Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/17/18 – 9/24/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

September 14 @ 7:30 pm – September 29 @ 7:30 pm
September 14 – 29 at 7:30pm (Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm), come to the Beardsley Theater for Muskegon Civic Theatre’s production of “Disenchanted!”
Poisoned apples…glass slippers…who needs ’em?  Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm.  Forget the princesses you think you know.  When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’!  Tickets are $22 and $20.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Marketing Monday: The Value of Volunteering & Sponsorships on Business
September 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, September 17 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a Marketing Monday!  The theme will be “The Value of Volunteering & Sponsorships on Business.”  Giving back to your community isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also good for business.  Learn how community involvement can boost your bottom line.  Conducted by Chanda Cregg of TMB Partners and Parties in the Park.  The cost is $10 and you will need to pre-register at  No walk-ins, no exceptions.  For more information, call 616-331-6900.

Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture Series
Mondays @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them for their Fall 2018 Lecture Series!  The lectures will all be on Monday nights and begin at 6:00pm.  This year, the lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum.  The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, per lecture.  If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.
• September 17 – The Spanish American War/Kurt Troutman
• September 24 – World War I/George Maniates
• October 1 – World War II Asia/Fred Johnson
• October 8 – World War II Europe/Kurt Troutman and George Maniates
• October 15 – Korean War/Ron Janowski
• October 22 – Vietnam War/Jim Smither
• October 29 – D-Day/Ed Gordon
• November 5 – War Road Trip Summary/Bill Jacobks

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.

Gnocchi Like a Pro with Sofia
September 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Gnocchi Like a Pro with Sofia!”
Learn to make several versions of Gnocchi from Sofia who will share her recipes from her region of Italy. There’ll be plenty for eating in class and probably some to take home as well.  Learn to be a pro at making Gnocchi from a pro.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit to sign up.

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 Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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

ArtSmarts! 2018 Fall Lecture Series: Art Glass
September 19 @ 6:30 pm
The Muskegon Friends of Art present their ArtSmarts! 2018 Fall Lecture Series: Art Glass on three Wednesday evenings in September at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  This program supports art education at the MMA.

September 12 – Studio Glass: Origins
Speaker:  Corey Hampson, President of Habatat Galleries of Royal Oak and President of the Michigan Glass Collecting Alliance

September 19 – Glass Life, Detroit Glass Community
Speaker:  Brent Swanson, Director of the Flint Institute of Arts new and highly regarded glass program

September 26 – From the Hot Shop to Everyday Spaces:  A look at the installation work of Dale Chihuly
Speaker: James Milostan, Collections Manager at the Muskegon Museum of Art and previous member of renowned studio glass artist Dale Chihuly’s installation team

ArtSmarts! lectures take place at the Muskegon Museum of Art auditorium at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.  The cost for the complete lecture series is $45 per person and $30 per person for members of the MMA Friends of Art.  Individual lectures will be $15 per person at the door.  Registration forms are available at the MMA Museum Store or call 231-720-2580.
Friends of Art is a non-profit organization founded to promote the study and appreciation of the visual arts and to support the Muskegon Museum of Art.  The Friends of Art has bee

Images of America: Muskegon Book Talk & Signing
September 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 20 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a book talk and signing with Norma Lewis and Christine Nyholm, authors of “Images of America: Muskegon.”  Have your book signed before or after the presentation in the museum auditorium at 5:30pm.  Books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.  Registration not required and seating for the talk at 5:30 will be first come, first served.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Opening Event: Armand Merizon, His Life and Art
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
September 20 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening of their new exhibition, “Armand Merizon: His Life and Art!”  Celebrate the opening of this autumn exhibition and look into the life and work of the late West Michigan artist Armand Merizon.  Muriel Zandstra, author of the book “Armand Merizon: His Life and Art” will be on hand to sign books.  Books are available to purchase in the MMA Museum Store.  There will be refreshments and cash bar.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Trinkets & Treasures
September 21 – September 22
Friday, September 21 from 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday, September 22 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Folkert Community HUB for Muskegon’s largest annual indoor yard sale, Trinkets & Treasures! This event is put on every year by the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for local non-profits.  This year’s proceeds benefit the Muskegon Museum of Art, Read Muskegon and the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum.  For more information, call 231-955-0789.
Get in on the Early Bird Sale!  Give a $5 donation to enter and shop at 8:00am on Friday!  There will also be a Pre-Party for Members and Guests, Wednesday, September 19 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.  Pre-Party tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.  Tickets are still available and include appetizers, desserts and beverages.  All attendees must be age 21 or older.  No children.
They are accepting unwanted goods as donations for Trinkets & Treasures.
All Donations MUST be in a SEALED BOX—no bags.
• Clothing
• Furniture
• Housewares
• Vintage
• Toys (no stuffed toys)
• Books and more!
To arrange date and time for drop-off, call Jo Anne Hoekenga (231) 955-0789 or Debra Walters (231) 747-8732.
NO undergarments, NO stuffed toys, NO electronics, NO computers, NO major appliances, NO TVs will be accepted.

231 Snow Show 2018!
September 21 – September 22
Friday and Saturday, September 21 – 22, come to Mt. Garfield for the 231 Snow Show!  This is a great opportunity to see what’s new and exciting in the world of snowmobiling.  Whether it is watching professional freestyle riders, meeting the vendors, participating in the swap meet, watching the vintage snowmobiles or going on a demo ride, they’ve got you covered!
A team of freestyle riders will be performing fast paced, technical and highly entertaining stunt shows! Expect to be blown away with their aggressive style of riding while also engaging with the crowd.
There are dealers specializing in all things snowmobile; from vintage to performance and new snowmobiles.  An event of this magnitude wouldn’t be complete without the major manufacturers like Polaris, Yamaha and Arctic Cat.
Enjoy vintage snowmobiles!  From your father’s daily rider to the first sled you rode as a kid, they all have special meaning.  This show is large enough to include those untouched time capsules as well as the immaculately restored works of art.
The cost is $15 for the whole weekend.  Kids under 12 are free!  For more information, call (231) 750-1200 or e-mail

2nd Annual Golftoberfest
September 21 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
September 21 from 11:00am – 6:00pm, the Muskegon Sports Council invites you to join them at Lincoln Golf Club for the 2nd Annual Golftoberfest.  This is a Bavarian inspired event for golfers!  This is a 4 person scramble that will commence with an 11:00am shotgun start.  Each person hits a shot and the team takes the best shot.  This process is repeated until the hole is finished.  Men under 65 play from the black tees.  Men 65 and older play from silver tees.  Women play from the gold tees.  Each golfer’s registration includes unlimited lunch, a complimentary gift bag and an official Oktoberfest beer tasting stein.
By supporting this event, you’re doing more than just helping with a fun golf outing, you’re helping to make families healthier and helping kids reach their Olympic dreams at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.  For more information, call 231-744-9629.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tour
September 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday night, September 21 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you’re invited to the Hackley & Hume Historic Site for an All Access Tour!  Go where no visitor has gone before as you explore what’s behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.
The third Friday of the month, enjoy and experience different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, Hackley House during the Red Cross, and Hume as a Daycare Center, and future projects.
The cost is $20 for non-members or $15 for members.  RSVP is required, but they will accept walk-ins if there is room.  They will accept 15 people on the tour, but if they have a lot of interest, they will be able to accommodate 30 people.  To reserve a spot on the All Access Tour, contact Aaron Mace at or 231-724-5534.

Breakfast Benefit for 70×7
September 22 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Saturday, September 22 from 7:00am – 9:00am, have breakfast at Toast ‘N Jams and 100% of sales will be donated to 70×7 Muskegon!  For more information, call (231) 737-5267.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
September 22 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 22 from 9:30am – 5:00pm, come to Heritage Landing and joint the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s!  You’ll raise critical awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
For more information head to

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day
September 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, September 22 from 10:00am – 4:30pm, Michigan’s Heritage Park is proud to host Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day!  Museums around the country will offer FREE tickets to those who download Museum Day tickets for the event.  Come experience all the park has to offer including hands-on activities, costumed interpreters, and lots of fun and learning!  This year’s Museum Day theme will showcase “Women Making History: Trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation, and culture.  Museum Day tickets are FREE and must be downloaded from the Smithsonian website at

Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days: Board of Trade – Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce 125 Years
September 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days” throughout the 2018 season with free admission sponsored by Consumers Energy Foundation!  Saturday, September 22, the theme is “Board of Trade – Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce 125 Years,” featuring guests from the Chamber staff.  For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

Light House Tours
September 22 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September from 4:30pm – 7:30pm.  The cost is $2 for kids under 12, $3 for veterans and active duty military, and $4 for adults.  Private tours can be arranged for $50 per person.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit

The Sound of History at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site
September 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday evening, September 22 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, join the folks from the Lakeshore Museum Center for a special, one night only event at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site!  Start out the evening with hors-d’oeuvres and adult beverages in the City Barn, then walk over to the Hackley House to enjoy music performed by the Applewood String Ensemble.  This stringed quartet group will take you back in time as you experience classic and popular pieces from Gershwin, Puccini, Kreisler, and more.  Space is limited so be sure to reserve your tickets at the website below!

Aquastar Cruises
Aquastar is the new name of the Muskegon Lake-based cruise boat formerly known as the Port City Princess!  Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise.   As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available.  The ticket price is $20.  Kids under 10 are admitted free with adults.  For more information or tickets, visit their website at or call 231-903-0669.

Sushi 101 with Chef Damon
September 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 23 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Sushi 101 with Chef Damon!”
Learn simple and easy sushi recipes with Chef Damon.  Everyone can learn and enjoy the basic art of sushi making.  This will be a hands-on learning experience that will teach you how to spread, layer, tuck and roll sushi and then taste the fruits of your labor.  It starts with perfect rice.  This is a great couples class, but you can attend by yourself, too.  You will be using raw fish and seafood in this class.  The cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit to sign up

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
September 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Hackley’s Confederate Gold? A Presentation
September 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are you curious about the Confederate Gold theories and rumors regarding Charles Hackley and Muskegon?  Monday, September 24 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a compelling presentation from Assistant Program Manager, Aaron Mace, from Lakeshore Museum Center’s Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  Aaron will give great insight as he discusses these theories and rumors, and presents their findings.  This program 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.