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Transit-Friendly Events in June 2018

Ride The Rapid to events in June

June is here! Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. We’ll do the driving.

Free Friday at Blandford Nature Center

On June 1, ride Route 7 to Blandford Nature Center to get an up-close view of animals and nature. From 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., enjoy all that Blandford has to offer for free! Come see the owls, hike the trails or visit the farm all without charge.

Route 7 can get you to the entrance of Blandford Nature Center.

Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts is a free three-day community event that takes place in downtown Grand Rapids from June 1-3. This event features several stages of performances, a juried Regional Arts Exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by non-profit organizations. Plus, creative activities for children and adults to enjoy making their own art as well as purchasing art from West Michigan artists. Every purchase at Festival from food to art to t-shirts and posters gives back to the West Michigan community!

Plan your trip to Downtown Grand Rapids here.

GR Asian-Pacific Week

The Grand Rapids Asian Festival is introducing GR Asian-Pacific Week from June 4 – 9! This is a week of special events and celebrations centered on the many Asian-pacific businesses and supporters in the Grand Rapids Area. The week’s events include the Asian Art Exhibition at DeVos Place, An Evening of Bangladeshi Dance and Music at the UICA and so much more. The conclusion of the week will be at Rosa Parks Circle on June 9 with the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival.

Plan your trip to Downtown Grand Rapids here.

Vintage Street Market        

Shop the Vintage Street Market: Grand Rapids’ only monthly vintage market. On the second Sunday of every month (June 10), 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.

Relax at Rosa

Every Tuesday in June, visit Rosa Parks Circle for free lunchtime entertainment. This season, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will once again be highlighting a diverse lineup of local bands and large games to play like chess, shuffleboard and Jenga. Upcoming musicians include Kevin Michael Jones, The Crane Wives and Conrad Shock & the Noise. Participating food trucks include Gettin’ Fresh, What The Truck and Daddy Pete’s BBQ.

Routes 6, 9, 11, 13 and the Silver Line can get you to Rosa Parks Circle. You can also hop on board a DASH route.

Shrek the Musical

From June 1 – 17, visit the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for a musical comedy. Based on William Steig’s book, Shrek!, and DreamWorks’ beloved 2001 movie, comes a musical adaption of the favorite adventure of Shrek and Donkey. In this mashup of classic fairy-tale characters, Shrek and Donkey begin a quest to save their swamp and confront the evil Lord Farquaad. Conquest, adventure, and love are combined to create a magical, new spin on the classic fairy tales of old. Tickets are $18-37.

Free Community Fitness Classes

Every Monday, enjoy free community yoga at Sixth Street Park! Get fit this spring and summer! The City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is offering free community fitness classes from June 18 – August 25 throughout the city.  There’s no registration required and all you have to do is show up! Check out class offerings here.

Plan your trip.

Wyoming Concerts in the Park

Tuesdays in June, relax and enjoy music in Lamar Park for the Wyoming Concerts in the Park series! June’s performances include The Porters, Delilah DeWylde, Adams Family, Valentiger and Karie Lynch Band. These concerts are free and family friendly.

Ride Route 24 to get to Lamar Park for the concerts.


Ride The Rapid to Sigsbee Park on June 30 for a celebration of black culture with Black-owned businesses, organizations that are pillars within the African-American community, and performers.  Juneteenth creates an atmosphere of community support and celebration. Come out for food, fun, prizes and endless amounts of activities provided by the community, for the community! This is a free and family-friendly event.

Route 5 and 6 can get you to Sigsbee Park.

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.