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Ride The Rapid to Transit-Friendly Events in May 2018

May 2018 Events

We have our fingers crossed for more sunshine and warm weather this month! The spring forecast also offers another excuse to catch a ride on The Rapid and let us do the driving to your work and play.

May is jam-packed with a variety of activities that all ages will love. Ride the bus to the John Ball Zoo to celebrate the environment, get in some exercise with yoga and make time to relax outdoors at lunch at Rosa Parks Circle. Save a bit of cash while riding with us to events throughout our service area by buying a  One-Day Pass or a 10-Ride Ticket. And don’t forget, all rides on the DASH routes and the Silver Line’s No-Fare Zone won’t cost you a penny.

Here are some events we’re looking forward to this month:

Jewish Film Festival at Celebration! Cinema North

Ride The Rapid to Celebration! Cinema North for the Jewish Film Festival from April 29 through May 3. In its 20th year, this event features comedies, documentaries and dramas with Jewish themes. Tickets are just $6. Don’t forget to stick around after each film to chat with the filmmakers or stars on select events.

Ride Route 15 to Celebration! Cinema North.

Wildflower Walk at Blandford Nature Center

Enjoy the weather and get in touch with nature by riding Route 7 to Blandford Nature Center. On May 7, spend time exploring the lovely spring wood for a walk with Mary Jane Dockery. Other programs in May include a chance to meet the Blandford animals on the 19th.

May Indie Flea Grand Rapids

Shop local vendors at Wealthy Theatre on May 5! With the warm weather finally upon us, this event is taking over the sidewalks for a spring party. Vendors include Silver Moon Soaps, Happy Henna, Ohlala Chocola and so many more!

Routes 5 and 6 can get you to the Wealthy Theatre.

Party for the Planet at John Ball Zoo

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 510 – 3 pm at the John Ball Zoo. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? Come connect with nature and wildlife at this annual Earth Day event. All activities are included with admission.

Free Community Yoga

Get fit this spring and summer! The City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is offering free community yoga classes every Wednesday and Saturday at the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Fitness Studio. There’s no registration requires and mats and blocks will be provided if needed.

The Parks and Recreation Office is located within walking distance from Rapid Central Station. Plan your trip.

In Step with Betty Ford: In Celebration of Her Centennial

Visit the Gerald R. Ford Museum to explore the most recent exhibit featuring Betty Ford. She was a Grand Rapids’ Central High graduate, student of dance, New York model, proud mother and Congressman’s wife. First Lady Betty Ford spoke openly about personal and political issues near and dear to her heart; her courage endeared her to the American people as she found herself in step with the times. Admission is $8 for adults. View other admission rates here.

Ride Routes 7, 9, 19 or DASH West.

Vintage Street Market at the Downtown Market

Shop the Vintage Street Market: Grand Rapids’ only monthly vintage market. On the second Sunday of every month (May 13), visit the Downtown Market for some vintage shopping. Whether you are looking for that perfect couture vintage dress or a hand-painted vintage sideboard, the Vintage Street Market is where you’ll find that exciting treasure to complete your collection. This year’s Vintage Street Market is sure to be bigger and better than ever!

Routes 1, 2, the Silver Line and DASH West can get you to the Market.

Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes

Get on board and ride with us to Heritage Hill to explore amazing historic homes and buildings. The 48th Annual Heritage Hill Home Tour opens doors to eight restored private houses and four historic public buildings on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 12-6 p.m. Tour turn-of-the-century homes owned by prominent early Grand Rapidians, including and elegant Greek revival, amazingly modern Queen Annes, a Chateaux mansion, a Craftsman beauty, a creatively converted 1900 carriage house, and more await you.

Advance tickets are $18 and available at the Heritage Hill Association office or online. Tickets the weekend of the tour are $25.

Routes 6, 13, 14 and 15 can get you to the Heritage Hill Neighborhood.

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.