Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/19/18 – 11/26/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Becky’s New Car
Through December 2
Through December 2, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Becky’s New Car,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life?  Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night, a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 and $20.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

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
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 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

Pianist Steve Thielman
November 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, November 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy music from Steve Thielman on piano while you enjoy your morning coffee and danish.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  There will not be a showing November 22.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email

14th Annual Festival of Trees
November 21 @ 11:00 am – December 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 14th Annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs November 21 through December 2.  The Festival will be open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm, noon to 5:00pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving.  Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 10 days of the Festival. Raffles, music and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun.  Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop and more!  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets or for more information.

ReThink West Michigan
November 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, November 21 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Muskegon Area First and ReThink West Michigan invite you to join them at The Block in Downtown Muskegon for a networking event unlike any other!  This casual event takes place the night before Thanksgiving and features hors d’ oeuvres, free drink tickets, and gift bags for all!  Meet representatives from companies who are hiring in a variety of fields such as engineers, supply chain planners, supervisors, licensed real estate agents, medical assistants, accounting, administrative, technical, sales, agriculture, and much more.  For more information, call Muskegon Area First at 231-722-3751.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.

Wednesday, November 21 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the U17 Team USA!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Main Street Dueling Pianos
November 21 @ 8:00 pm
November 21 at 8:00pm, come to the Watermark 920 for Main Street Dueling Pianos! These entertainers have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs giving the audience an unforgettable night of singing, hand-clapping and dancing at this all request show. Please be advised this show may contain adult content and strong language. Tickets are $15 and available online only at You must be 21 or older to attend and there will be a cash bar. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 22 @ 9:00 am
Run Muskegon’s annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is happening Thursday, November 22 at 9:00am! Gather at the MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center for this fun-run to benefit local food pantries as well as raising funds to snowplow the downtown Lakeshore Trail.  This family friendly 5k is a perfect way to jumpstart Thanksgiving morning.  Get festive, wear a turkey hat and earn that extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner!

Sign up online by visiting or go directly to the registration site at  If you don’t want to pre-registration online, you can sign-up in person on Thanksgiving morning from 8:00am – 8:45am at the MCC Fitness Center. (All participants must sign a waiver.)  There will be collection buckets at the registration tables to make your donations to Run Muskegon.  They’ll have volunteers outside of MCC collecting canned food items.  The recommended donation is $10 per participant along with a canned food item.

Run Muskegon host weekly group runs which can be found by following them on Facebook or visiting their website at

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet in the Embassy Ballroom
November 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by those you are most thankful for at their Thanksgiving Buffet!


Chef Carved Whole Roasted Turkey with Simmered Natural Gravy
Chef Carved Slow Roasted Prime Rib
Honey Molasses Glazed Pork with Cherry Chutney
Double Smoked Ham
Mushroom Ravioli with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Cranberry Relish
Whipped Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Apple Sage Stuffing
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Green Bean Casserole
Dill Butter Carrots
Supreme Salad Bar
Smoked Salmon Platter
Pasta Salad
Butternut Bisque
Chef Attended Omelet Station
Crisp Bacon
Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
Cinnamon Sticky Buns
Assorted Pies & Desserts

The cost is $22.95 for adults and $9.95 for children 5 – 12 years old. Under 12 are free! For reservations please call 231-720-7116 or email

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Lake House Waterfront Grille
November 22 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join The Lake House Waterfront Grille Thursday, November 22 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm as they celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious array of holiday favorites including:

• Chef carved herb roasted turkey with homemade gravy
• Maple and honey glazed ham
• Fresh lake perch
• Garlic parmesan mashed potatoes
• Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon
• Bourbon/maple glazed sweet potatoes
• Apple/cranberry stuffing
• Baked macaroni and cheese
• Roasted fall vegetables
• Maple roasted butternut squash
• Garden vegetable salad bar
• Harvest pasta salad
• Spiced apple butternut squash bisque
• Freshly baked rolls and cornbread
• Homemade pies and fun desserts

Reservations are strongly suggested. To secure your table, please call 231-722-4461. The cost is $32 for adults or $12 for children 3 – 12. Children 2 and under are free!

Black Friday Shenanigans with Pigeon Hill Brewing
November 23 @ 9:30 am
Friday, November 23 from 9:30am – midnight, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for some Black Friday Shenanigans! ‘Tis (almost) the season and once again, they are throwing a bit of a party on Black Friday!

Beginning at 9:30am, they will be releasing cans of S’More Beast in My Cup and Cinna-Gram on French Toast (formerly known as YGOFT).  Cans will be available one block away at their production facility located at 441 W. Western Ave. At 12:00pm, remaining cans will be moved to their taproom for purchase.

Beginning at 10:00am, they will throw open the doors to the taproom! They will have S’More Beast, Cinna-Gram, Cinna-Mom, and lots of other great beer on tap. Club sign-ups will also be available. Bring some breakfast and be ready for a fun morning of great friends and great beer…cheers!

• S’More Beast In My Cup: $18/4-pack with a 2 case limit
• Cinna-Gram on French Toast: $24/4-pack with a 2 case limit

These beers are available while supplies last! For more information, call (231) 375-5184 or find them on Facebook.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 23 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.

Friday, November 23 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Open Mic Night
November 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a song you’ve been practicing? A poem you want to share? Dance moves? Jokes? Friday, November 23 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s time for another Red Lotus Center for the Arts Open Mic Night!  Come out and show off your stuff or just sit and be amazed, your choice!  Any kind of talent is welcome –– songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and you don’t burn the place down.

To stay up to date on all of their events, follow them on Facebook!

Holidays in the City
November 24
Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us!  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 24 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club Retail Center and multiple local retail outlets on Western Ave., in Midtown and along Pine St. will offer plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.  Saturday evening, November 24, a community Christmas tree lighting takes place in Hackley Park!  Meet Santa, enjoy entertainment from local youth and refreshments provided by the Salvation Army as they kick-off their red bucket season.  For more information, find “Holidays in the City” on Facebook

Alternative to Shopping: Let’s Create Delicious Meals with Turkey Leftovers
November 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Alternative to Shopping: Let’s Create Delicious Meals with Turkey Leftovers!”

Don’t shop this weekend, learn several recipes that will help you use up your turkey leftovers.  There are so many ways to use up every morsel of that bird including soup, casserole, appetizers, pot pies, etc. Chef Jamie will be leading this class and has all kinds of ideas to share.  There will be plenty to eat in class and take home.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit to sign up.

Holiday Artisan Market
November 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shop in the elegance of the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club! An eclectic variety of items created by local artists and artisans. One stop shopping for that special gift that is sure to impress!

Shop Unique, Shop Local, Shop Lakeside on Small Business Saturday
November 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 11:00am – 5:00pm, visit the unique and eclectic brick and mortar shops of Lakeside as they celebrate Small Business Saturday and all things Lakeside!  Shop for art, flowers, candy, yarn, jewelry, t-shirts and pizza.  Enjoy a fabulous meal at SE4SONS or pizza at Zalomas.  Buy jewelry and art at Art Cats Gallery and flowers at Wassermann’s.  Treat yourself to some scrumptious fudge at Lakeside Emporium or indulge your yarn addiction at Apple Knits & Purls. Find a Michigan hoodie at Lakeside Landings or delicious tea at Bananadog Store.  Find Books at Gracie’s Bookstore, movies at the classic Harbor Cinema, anything you could possibly want at Ghezzis Market or a burger at the Marine Tap Room-the best little bar in Michigan.  Try some yoga at Blue Horizons, Zumba at Water’s Edge Fitness and get all prettied up at Dockside Salon and Uptown.  Does your pet need a new do?  Sitting Pretty is there for you.  Lakeside has it all!  Visit them on Small Business Saturday and every day.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours Kick-Off Event
November 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, experience the Hackley and Hume homes by candlelight to celebrate the holiday season.  This will be the big kick-off for the holiday tours of these beautiful lumber barons’ mansions with ornament decorating, cookies, and hot chocolate in the courtyard.

Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12. For more information, call 231-722-7578.

“Mary Poppins” to Benefit CHGS-Muskegon
November 24 @ 4:30 pm
Walt Disney Studio’s classic musical-fantasy film “Mary Poppins,” which won five Academy Awards including Best Actress by Julie Andrews in the title role, will be shown on Saturday, November 24 at 4:30pm at the USS Silversides Museum!  All tickets are $6 per person and include a bag of popcorn.  All benefits go to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies-Muskegon, which presents programs on tolerance and understanding to the entire community.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Based on P. L. Travers’s book series Mary Poppins, the film combines live-action and animation. Andrews, in her feature film debut, stars as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s dynamic. Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns are featured in supporting roles Released in 1964, the film received a total of 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won five: Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Delicious Demise
November 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”

This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail  You can request no role or a small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this!

They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45 or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

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Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 24 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.

Saturday, November 24 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Zakk Jones Trio
November 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Zakk Jones Trio!  This dynamic group fluidly blends styles as varied as modern jazz, Americana, country and fusion, often even in the same songs.  Between unique arrangements of classic songs, standards and original material, the trio brings the audience a fresh listening experience that’s filled with creative improvisations.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
November 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 25 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12. For more information, call 231-722-7578.

When Mark Twain Came To Michigan: Multi-media presentation with Al and David Eicher
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join Hackley public Library for a compelling presentation in honor of Mark Twain’s birthday!  Al and Dave Eicher will give a multi-media lecture focusing on the period of time Samuel Clemens took the name Mark Twain, and came to Michigan.  After several years and research, Al and David have collected 150 (or more) old photographs of this time, plus a diary of his travels in Michigan.  You will see the good years of Mark Twain and his times of great loss.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.