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Ride The Rapid To Special Events Throughout September 2018

Ride The Rapid to events throughout September

While summer may be coming to an end in September, we get to welcome fall with a variety of activities! Take in the gorgeous autumn weather while riding to events throughout Grand Rapids. If you’re planning your next date night or looking for a fun family outing there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.


Hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), the 15th Annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup is on Sept. 8! The event takes place at 6th Street Park in Grand Rapids and goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and a beer garden supplied by Founders Brewing Co. follow the cleanup and there will be live music by Dunegrass. All volunteers welcome!

Register here:

Routes: 7


Feeling spicy? The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting this culinary workshop on Sept. 8 at 11 am. This class will provide instruction on how to make salsa and hot sauce harvested fresh from Urban Roots Community Farm. Workshops are open to 20 participants each month and tickets are $12 for the general public and $4 for Museum members.

Routes: 7, 9, 12, 50  

Vintage Street Market

Shop at Grand Rapids’ only vintage market! On Sept.  9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Downtown Market is hosting a free day of vintage shopping. From clothes to furniture, the antique options are endless!

Routes: 1, 2, 5, Silver Line


On Saturday, Sept. 14, join in on the silent dance party at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). Guests wear headphones to listen to cool tunes from COMPLETE VII, DJ Monica Parke, and DJ Slim Tim. The event begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 11:45 p.m. Admission is  $10 for GRAM members, $15 to the public in advance, and $20 at the door. Ages 21+ only. Buy your tickets here.

Routes: 6, 9, 11, 13, 50, Silver Line


Kentwood End of Summer Food Truck Festival is celebrating its third anniversary. The event features beer, live music and 30 food trucks. On Sept. 15, the Kentwood Library is hosting this free event. Join in the fun and bring the whole family.

Routes: 2, 44


It’s that time again. Everything kicks off on Sept. 19 at Rosa Parks Circle with the ArtPrize 10 Opening Ceremony. This 19-day festival features installations from artists all over the world. Explore various venues and exhibitions downtown until Oct. 7.  ArtPrize is free and open to the public.

Routes: 6, 9, 11, 13, 50, Silver Line

Healthy Body Healthy Mind 5K

This 5K is free for all Grand Rapids area families. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate health and wellness in the community. The event includes a run/walk through the beautiful Riverside Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Healthy food options will be available for purchase afterward from local food trucks. Children are encouraged to attend.

Routes: 13


The best place to find artisan gifts, local treats and Michigan made and grown goodies. This free marketplace takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Market.

Routes: 1, 2, 5, Silver Line


On Sept. 30 at 12 p.m. head to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum with your children for some fun activities. This free festival will feature painting, sculpting, drawing, and live performances. ArtFest takes place during ArtPrize so families can enjoy the displays while they create.

Routes: 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15


Celebrate GR College Week this year on Sept. 10 – 16. The city of Grand Rapids is encouraging students to explore the Downtown area and enjoy special events and college rates at local attractions, restaurants, and businesses!

Plan your trip to get to these various events!

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.