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Places to go: January 2017 Event Guide

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The start of a new year means a fresh chance to get out and explore. What better way to take in the city than riding the bus to an event.

We know what you’re probably thinking. Cold, snowy weather isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite time to venture to the bus stop. But riding the bus can actually save you time and stress since you won’t have to hunt down a cleared parking spot, scrape off your car or battle snow-covered, icy roads. Remember, there is no bad weather, only bad clothes. So make sure you wear your best snow boots, hat, gloves and warm jacket.

Here are a few winter events and destinations we know you’ll love:

Classes at the Downtown Market

Is learning to cook or bake on your new year’s resolution list? Throughout January–and the whole year–the Downtown Market offers an immense variety of cooking, baking, cocktail and skill classes for all ages. This month, there’s everything from a knife skills class to a two-day pasta workshop. You can even take a cooking class with your child. View the January classes and events calendar for a look at classes taking place. 

SL, 1 & 2 can get you there.

Skate & Create

On Jan. 7, experience the best winter fun that downtown Grand Rapids has to offer.  Enjoy skating at Rosa Parks Circle before warming up with a free cup of hot cocoa and art-making fun in GRAMStudio in the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Receive $1 off admission to the Museum for everyone in your group with coupon, available in the Skate Rental Room.

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

Grand Rapid Jazz Orchestra — LIVE at Founders

Visit the Founders Brewing Co. Taproom on Sunday, January 8 to enjoy live jazz! From 5:30-7:30 p.m. grab a beer and some food while you take in the live music for no cover. Better yet, if you work in a bar, restaurant, liquor store or coffee shop, you can receive $ 

SL, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 + can get you there.

The Philadelphia Story

Don’t miss the Grand Rapid Civic Theatre’s upcoming production running from Jan. 13 – 29. In The Philadelphia Story, wealthy heiress Tracy Lord is preparing for her second marriage when her ex-husband and a tabloid reporter arrive on her doorstep. This witty, sophisticated, classic romantic comedy has Tracy deciding between her past love, her present love, and a new love. This play first opened on Broadway in 1939 and rose to fame with the 1940 movie adaptation starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart. Tickets for this production are priced from $16-$30.

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

Concerts Under the Stars in Chaffee Planetarium

visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Jan. 19 to sit back and experience the wonder of the cosmos and the wonder of music. The first concert taking place in the Chaffee Planetarium will feature electronic and house music by Joshua Tree. His music is described as contemplative yet provocative analog electronic movements in the classic techno/IDM style. Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Routes 7, 9, 12, 50 can get you there.

Kids and Family Expo

Is your family suffering from a bit of cabin fever? Ride with us to the Kids and Family Expo at DeVos Place on Jan. 21 for a chance to play, celebrate, get active, explore, build, learn and discover. Activities include a zip line, art wall, hula hooping, magician, craft areas, inflatable obstacle course and more. There’s a fun activity for every age in your household! Admission is just $7 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-15, and children 2 and under get in for free.

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

Shen Yun Performing Arts

Enjoy a cultural experience you won’t forget. Let Shen Yun take you on a magical journey and we will share with you the beautiful world of China’s divine civilization. Classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dances, authentic costumes, and breathtaking backdrops will do the storytelling, all accompanied by an enchanting orchestral sound. It’s a stunning experience you won’t find anywhere else. Performances are taking place from Jan. 24 – 25 with tickets ranging in price from $72-$122. 

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.