Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/31/15-09/07/15

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

09/01/2015 – 09/20/15 Inspired By…

Artists are always being inspired by what has come before, but rarely do we ever honor the exact source of our inspiration. September 1-20, the Arts Council of White Lake is excited to introduce a unique exhibit that aims to do just this. Inspired By showcases ten local artists who were each asked for a creation that is inspired by and reflects on a ‘masterpiece’. Come relive art history through the eyes of each artist, while experiencing their unique voice and style September 1-20.  Come celebrate this exclusive collection and enjoy light refreshments at a reception to be held on September 10, from 5:00-7:00pm at the Nuveen Center. All ages are welcome to attend.  For more information, call 231-893-2524.

09/01/2015 – Astronomy for Everyone

Come to Hackley Public Library September 1 at 6:00pm for “Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe”, an exciting family program for ages 8 to 100 about the universe from the very small to the very large that lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. The program starts off with a PowerPoint presentation that includes exciting video footage. Following this indoor formal presentation, everyone will go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful hand-crafted telescope.  For more information, call 231-722-7276.

09/02/2015 – Lunch & Learn Lecture

September 2 from 12:15-1:00pm, you’re invited to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Lunch and Learn Lecture Series”, Charles Hackley:  The Man, the Myth and the Truth with Historic Sites Curator, Dani LaFleur.  Be sure to bring your lunch!  The program is free, but you do need to register by calling 231-722-0278.

09/02/2015 – WWII Lost Submariners’ Memorial

The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is proud to unveil the WWII Lost Submariners’ Memorial recognizing the 52 submarines that were lost in defense of the United States during World War II.  You are invited to the dedication, happening Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00pm.  For more information, call 231-755-5883.

09/02/2015 – Folk Musician Paul Doffing

A folk musician; Paul Doffing  touring the world by bicycle will be at the Harbor UU Congregation Church Wednesday September 2 at 7:00pm to perform for Muskegon! Let’s give him a warm Muskegon welcome and stop by for a listen. $15 is the suggested donation. The location is 1296 Montgomery Ave.

09/03/2015 – 30 Days of Peace Observance

The 30 Days of Peace Muskegon observance will begin with an Interfaith Sunset Service at the U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Thursday, September 3. Unitarian Universalist Rev. Richard “Bud” Murphy from The Peoples’ Church of Ludington will preside. Guest speakers include Imam Jihad Muhammad of the Islamic Center of Greater Muskegon, Debra Gutowski, the Director of Native American Ministries for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Rabbi Alan Alpert from Temple B’Nai Israel, Gargi Hales, a Siddha Yoga student, Rev. Duane Bennett of Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ, Bonnie Johnson from the Bahá’í Faith, and Jim Johnson of the Buddhist Tradition. Composer and Music Director, Jimmy Clark, will provide accompaniment for the gathering. Contact Kryssis Diane Bjork at 231-747-8138 for more information.

09/05/2015 – Sportsmen for Youth Day

September 5, the Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts “Sportsmen for Youth Day” at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, located at 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. in Fruitport. Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events. The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch, all FREE!

09/05/2015 – Run For Sight

Run For Sight is celebrating its 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 5.  This scenic run/walk takes place along Lake Michigan, starting and ending at the Coast Guard Station at Pere Marquette.  Run For Sight is for competitive and non-competitive participants.  Medals for 5K Run  begin with the 9 and Under age category and the 5K Walk is stroller and dog friendly.  5K Run registration is $25 and 5K Walk registration is $20 and all proceeds are donated to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Call 231-739-9009 for more information.

09/05/2015 – Arts Fest

This Saturday, come to the Montague Artisan Market for “Arts Fest” from 10:00am-3:00pm.  Enjoy the art fair, free kids’ crafts, music and special performances.  For more information, visit

09/05/2015 – Nature Walk

Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas.  A variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife will be covered, depending on the time of year.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families;  no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month through October.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-981-0016 to confirm or if you have questions.

09/05/2015 – Maranatha Summer Concerts

Saturdays during the summer you can enjoy a concert at Maranatha Christian Conference Center. This week enjoy Buddy Greene. This is a FREE event, open to the public. Stop by from 5:00pm-6:45pm and enjoy a dinner buffet before prices are: 3 and under: FREE, 4-8 years; $7.00, 9-12 years; $9 and adults are $15.

09/07/2015 – Annual Labor Day Breakfast

The Muskegon Lions Club host their annual Labor Day Pancake breakfast at the Margaret Drake Elliott Park from 8:00am – Noon. Adults 12 and up are just $6.00, ages 3-11 are $3.00 and under 3 years of age are FREE! Support and help the “Muskegon Host” Lions Club make a brighter day for someone.

09/07/2015 – Labor Day Community Walk

Enjoy Labor Day this year beginning with a walk on the Hart-Montague bike trail beginning at 10:00am at the trailhead behind Montague Foods. For more information contact 231-893-4585

09/07/2015 – West Michigan’s United Labor Day Parade

This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start at 11:00am on Monday September 7, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. There will be a fun filled FREE post parade celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm, with pizza, refreshments, cotton candy, face painting, bounce houses, arts-n-crafts and much more!  For more information, call 231-638-2741.

09/07/2015 – 9th Annual Community Labor Day Walk

Be part of the free 9th Annual Community Labor Day Walk, Monday, September 7.  Please join the City of Muskegon for the annual community walk that celebrates the beauty of our environment and promotes the health of our community.  Online registration is available at  Check-in/Onsite Registration is at 8:00am.  5k Run start time is 8:30am. Walk start time is 9:30am.  (Pre-registration encouraged but not required.)  The 5k run will follow the Lakeshore Trail north with a turnaround at the halfway point and will finish back at Fisherman’s Landing.  The 4-Mile Walk route follows the Lakeshore Trail to the nature preserve in North Muskegon and turns back to Fisherman’s Landing.  For more information, call 231-724-6705.

Ongoing Events:

Collector’s Corner: Beatles Memorabilia

Beatles Memorabilia is the topic of the display in the Collectors Corner at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  Featured are album covers from The Fab Four, fan club cards, a collectible plate, a Beatles themed Trivial Pursuit Game, beach towel and more.  Figures of the four musicians and a yellow submarine are also included in William Stidham Sr.’s collection.   The museum is open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from Noon to 4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Armchair Archeology

“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.

Colossal Avian Avatars

The Muskegon Museum of Art announces that Avian Avatars, an art installation of five colossal sculptures, each symbolizing a mythical bird, designed by The Myth Makers, artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein have arrived in Muskegon. The sculptures are crafted from maple saplings, wire ties, and found objects, and stand from 18 to 26 feet tall. Each of the sculptures will be installed in a different downtown Muskegon location for a full year. Avian Avatars is currently on display in the Garment District of New York City, from where it will travel directly to Muskegon.

Each bird in the installation represents a unique myth. Avian Avatars is meant to indicate transformation, encouraging the public to heed to the stories about current human impact on the changing natural world.  The sculptures are also intentionally made not to be permanent. Typically, per the artists, they last four to five years in any installation.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours

Memorial Day to Labor Day tours will be given at Pere Marquette Beach South Pierhead Light. Tours will take place Monday & Tuesday from Noon-4:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The cost is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. Please thank the volunteers who are helping to make this possible.

Rootdown Yoga

Rootdown Juice & Greens Bar offers high-energy, heated and music filled Power Vinyasa (flow) Yoga classes every day of the week.  This style of yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability or experience.  For class times and descriptions, please visit

2nd Annual Invitational Art Exhibit

Art in Our City is a juried fine art exhibition organized by the Frauenthal Center and the Red Lotus Gallery, assisted by the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Muskegon Center for the Arts, as a complement to the 2015 Regional Exhibition.  This year, the exhibit has expanded to three downtown venues; The Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery in the Hilt Building, Smash Wine Bar & Bistro and the Red Lotus Gallery.  You’re invited to view all three exhibition spaces between now and August 31.  For more information, call 231-206-0426.  

Light and Illumination: Call for Artists

September 22-October 10, the Arts Council of White Lake presents “Light and Illumination.”   Light brightens and illustrates the world around us. It casts its glow on all that we see and infuses our lives with the tint of seasons and hours. Light and Illumination seeks artworks that honor our greatest gift. Submit your work that utilizes or illustrates the far reaching impact of light.  Entries must be submitted by September 5.  

Rules and Regulations:

Calls are open to all local, domestic, national and international professional and amateur artists of all ages. All mediums will be considered for this exhibit.

Application Fee :

Each artist may submit up to two works. 

$15 for ACWL Artist Members

$20 for non-members


All submissions must represent the actual artwork as closely as possible. If your work is misrepresented in any way– meaning the picture diverges greatly from what the work actually looks like in color, shape, or dimensions etc., we reserve the right to refuse to display such works. 


All accepted applicants will receive notification and drop off through email by September 9, 2015.

Beach Towne Trolley Rides

All ages love to take a ride on Muskegon’s Beach Towne Trolley during the summer months!

Routes and Operating Hours

Beach-Towne Trolley – 12:00pm–6:48pm

Operating Days

Six Days a Week, Monday – Saturday
Memorial Day – Labor Day

Single-Ride Cash Fare

Standard                 $1.25
Senior/Disabled       $ .60

Transfers, tickets, and passes from other Muskegon Area Transit System buses will be accepted. Regular transit passes and transfers will not be sold or issued on trolleys. Exact change will be required. Children through age 5 may ride free when accompanied by an adult. All vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call the Muskegon Area Transit System at 231-724-6420.

Reading by Any Means Necessary

You’re invited to the James Jackson Museum of African American History for the “Reading…by any means necessary” program, every Monday through Saturday from 2:00-5:30pm.  The museum is located at 7 E. Center St. in Muskegon Heights.  Call 231-739-9500 for more information.

Drive-In Movie

Muskegon’s historic Getty Drive-In was once a one screen in 1948, Today you can visit four screens. Tuesday night is bargain night for just $6.00 adults, 6-12 years old $5.00 and under 5 years are FREE. They have concessions and play area for children. Shows begin 15 minutes after sunset. They are located at 920 E. Summit in Muskegon.

Muskegon Farmer’s Market

Enjoy their bustling market opening their outdoor season on Saturday, May 2! Hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Power of Produce will start up again Saturday June 6 – October 31, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with activities 10:00 – Noon on Saturdays only. This is a membership club for kids, ages 5 – 12 yrs. They learn about healthy eating and can purchase their own fresh produce.

Muskegon Heights Farmer’s Market

The Muskegon Heights Farmer’s Market will offer a variety of produce along with being a flea market. Starting May 2, the market will be open from 9:00am -1:00pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The market is located on the corner of Baker and East Center Street.

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun

With rapidly improving telescope technology, hundreds of planets have been found orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Are any of these exoplanets like Earth? Can they support life? How will this change our view of the universe? These questions will be explored in a NEW planetarium program at Muskegon Community College (room 135, 221 S. Quarterline Rd, Muskegon). No reservations are needed for this free show, which runs August 25 – October 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. (doors open by 6:45), and includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky. For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call (231) 777-0289 or email

Lunch at Mona Lake Boating Club

Mona Lake Boating Club is open to the public for great food! 

Wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm – Burgers and more for $6 or less, featuring hand-made burgers fresh from the Meat Block.  Also enjoy weekly soup, sandwich and salad specials.

Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm – Steak Fry at the Point.  Choose from chicken ($8), steak from Meat Block ($10), includes salad, baked potato and garlic bread.  Call in and reserve your meal by 2:00pm each Wednesday at 231-798-4011.

Friday 11:30am-1:00pm – Perch, shrimp and more for $7 or less, along with weekly soup, sandwich and salad specials.

Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm – Variety dinner.  Enjoy the weekly special, plus steak, chicken, perch, shrimp and more! 

Check them out on Facebook for more information.

Muskegon City Flea Market

The City Flea Market will open for Wednesday, May 6 from 6:00am-3:00pm. They are located at 700 Yuba Street. There are many booths of products you can only imagine! They are open every Wednesday through October 28.

Summer Luge & Archery!

School is out, so what are you and the family going to do for fun this weekend? Check out the Summer Luge and Archery!! Thursday-Sunday 10:00AM-2:00PM!! $15.00 for 4 runs on the summer luge track and 3 rounds at Archery. Get out and have some fun at the Winter Sports Complex, summer style!

Sweetwater Market

The Sweetwater Market is open Saturdays from 9:00am-Noon at Mercy Health @ The Lakes Campus. If there is inclement weather they will have it indoors. They are located just 1/2 mile south of the Lakes Mall. For more information 231-292-1152.

Taco Saturday at Mona Lake Boating Club

The public is invited to the Mona Lake Boating Club every Saturday September 5 – May 28 from 11:30am-2:00pm for their famous homemade tacos, taco salads and nachos!  Call 231-798-4011 for more information.