Stuck in Grand Rapids

Stephanie Allen

If a packed suitcase, airplane tickets and warmer weather aren’t in your near future, or don’t seem to be fitting into your college-student budget, don’t worry. The Grand Rapids entertainment scene is here to help fight off spring break woes with happy hours, concerts and a little bit of laughter.

With headlining classics, such as Bob Seger, and local favorites, including Grand Valley State University student Nate Paulson, bringing the spring break party to downtown Grand Rapids, it won’t even feel like you’re still in Michigan – until, of course, you step out of the venue. But drink specials will help you forget that. And with deals at many of the city’s most popular bars every night, there are plenty of opportunities to drink for cheap with friends. Keep it responsible though — call designated drivers or taxi companies that service to Allendale.

For a more family-oriented atmosphere, Disney On Ice is bringing their touring show to Van Andel Arena. You don’t have to travel to California or Florida to experience Disney when the world’s favorite characters are in Grand Rapids.

They aren’t the only characters in town, though, as Laughfest kicks off near the end of break with headlining comedians, including Brian Regan, Joel McHale and Lewis Black. The 10-day festival features hundreds of comedy performances, with many free shows in varying audience-approval levels.

While some people might already have their bags packed to go somewhere far, far away from campus, staying in Michigan doesn’t have to be that bad. Plenty of performance perks and opportunities to spend the night out on a budget make Grand Rapids a hot spot for spring break fun, despite the cold temperatures.
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