Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/02/19 – 01/07/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Orion Rapp
January 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Dr. Orion Rapp performing the music of Schumann, D’Indy, Paladilhe and Mozart!  The cover charge is $5.
Come early for dinner! Beginning at 6:15pm, enjoy the Southern Good Luck New Year’s Meal featuring ham, Hoppin’ John, greens, corn bread, a glass of house wine and Deep South Eggnog Bourbon Cake  for only $17.  For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life
January 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, January 3 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena to join the group Praying for Hope for an Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life! Tickets are only $5 per person which includes skate rental and are available at the door.  All ages are welcome!  All proceeds will go to Relay for Life which raises money for the American Cancer Society.  For more information, call 1-800-227-2345.

Calvin College January Series
January 3 – 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit

• January 3: Todd Cioffi & Christiana deGroot – The Transformative & Redemptive Power of (a Christian) Education
• January 4: Arthur C. Brooks – Bringing America Together
• January 7: Dr. Jimmy Lin – Finally, Some Good News About Cancer
• January 8: Kara Powell – Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover & Love the Church
• January 9: Mariela Shaker – Finding Refuge on the Stage
• January 10: Moderated Conversation with Jenna Bush Hager – Telling Stories that Inspire
• January 11: Craig Detweiler – Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Jazz Night: Ninth Coast Ensemble
January 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 3 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring the Ninth Coast Ensemble.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

The Back Alley Comedy Club: Brad Williams
January 4 – January 5
Friday, January 4 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, and Saturday, January 5 at 6:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Brad Williams!
Pound for pound, Brad Williams is the funniest comedian in the country right now, and has become one of the most in-demand comedians working today.  A California native, Williams started doing stand-up comedy as a teenager and has been touring successfully ever since, routinely selling out shows all over the country and the world.
Williams has parlayed that success into a multitude of stand-up television experiences, including Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Most recently, his first one-hour special, Fun Size, was the highest rated on Showtime, and a year later, he followed that up with his second special, Daddy Issues, which was more successful than the first and prompted The New York Times to write “No one is doing it [stand-up comedy] more hilariously than Brad Williams.”  His third special in three years was an uproarious one, hosting some of the edgiest comedians in the country from the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Also an accomplished actor, Williams has appeared on numerous TV shows and feature films, including FX’s Legit, Sam and Cat, Mind of Mencia, Pitboss, a recurring role on the Hulu original show Deadbeat, and memorable roles in a plethora of movies, including Little Evil, which was produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), as well as the Netflix original Christopher Guest film, Mascots.

Tickets are $27 when purchased in advance.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday (weather permitting)
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit

Live Music: Legal Rehab
January 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, February 4 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Legal Rehab!  They are a 4-piece band that plays amplified 60’s acoustic classic folk/rock and Irish music as well.  The band features passionate playing and conversational interaction with the audience.  Performers include Britta Bujak Portenga (violin/fiddle), Roy Portenga (guitar and vocals), Scott White (harmonica, Cajon and vocals) and Pete Buchholz (bass guitar and vocals).  For more information call the Book Nook & Java Shop at 231-894-5333.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit

First Annual Walter Day
January 5 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 5 from 12:00pm – 12:00am, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company invites you to their First Annual Walter Day in the Taproom! In celebration of their beloved Walter BlondAle, they are inviting all of his friends to a party.  For one day only, they are taking their classic American Blonde Ale and turning it up to 11 different variations!

Variants will include:
• Walter Goes to Bangkok
• Walter White (Chocolate Raspberry)
• Walter Goes to Belgium
• Walter Gets Buzzed on Vanilla & Caramel
• Walter Joins the MOB (surprise variant brewed in collaboration with the Muskegon Ottawa Brewers)
• Walter’s New Buzz (experimental coffee)

All beers will be put on tap at noon. They only have one keg of some variants, so get there early!  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Delicious Demise
January 5 @ 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 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.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 5 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  The ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.
Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Chicago Mustangs at the L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday, January 5 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

Bobby Bones: Red Hoodie Comedy Tour
January 5 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 5 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Bobby Bones Red Hoodie Comedy Tour!  Bobby is a radio DJ, stand-up comedian, best-selling author, chart-topping recording artist, TV personality and philanthropist who has built his career on the ability to multi-task.  Channeling humor, honesty, and hard work, he’s also built the largest nationally syndicated morning show in country radio, “The Bobby Bones Show.”
Tickets are $31.75, $34.75 and $81.75.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

DIY Sock Snowman
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman?  What better way to re-purpose a sock than using it for a cute winter craft!  Monday, January 7 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Nancy Hartman shows you how to make an adorable sock snowman decoration for yourself.  All supplies are included.  Registration is required, and will open one month before the class date.  Register at or by calling 231-722-8011.  This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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.