Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/15/17 – 08/22/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series
August 16 @ 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, August 16, it’s the Scottville Clown Band playing marches, big band, novelty and rock.  For more information, call the City’s Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

Arts Council FREE Summer Concert
August 16 @ 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 welcome the Square Pegz and be entertained with some great 80’s tribute music! The concert begins at 7:00pm. Bring your family and a chair and enjoy the atmosphere in Montague!

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
August 17 @ 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.

Health & Wellness Day
August 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In Hackley Park from 12:00-2:30pm on Thursday August 18 there is a FREE Health & Wellness event with resource booths, live music, children’s activities and more. The first 1,000 guests will receive a FREE lunch.

Art & a Glass: Thursday Happy Hour at the MMA
August 18 @ 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.

Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char
August 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Thursday, August 18th – Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Healthy eating is easier and tastier when a Himalayan salt block is involved in the cooking.  Learn to sear, cool, pickle or serve dynamic meals on these salty stones.  Class recipes include lean meats and marinades, fresh vegetables and fruits in season to make satisfying dishes that will keep you in line with a healthy diet.    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
August 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Thursday, August 18 from 6:00-9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Downtown Dancing” featuring live music from Yard Sale Underwear!  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
August 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday, August 18 from 7:00-9:30pm, come aboard the Port City Princess for a Dinner/Dance!  It’s the perfect way to spend an evening in West Michigan.  The cost is $52.  For reservation or more information, call 231-728-8387.

2016 Summer Theatre Festival: On Golden Pond
August 18 – August 20

As part of the 2016 Summer Theatre Festival, Howmet Playhouse presents ‘On Golden Pond’ August 18-20 at 7:30pm! This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. For more information, call 231-894-4048.

Michigan Maritime Celebration
August 19 – August 21

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Join Lake Effect Boating as they celebrate the maritime wonders of Michigan. From great beaches and boating, to awesome restaurants, breweries, and community events, you won’t want to miss the fun. The Michigan Maritime Celebration, held August 19 -21 along the Shores of Muskegon, is maritime fun for everyone!  For more information, visit

Friday, August 19

  • The Deck – An awesome Michigan Sunset, music, great food. Live Entertainment 7-11pm
  • Port City Princess Cruise 7:30- 10:30pm
  • Pigeon Hill Brewery Taproom -Always a great brew at PHB
  • Dockers Fish House –   Live Entertainment 7:00-11:00pm
  • Parties in the Park – A Muskegon Friday Night Tradition.
  • Movie on the Deck of the LST 393

Saturday, August 20

  • Muskegon Farmers Market –
  • Community Celebration Paddle – Muskegon Beach at Harbor Towne Marina 9:30am
  • Tours of the Milwaukee Clipper
  • Boat Parade of Lights
  • Dockers Fish House – Entertainment 7:00-11:00pm
  • The Deck – Live music, food and fun. All afternoon and evening.

Sunday, August 21

  • Boat Jam / Celebration 2:00-6:00pm – Muskegon Boaters Dune Area (Docking the Dune)
  • Dockers Fish House – Sunday Funday, Entertainment – Westside Soul Servers 3:00-7:00pm
  • The Deck – Live music, food and fun. All afternoon

Pokémon Go at the Lakeshore Museum Center
August 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Take part in “Pokémon Go” at the Lakeshore Museum Center, August 19 from 12:00-3:00pm!  There will be Pokémon lures in the Museum during this special event.  Visitors will be challenged by museum staff to find all of the Pokémon inspired animals in the Museum exhibits.  This is a free walk-in program and registration is not required.  For more information, visit

Parties in the Park: The After Effect
August 19 @ 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 County Fair Association will host The After Effect. Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.

Bluegrass & Brats
August 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Friday, August 19 from 7:00-9:30pm, come aboard the Port City Princess for “Bluegrass & Brats!”  Enjoy live bluegrass music while cruising the Muskegon Channel.  You’ll also receive a brat and a beer with the cost of admission which is $42.  Call (231) 728-8387 for more information or to make reservations.

Movies on Deck: People’s Choice
August 19 @ 9:30 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 August 19 will be E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

Full Moon Float
August 19 @ 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.

Arts & Drafts Festival
August 20

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Ross Park in Norton Shores plays host to its 40th Annual Art Fair, Saturday, August 20 from 10:00am-5:00pm.  There’ll be wonderful displays of hand crafted goods available for purchase as well as an Arts & Dash 5K Run, food vendors and a beverage tent with a live music stage!  For more information call 231-799-6802 or visit

“Free Ride” Weekend
August 20 – August 21

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging off-road enthusiasts to ride license-free the weekend of August 20-21!  Residents and nonresidents can legally ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.  The licenses normally cost $26.25 – $36.25 for riders that use state-designated trails.  All rules found in the ORV Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws will continue to apply.  ORV maps are available at

Moose Fest 2016
August 20

Country radio station, WMUS (107.9FM) invites you to join them at beautiful Heritage Landing for Moose Fest 2016.  This FREE day of music features Maddie & Tae, Tyler Farr, Runaway June, Drew Baldridge, David Ray and Brett Young.  Listen in or check their website for information on locations where you can pick up your tickets to this great day of music on Muskegon Lake.

Lake Effect Lights Boat Parade
August 20

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Saturday, August 20, gather in the South Breakwater Cove around dusk for the Lake Effect Lights Boat Parade!  The parade will begin about 20 minutes after sunset.  The route will take the boats through the Channel into Muskegon Lake, into Harbour Towne Marina, by Dockers, back past Muskegon Yacht Club, and to Balcom’s Cove, and then finishing at Great Lakes Marina.  For more information, visit

In Season Impromptu with Chef Char
August 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Saturday, August 20th – 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.

A Taste of History
August 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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August 20 from 10:00am-4:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park for “A Taste of History!”  Learn how people from the past acquired their food, cooked it, and even what they used to eat it with. The day includes cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities, speakers and a chance to taste test. Tasting tickets will be sold for $1 each and samples will range from one to three tickets.  For more information, call 231-894-0342.

Creative Saturday
August 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Muskegon Center for the Arts members in creative idea exchanges, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery.  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information visit

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Ginny Owens
August 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In a career that has spanned fifteen years, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Ginny Owens’s seven studio recordings have amassed nearly one million records in sales and spawned career-defining number ones like “If You Want Me To” and “Free.” She will perform these and many more at the Tabernacle on the grounds of Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. ET.

Admission is FREE and open to the public; however, priority seating may be purchased with a meal ticket. The meal will start at 5 p.m. ET.
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 the front desk at 231-798-2161.

The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
August 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Muskegon Community Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.  This is a free event.  For more information, call (231) 206-0426.

Parade of Light on the Port City Princess
August 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 20 from 7:30-10:00pm, cruise with the Port City Princess as they lead the annual “Lake Effect Lights Boat Parade” from the South Breakwater Cove all the way to Heritage Landing. They will have a buffet and The Pacific Island Dancers.  The cost is $55 and reservations can be made by calling 231-728-8387.

Movies on the Beach: The Croods
August 20 @ 8:00 pm

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Movies on the Beach have become a Muskegon tradition you won’t want to miss! If you love watching a movie while enjoying the breeze of Lake Michigan in the air. Tonight the movie is The Croods and begins at dusk. Bring blankets, picnic basket or purchase food on location. Enjoy a night of cinema under the stars!

Nancy Crow Quilting Workshop
August 22 – August 26

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August 22-26 from 9:00am-noon and 2:00-5:00pm, intermediate to advanced sewers are invited to the Century Club Ballroom to participate in the Nancy Crow Quilting Workshop!  Class fee is $675, $500 of which is non-refundable.  If you’re a good machine-piercer and are able to cut free-hand, call to register at 231-720-2587.  For more information, visit the museum website at