Okay, now spring is ACTUALLY here!
Not only are temps warming up, but Daylight Savings Time gave us an extra hour of evening daylight, and St. Patrick's Day is here as well. On top of all that, spring officially begins as a season on Sunday, March 20.
With all that, West Michigan is also full of exciting events this week, including the return of LaughFest! Get ready for a weekend of comedy, filled with everything from local improv to famous stand-up comedians. We also have live music, an onstage cooking show and much more.
Here's what's on our radar for the week ahead:
LaughFest is back once again with all kinds of events all over West Michigan! The big headliners include Maria Bamford, Fortune Feimster, Brent Morin and more. There’s a huge variety of comedy going on, though, including Battle Bots Improve Comedy, the Clean Comedy Showcase, musical improv, a humorous trivia night and much more. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free emotional health support community of children, adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey, or those grieving a death due to any cause.
REBA: Live In Concert
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
March 17, 8 p.m.
The Queen of Country is coming to Van Andel! Reba McEntire has built a multi-entertainment empire, but she remains at heart a legendary country music singer, known for huge hits like “Can’t Even Get the Blues” and “For My Broken Heart.” Expect favorites from across her whole career on this tour with special guest Reyna Roberts.
St. Patrick's Day
With so many great St. Patty's Day parties happening around West Michigan, it could be its own article! Instead, let us direct you to Experience Grand Rapids, who've already compiled a great list of holiday happenings: https://www.experiencegr.com/articles/post/st-patricks-day/
Merchants and Makers Bargain Market
17246 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake
March 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come out for the best prices of the year at this Merchants and Makers Bargain Market, featuring 55 local makers, delicious food by Trillium Events, and listen to Plain Jane Glory. Every maker in attendance will have deals going on, whether it’s seasonal stock they have discounted, a percentage off of their entire booth, or sales on discontinued items — every item at the market is marked down in some way.
Juilliard String Quartet
Fontana Chamber Arts
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo
March 20, 3 p.m.
With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring.
Beyond the Eats with Alton Brown
DeVos Performance Hall
Alton Brown scares us a little, but that’s okay, because he’s also one of the world’s greatest chefs and food critics. Brown has created a new form of entertainment, a live culinary variety show, with his Edible Inevitable and Eat Your Science tours. Now he’s back with Beyond the Eats. Brown says fans can expect “more cooking, more comedy, more music and more potentially dangerous science stuff.” Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He warns, “Prepare for an evening unlike any other and if I call for volunteers… think twice.”