Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/18/19 – 03/25/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
March 18 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum most Mondays through May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• March 18: Rosie the Riveter presented by Bob Hynes, Executive Director at the Yankee Air Museum.
• March 25: Patent Secrecy Act of 1940 presented by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
• April 1: The real topic is Combat Propulsion presented by L-3 Engineering Specialists.

Crazy about Curry with Chef Char
March 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Crazy About Curry with Chef Char!” Are you ready to spice up your dinner time and incorporate more vegetables and seasonings into your dishes? Learn to make an Indian Butter Chicken Curry, a Thai Coconut Chicken Curry and a Vegetarian Chickpea curry for healthy, hearty meals you can easily make at home.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

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.

Paint Your Pet!
March 19, 20 & 21 @ 5:30 pm – March 21 @ 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 19 – 21 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market and Paint You Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  After you register, please email a picture of your pet by March 1 to  Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  There are only 30 spaces available so time is of the essence! Cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks.  Beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are available on, Muskegon Farmers Market, and City Clerk’s Office.  For more information visit

Music at the Library: Uneven Ground
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from Uneven Ground!  This vibrant, four-piece traditional Celtic band blends vocals and instrumentals, giving their audience a unique yet traditional sound to delight in.  This program is free and is brought through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
March 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Checkers Morton.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Jazz at the Watermark
March 19 @ 7:30 pm
The Watermark 920 and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra invite you to Jazz at the Watermark! Tuesdays at 7:30pm, March 19, April 16 and May 21 there’ll be dancing, a cash bar and good food from Fatty Lumpkins.  The Truth in Jazz Orchestra is led by Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek and has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years.  The cover is only $5 or $2 for students.  For more information call (231) 578-0469.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char
March 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char!” Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment?  Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it?  Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas?  In this two-hour class, Chef Char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting.  Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past.  Come to class hungry!
For more information or to register visit and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page. The cost is $45.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Lecture Series: Great Depression
March 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17, February 21 and March 21 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center at the Scolnik House of the Depression Era for a three-part lecture series highlighting the economic struggle across the United States known as the Great Depression!  Learn more about why the stock market crashed, how people used their resources to the fullest extent, and the hobos, hitchhikers, and Hooverville’s in Muskegon.  Light refreshments will be served using 1930s recipes!  This event is free for museum members and only $3 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Thursday Night Music Club: Uneven Ground
March 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Norton Shores Library for a free concert featuring the four-piece traditional Celtic band, Uneven Ground!  This group blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey.  Grounded in the roots of traditional Irish music, Uneven Ground presents a blend of songs molded from hundreds of pub tunes from around the Celtic region.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Pigeon Hill’s Fifth Anniversary
March 22 – March 23
March 22 and 23, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for their Fifth Anniversary Celebration! They’re shutting down Western Ave., putting up the biggest heated tent ever, and throwing a party to celebrate!  They’ll be tapping special beers throughout the weekend and promise that multiple generations of French Toast will make an appearance.  The cover is $5 each night beginning at 4:00pm on Friday and 3:00pm on Saturday.  Club Members can show your membership card for free admission!  This is a 21+ event and everyone must show ID to enter.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Friday Entertainment schedule:
• 4:30pm – Plain Jane Glory
• 8:00pm – Yard Sale Underwear

Saturday Entertainment schedule:
• 3:00pm – Jason & Derek
• 5:30pm – Flexadecibel
• 9:00pm – Paddlebots

Fish Fry Fridays
March 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  For more information call (231) 853-6743.

The Alley Door Club
March 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Flanagan’s Wake
March 22 @ 6:30 pm – March 23 @ 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, March 22 – 23 at 6:30pm, come to Clock Funeral Home for “Flanagan’s Wake,” a fundraiser for a new roof for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s scene shop. Join the villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan.
The cost is $25 before the show, $30 at the door for general admission tickets in the pews, or $150 for 4-person VIP tables which include a round of drinks and snacks!  Doors open at 6:30pm for mingling, mourning, a silent auction and cash bar featuring your favorite Irish whiskey, beer, wine and soda. The wake begins promptly at 7:30pm.  For more information call 231-722-3852.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 22 @ 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, March 22 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Youngstown Phantoms!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Live Music: Black Rose
March 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 22 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Black Rose!  Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Serita Crowley, also known as “Black Rose” is the very essence of funk, rock, blues and soul.  This West Michigan Native has performed hundreds of shows across the U.S. sharing the stage with notable artists including Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe, James Brown, Koko Taylor, and the legendary Smokey Robinson.  For more information call 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

ASD Sensory Saturday at the Lakeshore Museum Center
March 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 23 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend a special Sensory Saturday event at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  This is a free event featuring a variety of accommodations that have been put in place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families.  Families can visit the museum’s exhibits, work on a craft, and have the option to visit the quiet area to relax and unwind.  Sensory bags with items like noise-canceling headphones, visors, and fidget toys will also be available for families to check out.  Families can also download a “Sensory Story” to read with their child before their visit.  To register, call Jackie at 231-724-5526 or visit

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
March 23 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.

With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!

These special event films feature:
• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office at 231-798-3959.

• March 23 – “Wonder Park”
• April 6 – “Dumbo”
• April 20 – “Missing Link”
• May 11 – “Ugly Dolls”
• May 18 “Polemon: Detective Pikachu”
• June 1 – “Aladdin”
• June 15 – “The Secret Life of Pets”
• June 29 – “Toy Story 4”
• July 27 – “The Lion King”

19th Century Style Floral Arrangements
March 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 11:00am – 12:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a workshop on 19th Century Style Floral Arrangements! Florist and designer Skeeter Parkhouse will lead this floral arrangement class inspired by 19th century American floral still lifes!  The arrangements you make will also be works of art!  Your masterpiece, of course, is yours to take home.  Fresh flowers and lovely vases are included in the cost which is $50 for non-members or $45 for members.  For more information or to register, call 231-720-2570 or visit

Colorful Wool Dyeing Workshop
March 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 1:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Colorful Wool Dyeing Workshop!  This is a fun and interactive program about the historical wool dyeing process.  Learn about and help create a natural dye, dye a piece of wool to take home, and use some modern dyes such as Cool Aid for more color fun!  The cost is $10 per child (parent/guardian free of charge, but are required to stay for the program).  Please register by calling 231-722-0278.

Ancestry Basics
March 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm, join Norton Shores Library for the workshop Ancestry Basics!  This is an introduction to two essential genealogy record groups: US census and vital records (birth, death, marriage).  Discover the rich family detail these sources can contain and get hands-on experience using the Muskegon Area District Library’s newest online genealogy resource:  While the questions in U.S. census records varied from year to year, you can find information like names of other household members, ages, birthplaces, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service and more.  Vital records can provide details about important milestones in your ancestors’ lives.  They can include information like the event date and place, parents’ names, occupation and residence.  The cause of death is also included in many death records.  Vital records are a cornerstone of family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate.  Bring family names and dates to help you get started.  There will be some laptops available or you may bring your own laptop or tablet.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Blues & Barbeque
March 23 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to experience the Muskegon area’s best Blues & Barbeque!  Food and drink tickets are available for $1 each and prices will vary from vendor to vendor.  Food Vendors and the bar will open at 5:00pm.  There is a competition among vendors in the categories of Pork, Chicken, and People’s Choice.  The winners will be announced at 8:45pm.  Music begins at 6:30pm featuring Vincent Hayes and the Cadillac Kelly Blues Band!  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

March Celebration: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March 23 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Christopher Columbus Hall for the March Celebration in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!  This will be a wonderful evening of music, live & silent auctions and great food including Prime Rib French Dip Sandwiches, fries, coleslaw and dessert.  A cash bar will also be available.  The cost is only $10 per person.  Call 231-777-2006 for tickets or just buy them at the door.  All proceeds benefit The Arc Muskegon.

Red Wings Night at the Muskegon Lumberjacks
March 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 7:15pm – 9:45pm, the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Lincoln Stars and celebrate Red Wings Night at the L.C. Walker Arena! The concourse will feature multiple historical displays of trophies and memorabilia for you and your family to get photos with!  Some of these items are on display for the first time ever in Muskegon, including the Prince of Wales Trophy (won 13 times), Conn Smythe Trophy (won 5 times), James Norris Memorial Trophy (won 9 times) along with other historical displays.  For more information call the box office at 231-726-2400.

Performances @The Block: Harpeth Rising
March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block to hear Harpeth Rising, an unapologetic, genre-bending trio that fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into a sound that is organically unique.  Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical aspect.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets or more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.  The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books
March 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month!  Put your best foot forward with the freshest cut as experts Kenny Terrell of Ken’s Anointed Hands and Yancey Harris of Fancy Yancey’s Barber Shop share their expertise on hair care for men and boys.  They’ll also demonstrate proper cutting techniques.  This event is free and open to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pajama Night Family Storytime
March 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm, don your pj’s and bring the family to Norton Shores Library for “Pajama Night!”  Miss Gillian will share books, music, crafts, and fun with their Storytime families.  This event is free and open to families with children ages 0-5.  No registration is required.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.