Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/18/16-07/25/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

USS LST 393 Summer Seminar
July 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Come aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for a hearty discussion and exploration of the US experience in Vietnam (1947-1975).  Monday, July 18 from 6:00-7:30pm, topics will include LBJ’s Full War Escalation, Operation Rolling Thunder, Tet Offensive, Nixon Doctrine, Cambodia/ Laos, Paris Peace Accords, Peace with Honor and the Fall of Saigon (1964-1975).  Retired MCC Professor Bill Jacobks will examine a failed US policy in Vietnam resulting in a loss of American lives and a loss of US international prestige.  For more information call 231-722-4730 or e-mail
Now is the time to remember the past.

Sweet Heat: Making Jalapeno Jelly
July 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Tuesday, July 19 from 6:30-8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the cooking class “Sweet Heat: Making Jalapeno Jelly!”  Wondering what to do with the bushels of peppers after the excitement from making salsa and poppers is gone?  Make Jalapeno Jelly!  To register, call 231-728-3117 or e-mail

Everything Blueberry with Chef Jamie
July 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016: Everything Blueberry with Chef Jamie   6:30 –8:30 p.m. This class will focus on local blueberries from appetizers, sauces, main course dressing and desserts! Blueberries are very versatile and Michigan blueberry growers produce more than 100 million pounds of them annually. Cost $30.

Go to and search on Muskegon Farmers Market and all currently scheduled classes will pop up. Also subscribe to our Kitchen 242 Facebook Events Page to receive notification when new culinary events are added.

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series
July 19 @ 7:00 pm

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Don’t miss this summer’s free 2016 McGraft Park Summer Concert Series in the bandshell at Wickham Dr. near Glen Ave.  All concerts begin at 7:00pm.  Tuesday, July 19, it’s the West Michigan Banjo Club playing oldies and goodies.  For more information, call the City’s Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

Arts Council FREE Summer Concert: Scottville Clown Band
July 19 @ 7:00 pm

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Arts Council of White Lake has a great line-up this year for their Free summer concerts! The band shell is located next to the Montague Boat Launch at 8450 Launch Ramp Road. (Inclement weather, concerts will be held at Montague High School, 4900 Stanton Blvd. This Tuesday be entertained with the Scottville Clown Band. The concert begins at 7:00pm. Bring your family and a chair and enjoy the atmosphere in Montague!

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
July 20 @ 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
July 21 @ 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.

Culinary Classes with Chef Char Morse: Himalayan Salt Block Cooking
July 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Thursday, July 21st Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Learn how to sear, season and cook in one step by using a pure, unprocessed Himalayan salt block in a unique cooking method. Hear a quick explanation of the health benefits of cooking on a Himalayan salt block, where and how to purchase and care for one for use in your own home. We will be working with lean meats and available produce to make healthy, filling and low-calorie dishes that are amazing delicious. Older Teens and Adults. Cost $40.

Go to and search on Muskegon Farmers Market and all currently scheduled classes will pop up. Also subscribe to our Kitchen 242 Facebook Events Page to receive notification when new culinary events are added.

Downtown Dancing
July 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Thursday, July 21 from 6:00-9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Downtown Dancing” featuring live music from the Bermuda Triangle Band!  Bring your own lawn chairs and appetites because there’ll be food vendors on site.  This is a free event hosted by the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce.  For more information, call Sue at 231-740-0496 or Jackie at 231-740-2270.

Dinner/Dance Aboard the Port City Princess
July 21, 22 & 23@ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23 from 7:00-9:30pm, enjoy great food, drinks and dancing while cruising through the Muskegon Channel aboard the Port City Princess.   The cost is $52.  For more information or reservations, call (231) 728-8387.

Bakersfield Mist
July 21-23 @ 7:30 pm

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July 21-23, come to the Howmet Playhouse for “Bakersfield Mist” by Stephen Sachs, directed by Natalie Carmolli.  Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But is this the find of the century or a clever forgery? When eminent New York art historian and expert Lionel Percy arrives at Maude’s trailer to evaluate the painting, the two embark on a fiery debate over class, truth, and what we personally perceive as valuable. Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is a lively and delightful comedy about what makes art and people truly authentic.  (Strong language and adult themes)  For more information, visit

Dog Days at Michigan’s Heritage Park
July 22 – July 23

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July 22 and 23 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, it’s “Dog Days” at Michigan’s Heritage Park!  Bring your four-legged friend to the park with you and learn about the role of pets and animals through history. Water will be provided. Dogs must be on a leash and owners must pick up after them. Park admission is $5 – $10.  For more information, visit

Parties in the Park: Stolen Horses Band
July 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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For more than 30 year’s Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere! Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park. There are five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  You’ll never go home hungry. This week the Muskegon Optimists Club hosts Stolen Horses Band. Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm. Enjoy!

Movies on Deck: Karate Kid
July 22 @ 10:00 pm

Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing County Park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit
The film July 22 is Karate Kid (rated PG)

Muskegon Risers Home Game
July 23

Catch the MKG Riser’s playing at home against the FC Indiana on Saturday, July 23, at Nelson Field!  You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field.  All home games are $5.

Sand Storm Beach Soccer Tournament
July 23 – July 24

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July 23 & 24, come to beautiful Pere Marquette Beach for the 4th Annual Sand Storm Beach Soccer Tournament hosted by the West Michigan Storm.  The cost is $310 per team (maximum of 10 players).  Enjoy sun, sand, fun and food trucks.  For more information or to register your team, visit

Culinary Classes with Chef Char Morse: In Season ImpromptuJuly 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Saturday, July 23rd – In Season Impromptu with Chef Char 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Shop the market with Chef Char to pick out ingredients that are in season. Come back to the kitchen with fresh, local ingredients and then combine the market finds with basic pantry items to make creative, tasty dishes. Shop, prepare and eat locally sourced, fresh food. Older Teens and Adults. Cost $30.

Go to and search on Muskegon Farmers Market and all currently scheduled classes will pop up. Also subscribe to our Kitchen 242 Facebook Events Page to receive notification when new culinary events are added.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Fernando Ortega
July 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Fernando Ortega has released 17 contemporary Christian albums and received three Dove awards in his 25-year career. He will perform his beautiful interpretation of “Give Me Jesus,” his original “This Good Day,” and many others at the Tabernacle on the grounds of Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00pm.

Admission is FREE and open to the public; however, priority seating may be purchased with a meal ticket. The meal will start at 5:00pm.

Dinner Buffet Pricing:
Adults 14+: $ 16.30 + tax
10-14yr olds: $ 10.30 + tax
5-9yr olds: $ 8.30 + tax
4 and Under: Free
To reserve your dinner tickets, please call our front desk at 231-798-2161.

The Whiskey Charmers on the Port City Princess
July 24 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. This past March, they released their debut self-produced, self-titled album which has been receiving airplay and excellent reviews in the U.S. and abroad. Their album has recently been nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Americana Recording and they have been listed as one of the 15 best new bands in Detroit by the Detroit Metro Times. Vickye Fisher of For the Country Record says of their debut album, “If you were wondering where the roots and grit of country music had gone, you’ll find it in this album. There is a fulfilling darkness and aching quality about this record that falls in line with the genre at its best”.

Sunset Cruise
July 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come aboard the Port City Princess for a beautiful Sunset Cruise!  Unwind from the busy weekend with a nice leisurely evening on the lake.  The cost is $25 and reservations can be made by calling 231-728-8387.

Muskegon County Youth Fair
July 25 – 30

July 25-30 experience the wonders of farm life in West Michigan at the Muskegon County Youth Fair! Support the local youth while they proudly display their agricultural works of the year and show their prized animals. Muskegon County Fairgrounds is located at 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. in Fruitport. For more information e-mail or call 231-730-3616.

Concert at the USS Silversides
July 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Monday, July 25 from 6:00-8:00pm, come out and enjoy some toe-tapping favorites with The Lakeshore Big Band at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum! You will also be able to explore the wonderful new exhibit “Instruments of War: A Tribute to Military Musicians.” The cost is only $10 per adult and $5 per child or member.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.