Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/10/16-10/17/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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

AhFest: Films Based on Novels by Dennis Lehane
October 12, 19 & 26 @ 6:00 pm
Sit back, relax and enjoy a free movie and popcorn during AhFest!  “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Shutter Island” and “The Drop” will be shown during the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival throughout October.  All four movies are based on novels by Dennis Lehane, whose lecture will close the festival on Thursday, October 27.  All movies will be shown at 6:00pm on Wednesdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar.

Oct. 12: “Gone Baby Gone” (2008)
Oct. 19: “Shutter Island” (2010)
Oct. 26: “The Drop” (2014)

Avenue Q: The Musical
October 12 @ 7:30 pm – October 15 @ 7:30 pm
Come to Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Theater October 12 – 15 at 7:30pm for “Avenue Q: The Musical,” the story of what happens when the simple promises of childhood meet the messier, more complex realities of adulthood – but with puppets!  Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, “Avenue Q: The Musical” mingles live actors alongside colorful puppets reminiscent of children’s shows like “Sesame Street,” however, this is no show for children and is recommended for mature audiences only.  The show features Aidan Smith, Erin Mickelson, Gabe Cerchiori, Aaron Ponce, Sarah Stepanek, Tim Hegedus, Paul Dickens-Jacobs, Katie McCool, D’marco Hughes, Hannah Erdman, Adrianne Lewis, Madisen Schuppe, Claire Beaman and Bonnie Weise.  The cost is $10.  For more information, call 231-777-0583.

Art & a Glass: Thursday Happy Hour at the MMA
October 13 @ 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.

Girls Night Out: Margaritas and Mexican Fiesta with Chef Char
October 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Thursday, October 13th – Girls Night Out – Margaritas and Mexican Fiesta with Chef Char 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Join us as we fill the kitchen with tasty and fresh fiesta foods. Chef Char will share her favorite recipes for guacamole, salsa fresca, carne asada, homemade tortilla chips and creative flavors with crema. We will then splurge on cinnamon churros and freshly squeezed fruit Margaritas. Must be over 21. Cost $45.

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: Oh Brother Big Sister
October 13 @ 7:00 pm
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The Norton Shores Library hosts the musical duo Oh Brother Big Sister, Thursday, October 13 at 7:00pm!  With a comfortable, comedic essence that makes you feel like you’re with old friends, the big-sister-little-brother duo deliver music that encompasses a wide variety of music genres with an original acoustic sound that makes each performance an experience.  This event is free!  For more information, contact Alison at 231-780-8844 or

Haunted Hall
Fridays and Saturdays in October
Haunted Hall, one of the county’s oldest haunted attractions, is back in 2016, and this year it’s designed to be bigger and better than ever. The attraction, which debuted in 1999, will take place at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. in Fruitport Township, Fridays and Saturdays, October 1-29. This year’s theme is “The Quarantine Zone” and features three haunts for the price of one; The Foundry, The Bunker and The Containment Zone!  Enter all three haunts for only $15.00. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. Save $1.00 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office. Maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age or the faint of heart.   For more information, visit

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
October 14 @ 7:15 pm – October 15 @ 7:15 pm
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Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Youngstown Phantoms!  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

Free Tours of the Hackley & Hume Site for Muskegon County Residents
Saturdays and Sundays in October
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.

Homemade Apple Pies with Chef Char Morse
October 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Saturday, October 15th – Homemade Apple Pies with Chef Char Morse 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Learn to make a delicious homemade pie crust and various fillings for holiday dessert pies or meals. Demo and discuss: how to make perfect pie crust, how to roll out dough, how to make a lattice top crust, and importance of egg wash and venting in top crust. You will be making a pie to take home and you can bake it while in class or take it home for baking later.   Older Teens and Adults. Cost $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.

Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest
October 15 @ 9:30 am
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Lakeside Emporium is holding its 1st annual Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest! One of the highlights will be the Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade to be held on Saturday, October 15th at 9:30am. The purpose of this autumn parade is to serve as a “harvest “ for those in need in our community. Those groups and marching units that have been invited to participate have been collecting food items and new/unused winter wear (coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves), that will be distributed to The Kids’ Food Basket and other area food banks and shelters. The groups’ donations will be paraded along the route via carts, wagons, etc. Parade watchers can bring items as well and present them after the parade at the Lakeside Emporium. The parade is short (from McCracken to Torrent), this will be a fun event to benefit a really good cause. At the conclusion of the parade (Emporium parking lot), some performers will play again so that the audience will have another chance to enjoy the performances. Come one, come all Saturday, October 15th with step-off at 9:30 am. If you or your group would like to march and haven’t been contacted, please contact Laureen Samples at 231-755-9933.

Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour
October 15, 22 and 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant Fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour! This free self-guided tour happens October 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber/CVB at the Whitehall Depot 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall. Using the map as a guide you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes! Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot. For more information call 231-724-3100.

Creative Saturday
October 15 @ 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

Appraisal Fair
October 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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October 15 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an Appraisal Fair!  Are you curious about the history and value of jewelry, artwork, antiques and other treasures in your collection?  Professional appraisers will be on hand to satisfy your curiosity at this event.  All proceeds benefit the Museum.
Verbal appraisals are $15 per item or set (includes MMA gallery admission).  Museum members will receive a $3 discount per item or set.  Written appraisals cannot be provided at this event.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

From Page to Screen
October 15 @ 1:30 pm
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Saturday, October 15 at 1:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts “From Page to Screen!”  Participants will discuss Dennis LeHane’s suspenseful thriller Mystic River and then watch the 2003 movie.

Is the book always better than the movie?  If you love to read and watch movies, combine your passion for both! October’s book is Mystic River, a gripping mystery about three young boys and a childhood tragedy that continues to affect their adult lives.  The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon.  “From Page to Screen” includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus there’s free popcorn!  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last. This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up. F or additional information, contact Alison at 231-780-8844 or

KnowSmoke Zombie Walk
October 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join the Knowsmoke Zombie Walk and declare yourself part of the smoke free generation on Saturday October 15.  The Knowsmoke Zombie Walk starts with check in at the L.C. Walker Arena at 2:00pm.  Get tobacco zombie-fied and learn to do the zombie walk and then take to the streets of downtown Muskegon.  After the zombies have terriorized the town, they will head back to Hackley Park for tobacco reduction related festivities.  From 3:30pm – 5:30pm there will be light treats, face painting, a flash-mob and music provided by DJ Wingman.  Prizes will be up for grabs for the best costume that displays the health hazards of tobacco use. Free t-shirts will be available to the first 100 zombies to register on Eventbrite.  Youth age 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.  No pets, roller blades, bicycles, smoking or weapons allowed for the safety of all participants.  For more information call 231-724-1263.

The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
October 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Center for the 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.

Free Family Movie Night: Monsters, Inc.
October 15 @ 7:00 pm
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Saturday, October 15 at 7:00pm, come to the Howmet Playhouse for the Free Family Movie Night film, “Monsters, Inc.”

This 2001 animated feature from the creators of Toy Story shows us the life behind the scenes of things that go bump in the night. The big, blue and fuzzy James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) and his opinionated, one-eyed roommate Mike Wzowski (Billy Crystal) are two professional “scare specialists”.  Their job is to harness the energy created when they make little kids scream.  This energy is bottled and keeps their society going.  When they accidentally let a young girl named Boo into their world behind the closets and under the beds, it throws their life into chaos. Boo finds out that the monsters are more scared of her than she is of them.  G (All Ages Admitted)

Free drinks and popcorn are included!  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

Performances @The Block: Audivi
October 15 @ 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20-$30, $10 Student tickets with ID
A professional vocal octet, Audivi focuses on presenting rarely heard Renaissance masterpieces and premiering new works by modern composers, as well as choral music from all eras.  Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm, Audivi harkens back to a time when unaccompanied singing was considered the highest form of music in the world.  Its members have sung with professional vocal ensembles around the world and have appeared on the television program, America’s Got Talent.

Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm, concert begins at 7:30pm.

Ruth and Max Bloomquist
October 16 @ 3:00 pm
Ruth and Max Bloomquist, Michigan’s favorite acoustic folk duo, will perform 3:00pm, Sunday October 16 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church!  This free event is open to everyone.  Singer/songwriter Ruth Bloomquist performs her original songs along with folk, country and bluegrass favorites. Max backs her up with harmony and bass.  Together, they create a heart touching roots-based music that is all their own.  The Bloomquists appear frequently on NPR, concert stages and songwriting workshops.  Their Youtube hit “Michigan Girl” had 345,000 listeners.  This summer they performed in southern France and were featured artists at Michigan’s Double JJ Resort.  They released a live CD in 2012 and a Christmas EP in 2015.  A new release is in the works for 2016.  No tickets or reservations are required.  Refreshments follow the show.  For more information contact St. Gregory’s Church at 231-780-2955.