Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/26/16-10/03/16

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

Register Now for Ballroom & Tango Dancing Classes
September 6 – September 30
Muskegon Community Arts invites you to have some fun and dance with professional dance instructors in the beautiful Century Club Ballroom!  Classes are held for 6 weeks, October 4 – November 22.  You can take a class of your choice for $80, or $160 for both.  Beginner Ballroom style dance is from 6:00-7:00pm and Intermediate Tango and Quickstep is from 7:00-8:00pm.  The deadline for registration is October 1.  For more information or to sign up, 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.

Exhibit Opening: Works by Deborah Rockman
September 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
A new exhibit, “Us and Them: Works by Deborah Rockman,” opens at the Muskegon Community College Overbrook Art Gallery on Monday, September 26 and will continue through October 28.  Free and open to the public, the exhibit is linked to the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest), which explores this year’s theme of “Us and Them”, through a range of cultural events occurring at various community locations during National Humanities Month.  There will be a special weekend and evening hours during performances of “Avenue Q: The Musical” in the adjacent Overbrook Theater October 12-16.  For more information, call 231-777-0324.

Gettysburg Lecture Series
September 26 & 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

Bark for Our Park
September 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, September 26 at 6:00pm, come to the “Bark for Our Park” celebration at Muskegon’s new downtown dog park!  It’s a big old dog party to celebrate a $25,000 grant to help build the city’s first off-leash dog park with giveaways and fun, interactive projects for families and dogs.  Fatty Lumpkin’s Sandwich Shack, The Coffee Factory, Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars, Back Alley Improv, Jessamy’s, Lefteyeplacebo, Umbrella Promotions Fundraising, Wildflower Studios, Halfshell Graphics, Greater Muskegon Kennel Club and Pound Buddies will all be there!   Bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and, of course, your dogs!  The park is not fenced in at this time, so all dogs must be on a leash.  For more information, visit their Facebook page.

We Are Stars
Tuesdays & 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

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

Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns with Chef Char
September 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Thursday, September 29th – Older Teens and Adults Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns with Chef Char 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Learn the secrets to making a fantastic dough that can be rolled out and filled with any combination of cinnamon, fruits or nuts.   Learn the secrets to making a classic pecan caramel topping for sticky buns and a smooth cream cheese frosting or a sweet honey glaze for fresh cinnamon rolls.  Older Teens and Adults/$35

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.

Thursday Night Music Club: Boogie Woogie Kid
September 29 at 7:00pm, the fall season of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club kicks off in a big way with Matthew Ball: The Boogie Woogie Kid, a pianist with a performance history that spans everything from symphony appearances to Jazz and Blues festivals.  Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Matthew performs classic Ragtime, Boogie-woogie & Blues piano favorites from the swinging era of the 20’s 30’s & 40’s.

This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library and the Almeda Boulton Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, is free and open to the public with no registration required.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, branch manager, at 231-780-8844 or .

Halloween Harvest Weekend
September 30 – October 2
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The 2nd Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park will take place this year Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2.  During Friday night check-in, there’ll be goody bags for the kids, s’mores and a bonfire at the Lodge and a Glow in the Dark Bike Parade!  Saturday, enjoy breakfast in the Lodge, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, Trick or Treating, site decorating contest, obstacle course and a Haunted Trail.  Sunday is check-out.  Reserve your campsite now for only $28 per night (2 night minimum).  For more information, call 231-744-3580.

Oktoberfest: Biers, Bands & Brats
September 30 – October 1
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September 30- October 1st, you’re invited to Muskegon State Park for an Oktoberfest!

The Muskegon Oktoberfest is a two day event with a Bavarian flare.  It begins Friday night with the ceremonial tapping of the keg and some great music.  This will be your first chance to get a taste of the Exclusive Oktoberfest beers brewed just for this event by local breweries.  New this year is the Apfelwein Luge Lounge, where they’ll have beer and wine tasting at the Luge track Friday night.

Return Saturday afternoon for the Volksmarch, a traditional German hike through the forest with friends.  Kids can enjoy the Hansel & Gretel Kids trail while the adults get a taste of Michigan’s longest beer trail, featuring four biergartens with live entertainment.  Main stage performances from Ein Prosit and Westside Soul Surfers will complete the Oktoberfest fun.  For tickets or more information, visit

Friday, September 30th Tapping of the Keg
Live Music By: Tommy Foster (Main Stage) 5:00 – 7:30pm
Shuttle service begins 6:00pm
Ceremonial tapping of the keg 7:00pm
Live Music By: Smoke’n Inside (Main Stage) 7:30pm -11:00pm
Live Music By: Charlie Edgerton (Apfelwein Luge Lounge) 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Last shuttle departs 11:00pm
Saturday, October 1st
Shuttle service begins 4:00pm
Volksmarch 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Hansel & Gretel Kids Trail 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Live Music By: Ein Prosit (Main Stage) 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Beer Tasting Trail 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Live Music By: Bettie Paige (Lokal Biergarten) 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Live Music By: Janey B & The HouseRockers (Apfelwein Biergarten 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Live Music By: The Carl Webb Band (Wald Biergarten) 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Live Music By: Whoopee Kat (Tal Biergarten) 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Live Music By: Westside Soul Surfers (Main Stage) 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Last shuttle departs 11:30pm


Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan
September 30 – October 1
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Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan is a magical combination of fall colors, sugar sand beaches, massive dunes and wild Ragnarians. Teams of 12 or 6 will start the 200-ish mile relay in beautiful Muskegon County where runners will speed past historic ships and lighthouses with a van of teammates cheering them along each leg of the course. Teams make their way past apple orchards, cherry blossoms and rolling hills painted in vibrant autumn hues. As the sun sets, runners continue their relay through the night as a starlit sky and bouncing line of headlamps brighten the way.  Gulps of crisp October air propel runners on their final miles to the finish line in Traverse City.  A Ragnar wouldn’t be complete without a finish line party, hunky finisher medal and stories to tell for years to come. Find out what it means to find your #innerWILD and mark your running calendar for September 30- October 1.  For more information, visit

11th Annual Trinkets & Treasures
September 30 – October 1
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Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, come to the Folkert Community HUB for the 11th Annual Trinkets & Treasures indoor yard sale and baked goods sale!  This fundraiser, held by the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce, benefits the Father Jack Foundation, Flyin’ Heroes and Tempting Tables.  Friday hours are 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday hours are 9:00am-3:00pm.  For more information, call JoAnne at 231-955-0789 or Kathy at 231-903-2713.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Heroes and Villains
September 30 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, September 30 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Heroes and Villains” with conductor Scott Speck.  Celebrate the dark side and the bright side of storytelling via the incredible soundtracks that set the scene for a host of unforgettable movie characters.  Single ticket prices are $23-$54.  Student tickets are $10.  Call (231) 332-4103 for more information.

Free Tours of the Hackley & Hume Site for Muskegon County Residents
October Weekends
Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Pizza Pockets and Calzones with Chef Char
October 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Saturday, October 1st – Kid’s Cooking Class:  Pizza Pockets and Calzones with Chef Char 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. We will make our own dough and marinara sauce in the class before creating delicious double-crusted, pizza-style healthy snacks.  Roll out the dough, then add your choice of your favorite pizza toppings and love before sealing, baking and taking home.  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.

Artist De-Stash Sale
October 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Local area artists are cleaning out their homes and studios of art supplies that are no longer needed.  Red Lotus Gallery invites you to view and purchase a great variety supplies at discount prices during their “Artist De-Stash” sale, Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am-4:00pm.  For more information, visit

Lumber Barons’ Ball: Victorian Carnivale
October 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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This year’s Lumber Barons’ Ball will be held Saturday, October 1 at Watermark 920.  Save the date for an exceptional evening of entertainment!  Imagine a night under the Big Top in Muskegon in the early 1900s with interactive entertainment, music, and more.  The night includes a live and silent auction, Five Fantastic Food Stations and a cash bar.  For more information, visit

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
October 1 @ 7:15 pm
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Saturday, October 1 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the USNTDP U-18!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit

Rockin’ Road to Dublin
October 2 @ 7:30 pm
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October 2 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Rockin’ Road to Dublin!”  Experience the new generation of Irish music & dance.  Inspired by epic spectacles like Riverdance, RRTD’s renowned team of tour professionals is reviving the classic art form to create a new Irish show with a contemporary feel and a broader appeal.  Choreographer and lead male Scott Doherty (Riverdance & Lord of the Dance) has teamed up with veteran Celtic rocker Chris Smith to produce an exciting fusion of music, movement and culture that has never been done before.  RRTD is a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock ‘n’ roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show.  Enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds as daring performers execute rapid-fire leaps, twirls and footwork, and nimble fiddlers square off with driving electric guitar chords and pulse-pounding drum beats.

Fans say, “Rockin’ Road to Dublin not only combines Riverdance and Lord of the Dance perfectly, but actually surpasses them!”

Tickets are $30, $35 and $45.  For more information, visit