Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/08/17 – 05/15/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

April 14 @ 11:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm
April 14 – May 13, come to Art Cats Gallery for the “Alter-Ego” show.  Watch what happens when a group of artists work outside their comfort zone and work in a different style, medium or event a different persona.  This exhibit will feature Lee Brown, John Hopson, Jeff Blandford, Chris Willis, Renae Hesselink, Mike Miesch, Louise Hopson, Lisa Wilkerson, Cat Jackson, Dee Dwight and Gloria Kirk-Hanna, as well as the mysterious ladies Kay Allen* and Marie DuBreuil*!  The artist meet and greet will be April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Freshwater Dunes Summit
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – May 8 @ 4:30 pm
Lauded by poets as the Midwest’s Grand Canyon or Yosemite, and named “the Most Beautiful Place in America,” our Great Lakes coastal dunes drive a thriving and diverse economy and offer a unique lifestyle!  May 5 – 8, the Freshwater Dunes Summit will be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Muskegon.  Registration is now open for this first-time event welcoming outdoor adventurers, sand dune advocates, academic researchers and tourism professionals with a casual mix of recreation, information, and local food and beer, all in celebration of the beauty and value of our amazing natural asset.  It’s a chance to learn more about the dunes, connect with other people who research, advocate for, and promote their enjoyment, and get out and have some new dune adventures of your own.  For more information, call (517) 487-9539.  To register, visit

Live at the Library
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, May 8 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from The Carl Webb Band!  Together for 13 years, this band feature Carl Webb on vocals, guitar, harmonica and songwriting; Tom Hull on vocals and bass guitar; Bill DeMarse on harmony vocals, drums and percussion; and for selected gigs, John Jennings on saxophone.  Their  music is an eclectic blend of rock, blues and country. For more information, call (231) 722-7276.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.

Opening Ceremony & Reception: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
May 11 @ 5:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art will open Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian, an exhibition of national significance, on Thursday, May 11 with a Native American Blessing Ceremony at 5:30pm, followed by an opening reception. The event is free and open to the public.

Larry Romanelli, Tribal Ogema, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, will lead the traditional Native American Blessing Ceremony outdoors at the back entrance of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  After the ceremony, trained MMA docents will be on hand throughout the exhibition galleries and refreshments and cash bar will be available at the reception.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian explores the depth, breadth, and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis’s monumental work. The exhibition, both survey and critique, tells the story of one of the most prominent photographers of his time who sacrificed everything for his work on The North American Indian, only to die in obscurity.  Curtis’s portraits of Native Americans and their landscapes, lifestyles, and rituals have become iconic over the past century, and not without controversy. The entire collection of 723 original photogravures from The North American Indian portfolio, along with all 20 volumes and Native American artifacts, will be on display May 11 through September 10, 2017.  Curtis undertook a 30-year desperate quest to create a historical record of what he believed to be a “vanishing race,” photographing Native Americans and documenting the rich and varied cultures of 117 named tribes, groups, and clans. Most of these tribes still survive today, despite half millennia of ordeals and obstacles.

A series of special programs will accompany the exhibition. Visit for more information or call (231) 720-2571.

The Secret Garden – Unlocked
May 11 – May 13
May 11 – 13, come to the Beardsley Theater as West Michigan Home School Theatre presents, “The Secret Garden – Unlocked!”  Based on the classic novel “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this never-before-seen-or-heard adaptation will engage audiences of all ages.  Mary Lennox, a neglected and spoiled young girl, becomes orphaned and is sent to live with her distant and reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor.  Secrets abound at the manor, and Mary is left to discover not only these secrets, but also other truths as well.

Approximately 2 ½ hours in length, this debut production features original music and lyrics and is performed by the West Michigan Homeschool Theatre group. Snacks will be available for purchase from the Frauenthal during the intermission.  Additionally, flowers and candygrams for the cast members will also be available for purchase.  Tickets are $10. For more information, call 231-727-8001. May 11 and 12 @ 7:00pm, May 13 @  2:00pm and 7:00pm

Threads of Friendship Quilt Show
May 12 @ 10:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, Patchers at the Lakeshore invite you to the Threads of Friendship Quilt show at the Fellowship Reformed Church at 4200 E. Apple Ave.  There’ll be more than 150 quilts on display, daily demonstrations, vendors, bed turnings, 2 raffle quilts, challenge quilts, a boutique, silent auction and lunch available for purchase.  Daily admission is $5.  For more information, like Patchers at the Lakeshore in Facebook.

Reception: “Watercolors” by James Johnson
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Experience the vivid watercolors of celebrated West Michigan artist James Johnson in the current exhibition the Reception Gallery of the Frauenthal Center.  The show which opened on May 2 will have a free public reception on May 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

A student of Kendall College of Art & Design and The Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson began a career as a commercial illustrator that spanned 30 years.  He also served in the United States Navy.  Since retirement in 2005, Johnson has taken to painting on location in West Michigan and in Key West, Fla.

Open through June 5, admission to the exhibition is free.  Guests may tour the reception gallery on weekdays from 11:00am – 5:30pm, with extended hours on show nights.  Exhibits are open to the public and admission is always free.

For more information about the Frauenthal Center and upcoming events, visit or call 231-722-9750.

Port City Crit
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 13, come to downtown Muskegon for the Port City Crit, hosted by the Port City Criterium!  It will be a fun filled day of high intensity cycling races along a 0.8 mile circuit through the city streets.  Come and check out the one of the best venues for the newest race on the Michigan Cycling Calendar. A vibrant downtown environment provides the backdrop for this counter clockwise course with a short kicker and fast finishing stretch.

Criteriums are short, closed circuit races, usually under one mile in length and consist of many laps.  These races usually last from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the skill level of the competitors.  Imagine it like a NASCAR race on bicycles, where you are always close to the spectators and fans as you race around the circuit.  There is a neutral pit in these courses that you can go to just in case you have a flat tire or mishap.  Challenging, fun, and you usually don’t have to venture that far from your car!  The first race begins at 10:00am and the last is at 3:30pm.

For more information, e-mail or visit

Bison, Bears, and Eagles Oh My!
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 13 from 10:30am-2:30pm, families will enjoy activities at the Lakeshore Museum Center and Muskegon Museum of Art in conjunction with the Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian exhibit!  Children can participate in activities at each museum and enter a drawing for a gift basket.  At the Lakeshore Museum, they will learn about bears, touch a bear fur and see a real bear skull.  At the Museum of Art, there will be a bison related craft and a live eagle for children to see.  This is a free event.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Michigan’s only professional indoor football team, the Ironmen strive to be champions in the community and champions in the arena. They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  Saturday, May 13 at 7:05pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Omaha Beef!

Ticket Prices:

  • $15.00 Adult Advance Rebar ( Rows A – D)
  • $20.00 Adult Day Of Game Rebar ( Rows A – D)
  • $8.00 Adult Advance Iron ( Rows E and up)
  • $12.00 Adult Day of Game Iron ( Rows E and up)
  • $7.00 Youth ( 10 and under) Advance Iron Only
  • $9.00 Youth ( 10 and under) Day of Game Iron Only


Mother’s Day Brunch at Bella Maria’s
May 14
Make your plans for Mother’s Day now at Bella Maria’s! Call 231-563-6914 for reservations.

Mother’s Day Brunch at SE4SONS
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Treat Mom to something special this Mother’s Day at SE4SONS!  Chef Sean and his team have an over the top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you!  Seating will be available from 11:00am-2:00pm.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations or visit for more information.

| Adults $29 | Kids (7-12) $14 | Kids (4-6) $7 | 3 & UNDER FREE |

Mother’s Day Brunch at Maranatha
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Each year, the chefs at Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference whip up an incredible gourmet menu for Mother’s Day!  Sunday, May 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, treat Mom to the finest cuisine around with this delicious brunch.  For tickets or more information, call 231-798-2161 or e-mail  Ticket sales will close at the end of business hours on Friday, May 12.

Free Tours for Moms at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 14 from 1:00-4:00pm, mothers can enjoy a free tour of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site in honor of Mother’s Day.  Take Mom to brunch and for a tour of the lumber barons’ mansions.  For other visitors, admission is $7 for adults and teens, $5 for 65 and older.  Admission is free for visitors 12 and younger.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.

Body Works Yoga
May 15
Mondays in May, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a baby and toddler yoga!  Babies from newborn to 12 months will enjoy a special bond  with their adult through this relaxing yoga class, toddlers will learn yoga poses in a fun and engaging way.  Baby classes are from 11:15-11:45am and toddler classes are 12:00-12:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.  Please arrive a few minutes early as class will start promptly.  Bring a yoga mat for adult and child to share for the baby class or two mats for the toddler class.  Please also bring a blanket for the child to use during the closing relaxation exercise.  The cost is $32 for a 4-week session or $10 for individual sessions.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.