Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/17/16-10/24/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fabulous Fermentation!
October 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Tuesday, October 18 from 6:30-8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the presentation, “Fabulous Fermentation!”  Gather around the counter to learn how to restore your core health with local experts who will take you on a journey back to our food roots and rediscover better health through fermented foods.  To register call 231-728-3117 or e-mail

We Are Stars
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
“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

October 19 @ 12:30 pm
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Wednesday, October 19 at 12:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for TEDx!  TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. At its inception in 1984, talks focused on technology, entertainment and design, and today include inspiring talks in more than 100 languages which range over politics, education, medicine, science, and global issues.  Tickets are $40 and available at the Frauenthal Box Office or through

AhFest: Films Based on Dennis Lehane Novels
October 19 @ 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.

Here’s the schedule:
Oct. 5: “Mystic River” (2003)
Oct. 12: “Gone Baby Gone” (2008)
Oct. 19: “Shutter Island” (2010)
Oct. 26: “The Drop” (2014)

Quick Art Crash Course
October 20 @ 6:00 pm
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Thursday, October 20 at 6:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Quick Art Crash Course featuring prints by Mary Brodbeck.  There will be a film screening and artist Q & A.  Watch “Becoming Made: The Artist and a Japanese Woodblock Print,” and learn more about this traditional process and how Mary uses this technique for her contemporary prints.  Following the film, all are invited to join Mary in the Tuttle Gallery where her work will be on display.  She will answer questions and talk about her work and process. There will be a cash bar.  For more information, visit

Live Jazz: Checkers Morton
October 20 @ 7:00 pm
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Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Checkers Morton.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

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

October Ghost Story Series: Speaking of Spirits
October 21 & 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
October 21 from 5:00-6:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery “October Ghost Story Series: Speaking of Spirits!” Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Parental discretion is advised. Hear some chilling stories of the dead with this collaboration of true stories and first person encounters. Participants are encouraged to share their own first person encounters after the readings.

On Friday, October 28 from 5:00-6:00pm, it’s “True Irish Ghost Stories” by St. John D. Seymour (St. John Drelincourt). Take a trip back in time with the tales of peculiar events that take place in the 1800’s to early 1900’s. Participants are encouraged to tell old family or cultural ghost stories after the readings.

If you would like to RSVP or have questions email Sabryna at

Live Music: Classic Country Cats
October 21 @ 7:00 pm
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Friday, October 21 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Classic Country Cats!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Free Tours of the Hackley & Hume Site for Muskegon County Residents
Weekends 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.

Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour
October 22 & 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.

Live Music: Two High Strung
October 22 @ 7:00 pm
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Saturday, October 22 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Two High Strung!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

West Michigan Concert Winds “Fall Into Jazz”
October 23 @ 4:00 pm
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October 23 at 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Concert Winds “Fall Into Jazz” free concert.  Guest artists, the Lakeshore Big Band, will perform a variety of jazz selections from all ranges of the jazz idiom.  It is also a concert for dancers, as you will have the opportunity to come to the stage and dance to the music of the Big Band Era!  For more information, call 231-727-8001.