Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/10/15-03/16/15

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

03/10/2015 – Pedal 4 Pints
Pedal 4 Pints is a fun collaboration between City Hub Cyclery, Pigeon Hill Brewing & Unruly Brewing as a way to be active (pedal on a stationary bike) and earn points for prizes (maybe even a pint). Wear your comfy clothes and check it out Tuesday, March 10 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Pigeon Hill Brewing, located at 500 W. Western Ave.

03/12/2015 – Brown Bag Film: Kehinde Wiley – An Economy of Grace
‎Thursday, March 12 at 12:15pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Brown Bag Film, “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace”.  (60 mins.) Known for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head and in the process has taken the art world by storm. This film follows the artist as he takes on a new project: a series of classical portraits of African-American women. Auditorium doors open at noon. Coffee, cookies, and film admission are free. Paid admission is required to visit the upper level galleries. Brown Bag Films are underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.  For more information, call 231-720-2571.

03/12/2015 – Postcard Salon Sale & Reception
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art Thursday, March 12 at 5:30pm for the Postcard Salon Sale & Reception. These pieces of tiny art are for sale for only $30 each.  This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. There will also be a cash bar. Postcard Salon is sponsored by G & L Greek Chili Dogs.  For more information, call 231-720-2571.

03/13/2015 – Mommy & Me at the Museum
‎Lakeshore Museum Center’s next Mommy and Me will be held Friday, March 13 at 10:00am. Kids 4 and younger, along with a parent, grandparent or caregiver, will get to explore the museum looking for all of the Mastodon’s favorite museum friends! Call 722-0278 to reserve your child’s spot.

03/13/2015 – 03/14/2015 St. Patrick’s Party
The Michigan Irish Music Festival is presenting its annual St. Patrick’s Party March 13 and 14 at the Fricano Event Center in downtown Muskegon!   The party will feature live music both nights with Seamus Kennedy and Finvarra’s Wren. For many years, Seamus Kennedy has been a favorite at the Michigan Irish Music Festival. This will be his first appearance at the annual St. Pat’s Party.  The party will feature McGovern’s Corned Beef and Irish fare, Fricano’s pizza, with scones and pretzels from the Village Baker. Irish Fest Stout, Magner’s Irish Cider, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Budweiser products will also be served. In addition, Irish dancers from the Ardan Academy of Dance will perform and a silent auction will be held each night. Doors open at 5:30pm both nights with music starting at 6:00pm. Tickets are $6 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit

03/13/2015 – Alley Door: The Crane Wives
‎The Alley Door Club is located on the 3rd floor of the Hilt Building in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 6 PM. The Crane Wives will play 7 PM – 10 PM Cash bar available. Valid I.D. required. Tickets $7 in advance at the Frauenthal Box Office. 4-top $55.00* price includes 4 admission tickets 8-top $80.00* price includes 8 admission tickets Monday – Friday 11 AM – 5:30 PM. For more information call 231-727-8001 Tickets also available at the (door) from the Frauenthal Box Office.

03/13/2015 – 03/21/2015 Bowl for Kids’ Sake
‎Volunteers and community members are lacing up their bowling shoes to help all children achieve success in life.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is holding its largest and longest running annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, throughout the month of March along the Lakeshore.  Bowlers are asked to solicit pledges, and then bowl with their team at one of the 6 events the Agency is hosting in Grand Haven, Muskegon or Hart.  Money raised from these events is used to seek and support mentors for children in need of a caring and consistent adult in their lives.  Bowlers are asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges or a team goal of at least $300 for a team of four.  Teams are treated to bowling, pizza and pop along with the chance to win great prizes while playing the Agency’s version of “Minute to Win It” games.

To take part in this year’s events, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore (231-798-1391) to receive the necessary forms to register a team and start collecting pledges.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015:
March 13th: Sherman Bowling Center, Muskegon, 7pm
March 14th: FOE Bowling Club, Hart, 7pm
March 15th: Bob-Hi Lanes, Muskegon, 1pm
March 21st: Northway Lanes, Muskegon, 7pm

03/13/2015 – Beethoven & Blue Jeans
‎Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents a Beethoven sandwich! The WMS performs two rarely-heard Beethoven masterpieces of humor, depth and perpetual motion. Between them, the brilliant German virtuoso Nicolas Altstaedt performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful, rhythmic, searingly passionate Cello Concerto, originally written for a young Rostropovich.  Single ticket prices are $18, $23, $38 and $48.  Student ticket price is $7.  Tickets are available at the Frauenthal Box Office or through

03/14/2015 – 107-MUS Health Expo
Saturday, March 14, come to the Lakes Mall for the 107-MUS Health Expo, held in conjunction with Mercy Health Partners’ “The Ride” program and the 1 in 21 Muskegon Health County health initiative.  “The Ride” is an indoor stationary bike race that raises money to support Mercy Health Partners H.E.A.R.T. (Health Enhancement And Rehabilitative Therapy) programs and is expected to attract over 500 riders.  Exhibitors come from all over West Michigan providing the community with health and wellness benefits that are important to keeping the Lakeshore healthy and happy. To register or learn more about The Ride, contact Amber Wallace in Mercy Health’s

Community Development office at 231-672-6976. For exhibitor information, please contact Craig Niles at 231.830.3131 or

03/14/2015 – 03/15/15 ABA North Central Division Final Four
The West Michigan Lake Hawks are hosting the first round of playoffs and also the ABA North Central Division Final Four here in the West Michigan for the first time ever as an ABA Franchise.  Games 1 and 2 will be played at Muskegon High School, Saturday, March 14 with the 1st game at 5:00pm and the 2nd at 7:30pm.  The North Central Division Championship will be Sunday, March 15 at 6:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at under schedules through Eventbright or at the door of each event. Tickets can also be purchased at the Lake Hawks office located at 1904 Peck St.

03/14/2015 – Nicolas. Cello. Virtuosic.
Come to the Block Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm for “Nicolas. Cello. Virtuosic.”!  Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most celebrated artists of the younger generation and one of the most creative and independent of musicians. Hear him first with West Michigan Symphony on March 13 and then in a powerful and passionate solo cello performance @The Block on March 14.  Tickets are $25 and available at the West Michigan Symphony website.

03/14/2015 – Super Brick Art Saturday
Saturday, March 14 from 10:00am–3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Super Brick Art Saturday FREE Family Fun Day with LEGO® Bricks!  Toys turn into art! Check out the spectacularly engineered and innovative work of Nathan Sawaya in The Art of the Brick. After you get inspired, head downstairs to make your own sculptures and watch a film. It is sure to be a building and learning type of Saturday at the MMA!

10:00am & 1:00pm
Film: The LEGO Movie®
(101 mins.) Check out your favorite LEGO characters on the big screen in this exciting family friendly film.

Guided Exhibition Tours
Join an MMA docent to explore The Art of the Brick.

Make & Take
Push your creative bounds by building bricks up, down and across. Make a block sculpture to take home. For more information, call 231-720-2571.

03/14/2015 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham
Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham!  Breakfast will be served promptly at 10:00am.  The cost is a $15 donation for 1 adult and 1 child, plus $5 for each additional person.  Each child will receive a Dr. Seuss book and enjoy a visit from a Dr. Seuss character.  For reservations, call Barbara at 231-760-5757.  Checks should be made out to GMWC and mailed by March 10, 2015.  Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

03/14/2015 – Family Fun K9 Expo & Indoor Dog Jog
You and your K-9 friends are invited to the Family Fun K9 Expo & Indoor Dog Jog at Orchard View Adult Education.  This fundraiser for PoundBuddies is happening 10:00am-2:00pm Saturday, March 14. If you want to bring your dog, you must register in advance for the Dog Jog ($15).  Participants receive a t-shirt and a gourmet dog treat from Ebby’s Pet Bakery.  Otherwise, admission is free.  Call (231) 724-6500 to register or for more information.


03/14/2015 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Greater Muskegon Jaycees are teaming up with Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Michigan Irish Music festival to put on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year. The Parade will run on March 14th, 2015 in downtown Muskegon. The route will be from Fourth to Jefferson Streets along Clay Ave.  We hope to make The Parade one of Muskegon’s largest celebrations displaying Irish Floats, Bands, Families, Organizations, Business entries and much more!

The application for this year’s Parade can be filled out at the link below. Instead of charging an entry fee for The Parade, they are asking entrants to bring one non-perishable food item per participant.  For more information, visit

03/14/2015 – St Pattys Day Downtown Pub Crawl
‎Join in the fun and have the luck of the Irish on your side Saturday March 14 all day, beginning at noon at your favorite downtown watering holes with you friends! Pick up punch cards all day at any participating bar, all can enjoy in the evening for the Guinness Toast of the Irish, and enter to win awesome prizes! This event is hosted by Taste of Muskegon. For more information, find them on Facebook.

03/14/2015 – Red Wings Alumni Game
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are pleased to announce the third installment of the Red Wings Alumni Game to take place inside the L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm, featuring the Detroit Red Wings alumni paired against the Muskegon Lumberjacks alumni with the proceeds from the event benefitting the Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation.

General admission tickets for the game go on sale beginning Monday, December 1st at 10:00 am for the low prices of $12 for the Gold Sections (Sections 104-107 and 114-117) and $10 for both the Black (Sections 103, 108, 113, 118) and Crimson (Sections 101-102, 109-112, 119-120) Sections.   Additionally, V.I.P. tickets are available for $25 that includes entry into a special meet-and-greet postgame event at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor next door to the arena.

To purchase tickets for the Red Wings Alumni Game, fans can stop by the L.C. Walker Arena Box Office during the normal business hours of 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Monday – Friday or call (231) 724-5225.  Doors for the game will open beginning at 6:00 pm.

The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association has announced a select number of players that are confirmed and skating for the Red Wings alumni team that includes the following:

Joey Kocur
(F) – 15-year NHL career with Detroit (10 seasons), New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks from 1984-99
John Ogrodnick (F) – 14-year NHL career with Detroit (9 seasons), Quebec, and New York Rangers from 1979-1993
Petr Klima (F) – 13-year NHL career with Detroit (6 seasons), Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh from 1985-97 and 1998-99
Mickey Redmond (F) – 9-year NHL career with Detroit (6 seasons) and Montreal from 1967-76
Brent Fedyk (F) – 10-year NHL career with Detroit (5 seasons), Philadelphia, Dallas, and New York Rangers from 1987-96 and 1998-99
Bryan Smolinski
(F) – 14-year NHL career with Boston, Pittsburgh, New York Islanders, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Chicago, Vancouver, and Montreal from 1993-2004 and 2005-08
Sergei Samsonov
(F) – 13-year NHL career with Boston, Edmonton, Montreal, Chicago, Carolina, and Florida from 1997-2004 and 2005-11
Craig Wolanin (D) – 13-year NHL career with New Jersey, Quebec, Colorado, Tampa Bay, and Toronto from 1985-98
Wayne Presley (F) – 11-year NHL career with Chicago, San Jose, Buffalo, New York Rangers, and Toronto from 1985-96

03/14/2015 – One Night of Queen
‎Saturday, March 14, at 7:30pm on the Frauenthal Stage, it’s “One Night of Queen” performed by Gary Mullen & the Works.  Tickets are $21, $26 & $31 and available through StarTickets by calling 800-585-3737 or the Frauenthal Box Office at 231-727-8001. Frauenthal Box Office hours are Monday – Friday 11:00am – 5:30pm.

03/14/2015 – St Patrick’s Day with Nessa
‎Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm, come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Howmet Playhouse with Celtic band Nessa! This Detroit area ensemble led by flutist/vocalist Kelly McDermott, combines classical, jazz, and Celtic influences with accents of world music and soul.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

03/16/2015 – WWII Lecture Series: Fun at the Front
‎The 2015 WWII Lecture Series is finally here!  March 16 at 6:00pm, it’s Fun at the Front:  American Women and Entertainment in WWII, presented by Dr. Kara Dixon-Vuic, Associate Professor History, High Point University.  Cost is $5.00 per person or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Ongoing Events:

Armchair Archeology: From Hobby to History
‎”Armchair Archaeology: From Hobby to History” is on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  The exhibit explores early archaeology practices and philosophies that would be considered controversial today and showcases the local men who did it right.  The exhibit features ten Muskegon residents from the late 1800s to early 1940s who were working in the area to learn about who and what was living here before them.  Artifacts on display from the local digs include pottery shards, arrowheads, projectile points, and tools.  Visitors will have an opportunity to take a seat and spend some time reading books and journal articles written by and about the men featured in the exhibit.

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit
African Americans have always proudly served in the United States Military beginning with Crispus Attucks who became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Since then, their accomplishments have been many and great. The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is proud to tell the tale of the brave African Americans who served their country proudly during World War II, especially those from our own Muskegon Community, Dr. Robert Garrison and Denzal Harvey. Come learn about the achievements and the hardships endured by these wonderful heroes of American WWII history, March 4 – April 4, 2015 at the Silversides Submarine Museum.  There will be an opening reception March 4 at 6:00pm.  The cost is $5 or free with membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

03/10/2015 – ‘Dynamic Earth’ Planetarium Viewing
Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine” is a NEW, 30-minute planetarium program that will have you riding on swirling ocean currents, diving into the heart of a hurricane, and flying into fiery volcanoes. FREE shows are Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m., January 13-April 2 (closed March 3 & 5 for semester break), at Muskegon Community College (221 S. Quarterline Rd, Room 135). For more information, or to schedule a private show, please call (231) 777-0289, or email

Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young
Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young is an exhibition of original book illustrations by artist Amy Young at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Big-footed ballerinas, dogs on boats, and mud fairies are just a few of the characters that Amy Young has brought to life through her stories and bright, colorful book illustrations. This exhibition features original artwork she created for the popular children’s book Belinda the Ballerina and other books that Young has written and illustrated. The exhibition will be on display through April 26, 2015.  For more information, call 231-720-2574.

The Art of the Brick®
Beginning February 19, the Muskegon Museum of Art will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York based artist Nathan Sawaya.  The exhibition has proved to be very popular with audiences as it has toured the globe. “This year alone, we’ve visited Ireland, South Africa, and Amsterdam,” said Sawaya. “We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Muskegon.”  The Art of the Brick will be on view at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave from February 19 through May 3. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Thursday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served at the family-friendly event, which will be free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2571.

Art Talk: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Competition
January 22-March 26, you’re invited to be part of the Art Talk: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Competition of the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Ekphrasis: The graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art

All adult/college writers residing within the state of Michigan are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

  • The 10 artworks may be viewed on-line at or at the MMA on January 22.  Competition guidelines and entry forms will also be available for download or to pick up in the gift store on January 22.
  • Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning poets.
  • Competition entries will be accepted through March 26. The awards ceremony and award winners reading will take place April 23.

Call 231-720-2570 for more information.

Muskegon Farmers Market
‎Shop for your fresh, local products during the winter months inside at the Muskegon Farmers Market from 9:00am-2:00pm each Saturday in their warm, cozy barn at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon.