It's beginning to look a lot like winter! Temps are low, snow is on the ground and it's all here to stay.
Amidst a rollercoaster of COVID, some events have been cancelled for the week ahead, but West Michigan still has plenty to do, including Grand Rapids' World of Winter! Bigger and better than ever before, this year's World is full of interactive displays all across town, along with events and ice sculptures to enjoy.
Here's what's on our radar for the week ahead:
Experience the Magical World of Winter
Downtown Grand Rapids
Jan. 7-March 6
The World of Winter is Grand Rapids’ way of making life not just bearable, but incredibly fun and magical in the heart of winter. Over 40 unique interactive art installations, more than 50 ice sculptures, activities, programs and more will take over Downtown Grand Rapids.
555 Monroe, Jan. 7-March 6
A large light-based art installation brought to you in partnership with Ximenez Group based in Spain. Designed by the German architect Ben Busche, from Brut Deluxe studio, the light maze was born with the aim of offering an innovative and immersive experience.
Bunnies of Intrude
Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Jan. 7-31
A large outdoor art installation of gargantuan inflatable rabbits, brought to you in partnership with Parer Studio based in Australia. Why rabbits? Rabbits are an introduced species to Australia and have been causing great destruction and imbalance in the island continent’s delicate ecosystems since it was introduced by white settlers in 1788. To Parer, the rabbit also is an animal of contradiction: They represent the fairy tale animals from our childhood; a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields.
Gillett Bridge, Jan. 7-March 6
Submergence is a large, immersive, walk-through experience created by SquidSoup based in the United Kingdom. The installation transforms space into a hybrid environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. As you enter the piece, you are walking into a space occupied by both real and virtual components, and you can affect both.
Crank Zappa Jellyfish
GR Public Museum, Jan. 14-March 6
Crank Zappa Jellyfish is an interactive sculpture created from plastic waste. Lights animate and respond to touch sensors at the ends of the tentacles. The sculpture is also accompanied by music and voice combining to bring the character of Crank Zappa to life, as well as educate the public on plastic waste in an accessible and engaging way. Crank Zappa is completely constructed from single-use plastic items including 1,000 plastic bags, straws and 800 plastic bottles that were salvaged from Scotts Creek and 1,200 meters of recycled twine that was weaved together by 40 volunteers. As visitors gather under Crank, he electrifies and animates in response to human touch.
Jan. 15, 4-8 p.m.
Michigan Drag Brunch is proud to bring you this FREE event in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Join the Brunchettes of MI Drag Brunch and some of your favorite local leaders on stage and outside at the Calder! Enjoy food from local food trucks — Taste of Toya’s World, Mapocho, Street Chef Shaw, Beechers Pretzels & BlueChip. Plus, giant yard games and a photo opportunity with our crown-shaped ice sculpture! All alcoholic beverages sales will benefit the AYA Youth Collective.
Bucket List with Steve-O
Kalamazoo State Theatre
Let’s just come right out and say it: This event is definitely not for kids, or for the faint of heart. In fact, you have to be 21 or older to attend, due to graphic footage of sexually explicit content, self-inflicted violence, drug use, all that good stuff! Every idea on Steve-O’s bucket list was so ill-advised, he never expected to go through with any of them. Until it was time to prepare for this tour. Not only are the stunts more ridiculous than what you already know Steve-O for, he did them all, and made a multimedia comedy show out of them.
Wine About Winter 2022
Grand Haven Main Street
Jan. 14, 5-8 p.m.
This year’s annual showcase of wines at select venues offers residents and visitors the opportunity to wander the heated sidewalks, in the midst of winter, and experience the warmth and vitality of amazing businesses on Grand Haven Main Street! The festivities, tastings, and food samplings kick off at 5:00 pm. Local store fronts from Beacon Boulevard throughout Centertown and along Washington Avenue Downtown will be displaying deals, goods, and serving up treats.