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10 Transit-Friendly Events in October

Autumn in Grand Rapids

Autumn is here, which means changing leaves and crisp sweater weather. If you’re like us, you’re likely hoping to make the most of the cooler, more enjoyable temperatures. Get the most out of the month of October by packing your event calendar with transit-friendly events and destinations.

Whether you’re planning on continuing to take in the variety of art throughout the city, celebrate fall with a harvest festival or enjoy local food and drinks, there’s something to meet your needs. Relax and leave your car at home or park it in one of the downtown Grand Rapids parking lots and get on board to ride with us for a relaxing trip to your destination.

Here are some events to check out in October:

1. ArtPrize

Get on board to enjoy the last week of ArtPrize Nine! Through Oct. 8, you can explore venues and exhibits throughout Grand Rapids.  This world-famous event offers the opportunity to indulge in art, explore your surroundings and take in all Grand Rapids has to off. With nearly 200 venues throughout Grand Rapids, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.

Plan your trip.

2. ArtPrize Street Party with Local First

On Oct. 1 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., ride The Rapid or DASH to get to Sundance Grill for their first ever street party during ArtPrize. The party will take place on the Pearl Street side of the restaurant. Long Road Distillery will be joining Sundance Grill with some of their specialty cocktails, along with Founders Brewing Co. Aside from delicious craft beverages, each vendor will also be providing swag for the public.

The party is free and everyone is welcome. Drop 35 will be playing your favorite 80s and 90s tunes on the parklet. Also, in efforts to assist our friends in Texas suffering from this natural disaster, Sundance Grill will be donating 15% of all outside sales to the Red Cross.

Routes 6, 11, 13 and DASH can get you there. Plan your trip.

3. First Friday Gallery Hops 

South Division Ave becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists, handmade goods, and food and drink specials. While you’re out enjoying ArtPrize on Oct. 6, take a stroll down Division from 6 – 9 p.m. to visit local shops and see what’s for sale.

The Silver Line and Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 14, and 15 can get you to Division Avenue.

4. Harvest Hullabaloo

Ride The Rapid to the Downtown Market on Oct. 7 to celebrate everything autumn has to offer from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This family-friendly event features fall-themed specials from around the Market Hall; fresh fall produce and products from local farms; kids activities and games, including sack races, pumpkin races and a donut challenge, and last but not least, square dancing demos!

Routes 1, 2, 5 and the Silver Line can get you there

5. CARE Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty

On Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 at theEast Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center, CARE Ballet brings the condensed version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet of Princess Aurora to life on stage. The one-hour version retells the story of the evil spell that puts the entire kingdom to sleep when the princess pricks her finger on a spinning wheel. With a kiss, the handsome Prince breaks the spell and awakens Sleeping Beauty. A wedding celebration follows, and several of Aurora’s favorite childhood characters arrive and perform for the Prince and Princess. Puss and Boots, Little Bo-Peep, Little Red Riding Hood, and Bluebird and Princess Florine all make an appearance.

Route 6 can get you there.

6. Midnight at the Museum

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum isn’t just for kids. Visit the Children’s Museum on Oct. 13 for an adult 21+ game night!  game night for adults 21+ at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum with the Vault of Midnight gaming experts and refreshments from Elk Brewing. Tickets $15 per person and include admission, games, and one drink ticket. Additional tickets available for purchase.

Routes 1, 4, 13, 14 15 and the Silver Line. Plan your trip.

7. Yoga at the GRAM

The Grand Rapids Art Museum and AM Yoga will be hosting Yoga at GRAM, sponsored by Priority Health on Oct. 19. Bring a friend for Vinyasa-style yoga classes with instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane. All levels are welcome.

Routes 6, 9, 11, 13, Silver Line and DASH. Plan your trip.

8. Meyer May Home Tour 

On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in October, ride with us to the Meyer May Home.  Recurring weekly this free tour lets you inside the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house located at 450 Madison Avenue SE. Take a step back in time to enjoy the beauty of this unique home.

Routes 3 and 5 can get you there

9. Grand Rapids Comic-Con 

Get on board to ride The Rapid to DeVos Place from Oct. 20– 22 for Grand Rapids’ very own comic and popular arts convention. Day tickets and weekend packages are available for purchase.

Routes 11, 13, 19, 50  and the Silver Line can get you there. Plan your trip.

10. Fork Fest

Enjoy an evening of local food and drink at  Romance Gardens & Greenhouses for Local First’s 7th Annual Fork Fest! This year’s event is presented by  Brewery Vivant and takes place on Oct. 26 from 5- 9 p.m. Stroll from booth to booth and try samples from more than 40 of West Michigan’s finest restaurants, farms, grocers, bakeries, breweries, and more. All samples are included in the price of admission and a cash bar will be available. This year’s event includes a quiet space, a large-print map of the event, wider pathways, and clearly marked way-finding signage.

Route 14 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.