One-of-a-Kind Activities, Events and Things to Do in Grand Rapids, Michigan
We heart Grand Rapids for many many reasons, and one of those reasons is that it is a one of a kind city! GR offers so many unique opportunities and we want to share some of those with you!
Art Prize brings people in from all over the globe because of how awesome it is! This is an event that happens every two years and showcases artists from all over the who compete for prize money. It’s truly amazing to see all of the creations displayed across the city.
Grand Rapids Crime Tours
What we see in Grand Rapids everyday is the hurry of the modern world full of new and upcoming innovation. What we don’t get is the comedic stories of crime as you walk through the booming city with an amazing tour guide! Visit their website linked below to learn about the times the tours are offered and the admission.
Rad Women Walking Tour
Did you know that you could experience the A, B, C’s of women in history right here in Grand Rapids? Welcome to the Rad Woman Walking Tour where you get to see the painted portraits of historical women on the utility boxes of GR! The women you will be introduced to are based on the book “Rad American Women A-Z” by Kate Schatz and you can download the “GR Walks” app to download the tour and embark on your journey!
Grand Rapids is also known as “Beer City” as it’s known for it’s many local brews. Here are some of the breweries that you’ll definitely need to check out!
- Brewery Vivant – 925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
- City Built Brewing – 820 Monroe Ave NW STE 155, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- New Holland Brewing Co – 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
- Founders Brewery – 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Comedy Project
540 Leonard St NW B, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The Comedy Project provides an extraordinary comedic experience with memorable shows that will definitely make you laugh!
6. After Dark GR
This is something that you seriously need to check out! After Dark is a GR local arts initiative that paired with local businesses to add murals and events across the GR neighborhoods! You can check out their Instagram or click the button below to learn more about the creativity and collaboration that is happening in Grand Rapids!
Wealthy Street Shopping
I can’t say enough about Wealthy Street Shopping, you guys. All of the cutest shops are lined up on this brick road and offer only the best local products! Here are a few of the shops we absolutely adore:
- Rebel GR – 1555 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
- Lee & Birch – 759 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Stoffer Home – 714 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Dime & Regal – 656 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Heritage Hill Tours
The Grand Rapids Heritage Hill Historic District is full of beautiful homes representing all kinds of American Architecture and is known as one of the best historic neighborhoods in the United States. Every year the Heritage Hill Association puts on a tour as a fundraiser to give the people of GR the awesome experience of seeing some of the breathtaking homes it has to offer.
The Downtown Market
435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcome to the cutest place with an insane amount of things to offer! The Downtown Market is a local market filled with many different vendors including food, wine, dessert, grocery items and more! They also have the upstairs available for events and it is the cutest thing!
Grand Rapids Murals
Grand Rapids is booming with art spread out all over the city including some pretty amazing murals. Honestly there are so many that the list would be too lengthy to name them all here, but linked below is a list from GR Kids with a lot of the GR masterpieces!
The GR Coffee Shop Scene
Speaking from someone who’s traveled a bit and been to a few major US cities, Grand Rapids has the BEST coffee scene, dare we say, in the US. Seriously, there’s an insane amount of locally owned coffee shops that are aesthetic and brew up such a good cup of coffee. Well list some of our favs below, but this is only the start of what the GR coffee scene has to offer:
- MudPenny – 570 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Outside Coffee Co – 734 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Wildroast Coffee Co – 4035 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418
- Rowster Coffee – 225 Hastings St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Click on the button below to take our coffee shop quiz!
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