Anyway, there's tons to do this week, so here's what's on our radar:
Merchants and Makers Holiday Market
Fulton Street Farmers Market
1145 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Merchants and Makers are back at Fulton Street with more than 100 of the best makers around. Only $3 to get in (free for kids), then you have access to just about every kind of gift you could hope for — except maybe flatscreen TVs. Plus, food from Righteous Cuisine, Crepes by the Lake and Voyage Bowls.
Beethoven and Blue Jeans: Grand Reopening
West Michigan Symphony
360 W. Western Ave. Ste. 200, Muskegon
A grand reopening, Muskegon-style—wear your denims, everyone! This show features sensational young violinist Randall Goosby, First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He's making his West Michigan debut with this Beethoven-centric performance, playing the "Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus," Beethoven's Violin Concerto, and the famous German composer's Symphony no.8.
Whose Live Anyway?
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Just about everyone has seen Whose Line Is It Anyway — the show where everything is made up and the points don’t matter. Now the show is coming off your television and onto the stage, with longtime cast members like Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops.
If you love improv comedy, or even if you don’t, this show is worth seeing for the masters at work.
GLC Live at 20 Monroe
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Lorde, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Carly Rae Jepsen — if there’s one thing all the biggest pop stars have in common, it’s working with songwriter Jack Antonoff. Years ago, he was part of Fun. (of We Are Young and Some Nights fame). But he has his own solo project too, called Bleachers, and he’s coming to GR in support of his new album, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night. Special guest Claud is opening.
Holiday Gift Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gift shopping can be fun, especially when it’s part of visiting Meijer Gardens. On this special Saturday, head in for 30 artists and vendors selling unique and elegant gifts, toys and games for children, handmade jewelry, home décor, wine tasting and much more. Just head into the Balk Café!
Bridge Street Makers Market & Bar Hop
Nov. 6, 12-5 p.m.
Time to grab a drink and walk around town, shopping local and local only. Harmony Hall, One Bourbon and Bridge St Market are all hosting a combined 35 makers, with handmade goods like jewelry, knit goods, home décor, metalworking, prints, soap, candles and much more.
Wine Tasting: Old World vs. New
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
With wine now being grown in every corner of the world, the supertaster has all kinds of new flavors to explore. This class from Aperitivo puts the old world of wine (Europe) and the new side-by-side, so the supertaster can taste and compare, discovering their new favorite wine region. Plus, there are tasty cheese pairings throughout!