Summer Diversions


May 17: Comedy Mondays – Every Monday at Dog Story Theater on Taylor Street in Grand Rapids, comedy shows take place at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. before opening up the mic for improve at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 for an all-night pass.

May 18: Whitecaps vs. Lake County – West Michigan’s minor league baseball team will compete at 6:30 p.m. at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Tickets range from $5-$13.

May 18: deadline to register for Intramural sand volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball – Sign up with a team or as an individual at the Intramural Web site, Games continue throughout the months of May and June.

May 21: Doobie Brothers and the Meijer Garden Summer Concert Series – After 30 years of performing and 22 million albums sold, the Doobie Brothers are now coming to Frederik Meijer Gardens for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $64 pre-sale and $69 for the public. The rest of the summer concert line up is available at the Meijer Garden Web site.

May 22: 20th/21st Century Piano Competition Winner’s Concert – The recital feature pianist from the beginner level up to high school level. It will take place at 3 p.m. in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in GVSU’s Performing Arts Center. The event is free to the public.

May 30: Under Starlit Skies – A planetarium show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum will start at 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through May. Admission is $3 in addition to the general museum admission.

May 31: Memorial Day — See our Memorial Day celebration guide on A9.


June 1: Swing Dancing in Rosa Parks Circle – Every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society dances the night away. The cost is $4 to participate.

June 4-6: Festival of Arts in GR – In its 41st year, the Festival of Arts is one of the longest-running festivals in the state. The festival features indoor and outdoor art exhibits, entertainment, music and food. All activities are free of charge. The event will take place in downtown Grand Rapids on Ottawa Avenue and Pearl Street.

June 12: Seventh annual local First Street party – Hoping for 10,000 attendees, the First Street Party will take place from 4 p.m. to midnight. The event is sponsored by Founder’s Brewery and features local bands, food and beer. The party is located at the Weston and Grandville in downtown Grand Rapids.