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10 Events to Ride The Rapid to in March

Grand Rapids at night

Is your personal event calendar looking a bit sparse this March? No problem. We have the perfect list of events to keep you busy all month long! Whether it’s enjoying delicious craft brews and food specials in honor of Beer Month GR or taking in a Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Production, Grand Rapids and the surrounding cities are dishing out a variety of activities to love this month.

Purchase a 10-Ride Ticket for just $13.50 and ride with us to these awesome events:

1. Beer Month GR

From Feb. 15 -March 15, Experience Grand Rapids is highlighting our city’s love of craft beer with a month-long celebration. The Rapid to check out local restaurant specials for Cool Brews. Hot Eats., Founders KBS Week tap takeovers and more. There’s something for every beer lover to indulge in during Beer Month GR. Don’t forget your Beer City Brewsader® Passport!

Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 + can get you there.

2. West Michigan Home and Garden Show

Spring is just around the corner. Ride the Silver Line directly to DeVos Place to get a kickstart on the 2017 gardening season with the West Michigan Home and Garden Show. On March 2 – 5, don’t miss a variety of seminars, feature gardens, an art market and more — all under one roof! Single-day and multi-day tickets are available with prices ranging from $10 to $18. Admission for children 6-14 is $4 and children 5 and under get in for free. 

Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

3. SPACE: A Journey to Our Future

Throughout March, visit the Gerald R. Ford Museum to experience the past, present and future of space exploration. The “SPACE: A Journey to Our Future” exhibition will immerse you in the discoveries of the past and introduce you to today’s explorers who are shaping our destiny in the universe. Admission to the Gerald R. Ford Museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military and $ for children ages 6-18. Children under 5 get in for free.

Route 7, 9, 19 can get you there.

4. Ragtime

Take in a bit of history and music this month. Based on the 1975 Doctorow novel, Ragtime is a story of the American Experience. Set at the birth of the 20th century, this is a story of how our country, and those who immigrated here, share the same hopes and dreams while struggling with class and racial divides. Watch history come to life in this beautifully sung story. Ragtime is running at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre until March 19. Individual tickets cost $18- $37.

Route 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15 can get you there.

5. Taste of Kentwood

Kentwood is celebrating 50 years as a city. Come out on March 2 to the Kentwood Activities Center at 355 48th Street to enjoy a Taste of Kentwood. Tickets cost $5 and allow you access to samples of fare from 15 local restaurants. Some of the restaurants providing samples at this delicious fundraiser for the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department include Zoup!, Boardwalk Subs and Russo’s. Come hungry!

Route 1 & 44 can get you there.

6. Blandford Nature Center Family Events

March 4, 11 & 18

March is the perfect month to explore all that Blandford Nature Center has to offer. On March 18, ride Route 7 to Blandford for the 47th annual Sugarbush Festival. There you can learn the process of maple sugaring through Sugarbush demonstrations with hands-on tree tapping, as well as enjoying games, wildlife encounters, treats and much more. If you can’t make it to the festival, join the Sugarbush tours on March 4 and 11 to get a glimpse at Native American, pioneer and modern methods of maple syrup production. Learn more about pricing for events at

Route 7 can get you there.

7. West Michigan Women’s Expo

Ride with us to DeVos Place from March 10 – 12 to discover the newest trends and women’s products and services. This expo has everything from health and wellness to hairstyling and painting workshops. Grab your mom, daughter or friend and spend the day shopping, learning and enjoy all the expo has to offer. Tickets are $10 in advance.

Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

8. LaughFest

Get ready to laugh from March 9 – 19! Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, includes comedic events throughout West Michigan. Created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. There’s something to put a smile on everyone’s face.

 Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5+ can get you there.

9. Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids

Love the great outdoors? The Ultimate Sport Show is for you. Exhibitors will be displaying the latest in outdoor gear, travel information and fishing boats. You’ll be able to check out world-class taxidermy, woodcarvers, fishing simulators and nearly 100 fishing and hunting seminars taking place on 5 stages. From March 16 – 19, catch a ride to DeVos Place for this event. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children 6-14 and free for children 5 and under. 
Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

10. Taste of the West Side 2017

On March 29, celebrate the spirit West Side with food, craft brews, wine and auction items. This is a charitable event to help raise funds for Steepletown Neighborhood Services. The goal of this event is to encourage West Side neighbors to participate in the pursuit of creating, developing and furthering the development of a stronger community. This event takes place at the Goei Center. Learn more about ticket pricing

Route 18 can get you there.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.