Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/19/16-09/26/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

A Murder is Announced
September 16 – October 1

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September 16 – October 1, the Muskegon Civic Theatre invites you to the Beardsley Theater for “A Murder is Announced!”  An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house.  What follows is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and the iconic sleuth Miss Marple on hand to solve the mystery. Tickets are $20 & $22.  For more information, visit

A Call to Artists! Register Now for Dias de los Muertos
September 14 @ 10:00 am – September 27 @ 8:00 pm

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Muskegon Community Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery in the Century Club are putting out a call to artists to register now for “Dias de los Muertos”, to honor those who have passed. Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed. A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you. Your submissions are due by September 27 before 5:30pm to enter this event. To obtain a submission form, visit There is a small fee of $5-$10 for your piece of artwork. The open house for this event will be held on October 7 from 6:00-8:00pm. The Display Wall can be viewed throughout the month of October.

Gettysburg Lecture Series
September 19, 26 and October 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, come to the Gettysburg Lecture Series at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  Muskegon Community College and the Museum are sponsoring a four-part lecture series which precedes a four-day Gettysburg Guided Tour.  The cost of the series is $30 for Museum members and $35 for non-members, or $10 per lecture.  The cost of the trip is $485.  Registration is requested for the lecture.  For more information, visit

Frauenthal Center Celebration
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30-8:30pm, celebrate Muskegon’s vibrant culture at the Frauenthal Center Celebration.  Everyone is invited to experience a free evening of dynamic entertainment featuring live entertainment, light refreshments and free trolley service from the downtown parking lots!  Browse their venues, meet new friends and be part of something truly spectacular in the heart of downtown Muskegon!  For more information, visit

Preserving the Harvest
September 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Tuesday, September 20 from 6:30-8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the cooking class, “Preserving the Harvest!”  Nothing says “home” like gathering around the stove together to learn about canning and freezing.  Join them to share recipes, techniques and stories while making new memories to share of your own.  To register call 231-728-3117 or e-mail

We Are Stars
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

There’s a new show at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  “We Are Stars” is a 35-minute, family-friendly adventure that that spans the billions of years between the Big Bang and modern day, and follows the thread that connects us all to those early times through the atoms from which our bodies are formed.  Where did they come from?  How did they get here?  And is it true that we really are all made of stars?  The science content is most appropriate for ages 11 and up; however, the entrancing animation and award-winning soundtrack will draw all ages into the magical universe created within this incredible show.  No reservations are needed for this FREE program, which runs August 23 – October 27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm (doors open by 6:45), and includes a brief demonstration of the current night sky.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College (221 S. Quarterline Rd, Muskegon).  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call (231) 777-0289 or email

13th Annual Grape Escape
September 21 @ 6:00 pm

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The Muskegon Rotary Club’s 13th Annual Grape Escape, the region’s premier wine, craft beer, and food tasting event, is happening Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00pm at Bella Maria’s Ristorante and Event Center!

This year’s non-profit partner is Muskegon Area Promise, and proceeds from the event will support the Promise. The Muskegon Area Promise unprecedented commitment to the young people of our community, guaranteeing that if they work hard they will be able to earn at least a two-year college degree tuition-free. Additional proceeds from the Grape Escape will help fund other Muskegon-area Rotary projects.

The annual Grape Escape tasting event features wines from over a dozen Michigan wineries, along with microbrews crafted in Michigan and local Muskegon County breweries including Pigeon Hill, Unruly and Fetch. Guests will also enjoy delicious food from hometown restaurants.  Unique Silent Auction items donated by local merchants will go to the highest bidders.

Tickets for Grape Escape are $40.00 per person. For your convenience, tickets may be purchased online through the Muskegon Rotary Club’s Facebook page (,  Muskegon Rotary Grape Escape Facebook page (, or on the club’s website at

All-Access Tour at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site
September 22

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September 22, visitors will have an opportunity to view areas of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site that are not normally included in the tour of the lumber barns homes.  See the basements, attics and porches for a whole new perspective of Muskegon’s most well-known mansions.  There will be two sessions of the tour: 5:00 – 6:30pm and 7:30 – 8:30pm. The cost of the All-Access Tour is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members.  Pre-registration is required due to limited group size.  For more information, call 231-722-7578. 

Art & a Glass: Thursday Happy Hour at the MMA
September 22 @ 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.

Upgrade Your Basic Sandwiches with Chef Jamie
September 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Thursday, September 22, 2016: Upgrade Your Basic Sandwiches with Chef Jamie 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Chef Jamie will share a few of the gourmet sandwich recipes that were popular at Mia and Grace. Utilize breads made from local Michigan grains, local meat and tasty, unexpected ingredients to upgrade the basic sandwich. 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.

Playhouse: A Centennial Celebration Show
September 22 @ 7:30 pm – September 24 @ 7:30 pm

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September 22-24 at 7:30pm, the Howmet Playhouse Presents “Playhouse: A Centennial Celebration Show,” an original play written by Kimberly Harsch & Bill Iddings.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  The show features performances by Ruth & Max Bloomquist, Tommy Foster, local choirs, White Lake Dramatic Club Alumni, students from Whitehall & Montague schools, White Lake Youth Theatre performers and more!  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

Venison Canning
September 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Experience a hands-on adventure into history through heirloom culinary and lifestyle activities at Bygone Basics Culinary School!  Deer hunting season is here!  Friday, September 23 at 5:30pm, join Valerie for a class on how to safely pressure can venison and other meats from a USDA/Department of Agriculture certified instructor.  You’ll also discover all of the uses for canned meat such as pulled ‘pork” sandwiches, soups, stews, gravy and more.  For more information, call 231-740-4065.

Kid’s Impromptu with Chef Char
September 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Saturday, September 24th – Kid’s 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. Ages: 7-13. Cost $25.

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.

Fall Harvest Fundraiser at Michigan’s Heritage Park
September 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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September 24 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, come to the Fall Harvest Fundraiser at Michigan’s Heritage Park!  This daylong event includes an interactive Pancake Breakfast with Chris Cakes from 9:00am to Noon and horse-drawn wagon rides from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  The day also features a variety of games including pumpkin bowling, a straw bale maze and candy coral.  There will be hands-on demonstrations at six sites along the trail.  Morning admission (9:00am to Noon) includes all activities and the Pancake Breakfast: $17 adults and teens, $15 for 65 and older, $12 for 2 to 12, and $7 members.  Afternoon admission (Noon to 4:00pm) $12 adults and teens, $10 for 65 and older, $7 for 2 to 12, and $2 members. For more information, visit

2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
September 24 @ 9:30 am

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September 24, you’re invited to Heritage Landing for the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s!  Walk the 1 mile or the 3 mile route.  All funds raised will further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Registration at 9:30am
Ceremony at 10:15am
Walk at 10:30am
Closing Ceremony 11:30am

For more information visit the website below or contact Elizabeth Donnelly-Johnson at 231-780-1922 or e-mail

Muskegon Farmers’ Market Harvest Festival
September 24 @ 10:00 am

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The Muskegon Farmers Market will hold its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday September_24 from 10:00am – 1:00pm with music giveaways food samples and crafts for sale! Regular market hours will be the same from 6:00am – 3:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251.

Retro Expo
September 25

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Sunday, September 25, you’re invited to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the “Retro Expo!”  Enjoy an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  It’s more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience.  For more information, call 231-722-3251.

Fall Color Scenic Cruise Aboard the Port City Princess
September 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Sundays, September 11 – October 16 from 2:00-3:30pm, enjoy an explosion of autumn colors with gorgeous lake reflections on “Color Tour Cruises” aboard the Port City Princess!  The cost is $25.  For reservations or more information, call 231-728-8387.

Fall Color and Sunset Tour Aboard the Port City Princess
September 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sundays, September 11 – October 16 from 7:00-9:00pm, come aboard the Port City Princess for the Fall Color and Sunset Tour!  This is a wonderful way to see the explosion of autumn colors with gorgeous lake reflections.  The cost is $35.  For more information or to make reservations, call 231-728-8387.

Jacks Classic Golf Outing
September 26

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The Muskegon Lumberjacks would like to invite you to participate in their Jacks Classic Golf Outing on September 26 at Muskegon Country Club!  Join the Muskegon Lumberjacks  Players and Staff as they get set to bring in the 2016-2017 Regular Season. The Muskegon Lumberjacks are looking for teams to compete as well as local companies to partner with for the major event.  Please fill out your team registration form with the link below and scan the document to Todd Robinson at  If you cannot play in the outing, they invite you to join them for dinner following the round of golf for only $50. Please contact Sam Palmer for dinner tickets at or call him at 248-508-0369.

Event Details:

  • 10:30am Registration and Breakfast
  • 12:00pm Shotgun Start and Lunch at the Turn
  • 5:30 Cocktails and Meet & Greet
  • 6:30 Dinner, Raffles and Auctions