No city in Michigan makes it more convenient to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options than Grand Rapids – especially during summer months. From sand and surf to blues and baseball, Grand Rapids has it all. Here are a few of our favorite summer diversions:
Spend a day at the beach – there are 18 Lake Michigan beaches as close as 30 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Travel+Leisure called this stretch of lakefront one of the 25 most beautiful shorelines in the entire world. Soak up the sun, swim in crystal-clear waters, climb sand dunes and more – then head back to Grand Rapids for some big-city excitement.
This summer’s music scene is certainly filled with excitement – beginning with the outdoor Summer Concert Series at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Sheryl Crow, Montgomery Gentry, Steve Martin and 26 more big-name talents appear from June through September in what singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles calls “the most beautiful venue I’ve ever seen.”
Meijer Gardens is just one of many venues hosting outdoor concerts this summer. John Ball Zoo is home to free Jazz at the Zoo concerts on Mondays. Downtown’s Rosa Parks Circle offers free Blues on the Mall concerts every Wednesday. Grand Rapids Art Museum serves up free Friday concerts outside its front door in July and August.
Grand Rapids Symphony takes to the grassy slopes of Cannonsburg Ski area for a series of Picnic Pops concerts. Pack up your friends, family and favorite picnic foods for Classical Fireworks (July 11-12), Celtic Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster (July 18-19), Gotta Dance! (July 25-26), and ABBA – The Concert (August 1-2).
Grand Rapids also offers a number of outdoor music festivals catering to different tastes. City Lights Music Festival features two days of electronic dance music, art and culture July 19-20. GRandJazzFest presents a lineup of new and notable jazz talent August 17-18. Rock the Rapids brings superstar acts to Fifth Third Ballpark August 20-22.
Fifth Third Ballpark is also home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, a Detroit Tigers Affiliate that plays more than 60 home games this summer. Cheering them on while enjoying great ballpark food and kid-friendly promotions is a great way to while away a summer evening
Or perhaps you’d prefer an evening at the theatre. Circle Theatre, now in its 61st season, offers a great lineup of three musicals and two plays, plus a Summer Concert Series spotlighting local theatrical talent.
After the concert, game or show, visit one of the craft breweries that has helped Grand Rapids earn the title “Beer City U.S.A.” for two years’ running. Or indulge in a late-night dessert at one of our wonderful farm-to-fork restaurants. Either way, it’s a perfect cap to a perfectly entertaining day.