Fall is Nearly as Festive as Christmas

I can’t be the only one who relishes in the back-to-school season. Even before I had kids, there’s something about September that excites me as it ushers in a season of routines and fresh beginnings. (Raise your hand if you make more resolutions in September than January!)

Even while settling into a more standard daily routine, there are still plenty of fun things to do in September to spice up your day.

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Festivals and Fairs are still going strong, cooler temperatures make for ideal hiking weather, and of course there’s all the Apple and Pumpkin picking you can get your hands on.

And once October hits, it’s time for all things Halloween in Grand Rapids.

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Print off our list to keep handy and pick and choose as you go. As always, be sure to check our Daily Calendar to see what the latest happenings and events are going on near you.

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Your September 2019 Fun Guide

Sunday, September 1 – Get your game on!  – Board, card or role-playing game that is, when you play at Grand Con (kids 9 and under are FREE!).

September 02 – Enjoy Labor Day with a local festivity, tradition, or parade in your community!

September 3 – Make the trek north to surround yourself with thousands of Sunflowers at Lewis Farms along with other autumnal amusements such as their corn maze and petting zoo.

September 4 – Let your littlest ones explore through movement at GRG Babies during a class designed for babies 9 – 18 months old.

September 5 – Enjoy midday sunshine and listen to some jams while you Relax at Rosa.

September 6 – Have a date night while your kids can have their own awesome Night Out at John Ball Zoo, Rockford MVP, Rivendell Stables or Michigan Cheer Company.

September 7 – Do you hate it when you don’t know what flavor of pie you want? You need to head to Moelker Orchards for a Pie Flight or Round Trips!

Sunday, September 8 – Crafts, games, interactive events, and more will transform John Ball Zoo into a wizarding wonderland for the weekend.

September 9 – Collaborate, create, and explore all the STEAM possibilities at the Spark!Lab Smithsonian at the Holland Museum this evening.

September 10 – Run, jog, or walk along a 5K pathway and get to know the neighbors and neighborhood during the WestSide Stride.

September 11 – Grab a flashlight and spread some encouragement in Project Night Lights along the medical mile.

September 12 – Roar, stomp, and pretend to be Amazing Dinosaurs during Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s late night hours. 

September 13 – SkyZone is celebrating their birthday with free jump sessions (special socks are still required for a fee if you don’t already have a pair).

September 14 – A KidsZone, fishing simulations, and celebrating migration are all apart of the Grand Haven Salmon Festival.

Sunday, September 15 – A bounce house, cornhole tournament, face painting, live entertainment, and more make for an epic block party during the 150 Year Grand Celebration

September 16 – Stop by Rosa Parks Circle, MLK Park, or Tanglefoot to check out some of the exhibits of ArtPrize Project 1: Crossed Lines.

 September 17 – Enjoy hot dogs and ice cream while you visit and learn more about local first responders at Safety Night in Hudsonville.*

September 18 – Help bring a book to life with the interactive storytime at Frederik Meijer Gardens this morning.

September 19 – Play a larger than life round of “I Spy” while strolling through the Grand Rapids Art Museum this evening.

September 20 – “Any Dream Will Do” when Circle Theatre presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

September 21 – Explore the Grand Rapids Public Museum for FREE through Smithsonian Museum Day. Tickets for free admission should be downloaded or printed before you leave home.

Sunday, September 22 – Step into history at the Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster.

September 23 – Make it a mom’s morning out with Bring the Baby at Celebration! South. Enjoy the latest big screen flick  at this event designed to better accommodate caregivers and their infants.

September 24 – Pick up some dinner ingredients at the César E. Chávez Farmers’ Market and then stroll around the block to admire some neighborhood artwork.

September 25 – Paddock Place and Nature of the Dog team up for this weekly dog-walk and pup-play event where you can gather the whole family and make new friends.

September 26 – South Kent Baby Buddies offers an hour of songs, activity and more for pre-walkers and their caregivers.

September 27 – Fall Festival season is in the air and you can start at Rockford’s Annual Harvest Fest with pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a chili cook-off.

September 28 – Inflatables, a corn maze, games, and a fireworks finale are all features at the Wurst Festival Ever.

Sunday, September 29 – Chug along to a pumpkin patch with magical characters on The Famous Pumpkin Train.

September 30 – Great Lakes Glow Golf is transforming to be a little more spooky this season for Ghoul Golf!

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