Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/22/17-05/29/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Feeding the Soul of the City: Western Jazz Quartet
May 23 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Tuesday, May 23 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, everyone is invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for the Feeding the Soul of the City lunchtime concert featuring the Western Jazz Quartet.  This internationally-acclaimed resident faculty group from Western Michigan University, under the direction of bassist Tom Knific, will perform a lively jazz set on saxophone, piano, bass, and drums.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 – April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15 for semester break) from 7:00pm-7:35pm

With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. (Watch the trailer at: This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
May 24 – May 29

Enjoy good old fashioned family fun at Fruitport Old Fashioned Days May 24-29!  This annual event features fireworks, a carnival, community picnic, parade, Lions Ox Roast, a 5K Run, the Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live entertainment in the band shell and more.  This is a wonderful family festival with something for everyone.  For more information visit

Hackley Day Tours
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In honor of Hackley Day there are FREE tours of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site to Muskegon County residents.

Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park Opens for the Season
May 26

Come play at Michigan’s largest amusement and water park!  Opening for the season on May 26, experience Michigan’s longest and fastest wooden roller coaster, Shivering Timbers, or barrel roll and loop your way around the inverted roller coaster, Thunderhawk.  Learn more about the adventure that awaits you at!

Sparkle Girls’ Yoga Cruises
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Port City Princess is proud to present Sparkle Girls’ Yoga Cruises!  Build bonding relationships with loved ones of every age during these relaxing cruises on Muskegon Lake.

Mother & Daughter Day is Friday, May 26 from 4:00-5:30pm.  Bring your mat, cozy blanket, water bottle and small cloth for use over your eyes for relaxation. The cost is $35.  Call to reserve your spot at 231-343-8381 or e-mail

Date Night by Candlelight
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, May 26 at 6:30pm, bring your sweetie to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for a special Date Night by Candlelight event!  The Whiskey Bar will be elegantly transformed with candles as you enjoy live music and a chef-driven 5 course dining experience with suggestions for wine, whiskeys, cordials and ports.

Reservations are $40 per person and are required by calling 231-728-3333.  You may pay over the phone.

11th Annual Ride to Remember
May 27 @ 11:00 am

The 11th Annual Ride to Remember is a 15-mile bike ride around Spring Lake to benefit Harbor Hospice and The Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice residence.  Sponsored by the Fruitport Lions Club and Fruitport Chiropractic Center, the ride starts at 11:00am Saturday, May 27 from Fruitport High School.  Check-in begins at 10:30am.  The registration fee is $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 16.  Registration includes a free Fruitport Old Fashioned Days lunch at the conclusion of the ride.

This event focuses on the joy of families spending time together.  After the Ride to Remember, why not spend the afternoon enjoying some of the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days events, many of which are free — make it a fun-filled day.

Advance Registration is appreciated; however, you can still register on the day of the event.  Pre-order T-Shirts available by May 8, 2017.  Registration forms are available at Harbor Hospice, Fruitport Chiropractic Center and Fruitport Lions club; or at at the website below.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence, a program of Harbor Hospice, located in Fruitport Township on nine wooded acres near The Lakes Mall.  This home-like residence with 14 private patient rooms, serves people who are terminally ill when home care is no longer the best answer.  Over 2,400 patients have been served at the residence since 2005.

For more information: Amy Johnson, Harbor Hospice 231-728-3442 or Fruitport Chiropractic Center 231-865-6545.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Car Show
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday, May 28 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, come to Fruitport Middle School for the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Car Show 2017!  Registration is $15 the day of the show from 8:30am – 10:00am.  Register by May 15 for only $10.  This show is open to all entries and judging will be from 10:00am – 12:30pm.  There’ll be Drivers Choice Trophies to the top 25 entries and Best of Show, as well as dash plaques to the first 100 entries, 50/50 drawings, door prizes, music and more.  For more information, call 231-557-6761 or 231-327-4765.

30th Annual Lost Boat Ceremony
May 28 @ 11:00 am

Sunday, May 28 at 11:00am, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be holding the 30th Annual Lost Boat Ceremony.  The ceremony is both a solemn and joyful celebration designed to honor the loss of 52 U.S. submarines and 3600 submariners during World War II.  This ceremony is what Memorial Day is truly about.  The Guest Speaker will be Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson.  The ceremony concludes with the starting of the Silversides’ engines!  Following the ceremony, you’re invited to join them for a hot dog lunch and some time to explore the museum and the vessels.  There is no charge to attend the ceremony or the lunch.  Call 231-755-1230 ext. 225 for more

12th Annual Blessing of the Boats
May 28 @ 12:30 pm

Sunday, May 28, join the Port City Princess, Great Lakes Marina, NOAA and Lake Effect Boating for the 12th Annual Blessing of the Boats.  It begins at 12:30pm with the “Gathering of the Fleet!”  Boats of all types will gather on Muskegon Lake near the Milwaukee Clipper as they prepare for the Parade of Boats.  At 12:45pm, it’s the “Parade of Boats” as vessels follow the Port City Princess down the Muskegon Channel towards Lake Michigan to the South Breakwater Cove.  At 1:15pm, it’s the “Ceremonial Washing  of the Lighthouse.”  Enjoy the show as the Muskegon County Sheriff Pumper boat, ceremonially washes  the South Lighthouse representing the start of  the boating season!  Then, at 1:30pm, it’s the “Blessing of the Boats” in the South Breakwater Cove as boaters are asked to cruise by the Port City Princess for a blessing from a priest.  For more information, visit  If you would like to participate aboard the Port City Princess, your ticket is $25 and includes brunch, live entertainment, and a front row seat to Muskegon’s boat parade as they receive a blessing for a safe boating season!  Contact them by calling 800-853-6311.  The cruise is from 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Vietnam Veterans Chapter #31 Memorial Day Program
May 28 @ 2:00 pm

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #31 invite you and your families to the Final Approach Memorial program on Sunday, May 28 beginning at 2:00pm.  The Final Approach Memorial is located at Old Grand Haven Rd. and Seaway Dr.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  For your comfort please bring a lawn chair.

Muskegon Memorial Day Parade
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Memorial Day 2017 Greater Muskegon Memorial Day parade begins at 9:00am on Monday, May 29. Seven bands and 40 marching units highlighting patriotism and citizenship will begin from Morris Ave, by the Social Security building, and march to Terrace St, past the Muskegon Farmer’s Market, to Clay Ave, then to Hackley Park. The Memorial Day program with be held at the Frauenthal Theater, starting at 10AM in conjunction with the Mona Shores schools music departments program “American Salute”. The program will feature the Mona Shores Band, choirs, and much more. The speaker will be Robert Boyer, founder of Operation Black Sheep, and veteran of two combat tours in Afghanistan.

American Salute Concert
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

May 29, from 10:00am – 11:00am, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the American Salute Concert!  Tickets are FREE!

The Mona Shores High School Band and the Muskegon Memorial Day Parade Committee are combining to create a Memorial Day Ceremony with several additional musical selections in a FREE public performance (no tickets required).  Sponsored by the Mona Shores Band Parents and the Memorial Day Parade Committee.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
May 29 @ 10:30 am

The Lakeside Memorial Day Parade happens Monday, May 29 beginning at 10:30am at the Lakeside Vets Club, located at Lakeshore and Bourdon drives.  It will proceed to McCracken St., to Sisson St., then to the veterans’ section of the Lakeside Cemetery where there will be a memorial service at 12:00pm.  Afterwards, everyone is invited back to the Lakeside Vets Club for food and fun!  For more information, call the club at 231-755-2763.  To be part of the parade, call Lon (Chris) Cross at 231-759-8117.