Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - 1. Heat up with one of the biggest events for the summer. The Ionia Free Fair is Michigan's largest fair, and stretches for ten days with a carnival midway, live music, drag racing, demolition derby, circus performances, motocross, food, games and more. General admission is free, and it all starts this Thursday. Thursday's events include swine races, the globe of death, circus acts, and the Ionia Free Fair's queen contest. The 10 best days of summer in Ionia begin on July 19, and run through the 28. Click HERE for a list of daily events.
2. If you love the 80's then this one is for you. If you think you know 80s pop culture, then come out for the 80's Game Quest Scavenger Hunt. Bring a team of 2 or more along with your smart phone to Stella's for 10 challenges around Grand Rapids. The day starts with a pre-Quest cocktail social, and the kick off begins at noon. Your team will need at least one camera-ready smart phone preloaded with the SCVNGR app. Join the 80s after party where the winning team will be crowed Grand Mega Champions. Prizes will also be offered for the best individual and team costumes. Participants must be 21 years or older. It's all happening at Stella's Lounge located at 53 Commerce Ave downtown this Saturday at 11:00 am.
3. Don't forget that GRAM on the GREEN happens on Friday night. Now in its fourth year, the GRAM fills Rosa Parks Circle with free music, games, sketching, and more. This Friday enjoy the sounds of Randy Marsh-with his organ trio and jazz sounds. The GRAM, the Downtown Alliance, and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation are heating the town with FREE live music, dancing, and giveaways. Friday Night Conversations will take place outdoors during a short break in the music, at 7pm with this week's showcase of the Downtown Dance Performance. Museum admission is $5 for non-members, FREE for Members.
5:00 - 9:00pm
Outdoor sketching and games on Wege Plaza, cash bar, galleries open
5:30 - 6:15pm
Werq dance fitness class in Rosa Parks Circle, by GR Parks & Recreation Department
6:15 - 8:30pm
Free live music on the Museum Terrace; short break at 7pm for Friday Night Conversations
8:30 - 10:00pm
Ballroom dancing in Rosa Parks Circle, by GR Parks & Recreation Department
4. Grand Rapids was named BEER CITY USA, well now it's time for you to see why. On Saturday, join the HopCat Pub-crawl with host, Steve Smith. Hop aboard the best "brewery crawl" in the city, for a meet and great with the brewers from our local best. Stops include the Hideout, Vivant, Founders and HopCat. The tour lasts from 6-7pm and starts at Hopcat. Tickets are now available, and seats on the bus are going fast. Tickets are just $35/person, and include drinks and snacks at each stop. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
The cleanup effort began Sunday morning in East Lansing, after people mobbed the streets and set fires in the wake of Michigan State's Saturday night win over Ohio State University.