With November comes colder weather and shorter days. However, there’s no reason to go into hibernation! We have a list of fun, transit-friendly events throughout Grand Rapids.
Ride the Silver Line to DeVos Performance Hall for this special Grand Rapids Symphony experience on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the famed Leonard Bernstein’s birth, guest conductor Carl St. Clair, music director of the Pacific Symphony for 28 years, leads the Grand Rapids Symphony in a sampling of Bernstein’s most popular music, most of it composed in the 1950s. American pianist Benjamin Pasternack is a soloist for Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “Age of Anxiety,” and American coloratura soprano Celena Shafer takes the stage for highlights from West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti and Arias and Barcarolles. Purchase your tickets here.
From Nov. 7 – Nov. 18, sample a handiwork of the area’s leading bartenders! The third annual Cocktail Week GR is your chance to join in the fun of Michigan’s creative beverage capital. Savor unique flavors while you get in on deals and discounts! View events here.
Partake in the fun of Comic-Con right here in Grand Rapids from Nov. 9 – Nov. 11at DeVos Place. There will be a variety of comic, media, YouTube and cosplay guests to meet, as well as a packed exhibit hall and panel. Come dressed to impress! Tickets are available for purchase here.
John Ball Zoo is hosting two enchanting weekends of wizarding fun! On Nov. 10 – 11 and Nov. 17 – 18, come to see the zoo magically transform for this interactive event! There will be exhibits, activities, crafts, games, unique entertainment and even specialty foods both muggles and wizards will love. Activities are included in regular admission.
Ride with us to DeVos Place for this premier tasting event from Nov. 15 – Nov. 17. There will be more than 1,500 wines, beer, coders and spirits from around the world available to attendees. Single day ticket admission is $15 on Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday. Get a 3-day pass for just $30
Get into the holiday spirit and shop for gifts at the artisan market at the Downtown Market! There will be more than 45 vendors and 20 indoor food vendors. This is a free event from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Santa is coming to town on Nov. 17 to officially kick off the 2018 holiday season. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Sounds of the Season.” Enjoy local marching bands, carolers, performers and more. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and travels through Downtown Grand Rapids.
Ride Route 7 to Blandford Nature Center on Nov. 17 for a fun, historical experience. Blandford’s historical interpreter will be creating a traditional meal like pioneer families from the 1800’s may have prepared. You’ll also get a better understanding of the hard work of daily pioneer life. After preparing the meal, you will eat together in Blandford’s historic Log Cabin. This event is free to members and $3 for non-members.
On Nov. 23, your favorite winter pastime is back in season! Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink will officially be open for the ice skating season. Admission is just $3 for adults and $1 for youth, which includes skate rental.
Ride The Rapid for a convenient way to get to these events. Plan your trip here.