Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/16/16-05/22/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kaletastic Smoothies!
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Tuesday, May 17 from 6:30-8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to learn how to make “Kaletastic Smoothies!”
When the summer heat strikes, nothing refreshes like a sweet and fruity smoothie.  Add super-food kale to the mix and you go from ordinary to extraordinary!  Come learn how to ramp up your health drinks with kale from the farm and recipes from the heart.  For more information or to sign up, call 231-728-3117 or register at

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday starting May 4 (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.

Art & a Glass: Thursday Happy Hour at the MMA
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00-8:00pm you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Art & a Glass!” Bring your friends to a museum-style happy hour! Take a break and enjoy the art with a glass of wine or a great craft brew. General admission is free Thursday evenings from 4:00 to 8:00 pm so take advantage of the opportunity to discover your Museum at no cost. There will be a cash bar. You must be 21 or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. For more information call 231-720-2570.

History On Tap
May 19 @ 5:30 pm

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Support the Lakeshore Museum Center’s free summer day camp, Enviroworks, while drinking great Muskegon beer and learning about local brewing history during “History on Tap”! Thursday, May 19 at 5:30pm, sample beers at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. and Unruly Brewing Co. and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Pigeon Hill Brewing’s production facilities. Museum staff will share their rich history in the brewing industry as they lead you on a Muskegon walking tour like no other!  The event begins Thursday, May 19th at 5:30 pm in Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.’s tap room at 500 W. Western Ave.  The cost is $20 for Museum members and $25 for non-members and includes 6 beer samples!  You must be 21 or older and have your ID with you during the tour.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

53rd Annual White Elephant Sale
May 20 – May 21

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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!” The Muskegon Y’s Club will hold its 53rd Annual White Elephant Sale at Folkert Community Hub, Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.  Beat the crowd and take advantage of the Early Bird Special on Friday at 8:00am with a $5 donation!  Past sale items have included building/construction supplies, office supplies, books, clothing, carpet, exercise equipment, paper products, antiques, cutlery, dishware, kayaks, bicycles, indoor and outdoor furniture, artwork, plumbing supplies and more!  For more information, call 231-727-9900.

The Y’s Club is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 service club, affiliated with the YMCA movement world-wide, and supports both the Muskegon Community YMCA and Camp Pendalouan.

Veterans’ Job Fair
May 20

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The 5th Annual Veterans Job Fair aboard USS LST 393 Veteran’s Museum is happening Friday, May 20. Many employers with jobs available will be on board to help veterans find work. This Job Fair is open to Veterans, friends, family and the public. For more information or to reserve an employer table, call 231-740-5610.

Roosevelt Diggs wsg Brother Adams
May 20 @ 6:30 pm

Friday, May 20 at 7:00pm, Watermark Live and Red House Concert Series are joining forces to present a live music show featuring Roosevelt Diggs with special guest Brother Adams.  Roosevelt Diggs is a high-energy, vintage-sounding quartet that channels the ghosts of mythic figures from U.S. folklore with an upright bass, guitars, mandolin, banjo, melodica and drums.  Brother Adams offers a unique combination of acoustic and electric instrumentation that brings the idea of folk-rock to a new, almost experimental level.  Donation to Kids Food Basket is suggested but not required to attend this all ages concert.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Come in and grab a sandwich from Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack or a drink from the bar featuring Michigan wine and beer, as well as a fully stocked bar.  For more information, call 231-727-0805.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: A Study of Contrasts
May 20 @ 7:30 pm

The West Michigan Symphony Presents “A Study of Contrasts” Friday May 20 at 7:30pm on the Frauenthal stage! Two composers two extremely contrasting visions. Peter Tchaikovsky obsessed with fate pours out his soul in searing passionate and triumphant expression. George Gershwin obsessed with jazz creates a combustive fusion of popular and classical idioms. The dynamic expressiveness of each is intensified by combining the two works in one concert. Hailed as “the genius of the modern piano” Marcus Roberts brings real-time improvisation to his special arrangement of Gershwin’s work. For more information or tickets call 231-726-3231 x223.

Foreshore Adventure Race
May 21

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Registration for the 2016 ForeShore Adventure Run is now open and event organizers say the second-annual event will feature more climbing, more water obstacles, and tons of fun. Mark your calendars for May 21, 2016, at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon. Be sure and bring your kids so they can run the “Kids Zone”, which is free to kids of race participants!  The event benefits the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s food pantry and homeless shelters.  For more information, visit

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown!
May 21 & May 28

Muskegon’s 13 aMazing Museums are excited to announce their ‘BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN” days, running on Saturdays, May 21 and May 28. On these days, Muskegon County residents will be welcome to visit the participating museums for FREE, with proof of their Muskegon local ID over those dates. 

On Saturday, May 21, admission is free at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall, Muskegon Heritage Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art, USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, USS Silversides Submarine Museum, and White River Lighthouse.  Tours will continue on Saturday, May 28 with the following museums offering free admission: C&C Railroad Caboose Museum, Dr. Meinhardi’s Apothecary Shop, Hackley & Hume Historic Site, James Jackson Museum of African American History, Montague Museum, Muskegon South Pierhead Light, and SS Milwaukee Clipper.

Armed Forces Salmon Assault
May 21

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The Muskegon Charter Boat Association is proud to present the 5th annual charity veterans fishing event, the Armed Forces Salmon Assault, to honor our servicemen and women. This year’s annual event will take place on May 21 on Lake Michigan with a half day of fishing and return to Bluffton Bay Marina/Bayside Centre for a luncheon and awards ceremony. Their goal is to have 30 boats participate and host around 120 West Michigan area veterans. All charity proceeds from this event will benefit West Michigan area veterans.  The Salmon Assault features 2 fishing tournaments, a big fish contest and an award ceremony and luncheon. For all the details, visit

D-Day Plus 72 “A Living History”
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

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On Saturday, May 21, Rolling Thunder and the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum will present “D-Day Plus 72 – A Living History” in celebration of Armed Forces Day!  Festivities are from 11:00am-10:00pm and include:

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast (8:00-11:00am) $5

Opening Ceremony (11:00am)
• Marine Corps League Detachment #763
  • National Anthem performed by the Leffring Sisters

Food Vendors
Texas Roadhouse
  • Fatty Lumpkins

Blood Drive

Free Ship Tours

National Guard Encampment

WWII Re-enactors/Encampment

Static Military Displays

Veterans’ Organizations
Informational Booths
  • Displays
  • Activities

Poker Run (9:30am – 2:00pm)
Ride at your own pace with stops at veterans’ memorials & organizations
  • Prizes awarded / $10 per hand and patches
  • 1/2 off admission to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for riders

1940’s Pin-Up Contest (3:00-4:00pm)

Car/Motorcycle/Military Vehicle Show
Awards for 1st & 2nd Place (5:00pm)
  • Cars & Motorcycles – 1949 and older
  • Military – any year

USO Style Show (7:00-10:00pm)

Warbirds Flyover – Hooligan Flight Team (time TBA)

Free Kids’ Zone Area

Movies on Deck (dusk)
News Reels & WWII Cartons
  • All proceeds benefit the LST 393 Veterans Museum.  For complete information, visit

Girls on the Run
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Saturday, May 21, come to Heritage Landing for the Girls on the Run event for girls in 3rd – 8th grade. This is a 5K to benefit Every Woman’s Place. For more information, call Sue Gifford at 231-759-7909 x 256.

Everything Asparagus with Chef Char
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Chef Char’s first job was picking asparagus in Oceana County at a local farm and she knows and loves asparagus! Saturday May 21 from 9:00-11:00am join Chef Char at Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market as she presents the class “Everything Asparagus”! This class we will work with asparagus to prepare it and try it several different ways. Recipe packets will include ideas for asparagus steamed with homemade cheese sauce beer battered asparagus pureed asparagus in a low-fat guacamole asparagus kielbasa soup asparagus puff pastry casserole plus a lesson on how to pickle and can fresh local asparagus. This class is for adults and older teens and the cost is $35.

National Safe Boat Week
May 21, 27 & 28 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

National Safe Boat Week is May 21 – May 27!  Get your FREE Vessel Safety Inspection Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am-2:00m at West Marine, located at the corner of Sherman Blvd. and Henry St.  Saturday, May 28 from 9:00am-2:00pm, get your free inspection at Pigeon Key Marina, located at 3545 Marina View Point Near Docker’s Fish House.

Also on May 28 at 10:00am, the Muskegon United States Coast Guard Station will offer a free inspections and an Open House to tour the Coast Guard boats, meet with active duty Coast Guard members and local auxiliary as they perform water rescue demonstrations and more.  For more information, call Stephen Bowyer, Flotilla Commander at 231-683-3169.

Spring Into Lakeside!
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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This an annual tradition in Lakeside and everyone in the family is invited to spend the day on Saturday May 21 from 10:00-5:00pm and enjoy shopping while listening to music. There will be a dog parade, face painting and much more! Shop unique, shop local, shop Lakeside!

Cooking with Local Herbs with Chef Char
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Saturday May 21 from 1:00-3:00pm come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the class “Cooking with Local Herbs with Chef Char!” Herbs can add flavor and nutrients to many dishes. Learn the basics of using basil rosemary thyme oregano cilantro parsley and mint. Chef Char will discuss best growing conditions to consider when planting herbs how to select fresh herbs for use with your favorite ingredients how to store fresh picked herbs and various ways to preserve them for later. You will make a basil pesto and an herb coulis to try with various food items available and in-season at the market. The recipe packet will offer many ideas to try at home with your favorite herbs. This class is for adults and older teens. The cost is $30.

Free Family Movie Night
May 21 @ 7:00 pm

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Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning proudly presents a new series at the Howmet Playhouse “Free Family Movie Nights” with free popcorn and drinks too! One night a month at 7:00pm in March, April, May, September, October and November. Saturday May 21 at 7:00pm it’s “Mary Poppins!”  For more information call 231-894-4048.

Concert @The Block: Marcus Roberts Jazz Piano
May 21 @ 7:30 pm

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Saturday May 21 at 7:30pm you’re invited to The Block for “Marcus Roberts Jazz Piano.” Marcus Roberts is one of the top pianists of his generation. A prodigious talent Roberts landed his first recording contract at age 15 and then went on to perform with renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis who calls him “the genius of modern piano.” Roberts will present a solo concert of jazz piano on the spectacular Steinway B at The Block. Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:30pm the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Vox Vidorra & The Edukators
May 21 @ 7:30 pm

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Read Muskegon presents Vox Vidorra & The Edukators in support of literacy in Muskegon County, Saturday, May 21 at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater.  Tickets are $10 general admission or  $12.75 reserved.  This will be a lively night of music by two talented West Michigan bands. All event proceeds will support Read Muskegon’s mission of providing free literacy programs to the over 21,000 low literacy adults in our county.

Vox Vidorra is a four person indie/soul quartet from Grand Rapids whose name means “the voice of the life you were meant to live.”   Their recent song, Promise Land, was selected as the featured song of Art Prize 2015.  The Edukators spend their spare time as teachers and administrators in Muskegon County schools.  Playing a blend of old and new favorites, they’ve filled venues like the Howmet Playhouse in support of great causes and a good time. There’s nothing better than discovering your biology teacher leads a secret life as a rock star!  

Full Moon Float
May 21 @ 11:55 pm

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Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service is offering “Full Moon Floats” down the Muskegon River at midnight during each full moon from May thru September 2016. They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Only $10 per person includes a kayak paddle life jacket and a glow stick. The dates are May 21, June 18, July 16, August 19 and September 16. Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227. All the floats depend on clear skies and take about an hour. As each date sells out he will add another float on the night before or after the dates listed above. Call 231-740-0227 for details.

Farm Tour
May 22

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The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is launching an agri-tourism program!  The first farm tour will be May 22 and will take you to Oceana County where you will visit:
  • Maple Moon Farm, a small family-owned farm where we will feature organic farming and growing in a hoop house
  • Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery where their pastries and breads are baked in their hand-built wood-fired ovens with organic and local Michigan grains. Their commercial kitchen is powered by a solar electric system. Their bakery is adjacent to their home which allows them to have a home-based business while raising their children.
  • Golden Hart Fruit Farms who not only grows a variety of fruit but also asparagus which is one of our main features for this trip! Golden Hart Farms spans a huge 750 acres from Hart Township to Golden Township. With 150 acres of asparagus, 300 of sour cherries, 200 of apples and the rest “odds and ends.” They are one of the best established farmers at the Muskegon Farmers Market, and have been selling their fresh snapped asparagus, apples, pears, and rhubarb for 89 years.

For more information, call the Muskegon Farmers Market (231) 722-3251.

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Fundraiser
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Muskegon Country Club is hosting the annual S.S. Milwaukee Clipper “Queen of the Great Lakes” benefit on Sunday May 22 from 11:00-3:00pm.  The Country Club is located at 2801 Lakeshore Dr. There will be door prizes, raffles, cash bar and great people! Brunch is served from 11:00 – 1:00pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101