Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/24/16-10/31/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Obituary Tour
October 25 – October 26
Special evening tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons, will include information from the obituaries and funerals of some of the family members who died in the houses.  Autopsies conducted during the early 1900s will also be addressed. Admission is $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members.

Tour Dates:
Tuesday, October 25 – 7:00-8:00pm and 8:30 to 9:30pm
Wednesday, October 26 – 7:00 – 8:00pm and 8:30 to 9:30pm
For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Cocktails & Canvas
October 25 @ 6:00 pm
| $30
Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00pm, enjoy drinks at Pub One Eleven while you paint your own piece of art at Cocktails and Canvas!  The cost is $30 per person and will cover all of your art supplies.  You can pay by cash or Check the night of the event.  Call the Nuveen Center at 231-894-2787 for more information.

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

Sugar Skull Decorating
October 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
| $3 – $5
Muskegon Center for the Arts presents sugar skull decorating in conjunction with our of Dias de Los Muertos art exhibit. Four different designs in 2 sizes will be available for purchase. Royal frosting & sequins will be provided, along with examples and a brief history. Participants may bring other embellishments.

AhFest: Films Inspired by Dennis Lehane
October 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.

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)

Project 22
October 27
October 27, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for a free viewing of the documentary, “Project 22.”  In the United States alone, twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day.  In Project 22, two combat-wounded veterans go on a mission to search for hope.  They find it EVERYWHERE!  Join the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs for the movie at 12:00pm, 3:00pm or 6:00pm, followed by discussions and presentations.  Food and beverages will be available to purchase.  There is no charge to attend this event, but you are asked to please bring toiletries as a donation to the Veterans Food Bank.  Reserve your seat at

Little Goblins Boo Bash
October 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The 3rd annual Little Goblins Boo Bash at Watermark 920 is October 27 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Bring the little ones for this ultimate dance party. Show off their costumes and let them dance the night away. Just $5 each (2 years and younger are FREE) gets you in with activities, costume parade, snacks, dancing and more! New this year is a cookie decorating station by the Coffee Factory!

Dennis LeHane, Live!
October 27 @ 7:00 pm
October 27 at 7:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Dennis LeHane, Live!, presented by Muskegon Writer’s Series.  Dennis LeHane is an award winning writer, producer and screenwriter.  His works include novels, “Gone, Baby, Gone,” “Shutter Island” and “Mystic River,” which have been adapted into award winning films.  There will be a Q & A and book signing following the show.  There will also be live music in the Frauenthal Theater Lobby from 6:00-7:00pm and a cash bar.  Tickets are $20  or $12 with student ID.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.

First Edition Jazz Band
October 27 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live jazz from the First Edition band!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Haunted Hall
October 28 & 29
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 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

A Trail of Michigan Authors
October 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, October 28 from 6:00pm-9:00pm, come to Barnes and Noble Book Sellers for the 2nd Annual Trail of Michigan Authors, in support of Friends of Hackley Library.  Over 40 Michigan authors will be on hand to discuss and sign the best of their work.  Come and meet them all!  For more information, call  (231) 798-4388.

Haunted Trail – Heritage Park
October 28 @ 7:00 pm – October 29 @ 10:00 pm
| $15
October 28 & 29 from 7:00-10:00pm, it’s a night of Haunted History at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall!  They’ve dug up some ghosts and ghouls who are eager to meet you.  Participants will want to watch their backs as they take a walk through time’s most terrifying and bloody moments in history complete with ghost stories and surprises.  The tour is recommended for ages 13 and older.  The cost of the event is $15.

Live Music: Green on Blue
October 28 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, October 28 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Green on Blue!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
October 28 & 29 @ 7:15 pm
Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Sioux Falls Stampede!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations 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

Performances @The Block: Rodney Whitaker Quartet
October 28 @ 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20-$30, $10 Student tickets with ID
Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker and his band present an evening of swinging jazz favorites Friday, October 28 at 7:30pm.  Rodney is one of the hardest working swinging bass players on the scene and has recorded with great musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Pat Methany and Wynton Marsalis.  With one of the most undeniably distinctive “bear- sized” bass tones, Rodney Whitaker is considered to be one of the leading bass performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States.

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

Paranormal Activity Investigation Aboard the USS Silversides
October 28 @ 8:00 pm
Are you a believer?  Evidence of the paranormal has been documented on the USS Silversides Submarine, USCGC McLane and the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, said Mark Briones, co-founder of Marter Paranormal.

It took years for Briones to believe in the supernatural and paranormal.  He founded the investigative company about five years ago, after beginning research about eight years ago.  The Marter team will conduct a paranormal investigation on the Muskegon submarine, USCGC McLane and the adjacent museum October 28 and you are invited!  “I can almost guarantee you we’ll have some kind of occurrence,” Briones said.

He and many other paranormal researchers have already collected electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) and thermal images, and seen movement on the ships and in the museum during an investigation over the summer.

The search for paranormal activity will be held from 8:00pm-9:00am.  There is a limit of 20 people.  Tickets are $50 each.  Participants must be 18 or older.  During the event, Marter will host an investigation and conduct experiments. Attendees may bring handheld equipment to investigate on their own.

Free Tours of the Hackley & Hume Site for Muskegon County Residents
October 29 & 30
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.

Michigan’s Edge Challenge MTB XC Race
October 29
| $30 – $35
The Michigan’s Edge Challenge Cross Country Race supporting the MEMBA is back for the second year.  This unique event features one of the best mountain bike courses in the state.  A 13.1 mile trail that crosses rivers, and offers racers some great views is only open for limited parts of the season.  Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this great event!

Race Format:

Awards/Medals will be given to the top 3 overall in each category for both Men and Women.  The top 3 will be removed from the Age group awards and medals for top 3 per ager group.

1 lap race categories: 10am Start.
Beginner/Sport (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ male and female age groups)
Clydesdale (Open Age Group)
FatBike (34 and under, 35+ male age groups)
2 Lap race categories: 11am Start
Expert/Elite (34 and under, 35+ male and female age groups)
SingleSpeed (Open Age Groups)

Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour
October 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.

Impromptu Fall Harvest for Kids
October 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 29th – Impromptu Fall Harvest for Kids:  Chef Char will have in-season, fall harvested, ingredients for the Power of Produce Kid’s to stop in and create a tasty snack.  They will make it, bake it and take it home or eat it while it is warm!  Kids are welcome to stop in between 10 a.m. and noon, and plan on staying at least 30 minutes to complete.

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 Halloween Costume Parade
October 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, October 29 from 11:00am-12:30pm, come to the Pocket Park in Lakeside for the Halloween Costume Parade!  There’ll be prizes, trick or treating and cider and donuts.  Learn more at

“A House Divided” MSU vs U of M Tailgate
October 29 @ 12:00 pm
Go Blue!  Go Green!  Join the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore for the big game!  Their annual “A House Divided” MSU vs U of M Tailgate is happening October 29 aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum.  The venue provides a large screen TV, several smaller TV’s and outdoor TVs for more viewing (and Tailgating) options.  Your ticket includes a pulled pork meal.  There’ll also be a bucket raffle, silent auction and a 50/50.  Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids ages 4-10.  For more information, call 231-798-1391.

Culinary Class: Pasta & Pinot
October 30 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Fresh pasta and wine, a taste combination that has stood the test of time!   Sunday, October 30 from 3:30-6:30pm, come to the Bygone Basics Culinary School for this adult only cooking class where you enjoy a couple of complimentary glasses of wine of Valerie’s choice (or non-alcoholic beverage), or bring your own favorite wine/beverage to enjoy as you learn techniques to create delicious pasta.  This session you will be making Basil Egg Noodles with a Quick Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup and Cheese Ravioli with Easy Marinara.  Each session includes instructions and samples, plus extra food to take back home.  After your pasta creation class, you’ll sit together and dine on your pasta and sauce creations.  The cost is $54 or $49 if you’re a guest at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.  For more information or to make reservations, call 231-740-4065.

Trunk or Treat
October 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00pm, come to First Presbyterian Church (2577 Wickham Dr.) for Trunk or Treat! Put on a costume and join them in the church parking lot (or inside in case of rain) for candy, games and fun, all provided free of charge! For more information, call 231-759-1275.

Indoor Trick or Treat: Kainay’s Chocolate Factory
October 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
October 31 from 6:00-7:00pm, you are invited to Kainay’s Chocolate Factory for their Indoor Trick or Treat event!  In your wildest dreams you could not imagine the marvelous SURPRISES that await YOU!  This is a FREE family friendly event that is sure to be scrumdiddlyumptious!  For more information, call (231) 767-5246.

Trick or Treat at the South Pierhead Light
October 31 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday, October 31 from 4:00-6:00pm, come to the Muskegon South Pierhead Light for Trick or Treating!  Trick or Treating is free, of course!  Tower Climbing admission is $4 for adults and $2 for kids 11 and under.  You must be at least 3 ft. tall to climb.  For more information, call 1-844-MLIGHTS or e-mail