Things to do in August in GR: Outdoor Movies, Bricklive at JBZ and Sunset Yoga

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These Things to do in August Will Keep Summer Going a Little Longer

Summer may be hitting the dog days, but that doesn’t mean an end to all the fun. A month of sunshine, warmth and countless ways to check items off the summer bucket list, you’ll find that there are plenty of ways to beat the heat and explore West Michigan.

You don’t want to miss Bricklive at John Ball Zoo, where life-sized zoo animals greet you throughout the park – in Lego brick form!

Find bike clinics and Princess Day. And if you’ve been missing the big screen this year, head to Fifth Third Ballpark for their outdoor movies on the ball field!

Here’s a round-up of Top Pick events for August. Be sure to check our daily calendar as new events are constantly being added, and start planning your fun packed month of August.

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Top Things to Do in August

Sunday, Aug 1
6:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Family Frolic at the Zoo 2021 at John Ball Zoo

We’ll have prizes, giveaways, a scavenger hunt for kids and of course ANIMALS! Free for Kids, $10 for Adults

Monday, Aug 2
6:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Walker, MI

WMJS Jazz in the Park at Millennium Park

FREE jazz concerts in Millennium Park. Local food trucks will be at each event.

Tuesday, Aug 3
9:00 am

Enjoy games, crafts, entertainment, and events for kids! FREE

Thursday, Aug 5
9:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

WGVU Kids Day At The Zoo at John Ball Zoo

$5/person, and kids 2 and under are free. Live family-friendly entertainment, PBS Kids characters, & more!

Thursday, Aug 5
7:00 pm

Grab a blanket or chair for a free concert on the lawn behind Kentwood City Hall! Capacity limits enforced, arrive early.

Friday, Aug 6
4:00 pm

Watch the artists while you enjoy live music, food trucks, and more.

Saturday, Aug 7
1:00 pm

Join us at Riverside Park for FREE beginner-friendly kayak demos on the lagoon!

Sunday, Aug 8
8:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival at GR Calder Plaza

Live entertainment, kid activities, dancing, food, beverages, the famous Mercadito, and more!

Monday, Aug 9
1:00 pm

Learn the in's and out's of recycling, watch our workers and machines sort right in front of you, and have fun playing games and creating upcycled crafts as we reimagine waste together. FREE

Tuesday, Aug 10
12:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

GRAM Free Tuesdays at Grand Rapids Art Museum

Free general admission.

Wednesday, Aug 11
10:30 am

Meet some of Blandford’s resident wildlife, take a hike to see what kinds of plants and animals inhabit Blandford in the summertime, and play in the great outdoors. Registration required.

Thursday, Aug 12
10:00 am

Farm Day, Standing Parade, Pie Eating Contest, Kids Activities, Kids Fun Zone Rides, & more!

Friday, Aug 13
12:00 pm

Grand Rapids Comic-Con is an all-ages comic book and popular arts convention

Saturday, Aug 14
10:30 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

A Glimpse of Africa at Calder Plaza

The largest, one-of-a-kind African cultural event in West Michigan!

Monday, Aug 16
5:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

GYM JAM 2021 at Grand Rapids Gymnastics

Join us and enjoy FREE Open Gym/Ninja time. Prizes, Food (Hot Dog dinner), Games and more. FREE Entry

Monday, Aug 16
4:00 pm

Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, cheese, and more! Plus Food Trucks and a magic show by Maciek the Magician at 6pm.

Tuesday, Aug 17
11:30 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Pop-Up Performer Days/Nights at Downtown Grand Rapids

Enjoy musical performances all around Downtown Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, Aug 18
6:00 pm

Each themed night will have dinner, fun, games, giveaways, and music! Bring a blanket or awn chair and
enjoy a night of food and fun! We will also have free school supplies to help our community be ready for the upcoming school year.

Thursday, Aug 19
6:30 pm

Musicians, caricature artists, face painters, jugglers, magicians and even aerial acrobats will entertain visitors strolling along the 8th Street.

Thursday, Aug 19
12:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Grandville, MI

Summer Kid Skate at Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink

$5 admission, $1 skate rental, $2 rollerblade rental, free rental for parents.

Friday, Aug 20
5:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Kroc Block Party at GR Kroc Center

This outdoor event is free for everyone! We’ll have our giant slip & slide open, lots of games for families on our outdoor campus, and opportunities for you to connect with other local resources.

Saturday, Aug 21
7:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Movies in the Park: Highland at Highland Park

A free, family-friendly summer series with games and entertainment beginning at 7pm, movie starting at 9pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks (no alcohol please).

Saturday, Aug 21
1:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Hudsonville, MI

Candy Land Carnival! at Jenison Bible Church

Bring your family to walk the Candy Land trail while you collect Candy and prizes! Plus special activities like a hayride, live music, carnival games and more!

Sunday, Aug 22
12:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Wag 'n' Wade Dog Swim at Richmond Pool

The Wag 'n' Wade dog swim is back for its fourth year! Free, pre-registration required!

Tuesday, Aug 24
6:30 pm

Stories, free books and ice cream, special guests, and a whole lot of fun! For kids of all ages!

Thursday, Aug 26
7:00 pm

Coco. FREE admission, no ticket required. Movie begins at 7pm, doors open at 6:15pm.

Friday, Aug 27
1:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Pioneer Games at Blandford Nature Center

Take a guided tour of our Log Cabin, learn about life as a Michigan pioneer, and play popular games children your age would have played back in the mid 1800s!

Friday, Aug 27
7:00 pm

Featuring Broadway favorites performed by Civic Theatre actors. $20/adults and $15/youth (3-15). Bring your own chairs.

Saturday, Aug 28
11:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Polish Heritage Festival at Calder Plaza

Music, food, drinks, entertainment and more! Visit our vendors and take a piece of Poland home with you!

3 thoughts on “Things to do in August in GR: Outdoor Movies, Bricklive at JBZ and Sunset Yoga”

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