Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/28/15-10/04/15

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

09/29/2015 – Beginning Pastels
‎The Arts Council of White Lake invites you to the class “Beginning Pastels” with instructor Linda Busse, September 15, 22, and 29 from 1:00-2:30pm at the Nuveen Center.  The cost is $30.  Reserve your spot today by calling 231-894-2787.

09/29/2015 – When Amelia Came to Michigan
September 29 at 6:00pm, come to the Hackley Public Library for “When Amelia Came to Michigan”, the real life story of Amelia Earhart’s adventures in Michigan. Many years of research indicate she was here more than 25 times promoting the aviation industry and opportunities for women in this field. This lecture and visual presentation begins with her childhood at the turn of the century, her family life and education, early flying experiences, the world records and her 8 years of adventures in Michigan. For more information, call 231-722-7276.

09/29/2015 – Brushes & Brew
‎September 29 at 6:00pn, the Arts Council of White Lake invites you to Brushes & Brew at Fetch Brewing Company!  This fantastic painting event will leave you with your own, ready to hang artwork!  Class size is limited, so call to reserve your seat at 231-894-2787.

10/01/2015 – 10/03/2015 Buster Keaton Society Convention / Film Festival
‎October 1-3, the Damfino’s make their annual trek to Muskegon for the Buster Keaton Society Convention and Film Festival!  Saturday evening, October 3, you’re invited to join them at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater to see Buster on the big screen with accompaniment on the Barton Organ.   Tickets are $8 and showtime is 8:00pm to see the 50th Anniversary Screening of The Railrodder (1965) introduced by Gerald Potterton and The Cameraman (1928) with music by Dennis Scott.  Please see their website to attend the convention or to register at To become a member of the Keaton Society visit   The general public is invited to the film festival Saturday night.

10/01/2015 – 10/31/15 October Tours are Free for Muskegon Residents!
‎October 1-31 is Free Tour Month for Muskegon County Residents at the Hackley & Hume, Firebarn and Scolnik House historic sites!  The sites are open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays from 12:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

10/01/2015 – 10/29/15 Open Public Tours at the MMA
‎Thursdays in October from 1:00–3:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art is offering Open Public Tours!  Drop in for docent-led tours of the MMA’s major fiber art exhibition and a complementary show of examples of fine studio craft art, drawn from museum holdings.  For more information, visit

10/01/2015 – Happy Hour Painting at the MMA
‎October 1 from 6:00-8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for Happy Hour Painting with instructor, Marlan Cotner.  Join them for another round of painting and spirits as you recreate one of the MMA’s favorites from the permanent collection.  The cost is $30 or $25 for members and includes materials and your first beverage.  Ages: 21 & up/All skill levels.  Call 231-720-2580 by September 23 to register.

10/01/2015 – 10/03/15 Moonlight and Magnolias
Moonlight and Magnolias
By Ron Hutchinson
Beardsley Theater
Sept. 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, and Oct. 1, 2, and 3, 2015
Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances 7:30pm
Sunday performances 3:00pm

Season Tickets on Sale Now through the MCT office 231-722-3852 or

1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn’t work. So what’s an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

10/02/2015 – 10/03/15 Oktoberfest: Biers, Bands & Brats
‎October 2 and 3, you’re invited to Muskegon State Park for an Oktoberfest celebration of live music, food, craft beers and wines along the wooded park trails.  Friday activities are for campers only so be sure to make your campground reservations today.  Saturday Oktoberfest tickets will be limited to 1,000 due to the growing popularity and limited parking at this event.  Tickets are $15 and go on sale August 12 at 9:00am.  Visit for more information.

10/02/2015 – 10/03/15 Trinkets & Treasures
‎The Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce presents their 10th annual fall fundraiser, Trinkets & Treasures!  This indoor yard and baked goods sale is happening Friday October 2 from 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday, October 3 from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Come to the Folkert Community Hub located at 640 Seminole Rd. for great deals on cool stuff and help support No More Sidelines, the Norton Shores Fire Department and the Muskegon Rescue Mission.  For more information, call 231-865-6329.

10/02/2015 – Family Fun Night at Norton Pines
Friday, October 2 from 5:00-8:00pm, you and your family and friends are invited to Norton Pines Athletic Club for “Family Fun Night”.  They’ll have a rock wall, bounce house, open swimming, family whirlpool, open gym, snack bar & grill and more!  The cost is $20 per family (2 adults, 3 kids), $15 per couple (1 adult, 1 child) or $12 per individual.  For more information, call 231-865-6911.

10/02/2015 – 10/31/15 Haunted Hall
‎Haunted Hall, one of the county’s oldest haunted attractions, is back in 2015, and this year will be bigger and better than ever, featuring the “Murder Castle”, “Cellar of Torture” and “The Woods”.  This event is not recommended for children under 12.  The horror is happening at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. in Fruitport Township, Fridays and Saturdays, October 2-31.  This year’s theme is “The Magnificent Helms Hotel”.  For more ghoulish details, visit


10/02/2015 – West Michigan Symphony Presents: East Meets West
‎Come to the Frauenthal October 2 at 7:30pm as the West Michigan Symphony performs “East Meets West”, a season opener of musical gems from three continents beginning with a creation from the Grammy-nominated American composer Austin Wintory. Then, it’s Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man to play Zhou Jiping’s Concerto no.2, commissioned in part by WMS. The show will close with the exciting Second Symphony of Rachmaninoff whose lilting slow movement has inspired many a love affair.  Single ticket prices are $20-$49.  Student tickets are $7.  Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.

10/03/2015 – Hot Rod Harley Anniversary Party
‎Harley-Davidson has been called, “more than a machine”. Harley-Davidson was born in 1903, and Muskegon has shared a rich motoring history for most of those 100 years.

It has been 10 years since Hot Rod Harley-Davidson acquired the original Harley-Davidson franchise in Muskegon which was started by Dan Raymond and his brother Ellis in 1919. It was called Raymond Motor & Cycle Company and located on Ottawa Street in downtown Muskegon. In the 1970’s the franchise became Snell’s H-D before being purchased in 2005 by Hot Rod H-D. Dan Raymond also started the first motorcycle club in Muskegon in 1920 known as the Muskegon Motorcycle Club which still exists today and sponsors the nationally acclaimed Mt. Garfield Hill Climb. Hot Rod Harley-Davidson is proud to continue to be a sponsor of this historic club and many others that contribute to the enjoyment of the sport of motorcycling.

Hot Rod H-D is thanking their customers for 10 great years of business with an Anniversary Party on Saturday Oct 3, 2015. If you have any old historic photos of this great franchise site please bring them in to show others, and to share the memories, and Muskegon heritage.

Festivities will include free high flying stunt shows by world champion Scott Murray from Sick Air (11am & 1pm), a Free commemorative micro-fiber dusting cloth with every purchase, a free lunch by Texas Roadhouse (steak or chicken, loaded mashed potatoes, buttered corn) from 12p to 2p while quantities last, plus anniversary specials in each department.  For more information, call 231-722-0000.

10/03/2015 – Michigan College Bass Circuit Fall Open
The Michigan College Bass Circuit Fall Open is happening October 3 from safe light and for the following 8 hours, launching from Fisherman’s Landing.  This competition is open to any angler, whether you’re in college or not!  There’ll be a $1,500 first prize based on a 50 boat field.  The entry fee is $80 per boat.  Get rules, registration and more information at

10/03/2015 – 10/17/15 Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour
‎Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour!  This free, self-guided tour happens the first 3 Saturdays in October from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon, or at the White Lake Area Chamber/CVB at the Whitehall Depot, 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall.  Using the map as a guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes! Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots, and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot.  For more information, call 231-724-3100.

10/03/2015 – French Canadian Heritage Day
Genot Picor, a storyteller, musician, and dancer, will help celebrate French Canadian Heritage Day at Michigan’s Heritage Park with three special presentations, October 3, at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Genot uses his talents to bring an interactive frontier history alive to audiences of all ages.  This special presentation is included in the cost of admission, which is $10 for adults and teens, $5 for kids 2-12 and $8 for seniors 65 and older.  For more information, call 231-894-0342.

10/03/2015 – First Annual Pioneer Progressive Event
On October 3, Pioneer Resources will host their first annual Pioneer Progressive fundraising event. The event, benefiting Pioneer Resources, will transport guests to three destinations highlighting the key areas/services offered by Pioneer Resources for persons with disabilities. 

The event will start at Coastline Deli in Terrace Plaza for drinks/appetizers with views of Muskegon Lake. Coastline Deli is a training site for Pioneer Resources’ food service programs. To highlight the transportation services offered by Pioneer Resources, guests would then be transported, by bus, to a second destination, Pioneer Trails camp on beautiful Blue Lake, for a good ol’ fashioned pig roast. Pioneer Trails, operated by Pioneer Resources, provides recreation and leisure opportunities. The third and final stop will be Kitchen 242 in the new Farmer’s Market. Guests will enjoy dessert while browsing the certified, commercial kitchen. Pioneer Resources manages Kitchen 242 and also uses the rentable facility to prep food for multiple sites including Coastline Deli.

Event Details

Time: 5:00 – 10:30 pm
Start – Coastline Deli in Terrace Plaza, downtown Muskegon.
Stop #2 – Pioneer Trails Camp.
Stop #3 – Kitchen 242 in the new Farmer’s Market.

Attire: Camp casual
Tickets: $50 per person

Purchase raffle tickets to win prizes throughout the evening. Prizes include a Herman Miller Mirra Chair, a round-trip Lake Express Ferry ride, and much more. Goodie bags will also be given to all attendees. To order tickets and for sponsorship opportunities, please visit

10/04/2015 – Chef Prize
Hampton Green Farm will host its first Chef Prize event on Sunday, October 4 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. This event will support the Hackley Community Care capital campaign to establish a Teen Health Center in the Oakridge Public Schools District.

“Chef Prize is proudly inspired by Art Prize. Everyone loves good food so we wanted to create an event for ‘foodies’ that also supports a great cause”, states Joan Mack, Executive Director of the VanKampen Boyer Molinari Foundation.

If you love food, this is the event you do not want to miss. Chef Prize will bring local chefs, local food vendors, local wineries and breweries from West Michigan to this signature event. Featured chefs include Frederic Boyer, renowned French Chef and the husband of Hampton Green Farm owner, Kimberly Boyer. Chef Frederic has worked in famous kitchens all over the world including the Orient Express in Europe, as well as his signature restaurant in Wellington, Florida, Gallipette. Chef Marital Noguier is Executive Chef and owner of Bistronomic in Chicago, IL, which feature fresh and distinctive French Cuisine located at 840 N. Wabash Street. The two featured chefs will work together at Chef Prize creating some of their signature dishes, including Spanish Paella.

Chef Prize will also feature chefs from well-known West Michigan restaurants such as the Hearthstone, Smash, Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM), Holiday Inn Muskegon, Sandy Point, Curry Kitchen, The Lake House, Muskegon Country Club, The Harris Group, Fricanos, the Kirby Grill of the Gilmore Group, Arturos Tacos, Quality Catering by August, Bella Maria and Dee Lite Bar and Grill. There will be food trucks from Grand Haven Islands and Electric Hero. No event is complete without dessert and guests will sample treats from The Village Baker, Blueberry Haven, Patricia’s Chocolates, Organic Valley Cheese, Specialty BonBons from Justin Raha, and chocolate creations from the Culinary Institute of Michigan. Wine and beer tasting is complements of New Holland Brewery, Pigeon Hill, and Lemon Creek. Prizes will be based on Creativity, Most Unusual, People’s Choice and more. The event will also feature vintage cars from all over West Michigan and a Silent Auction.

For details about participation in Chef Prize or other event questions, please contact Event Coordinators Claudia Bryant at 231-206-2534 or email Joan at Tickets are on sale for $50.00 per person. Table Sponsorship opportunities are also available for $750.00 with special VIP access to the event beginning at 11:00am. Please contact Linda Juarez at 231-740-7442 or Alexis Dye at 231-733-6634 for tickets and sponsorship. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate the day of the event.

10/04/2015 – Pink Human Ribbon
Help the folks from “Tempting Tables” stand up to breast cancer! Tempting Tables is a local, non-profit, grass roots organization whose mission is to bring more awareness to breast cancer and raise money for research being done in Michigan. Please join them as they gather together wearing pink shirt to form a human ribbon. They are dedicating this to breast cancer survivors and to honor those who lost their battle. This special event is open to everyone–men, women, & children. It is FREE, but they do ask that you please wear a pink top. A professional photographer will be capturing this event to be shared in various forms of media. Happening Sunday, October 4 at 12:45pm at Oakridge Golf Course. For more information, visit

Ongoing Events:

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, has 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 is installed in a different downtown Muskegon location for a full year.

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.

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

Myth and Reality: Drawings by Patricia Hendricks Constantine
‎As part of Ahfest, come to Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery for Myth and Reality: Drawings by Patricia Hendricks Constantine” through October 30.  This solo show features recent works on the ahFest theme by Kendall College of Art and Design Professor.  There’ll be a free public reception Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 – 7:30pm, followed by an Artist’s Gallery Talk at 6:30pm.  For more information, call 231-777-0344.

Autumn Lighthouse Tours
‎Mondays in September from 11:00am-3:00pm, and Saturdays in September from 4:00-7:00pm, you can tour the South Pier Lighthead at Pere Marquette Beach!  Tour the light and see the shoreline color change from this 48 ft. tower.  Admission is $2-$4.  Children must be 3 ft. tall to climb the tower.  For more information, call 844-654-4487.  To become a Lighthouse Keeper, e-mail

Pennants on Display
‎Pennants from the collection of Peggy Tully are now on display in the Collectors Corner at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Her collection showcases pennants collected in the late 1940s and early 1950s from all over the United States and Canada. Starting with the collector’s hometown of Marshall, Michigan all the way to the Grand Canyon and beyond. This collection will be on display through the end of February 2016.  The museum is open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit

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.

The Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Mondays through October 19 from 6:00-8:00pm for the lecture series, “The Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War.”  Muskegon Community College Art Instructor Tim Norris and History Instructors Kurt Troutman and George Maniates will present a voyage through Civil War American art and history.  A special exhibition of Civil War era and related art will be on display in the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Tuttle Gallery to complement this program. Auditorium doors open at 5:30pm.  The cost is $10 per lecture.  Pay at the door in the MMA Gift Store.  For more information, visit

DOORWAYS: A Passage through the Permanent Collection
‎As part of Muskegon Community College’s Ahfest, “DOORWAYS: A Passage through the Permanent Collection” is on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art through October 11.  Building exhibitions around works from the permanent collection is a high priority. These study shows are often organized thematically and developed to expand our knowledge and appreciation of artworks in the MMA’s ever-expanding quality holdings. Through a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs, Doorways addresses, even challenges, our preconceived notions of doors as common thresholds we cross into our homes and workplaces. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

CHALLENGING TRADITION: Fine Craft from the Permanent Collection
‎As part of Muskegon Community College’s Ahfest, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art through October 25 for “CHALLENGING TRADITION: Fine Craft from the Permanent Collection”.  This exhibit showcases some of the best contemporary craft works in collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art, including works in fiber, metal, and stone. These artists, as well as many others represented in the show, speak both to the enduring legacies of craft and the continuing innovation and creativity of today’s artists.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

EXTREME FIBER: Textile Icons and the New Edge
‎”Extreme Fiber: Textile Icons and the New Edge” examines the state of fibers and textiles in the fine art world today. As part of Muskegon Community College’s Ahfest, the artworks on display will reveal the diversity of this fine craft movement, and its transformation into a multi-media and discipline-spanning phenomenon through November 1. Participating artists are well-known visionaries in the field.

Joining the works of these masters will be a group of artworks selected from juried submissions received from artists around the world. Works from new and established artists will thus be seen alongside the contemporary art of the artists that helped to define the movement. The exhibition will include tapestries, quilts, weavings, sculpture, basketry, and a host of other forms, from the functional to the fully-abstracted.

This exhibition has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art with guest curator Geary Jones. Underwritten by Bayer CropScience.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Farmer’s Market
‎Enjoy their bustling market Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Power of Produce is on through 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. The market is open from 9:00am -1:00pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The market is located on the corner of Baker and East Center Streets.

Light and Illumination
‎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.  For more information, call 231-893-2524.

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.

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, beginning in June and continuing 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.

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.