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Ride The Rapid to amazing events throughout August 2018

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August has arrived! Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts and ride with us to events throughout Grand Rapids and the suburbs. There’s no shortage of good music, tasty food and tons of entertainment.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Taste the city from August 8 – 19 for Restaurant Week GR! Savor specially priced lunches, dinners or both at 60+ area restaurants. Special options include 2 courses for $15 per person; 2 courses for $25 per person; Chef’s Choice for over $25 per person.  View participating restaurant menus and start planning your restaurant visits.

Plan your trip to participating restaurants throughout Grand Rapids.

Movies on Monroe

This month, catch Shrek and Hidden Figures on Aug. 3 and Wonder Woman and Black Panther on Aug. 17! This event is free of charge and is the perfect chance to enjoy your favorite movies outside on the big screen. Gates open at 6 p.m. with pre-movie entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own snacks or enjoy local fare from the food trucks! Don’t forget your chairs.

Ride DASH and Routes 7 or 11 to get to 555 Monroe.

Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival

Don’t miss this celebration of the rich heritage of the Hispanic community! The Hispanic Festival takes place at Calder Plaza on Aug. 10 -12 and is free to attend. This exciting and immersive event includes a variety of musicians, dancing, food and an outdoor Mercado. Don’t forget to bring cash if you’re planning to shop and eat.

Routes 11, 13, 50 and the Silver Line can get you to Calder Plaza.

Grand Jazz Fest

The seventh annual GRandJazzFest takes place on August 18 and 19 at Rosa Parks Circle in the heart of Grand Rapids. Enjoy performances from notable jazz musicians as well as up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. No admission is required for this family-friendly event. All you’ll need is a blanket or folding chairs and some snacks. Check out who’s performing!

Routes 6, 9, 11, 13 and the Silver Line can get you there.

Bands at Blandford

Hop on the Route 7 and ride to Blandford Nature Center to listen to music! Blandford is hosting an outdoor music series featuring talented bands that are ready to give your friends and family a fun and relaxing night at the farm. Catch Deep Greens and Blues on Aug. 24 and members of Appleseed Collection on Aug. 31.

Ride Route 7 to get to Blandford Nature Center.


Don’t miss the popular summer concert series that takes place at Lamar Park. This month, prepare for a rollicking good time with Yellow Brick Road—Dueling Pianos in a free, fun, family-friendly setting. There will be giveaways and a variety of activities to accompany these performances. All concerts start at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Ride Route 24 to get to Lamar Park.


On Aug. 11, ride Routes 2 and 44 for a day of celebration at Kentwood City Hall! Starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 10 p.m., there will be a farmers market, food trucks, live music, a talent show and so much more! View the full Celebrate Kentwood schedule for details.

Route 2, 44 can get you to Kentwood City Hall.


Every week, the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of free fitness classes taking place throughout downtown Grand Rapids. This program is a joint effort through Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department. Free, no-registration classes include Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga and more. Classes take place at Rosa Parks Circle, the Blue Bridge, Sixth Street Bridge, Rapid Central Station and more! View all classes, dates and times here.

Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+ can get you to fitness classes throughout Grand Rapids.

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.