Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/14/18 – 05/21/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ray Kamalay’s Musical Adventure
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, May 14 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, join Hackley Public Library for an evening of musical diversity with talented guitarist, Ray Kamalay!  Fascinated by old and ancient music, Ray has built a remarkably diverse and historic repertoire of music that is familiar, intriguing and fun for everyone.  His beautiful voice and wry humor are matched by his fine mastery of the guitar, empowering him to play many different styles of music exquisitely.
Ray often tells the stories of the songs themselves, drawing the audience closer to his fine talent, and his love for music itself.  He has collaborated with several notable artists, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including Interlochen and the Edinburgh Festival.  They are thrilled to have Ray perform, and they hope you can join them for this Americana musical adventure.
For more information, call (231) 722-8000 or visit

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
May 16 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the “Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series” presented by Muskegon Friends of Art!  This series is $45 per person or $30 per person for Friends of Art members.  Individual lectures are $15 at the door.  Registration forms are available in the MMA Gift Store or by calling 231-720-2580.
•  May 16 – Impressionism and the Two Claudes, Monet and Debussy with featured speaker, Greg Athnos.  What was Monet to do when the camera could now depict ‘reality’ much better?  The result was ‘Impressionism’ with the elimination of ‘perspective’ and concentration on ‘light’ and ‘color.’  Debussy had the same problem determining what to do after Wagner. His answer came in composing music that sounded like a Monet painting looks. Beware! The floodgates to the 20th Century are being opened.

2018 Worldwide Ride of Silence
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to participate in the “2018 Worldwide Ride of Silence.”  This will be a short, slow paced free ride raising awareness of cyclists rights to public roadways while honoring riders who have been injured or killed.  Arrive by 6:30pm for announcements.  The route is 7.5 miles.  For more information, contact Tom Lindrup at

Theatre and Poetry Night
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, visit the Red Lotus Center for the Arts for an evening of poetry, readings, and a one-man play.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 17 through August 12, 2018 come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan!”  Milwaukee based sculptor Marc Sijan is internationally recognized for his hyper-realistic, life-sized sculptures of the human figure.  Pores, veins, hair follicles, moles, and all the intricate and imperfect details of the human form are revealed in his works.  The exhibition will feature multiple full-size figures, accompanied by head and shoulder busts.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Maritime Career Day
May 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, board the USS LST 393 for “Maritime Career Day!”  Take a first-hand look at what it takes to crew a Great Lakes Freighter from Captains and others in the industry.  This event is free, however, space is limited so RSVP to or call 231-722-6691.
Attendees will be touring a vessel, therefore you must dress accordingly including closed-toe shoes.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

17th Annual Bike Safety Rodeo
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Montague Fire Station for a Bike Safety Rodeo!  The event stresses safe biking habits and encourages wearing bike helmets, while also providing fun and prizes for the participants.  A free t-shirt will be given to all children through age 12 who bring their own helmet.  Children must bring a bike to participate and be eligible for prizes.  There will be an off-road obstacle course supervised by a Bike Patrol Officer, free hot dogs, soda, popcorn, and more.
Children will have the opportunity to go for bike tours with a Bike Patrol Officer and have their bicycles registered with their respective police department.  Many door prizes and new bicycles will be awarded at the end of the program, all courtesy of various donors.  An assortment of helmets will be available while supplies last, free of charges to any child who does not have one.  For more information, contact the Montague Police Dept. at 231-893-0810.

Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception at the Muskegon Museum of Art
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art invites you to a reception celebrating the opening of three new exhibitions:

•  Up Close and Personal: the Ultra Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
•  American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle
•  Whiskey Ridge: The Summer of ‘51

Event admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.  There will also be a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Docker’s Fish House Grand Opening Party
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Docker’s Fish House is finally open for the season!  Thursday, May 17 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come and join them for their Grand Opening Party!  Enjoy live music by Flexadecibel, a cash bar and appetizers!  For more information, call (231) 755-0400.

Deadpool 2: Beer Tasting Event
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Cinema Carousel Theater for the “Deadpool 2: Beer Tasting Event!”  Enjoy an evening of craft beer and cinema featuring Deadpool 2 (R), sequel to the 2016 original. Sample beer from Grand Armory Brewing Company, Fetch Brewing Company and Pigeon Hill Brewing Company.  The cost is only $27 and includes pizza, beer and one Deadpool 2 ticket.  For more information, call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.

Thursday Night Music Club: Julia & the Greensides
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Norton Shores Library hosts Julia & the Greensides, Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm in the Library’s Community Room.
Based out of Muskegon, Julia & the Greensides is a contemporary folk trio with a repertoire of original material, as well as covers that range from The Lumineers to Katy Perry to Coheed and Cambria. Guitarist/vocalist Derek Dile and cellist Jacob Halmich, previous bandmates, were introduced to vocalist Cortney Reynolds in March of 2013 by a mutual friend.  After the initial jam session, gathered around Derek’s stairs at his house, the three knew that they would be playing music together until they died. This contemporary folk trio share tones as warm and sweet as a summer orchard.
This event is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays through August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.
May 17 – Music provided by Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ Service, including 1 – hour of country line dance lessons

55th Annual White Elephant Sale
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 19 @ 9:00 am
The Muskegon YMCA’s 55th Annual White Elephant Sale is happening Friday and Saturday, May 18 – 19 at the Folkert Community Hub!  Saturday’s hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday’s are 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Early birds may be admitted at 8:00am Friday with a $5 donation.
Since 1963, the White Elephant Sale has given their club an opportunity to help children in a very positive away.  Because they all are volunteers, monies raised from the White Elephant Sale go primarily YMCA Camp Pendalouan.  The bulk of the money is used to finance camp scholarships for a significant number of children in the area.
You can help in a variety of ways:  Excess saleable inventory from businesses is most welcome.  They also move large amounts of furniture and household goods, office equipment, tools, building materials and supplies.  They will pick it up at no cost to you.  Should you be unable to donate any merchandise, you can support the White Elephant Sale by donating gift certificates or by making cash donations.  They are an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c-3) tax-exempt organization and will provide you with a receipt at the time of pick up to support your organization’s tax deduction.  To schedule a pick up or drop-off time, please call 231-727-9900.

Realms of Fantasy Opening Reception
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, May 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, join the Red Lotus Gallery for an evening of myths, legends, and folklore as local artists present their interpretations of “Realms of Fantasy!”  Be enchanted by far off castles, ancient dragons, and forgotten gods.  Dress in costume (or not!), meet their artists, and enjoy this evening of art, music, and light refreshments.  This event is free and open to the public.  Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture, and events!

Lakeshore Museum Center: All Access Tours
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 18 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, go where no visitor has gone before on this All Access Tour of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site!  Explore areas that are usually not accessible to the public such as the attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  There will be a different All Access theme on the third Friday of each month such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new research discoveries, the Hackley House during the Red Cross, Hume as a Daycare Center and more.
Tickets are $20 or $15 for members.  RSVP is required, but they will accept walk-ins if space allows.  Contact Aaron Mace at or call 231-724-5534.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Masterpieces
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 18 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Masterpieces!
Scott Speck, conductor
Guest Artist – Vadim Gluzman, violin

Wintory – Composer-in-residence new work
Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor

This final concert of the season features three great masterpieces.  Brahms’ iconic Violin Concerto in D major which features Russian-Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.  Tchaikovsky’s soulful and melodic Symphony No. 4 boasts one of the top ten endings in orchestra music.  And WMS composer-in-residence Austin Wintory creates his fourth world premiere for the WMS. It’s a thrilling season finale!  For more information, call 231-726-32

ForeShore Adventure Run
May 19
ForeShore Adventure Run is rolling, rumbling, tumbling, and running into year 4.  The Lakeshore’s premiere 5K adventure run returns to Pere Marquette Beach on May 19,2018 with new obstacles but the same mission: helping people to overcome life’s challenges.
New obstacles include Floatilla, where runners work their way over a 25-foot sand dune and take on a pond with dozens of inner tubes.  Other obstacles include the Drum Line, where runners will crawl over large blue barrels and splash into a man-made pond; and Tunnel Vision, where runners crawl through tunnels and meet a really cool surprise on the other side.
The Country Dairy Kid’s Zone returns, with miniature versions of the main course obstacles.  It’s a safe, enclosed course where kids can have fun, just like mom and dad.  Everyone who participates, even the kids, get medals.
Presenting sponsors are Huntington Bank, the City of Muskegon, Mercy Health, Pepsi, Rock Star Energy Drinks, Country Dairy Kids Zone, and RCP Marketing, are helping organizers make the event possible.  Your ticket purchase directly feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s food pantry and homeless shelters.  For more information, call Dan Skoglund at 231-727-6090.

White Lake Stage Race
May 19 – May 20
Whether you are a novice rider, experienced or accomplished elite, there’s a category for you at Weekend at White Lake Stage Race, happening May 19 – 20. And the leader–and champion–of each category goes home with a race-cut fit Champion Systems Visit Muskegon jersey!  Every registered racer receives keepsake bib numbers by Champion Systems, too.  Register now at while discounted pricing applies.

Armed Forces Salmon Assault
May 19
The Muskegon Charter Boat Association is proud to present the 8th annual charity veterans fishing event, the Armed Forces Salmon Assault, to honor our servicemen and women.  This year’s annual event will take place on May 19 on Lake Michigan with a half day of fishing and return to Great Lakes Marina for a luncheon and awards ceremony.  Their goal for this year is to have 30 boats participate and host around 100 to 125 West Michigan area veterans.  All charity proceeds from this event will benefit West Michigan Veterans Inc.  This is a nonprofit organization that helps local area veterans with various types of assistance both big and small.
The Salmon Assault has several different segments to the event.  There are 2 different fishing tournaments, a big fish contest, and an award ceremony and luncheon.  The main tournament, the “DOD Challenge” will feature all five branches of the armed forces.  Participants will be selected at random to form a 4 person team which will represent their respective branch of the armed forces and will compete for the biggest 4 fish box being weighed in at the luncheon to follow the fishing portion of the event.  The secondary tournament, the “Post to Post Challenge,” will be between randomly selected West Michigan area VFWs, Legions and Clubs who submit a 4 person team, the same biggest 4 fish box rules apply, with a traveling trophy.  There is also a “Big Fish” contest which can be won by any individual participating.  For those veterans without a competitive side, they have several “at-large” boats for a leisurely morning on the water with some fishing.  All the participants will receive a free event t-shirt as part of the day’s festivities along with entrance to the luncheon and awards ceremony. The luncheon will include a pig roast with all the extras.
For more information, e-mail

Spring Into Lakeside
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, you’re invited to “Spring Into Lakeside!  This family friendly event features free activities for kids, such as a free bike helmet giveaway with fitting (while supplies last), bike registration with the police department, pony rides, a selfie contest, guessing games, community officers and fire trucks, cotton candy, popcorn bar, sidewalk chalk, yoga, art spot, and face painting.  The Annual Dog Parade takes place at Sitting Pretty Pet Spa as well as $4 movies all day at the Harbor Cinema.  For more information, call 231-755-7606.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Sound Waves
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, bring the kids to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the science of sound with a variety of hands-on activities!  Try a paper cup telephone line, then see and hear how a resonance bowl works!  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County residents.  Non-residents are only $3.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

SJO Supercross Event
May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Great Futures Gala
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful shores of Mona Lake for the “Great Futures Gala,” a high-profile fundraising event to ensure the continued funding of the Boys & Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore.  Funding needs to be sustained into the future and one of their key goals was establishing an annual signature fundraising event that would provide 11% ($100,000) of the ongoing funds needed to keep this important work going.  This is the third year they have hosted this event to call attention to the work of their Boys & Girls Club and the impact it’s had on our Muskegon area youth.  For more information, call the club at (231) 375-5576.
Tickets are $100 and include:
•  6 Piece Band – Blue Water Kings
•  Strolling Dinner by Harris Hospitality
•  Fireworks by Night Magic Displays
•  Cash Bar
•  Diamond Raffle
•  Silent & Live Auctions

Performances @The Block: Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm, come to The Block as Vadim Gluzman is joined by his spouse, Tel Aviv-based pianist Angela Yoffe, for an intimate evening of classical chamber music.  Be sure to see him perform on Friday, May 18 with the West Michigan Symphony at the Frauenthal.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm with the concert at 7:30pm.

Retro Expo Spring Kick Off
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Retro Expo Spring Kick Off is Sunday, May 20 from 11:00am – 3:00pm!  The Retro Expo is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  This is more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience!  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.
•  ATM on site
•  Credit Cards are accepted depending on individual vendors
•  Food and drinks on-site
•  Rain or Shine
•  Free Parking
•  No Admission

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Annual Fundraiser and Auction
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 20 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited aboard the national historic landmark, the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, for their annual Fundraiser & Auction!  This fun filled afternoon features brunch, door prizes, a raffle, cash bar and an auction for amazing items like an African Safari and Hot Air Balloon Rides.  The cost is $30 per person and tickets are available by calling 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101.  100% of the proceeds will benefit “The Queen of the Great Lakes!”

Marketing Mondays: Communication in a Digital World
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, May 21 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for their lunchtime series, “Marketing Mondays!”  This week’s focus is “Communication in a Digital World” where you’ll learn how to take an integrated approach to communications. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Lunch is included!  RSVP by noon, Friday, May 18.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at