Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072. No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only. Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium. The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.
Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September and October from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.
Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up
Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.
Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
Monday evenings, beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride! The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early. The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm. You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles). For more information call (231) 375-5184.
Team Trivia Game Show
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.
Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes
Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.
Montague Farmers’ Market
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September. Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby. For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.
Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!
Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium. It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy the experience, delicious products, and great customer service at the Lakeside Emporium, and check out all the other wonderful businesses in Lakeside. For more information call 231-755-9933.
USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday through November 4 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership. In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm. The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum. Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership. For more information call (231) 755-1230.
Intro to Essential Oils
September 23 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 23 at 6:00pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for an Introduction to Essential Oils! Have you been curious about essential oils? Come sample, learn, and take charge of your family’s health. In this class you will learn how to use essential oils, why quality matters and how they can benefit you and your family. Make an essential oil roller to take home. This event is free. Call 231-744-6080 to register.
Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series
September 24 @ 12:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon. The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided. One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert. A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance. The concert series runs from September through early June (excluding January). All performances are held from 12:15pm to 12:45pm once a month on a Tuesday. The annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is held on a Sunday evening in December. For more information about the concert series or to make a donation, please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.
2019-2020 Concert Schedule:
• September 24 AnDro (Celtic/folk/world music)
• October 22 Matthew Ball, aka The Boogie-Woogie Kid (boogie-woogie/jazz piano)
• November 26 Lee Murdock—“The Christmas Ship” concert (folk guitar and vocals)
• December 8 Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys – Festival of Lessons and Carols (Sunday, 5:00pm)
• December 17 Peter Kurdziel – “Christmas at the Organ” (organist)
• Februbary 25 Grand Valley Faculty Brass Quintet (classical)
• March 24 Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet (classical)
• April 14 Gregory Maytan, violin (classical)
• May 26 Quintessence, woodwind quintet (classical)
• June 9 Denise Newell, mezzo soprano, and Caron Farmer, piano (classical)
HPL Fall Music Series: Ragtime with Peter Bergin
September 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm, delight in great music during HPL’s Fall Music Series! Peter Bergin is back at Hackley Library to share the rhythms and history of ragtime piano. This Michigan-based performer has entertained for over two decades, sharing his talents for all to enjoy. Come listen to this interactive and insightful concert. Free to the public and great for all ages! For more information call (231) 722-8000.
September 24 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm, come to the Holton Library for a Pirate Party! Arrrrrr you ready for a great night of pirate fun? Come to the library for games, crafts, dress-up, music, food, and more. This event is absolutely free! For more information call 231-821-0268.
Film Screening: Black Man
September 25 @ 5:30 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30pm, Harbor Cinema will screen the documentary film “Black Man” by Jon Wesley Covington. A reception will begin at the Harbor Cinema at 5:20pm. This is an updated version of the film featuring 12 additional men joining the cast. The film was produced by the Muskegon Museum of Art and Jon Wesley Covington as part of the”SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male” exhibition project in 2018. “Black Man” was recently featured at the Capitol City Black Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Tickets are $8, general admission. For more information call (231) 375-5228.
City of the Dead: Sneak Peak
September 25 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library as the City of the Dead gives you a preview of their 10th annual family friendly event! City of the Dead celebrates Muskegon’s history by bringing famous “residents” of Evergreen Cemetery to life at the actual cemetery. This event is free! For more information call 231-780-8844.
Clue LIVE at the Hackley & Hume
September 26 – September 28
Experience the game of Clue LIVE at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site! The object of the game is to determine who killed the victim; the room where the crime took place, and which weapon was used! Space is limited to 3 teams of 4, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite. Tickets are $15 per team. For more information call 231-722-7578.
WOOD Radio Broadcasting LIVE from Visit Muskegon
September 26 @ 5:00 am – 10:00 am
Thursday, September 26 from 5:00am – 10:00am, WOOD Radio (1300AM and 106.9FM), West Michigan’s Morning News, will be broadcasting live from the beautiful Union Depot, home of the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau!
Y Splash at the Mart Dock Happy Hour
September 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, come to the “Y Splash at the Mart Dock Happy Hour” to support the Muskegon YMCA’s Water Safety for Kids program! First, board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for drinks and appetizers, then tour beautiful Muskegon Lake aboard the Aquastar where you will hear some of the life changing stories first hand. For more information call (231) 722-9622.
Big 50 Celebration
September 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Bella Maria Event Center for the Big 50 Celebration! Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore want you to help them celebrate 50 years of one-on-one mentoring that changes lives for the better, forever. Put on your bell bottoms and enjoy music from the band Sweet Justice – Peace, Love, and Rock-n-Roll. There’ll be heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles and a silent auction. There’ll also be VW Bus Photo Booth opportunities in the parking lot. Tickets are $75 and available through Eventbrite.com. Proceeds support youth mentoring programs. For more information call (231) 798-1391.
September 26 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Public Library for a Pirate Party! Arrrrrr you ready for a great night of pirate fun? Come to the library for games, crafts, dress-up, music, food, and more. For more information call 231-893-2675.
Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: The 39 Steps
September 26 – 28 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, September 26 – 28 at 7:30pm, the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The 39 Steps” in the Beardsley Theater. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have his intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The 39 Steps hurtles an ordinary man and a spellbound blonde on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure. Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies? A cast of four actors plays over 150 characters in this fast-paced tale containing every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie. Tickets are $26.50. For more information call 231-727-8001.
Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park
September 27 – September 29
The 5th Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park will take place this year Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29! During Friday night check-in, there’ll be goody bags for the kids, s’mores and a bonfire at the Lodge and a Glow in the Dark Bike Parade! Saturday, enjoy breakfast in the Lodge, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, Trick or Treating, site decorating contest, obstacle course and a Haunted Trail. Sunday is check-out. Reserve your campsite now for only $28 per night (2 night minimum). For more information, call 231-744-3580.
Back Alley Comedy Club: Tim Meadows
September 27 – September 28
September 27 and 28, one of the longest-running cast members in the 41-year history of Saturday Night Live, Tim Meadows, will do two shows each night at 6:30pm and 9:30pm at Muskegon’s Back Alley Comedy Club! Tim crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on the popular late night show. Such characters included Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, Perspectives, as well as uncanny impressions of OJ Simpson, Ike Turner, and Sammy Davis Jr. Meadows also played school principal in the hit comedy “Mean Girls” and co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the blockbuster comedies “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.” Most recently Tim co-starred with Andy Samberg in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” for Universal Pictures, and stars in the new Fox hybrid live-action/animated comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord “Son of Zorn!”
Tickets are $35 for VIP (includes meet & greet and preferred seating) and $25 general admission and will be on sale at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon. For more information call (616) 570-8765.
Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road
September 27 – September 28
What do you get when you combine an overnight relay, sugar sand beaches, lighthouses and 12 adventurous friends? Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road, happening on September 27 – 28, 2019! Kicking off in charming Muskegon, this epic running journey will take your team past apple orchards, cherry blossoms, historic ships and did we mention lighthouses? For two days and one star-filled night, run through the vibrant fall foliage, picturesque towns and along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. And if that isn’t enough you’ll spend 9 legs with beautiful beach views. Your whole team will finish your adventure as you cross the finish line together at a beautiful open space park in Traverse City, right on the water’s edge. Tired but triumphant, drained but strengthened, teams find out what they can do when they truly come together! For more information, visit www.ragnarrelay.com.
Trinkets & Treasures: Indoor Yard Sale
September 27 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for the Trinkets & Treasures indoor yard sale to benefit the Child Abuse Council, The Hope Project and the Muskegon Sports Council! Entry is free, but if you want first pick, it’s only $5 to get in on the Early Bird Sale Friday morning at 8:00am. Otherwise, hours are Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday, 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Charlotte Russe Store inside the Lakes Mall. For more information, call JoAnne Hoekenga at 231-955-0789.
Off the Beaten Path Wine Tasting
September 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 27 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, join SE4SONS for their newest Wine Tasting! They will take you to lesser known locations and offer some unique varieties of wine. The cost is $30 per person and includes the tasting and light appetizers. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited to 150. If you plan to stay for dinner, please make sure to make a reservation at SE4SONS by calling 231-759-3405.
2019 Women’s Adventure Weekend
September 27 @ 6:30 pm – September 29 @ 11:00 am
Friday – Sunday, September 27 – 29, the ladies are invited to Camp Pendalouan for the 2019 Women’s Adventure Weekend! Get away for a weekend of relaxation, camp activities and good company during this weekend of fun, friendship, great food, and adventure for women. All fitness levels are encouraged to join in and try some new activities. For more information call (231) 722-9622.
Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
September 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The fourth Friday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for Muskegon’s longest running open mic event! Any kind of talent is welcome; songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off. Observers are welcome, too. They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and that you don’t burn the place down! Other than those simple rules, it’s truly an OPEN mic event. For that reason, they encourage parents to use their discretion as to whether to bring children, as there most likely will be adult language and subject matter. Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks too. Donations are encouraged, but not required.
They’re in the lower level of the Century Club building, so use the main front entrance of the building and head downstairs. There is an elevator for those who need it. Just call 231-981-8525 and they will let you in the back door.
West Michigan Symphony: All Russian Season Opening
September 27 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, September 27 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Symphony’s “All Russian Season Opening!” WMS pairs works by Russia’s undisputed master composers, in which the entire orchestra is the soloist and everybody gets their chance in the spotlight. This promises to be an all-time blockbuster evening!
• Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
• Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
• Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
• Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Tickets are $12 for students and $25-$62 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.
Montague Artisan Market
September 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 28 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Montague Artisan Market at the Farmers’ Market! For more information call (231) 893-2524. Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Any handmade items are welcome. Adults may reserve a 10’x10’ booth for $15per day and youth may reserve a space for $10 per day. Visit www.artswhitelake.org/artisan-market to fill out a vendor application today!
Fall Brewery Bike Ride
September 28 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 beginning at 12:00pm, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Fetch Brewing Company, and Big Hart Brewing Co. are inviting everyone to take to the bike trail and pedal to local breweries. Travel from Pere Marquette Beach all the way to Whitehall and Hart on designated bike trails. Participants will leave from the brewery of their choosing; Pigeon Hill, Fetch or Big Hart, and then bike to participating breweries. This is a fun, free opportunity to enjoy the bike trails. It is casual, and not a race. There is NO transportation bringing you and your bike back to the start. Bicyclists should wear helmets and have repair kits as there will be no support along the route. The distance you bike is up to you, and remember, you have to bike back! For more information call (231) 375-5184.
• Pigeon Hill Brewing Company will be offering $1 off pints to all bicyclists. There will also be a raffle for a Pigeon Hill Bike Jersey and other swag with all the money being donated to Mosquito Creek Trails!
• Fetch Brewing Company will offer $1 off pints to bikers and also have a raffle to win Fetch merchandise and benefitting a local non-profit (TBA).
• Big Hart Brewing Company is offering a 16 oz. Mug Club pricing and $1 off high gravity beers.
Buoys, Boats & Brews Inaugural Tasting Event
September 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Yacht Club for the Buoys, Boats & Brews Inaugural Tasting Event! Harbor Hospice Foundation and Muskegon Yacht Club are extending summer 2019 with a fun celebration to raise funds and awareness for the Harbor Hospice mission.
Enjoy craft beer & wine tasting, delectable tastes, a silent auction, raffle and feature band Vertigo! Tickets are $25 or $15 for designated drivers. Sales are open now at http://bit.ly/2xmiwcQ. For more information call (231) 375-5184.
Murder at the Gallery
September 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Muskegon Community College invites you to celebrate 50 years of theater on the Overbrook Stage as you enjoy the mystery dinner theater event, “Murder at the Gallery!” Tickets are $40 and include dinner, a show, cash bar and a reverse raffle. 1960’s attire is welcome! For more information call 231-777-0226.
Fresh Ghost Comedy Presents: The Triple Feature
September 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, join Fresh Ghost Comedy as they bring you 3 of the best the comedians the Midwest has to offer! Veronica Douglas, Pagan and Cam Rowe are all coming to Racquets Downtown Muskegon to make you laugh. The cost is $3 at the door. For more information call 231-220-8825.
Ultimate 90’s Dance Party at Unruly Brewing Co.
September 28 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 8:30pm – Midnight, come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Ultimate 90’s Dance Party featuring Fool House! Make sure you wear your best track suits and fanny packs as you dance the night away to all of the bangerzzzz from NSYNC, Blink 182, Britney Spears, all the way to Ricky Martin! Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com and are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show. Hope you’re ready to party! For more information call (231) 288-1068.
Hidden Creek Farm: 2nd Annual Party in the Pasture Ox Roast
September 29 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 29 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hidden Creek Farm for their 2nd Annual Party in the Pasture Ox Roast! Dinner will consist of one of their farm raised grass fed cows along with garden fresh side dishes picked on site from the organic garden. You can also dance all night to live music from Brena (www.brenaband.com)! Help yourself to their selection of fun yard games. You can also purchase raffle tickets and take a chance at winning some great items from many local businesses! There will also be a number of local vendors (to be announced). This event is BYOB (bring your own beverages). Tickets for this event will be available through Eventbrite.com and are $30 per person. You must be 21 years or older to attend this event and must provide your ID before entering. Call Crystal with questions at 616-796-5696.
Fall Seniors’ Retreat
September 30 – October 3
September 30 – October 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm each day, come to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference for the Fall Seniors’ Retreat! Enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older. The featured speaker will be Knute Larson and the worship leader is Burt Kettinger. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 231-798-2161.
Family Game Night at the Library
September 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night! Would you like to try new or different board games? Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun. Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic. This event is free and for ages 7 and up. For more information, call 231-737-6248.
Michigan POW Camps in WWII
September 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
During World War II, six thousand German and Italian Prisoners of War were held in Michigan. Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, Dr. Gregory Sumner, author and Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss the history of the Michigan POW camps and the stories of those detainees. This compelling event at Hackley Library is free to the public. For more information call (231) 722-8000.
Pete the Cat Live
September 30 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to the Montague branch of the Muskegon Area District Library to meet beloved book character, Pete the Cat! This free event will feature Pete the Cat stories read aloud, take a picture with him, and make a craft. Be sure to bring your camera and share your pictures with on the MADL Facebook page! For more information, call 231-893-2675.