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Fall Brings the Festivities

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 run of the day routine, there are still plenty of fun adventures to be had and we’ve found one for each day of September. Festivals and Fairs are still going strong, cooler temperatures make for ideal hiking weather, and of course all the Apple and Pumpkin picking you can get your hands on.

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.


Want a printable version of the September list of things to do with your kids in Grand Rapids? Get that here!


Your September 2018 Fun Guide

September 1 – The West Michigan Whitecaps are celebrating their 25th year with old school uniforms and fireworks display tonight.

Sunday, September 2 – The Musical Fountain in Grand Haven will be choreographing their light water show with music from popular Pixar films.

September 3 – Close out Labor Day weekend with a pancake breakfast in Holland this morning or catch a parade.

September 4 – Take a swing on Motu Viget and grab lunch from a favorite food truck at Calder Plaza for Truckin’ Tuesday.

September 5 – Drop into a baby-signing class this morning (your first visit is FREE) to sing songs, engage in activities, and practice ASL to communicate better with your little one.

September 6 – Accidental Art hosts their Once Upon a Brush biweekly story time series with this week’s selection: Don’t Push the Button.

September 7 – Start spreading the news- Circle Theatre presents: On the Town. This is a favorite for teens and up.

September 8 – Start the morning by helping out at the 15th Annual Mayor’s Grand River Clean-Up and then wander the festivities at the Eastown Street Fair.

Sunday, September 9 – Fair season is not over yet! Head out to Allegan for their County Fair and good, old family fun.

September 10 – Buenas noches! Put on your favorite jammies and head over to GRPL West Leonard branch for a bilingual family story time this evening.

September 11 – Little jumpers mean little prices: kids 5 and under can jump today at AirTime for only five bucks!

September 12 – Get your back to school shopping done (or start Christmas shopping early?) at the Just Between Friends sale today. (Want more? Check out these future consignment events).

September 13 – Pick up your heels for jigs and reels at the Irish Musical Festival starting this evening.

September 14 – Shuffle your deck, polish your dice, and get set to play at GrandCon, a gaming convention with fun for the whole family.

September 15 – It’s International Red Panda Day; stop by John Ball Zoo and say hello to GR’s favorite red panda, Wyatt.


Sunday, September 16 – Waddle for a good cause in Quota’s Duck Walk 1 Mile & 5K. Enjoy games and activities at the Mary FreeBed YMCA today.

September 17 – Summer may be fading, but swimming doesn’t have to when you make a splash at Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School.

September 18 – Big kids (ages 8+) can let loose before bed tonight during an Open Gym session at GymCo.

September 19 – ArtPrize 10 starts today! Sign up your family for a GO Scavenger Hunt, design at the Mobile STEAM Lab, create at the Mobile Workshop, and enjoy all the sights of one of the world’s largest art contests.

September 20 – Tonight the Children’s Museum stays open late for a discounted price.

September 21 – Tee up! Putt your way through the books of the Grandville KDL with Mini-Golf Through the Stacks.

September 22  – Meet Johnny Appleseed, play games, and taste some of the delicious ways apples can be enjoyed during Michigan Apple Fest.

Sunday, September 23 – Harvest celebrations continue in Hastings today with the Fall Harvest Festival & Tractor Show.

September 24 – “Wiggle & giggle” as the Music Flows at the Loutit District Library this morning.

September 25 – Go for a hike, bike the trails, or relax on the deck of  the lodge at Cannonsburg Ski Area and then stay for their Taco Tuesday dinner special.

September 26 – Fill up your canteen,grab your bug repellent and explore the many trails of Aman Park.

September 27 – If you are at ArtPrize tonight, stop by the GRAM for their FREE Thursday night admission.

September 28 – The Wurst Festival Ever kicks off tonight with a Battle of the Bands and the opening of the corn maze.

September 29 – Get up close with horses and enjoy fall festivities at the HUGS Ranch  in Byron Center or bid on items and dine of roast pig in Zeeland for their Community Harvest Auction.

Sunday, September 30 – Try out all sorts of art mediums at the GRCM for ArtFest, as well as enjoy live performances and meet the ArtPrize artists who have entries on display there.

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About the Author:

Steph Sneller
Steph is an explorer of local adventures having honed her skills moving all across the country (thanks to her husband's military service) before settling down in the Grand Rapids area with her ragamuffin boy and giggly girl. When not checking out the latest going-on, she can be found gobbling up books and coffee, planning overly ambitious parties, or napping.

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