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February in Grand Rapids: Ice Skating, Art, Trade Shows and more fun

Valent Ice

Don’t let the chilly weather keep you inside this month. Let us be your warm, cozy ride to fun for every budget throughout Grand Rapids.

Whether you love cars and boats or just want to get out and do some shopping this month, we can get you there! Here’s a look at what’s going on in February:

Michigan International Auto Show

Visit DeVos Place on Feb. 2 – 5 to discover what drives you! Car manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with new vehicles – including sedans, vans, SUV’s, trucks, hybrids and sports cars. Not only is the Auto Show a great place to shop and compare options for everyday vehicles, it is also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or soon-to-be-released models. This event is presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-14 and free for children 5 and under. Active military members, veterans and senior citizens will receive half off on admission on Thursday, Feb. 2.

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

First Friday Galley Hops

Don’t let winter weather get in the way of savoring local art. On the First Friday of every month, South Division becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists, handmade goods, as well as food and drink specials. This monthly event is a unique opportunity to check out new exhibitions, events and features at shops, galleries and eateries in the rapidly evolving South Division Corridor. Some of the participating sites include the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA), Woosah, Heartside Gallery and Studio, Spiral Gallery and Dime and Regal.

Routes 1, 3, 6, 13 can get you there.

Valent-ICE 2017

From Feb. 9 – 14, find out just how spectacular ice and snow can truly be. Valent-ICE is a winter ice festival celebrating all things winter. For the past three years, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) has organized a gallery of ice sculptures throughout the Downtown Grand Rapids with The Food Network’s Ice Guru Randy Finch. Ride Downtown to explore these ice creations, visit local retailers and check out events like a Rail Jam ski and snowboard competition, a Human Hungry, Hungry Hippo tournament on ice and more.

SL, 6, 9, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

Ice Skating on Rosa Parks Circle

Get outside this month and enjoy a skate around Rosa Parks Circle. Bundle up and catch a ride with us to enjoy ice skating every day. Admission is $1 for those ages 17 and under and $2 for 18 and over. Need skates? Your ice skate rental fee is covered with admission. View daily ice skating hours here.

SL, 6, 9, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

Cool Brews. Hot Eats.

Everyone knows that Grand Rapids is Beer City USA. Our city is also a beloved foodie destination. During Cool Brews Hot Eats, experience the best of both worlds with food and beer pairing specials at many participating restaurant locations. Offered for an entire month in 2017 (Feb. 15-March 15), this celebratory event will give you more time than ever to enjoy delicious brews and dining. Visit Experience Grand Rapids for participating restaurants locations.

Plan your trip on The Rapid.

Free Ride Fridays for Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey

Calling all hockey fans! Did you know you can ride The Rapid at no cost to and from Grand Rapids Griffins Friday home games? Just show your game ticket to your bus operator when boarding. You can also enjoy $2 beer and $2 hot dogs at Friday home games at the Van Andel Arena. This month the Free Ride Friday games are on Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.
Routes 1, 4, 6, 11, 12,  13, 14, 15 can get you there.

Taste of Soul Sunday

On Sunday, Feb. 19, ride with us to the Grand Rapids Public Library for a celebration of African American history and culture.  Listen, learn, create and eat from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation.

Routes 4, 6, 15 can get you there.

Tuesdays on the Town

Need an excuse to get out and shop? Head downtown to shop and stroll until 8 p.m. every Tuesday! Start your evening with dinner and then enjoy some late night shopping entertainment. Explore all the local boutique shops, sports apparel, kitchen gifts, clothing, specialty foods, and unique gifts, salon/spa services. Various shops will have specials and other features like trunk shows, refreshments, demos, and music.

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

The 72nd Annual Grand Rapids Boat Show

In its 72nd year, the Grand Rapids Boat Show offers a chance to see the broadest array of power boats ever. Ride with us to DeVos Place from Feb. 15 – 19 for a nearly five-acre display of motor yachts, cruisers runabouts, fishing boats and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children 6-14 and free for children 5 and under. Download the $2 off coupon here.
Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.
The Sound of Music

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

The Sound of Music

The hills are alive with the Sound of Music from Feb. 21 – 26 at DeVos Performance Hall. Don’t miss this musical performance from Broadway Grand Rapids. This production is a fresh take on the much-loved classic. Get your tickets now.

Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 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.