Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/03/18 – 09/10/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Muskegon’s Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 2 – September 3
Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, September 2 and 3, it’s the 14th Annual Labor Day Cars For Cancer car show happening at Mercy Health Partners’ Lakes Village! This year, the Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 cars who will receive special trophies. Regular classes will also receive 3 trophies per class including “Best of Show,” “Young Guns,” and “People’s Choice!” There will also be dash plaques for the first 400 cars registered, as well as vendors, door prizes, grocery giveaways and valve cover racing.
The Kickoff Party: September 2, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
• 5:00pm – 11:00pm/Entertainment Tent
• 5:00pm – 8:00pm/Registration
• 6:30pm/Car Cruise
• Labor Day Cars For Cancer: September 3, 7:00am – 2:00pm
• 7:00am – 11:00am/Registration
• 7:30am – 10:00am/Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Knights of Columbus Hot Dog & Hamburger Lunch
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Participant Voting
All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care. For more information, e-mail or fine them on Facebook.

12th Annual Labor Day Walk/Fun Run
September 3 @ 8:00 am
Labor Day, September 3 at 8:00am, join the City of Muskegon at Fisherman’s Landing for its 12th Annual Labor Day Walk/Fun Run to celebrate the beauty of our environment and promote the health of our community. This event is not chip-timed, but a timer will be on site. Registration available online at For more information, call 231-724-6705.
• Check-in/Onsite Registration – 8:00am
• 5k Run start time: 8:30am
• Walk start time: 9:30am
Pre-registration encouraged but not required.

12th Annual Labor Day Community Walk
September 3 @ 10:00 am
Monday, September 3 from 10:00 – 11:00am, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Montague and Whitehall prepare to host their 12th Annual Labor Day Community Walk! The walk takes place on the Hart/Montague Bike Trail and will begin at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague. City officials and area leaders will walk with the people of the community across the White River Bridge to the Chamber of Commerce. Walkers are more than welcome to continue on the path or may turn around and return to the start point. Healthy refreshments will be available at the Chamber Depot. For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00am on Monday September 3, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. The parade starts at the intersection of 4th St. and Clay Ave. It will progress down Clay Ave. past Hackley Park to Jefferson St. (turning left) and heading towards Western Ave. The march will continue down Western Ave. and end at 490 W. Western Ave. for a post parade celebration! We are planning a fun filled FREE post parade celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. We plan to have food by multiple food vendors, refreshments, cotton candy, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts ‘n crafts and much more! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, email

End of Summer Art Show
September 3 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 15 – September 15, Monday – Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm, you’re invited to the Art Cats Gallery as they celebrate local artists with the “End of Summer Art Show.” See what their fabulous artists have been creating. For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit the website below.
• Louise Hopson
• Stephanie Schlatter
• Christie Dreese
• Rick Eastham
• Quentin Eckman
• Susan McElfish
• Cat Jackson
• Sondra Gerber
• Michelle Keller
• Jennifer Gould
• Casey Bemis

Aquastar Labor Day Cruise
September 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Enjoy Muskegon Lake in a whole new way this Labor Day! Join the crew of the Aquastar for a 4:00pm cruise, perfect for relaxing before your family cookout, craziness or as a way to celebrate all on its own. Get tickets online for only $20 now at

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 Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show! Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams! Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge. Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week. For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Flea Market at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday, May – October from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit

Music at the Library: Plain Jane Glory
September 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library to listen to heartfelt music from the husband and wife duo, Plain Jane Glory. Their neo-folk, Americana music is full of energy, using a variety of instrumentation, including vocal harmonies, violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, and more! This pair will create a toe tapping good time, so mark your calendar for this musical performance!
This performance is FREE to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, room 135: “Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. This 35-minute program will run August 28 – October 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. No reservations are needed.
John Bartley Science Museum, room 141: (across the hall from the planetarium) has new exhibits on electricity and magnetism. Open 9:00am – 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can visit before the planetarium show. Fridays are by appointment only.
For more information, or to schedule a free, private visit for your group, call (231) 777-0289 or email

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Flea Market at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday, May – October from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit

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.

Muskegon Farmers Market Farm-to-Table Annual Dinner
September 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 6 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, join the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for their annual Farm-to-Table dinner! Chefs from Kitchen 242 will be cooking a delicious farm-to-table meal that you will not want to miss.
The menu includes:
• Appetizers – Antipasto Misto (prosciutto, dry salami, capicollo, pecorino, mozzarella (pearl size), fontina cheese, taleggio, olives, baguette for cheese and bruschetta, Giardini era)
• Soup – Tuscan soup – (ribollita) cannellini beans, black kale, tomatoes, EVOO, carrots. Garnish (at service): Toasted crostini and pecorino Toscano
• Starter – Parmesan eggplant – eggplant, tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and basil
• Main – Meatballs – pork & beef, bread soaked in milk, eggs, Parmesan, parsley, nutmeg – dry white wine (Sauvignon blanc) serve over spaghetti squash
• Roasted tomato sauce – roasted tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, herbs pureed (as second option with spaghetti squash)
• Dessert – Cannoli, Chocolate dipped biscotti with coffee
• A cash bar will begin at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served approximately 7:00pm.
There will also be music by Steve Talaga as well as a silent auction! Seating is general admission. Seats can be reserved for parties of 8 or larger if reserved at least two weeks before the event. To do so, please call 231-724-6705 and ask for Ann. The cost is $35.

Touch the Trucks
September 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Downtown Muskegon Now invites you to “Touch the Trucks!” This is a family friendly, free, and interactive car show for all ages. Come to downtown’s Western Ave. to explore trucks of all shapes, sizes and purposes. Service trucks, emergency vehicles, restored classics, and more will be in two locations downtown for the community to appreciate, inspect, and of course, touch! For more information, call (231) 724-3180.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 8
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday, September 8 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds! Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events from 9:00am-3:00pm. Raffles start at 2:30pm. The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch and everything is FREE and open to the public! For more information call Bill at 231-853-6649.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 8
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on September 8. There’ll be live music, food and craft beer vendors, a 5K run/walk race, a pancake breakfast and a parade. For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721 ext. 104.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
September 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon! Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s! You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village. For more information, visit

Kids Cupcake War with Chef Char
September 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 8 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Kids Cupcake War with Chef Char!”
Little bakers can come together to get creative and competitive in the kitchen over cupcakes. Learn to make delicious ganache and fruit fillings, assorted buttercream frostings and decorate with professional piping tips. Sprinkles and edible glitter will be on hand to accommodate the creative whims of your tiny chefs. Prizes will be awarded for the top cupcake designs. Each baker will take home a dozen cupcakes that they have decorated. This class is for kids 7 and up. The cost is $40. For more information, call (231) 769-2202. To buy tickets, visit

Color Craze Super Saturday
September 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
September 8 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Color Craze Super Saturday!” This free family fun day features a family film, a guided look at the galleries and make-and-take color wheel spinners so you can explore the wonders of color theory. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Dr. James Jackson Memorial
September 8 @ 11:00 am
drjamesjacksonThe memorial service for Dr. James Jackson of the African American History Museum is set for Saturday, September 8, 11:00am at the Museum. Dr. Jackson passed on Tuesday, June 26. September 8 is the anniversary of Dr. Jackson’s birth.
In place of flowers anyone wishing to make a donation or contribution to the Museum may send it to:
The James Jackson Museum
P.O. Box 4582
Muskegon Heights, MI-49444
For further information call William C. Muhammad at (231) 343-8396 or James McFadden (215) 470-2778.

A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks
September 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 8 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the lecture, “A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks!” Have you seen the memorial statue of the polar bear in Causeway Park near the Cobb Plant? Come and hear the incredible story of WWI soldiers who later became known as the American Polar Bears! Private Godfrey Anderson, drafted into the United States Army during World War I, became a part of a military adventure that would find him doing battle in the frozen reaches of northern Russia. Gordon Olson, who served as Grand Rapids’ City Historian, will discuss Private Anderson and his fellow Polar Bears’ journey in this historical lecture.
This program is free and brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Chef Prize
September 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hampton Green Farms to taste the flavors of West Michigan’s finest chefs at Chef Prize! This is a day of mingling, food, and fun as you experience the best culinary flavors in Muskegon. All proceeds benefit Kids’ Food Basket, ensuring West Michigan children get the nourishment they need to succeed in school and in life.
Tickets are $40 before August 24 and will increase to $50 afterward. This is a rain or shine event and all ticket sales are final. For tickets or more information, visit
1. Is there a dress code for Chef Prize?
There is no specific dress code. The event is held on a working horse farm, so sturdy shoes are encouraged.
2. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All guests must be 18 or older to attend. IDs will be required for alcoholic beverages.
3. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Free parking is available on Hampton Green Farm.
4. What’s the refund policy?
All sales for this event are final. This is a rain or shine event.
5. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not have to bring your printed ticket. There will be a registration table with a listing of those who have purchased tickets.

Booyahs! Ride to the Rescue
September 9 @ 1:00 pm
Sunday, September 9 at 1:00pm, Booyahs Bar and Grill invite you to the 5th Annual Ride to the Rescue Poker Run to benefit the Noah Project, Pound Buddies, the Humane Society and Cat Tails! This run is for 2 wheels or 4 wheels, all wheels are welcome! Registration is from 11:00am – 1:00pm and the minimum donation is $20 per person with a $100 prize for the highest hand and $25 for the lowest. Your donation includes a Taco Bar at Booyahs from 5:00pm – 7:00pm as well as a silent auction, raffle prizes and live music from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Visit or their Facebook page for more information.

Hackley Crafts: Art Bean Signs
September 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, September 10 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Library for your chance to transform a canvas and standard beans into a fun, unique work of art! Decorate your home with your finished art bean sign or give it to someone as an artistic gift! Participants will make one sign, with the option to choose from two templates. Embrace your crafty side and join Nancy Hartman as she leads this project!
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call Hackley Public Library at (231) 722-8011, or visit their online events calendar! This program is free, and is brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.