Muskegon County Calendar of Events 04/15/19 – 04/22/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit with the Easter Bunny
Through April 21 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 6th – Easter Sunday, April 21, bring the kids to The Lakes Mall to meet the Easter Bunny!  Cherry Hill photography will be there to take photos.  The hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm-6:00pm.  For more information call 231-798-7104.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
Mondays @ 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.

• April 15: The History of Willow Run presented by the Yankee Air Museum.
• April 22: Shipbuilding in WWII presented by Karen Duvalle, Submarine Curator at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
• April 29: The Future of Military Manufacturing presented by Fred Johnson.
• May 6: The Cost of Manufacturing for WWII presented by George Maniates.

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.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Chris Kattan & Friends
April 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday, April 15 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Chris Kattan & Friends! Tickets are only $25 plus a $2 service charge if purchased online at  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Chris Kattan is best known as one of the longest serving cast members on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In the 8 years Chris starred in the landmark late night program, he became best known for his characters ‘Mango,’ ‘Mr. Peepers,’ and one of the ‘Butabi Brothers’ opposite Will Ferrell which was such a hit that the sketch was adapted into the 1998 cult classic, “Night at the Roxbury.”  Kattan went on to star in Corky Romano where he plays the black sheep son in a family of mobsters and played the villain in the Malcolm D. Lee film, “Undercover Brother,” opposite Eddie Griffin.  Kattan also starred as a series regular in the ABC hit series, “The Middle,” and recently had some memorable appearances in the Adam Sandler films “Hotel Transylvania” and “The Ridiculous 6.” Kattan trained at Los Angeles’ The Groundlings Theater and is one of its most famous alumni. He currently tours the country with his extremely popular stand-up act.

Chris Kattan will be here and bringing a few friends with him. Come out and join them!

Italian Easter Classic with Sofia
April 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class “Italian Easter Classic with Sofia!” A classic Easter menu in the Italian tradition with Sofia Verdure pastellate (deep fry vegetable), gnocchi alla romana, Mediterranean salmon (baked salmon with cherry tomatoes, olives and capers), peas with pancetta, lemon sorbet.  The cost is $45.  Sign up at or call (231) 769-2202 for more information.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
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 “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Jazz at the Watermark
April 16 @ 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.

Paint Your Pet!
April 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, April 17 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market and Paint Your 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 April 3 to  Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  There are only 25 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

Spring Into Action: A Self-Advocacy Conference
April 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Spring Into Action Self- Advocacy Conference will be a local one-day event for and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) happening at the Holiday Inn/Muskegon Harbor.  The Arc Muskegon has long supported people with I/DD to advocate for themselves, and this conference will give you further tools, resources, education and support to do so. For more information call (231) 777-2006.

• You will learn more about the basics of self-advocacy that will open many new doors!
• You will learn how to share your opinions and speak up about what is important to you!
• You will learn how to make a difference for yourself and others!
• You will meet new people and gain new skills at the same time!

Art Talks Back Poetry Reading & Award Ceremony
April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 18 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Art Talks Back Poetry Reading & Award Ceremony! Celebrate the winning poets of this year’s Art Talks Back: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Contest!  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Crazy About Curry with Chef Char
April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, 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.

Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company: Richard III
April 18 @ 7:30 pm
Thursdays, April 18 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater as the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents Richard III! Tickets are $14.00 for adults and $7.00 for students and seniors.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
Richard III follows the story of one of England’s most notorious kings, who aspires to the throne and plots to eliminate all who stand in his way. The play is action-packed, and bounces between humor and tragedy.  The character of Richard is a charismatic villain who shares his plots with the audience, making them his co-conspirators.

Getty Drive-In Opens for the Season
April 19 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm, one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in Michigan will open for the season! Getty Drive-In Theatre offers 4 screens with double features all summer long.  Films for opening night will be announced soon.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page or call 231-733-1813 for more information.

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
April 19 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Select Fridays from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

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

Fruitport Network: Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday, April 20 from 9:15am – 10:30am, bring the kids to Pomona Park for an Easter Egg Hunt! For more information call 231-799-8010.

Ravenna First Reformed Church: Easter Egg Hunt
April 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, Ravenna First Reformed Church invites you to join them for an Easter Egg Hunt! Join them for a morning full of fun, community and fun activities!  For more information call (231) 853-6621.

Glenside 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
April 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, April 20 from 10:00am – 11:30am, the Glenside Neighborhood Association invites you and your family to join them for the Glenside 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt happening at McGraft Park! For more information call 231-855-8228.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
April 20 @ 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


• 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”

Cream Puffs & Eclairs for the Beginning Baker with Chef Char
April 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
April 20 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Cream Puffs & Eclairs for the Beginning Baker with Chef Char!” Learn the basics to a simple French pastry, pate a choux, and the two types of creamy fillings that separate cream puffs from eclairs. Top your goodies with a homemade chocolate ganache or utilize fresh strawberries for a bakery-style dessert to take home and share with friends.  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.

White Lake Young Adult Solo Performance 2019
April 20 @ 1:00 pm
The top 10 of some of the best college-age musicians from schools across the state of Michigan will perform on Saturday, April 20, at 1:00pm at Ferry Memorial Church! The Young Artist Solo Performance will feature these young adults performing live with an accompanist.  Awards totaling $1000 will be given to the top three winners based on the ruling of professional judges.  The audience will also be able to vote and an additional $125 will be given to the audience favorite.
This is part of the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, committed to encouraging and fostering excellence and hard work in young adult musicians. For more information, please visit or call Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056.

The top finalists are:

• Kelly Avila, viola – Interlochen Arts Academy
• Kayla Cieslak, flute – Eastern Michigan University
• Lauren Glomb, oboe – Grand Valley State University
• Gabrielle Karel, piano – Hope College
• Linus Guerra, sax – Grand Valley State University
• Samuel Musser, piano – Hillsdale College
• Xinyu Zhu, violin – Central Michigan University
• Matteo Generani, piano – Central Michigan University
• Stephanie Sowers, clarinet – Michigan State University
• Samantha Kao, piano – University of Michigan

Pizza for Paws
April 20 @ 6:00 pm
April 20th at 6:00pm, come to the Fricano Event Center for Pizza for Paws!  Enjoy dinner, raffles, auctions, music and fundraising for the Muskegon Humane Society.  Tickets are $40 per person or $250 for a table of eight.  For more information call (231) 773-8689.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Playoff Games
April 20 & 21
Tickets for the first two Muskegon Lumberjacks confirmed playoff games at the L.C. Walker Arena are on sale now!

• PLAYOFF GAME 1 – Saturday, April 20 at 7:15pm
• PLAYOFF GAME 2 – Sunday, April 21 at 5:15pm

It’s never too late to become a Season Ticket Holder! For single game tickets and playoff shirts, visit or call the Box Office at 231-726-2400. For group or Club tickets, visit or call the Business Office at 231-799-7000.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Comedian Zach Martina wsg Nick Leydorf
April 20 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian Zach Martina with Nick Leydorf!

A supportive family, a loving relationship and kids who adore him, that’s the American Dream. Unless you’re Zach Martina, then it’s a recipe for skepticism and anxiety.  Using his sarcastic wit, creative wordplay and a loveable arrogance, Zach brings his big personality to crowds across America as they wonder:  “I don’t know what he’s freaking out about, but it’s pretty funny.”
Blessed with a quick wit and a third nipple, Nick Leydorf is a left-handed comedian born and raised in rural Michigan. A criminal defense lawyer by day, comedian by night and a human the rest of the time, Nick takes his own observations of the world, peppers them with silliness and delivers them with a clinically diagnosed awkwardness that leaves audiences where he found them.

Tickets available at the door for only $10! Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

Easter Brunch at Bella Maria’s Event Center
April 21
Sunday, April 21 at 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center for Easter Brunch!  Enjoy a Belgian Waffle Bar, eggs, bacon fruit and more at the breakfast station or the Honey Ham Carving Station, Beef Carving Station, Chicken Parmesan, Smoked Salmon and much more!  The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 5 – 10.  Kids 4 and under are free.  Reservations are required by calling 231-563-6914.

Easter Day Brunch Buffet at Verdoni’s Event Center
April 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 21 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Easter Day Brunch Buffet at Verdoni’s Event Center catered by Harris Hospitality. This brunch features over five fresh salads, large raw bar, breakfast station with build your own omelets, build your own waffles, The Deck’s famous brisket, chef’s carving stations, large dessert station and much more!  A full bar will be available for purchase including a build your own Bloody Mary bar, Mimosa bar and Moscow Mule bar!  The cost is $31.99 for adults, $13.99 for children 4-12.  Kids under 4 eat free.  Call 231-780-7636 today for reservations.

Easter Brunch at The Lake House Waterfront Grille
April 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 21 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, bring your family to the Easter Brunch Buffet at The Lake House Waterfront Grille! Reservations are strongly recommended.  To secure your table, please call 231-722-4461.  Adults – $34.95, Children 4-10 – $10.95, 3 and under are free!
Celebrate with a delicious array of Easter favorites including:

• Chef Carved Prime Rib
• Maple and Bourbon Glazed Ham
• Fried Lake Perch
• Fresh Seafood Bar
• Build Your Own Omelet Station
• Mustard Citrus Glazed Salmon
• Bananas Foster French Toast
• Sweet Belgian Waffles
• Smoked Gouda Macaroni & Cheese
• Tuscan Dip
• Roasted Caprese Chicken
• Green Bean Almandine
• Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
• Bacon and Sausage
• Herb Roasted Redskin Potatoes
• Fresh Seasonal Soup
• Garden Salad Bar
• Fresh Fruit Display
• Assorted House Made Desserts

Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor
April 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, April 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor for a delicious Easter Brunch!  Highlights include:

• Chef carved Slow Roasted Prime Rib w/ Horseradish Sauce and Natural Au Jus
• Rosemary Ham
• Chef attended pasta station featuring Mushroom Ravioli w/ Pancetta and Parmesan, Roasted Boneless Chicken Thigh w/ Creole Shrimp and Sausage, Creamy Garlic Bacon Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Green Beans, Garlic Redskin Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy and Wild Rice Pilaf.
• Deluxe Salad Bar featuring Fresh Baked Bread, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon Platter, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Ancient Grain Salad, Caprese Platter, Potato Corn Chowder, Garden Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad and a Vegetable Platter w/ Ranch Dip.
• Chef Attended Omelet Station featuring Made to Order Waffle Bar, Crisp Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy and a Fresh Fruit Display w/ Raspberry Dip.
• A Mimosa & Bloody Mary Station will be available for an additional charge.

It’s not too early to reserve your table! Hop to it and make your reservation for the Easter Brunch Buffet today by calling 231-720-7105 or e-mailing