Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/02/17 – 10/09/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email

Hackley and Hume: Muskegon Residents tour FREE
October 1 – October 29
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.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230. September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.

Movies at the Library: “Loving”
October 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.
Come to Hackley Public library to see a free movie on the first Tuesday of the month.  Feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.  October 3 at 5:30pm, it’s a screening of “Loving,” the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage. The movie runs 123 minutes.  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.

Grape Escape
October 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Wednesday, October 4 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm come to the Frauenthal Center for the Muskegon Rotary Club’s annual Grape Escape event!  Tickets are $50 for this tasting event featuring Michigan wines, craft beers, delicious local food, and interesting auction items.  This event benefits a local charity.  For more information or tickets, call 231-727-8001.

50th Anniversary Celebration: Mission for Area People
October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Dr.
Come to the Muskegon Country Club for the Mission for Area People’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!  There’ll be amazing live music from Alexander Zonjic (of Shoreline Jazz Festival fame) as “Zonjic Meets Motown!”  His award winning band will join Serieux, a Temptations tribute review, will entertain you with Motown classics and jazz!  The cost is $100 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a cash bar.  Your support will assist Mission for Area People in meeting the emergency needs of Muskegon County residents.  For more information or tickets, call 231-733-9672.

An Evening with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
The Frauenthal Center is proud to present “An Evening with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented by Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning is proud to present Rev. Stephon Ferguson. For more information please contact 777-0226

Oktoberfest: Biers, Bands & Brats
October 6 – October 7
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 462 Scenic Dr.
October 6 – 7, you’re invited to Muskegon State Park for Oktoberfest, a Bavarian celebration with Michigan’s longest beer tasting trail! Celebrate the season outdoors with classic German music, food and traditions with local craft brewers. O’zapft is! (It’s tapped!) drink the first beer as they tap the kegs on Friday night.  On Saturday evening, hit the beer trail for a taste of a variety of local beers and wines and hear the  sounds of Ein Prosit and other local musicians. For more information, call 231-744-9629.

Buster Keaton Convention & Film Festival
October 6 – October 7
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
October 6-7, the Damfinos make their annual trek to Muskegon for the Buster Keaton Society Convention and Film Festival! October 7 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Buster Keaton Film Festival, co-produced with the Buster Keaton Society.  Tickets are $8. The International Buster Keaton Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of Buster’s debut. Please see their website to attend the convention or to register at  To become a member of the Keaton Society visit

Michigan-MSU Tailgate A – Board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum
October 7
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.
The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum hosts its annual family-friendly tailgate for the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry football game. They will play under the lights as game time is set for 7:00pm.  Tickets are $35 with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.  This event is BYOB and includes a pig roast and raffle. They will have water and pop for purchase.  Grilling is allowed. Call 231-798-1391 for more information.

October 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Center for the Arts
Red lotus gallery

WIRE WRAPPING – $15, materials included. ($13 for MCA Members) Join talented artists for the October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery 356 W Western Ave., in the basement of the Century Club, Downtown Muskegon. You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly. Tools will be provided for all workshops. Learn the basic skills, tools, and materials used for wire wrapping. Each student will make one wire wrapped bracelet. Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at Tools will be available for use for all work- shops, however you may bring your own if you have them. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Ave.

fall color tour posterGather 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 7, 14, 21 and 28 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 Depot at 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.

Kid’s Cooking: Homemade Caramel Apples and Baked Apple Roses with Chef Char
October 7 @ 10:00 am
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
Saturday, October 7 at 10:00am, bring the kids to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Kid’s Cooking: Homemade Caramel Apples and Baked Apple Roses with Chef Char!”  Beginning bakers will learn all about how caramel is made as the class will produce a big creamy batch of the candy to coat locally grown apples.  Also, they will put together easy but impressive-looking baked apple roses to enjoy in class or take home to share.  This is for ages 7-13 and the cost is $25.  Class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Nature Walks
October 7 @ 10:30 am
White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St.
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning through October.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 with questions.

The Haunted Hall
October 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lakes Mall, 5600 Harvey St.
Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Lakes Mall for The Haunted Hall! Shake and cower with fright at “The Asylum,” “Phobia,” “The Fun House” and “3-D!”  Enter all four haunts for only $15.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. Save $1 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age, the sickly, the faint of heart, or those likely to wet the bed after experiencing sheer terror. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30-6:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
October 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road
Twin Lake, Michigan 49457

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. For more information visit or 231-821-9125

Port City Princess Fall Color Tours
October 8 @ 12:00-1:30
Come board the Port City Princess for a Fall Color Tour! Time is from 12:00-1:30. Please arrive at 11:30 to board.  The cost is only $10 per person or $30 for a family of four for either cruise.  Limited tickets are available by calling 231-744-1619.

Live Music: Squirrel Hillbillies
October 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.
Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Library for live folk, country and blues music from the Squirrel Hillbillies.  Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences.

For more information, call (231) 722-8000

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