Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/09/19 – 09/16/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ongoing Events:

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 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

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

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 beginning September 9 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.

Special Events:

Irish Dance Class
September 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Get ready for the Michigan Irish Music Festival (September 12 – 15) with a free beginners Irish dance class!  Monday, September 9 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm join Ardan Dance Academy at Tatra Hall to get your step-dance on!  They are now enrolling for fall classes and all ages are welcome.  For more information visit

Muskegon LETR Color Run 2019
September 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Muskegon area Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan athletes at a timed 5k Fun Run/Walk!  Day-of registration begins at 5:00pm at Fricano’s rear parking lot area.  The Muskegon LETR Color Run is one in a series of 42 community runs scheduled in September around the state during Law Enforcement Torch Run Week!

The cost to participate in the Color Run is $25 per person or $5 for youth 18 years old and under, which includes a commemorative race shirt, goodie bag, and refreshments.  Any youth who does not want a commemorative race shirt runs for free, but still must register to make sure there are plenty of goodie bags and refreshments for all.

For questions, e-mail or to sign up at  If you have a community youth group and would like to participate as a group, e-mail to make a group reservation.  Early packet pick up and late registration will take place on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Unruly Brewing Co. located at 360 W. Western Ave.

The Art and History of the Celts
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – September 13 @ 8:00 pm
September 11 – 13 and September 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Sturrus Technology Center lobby at Muskegon Community College for the free lecture series, “The Art and History of the Celts!” Instructor Tim Norris with guest presenter Michael Johnson will explain where and when Celtic art and culture originated.
They will answer such questions as: Who are the Celts? What traits make their art significant?  How has Celtic art and culture changed over time?  How does their art reflect their unique spiritual beliefs and traditions?  What vestiges of Celtic culture have survived to this day?  What was Ireland’s distinctive role in preserving this heritage?
This course/presentation series also examines how art and history is interpreted and presented through contemporary festivals and popular culture.  For more information, contact or call 231-777-0344.
• September 11: The Rise of the Celts and the Birth of Their Art
• September 12: What Makes Celtic Art “Celtic?”
• September 13: The Book of Kells and Celtic Mythology
• September 16: Celti-Pop- Celtic Traditions Meet Popular Culture

Michigan Irish Music Festival
September 12 – September 15
The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing September 12-15!  Back for the 20th year, this festival features continuous music on seven covered stages, featuring live music, great dining options, beverage offerings, and more.  You’ll also love the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub for authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout Irish Cream and others. There’s also the Irish Marketplace children’s activities a cultural center a session tent and tea room.  The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm.  3-Day passes are also available.  For more information visit

Hat Happy Hour at the Lakeshore Museum Center
September 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Have a cool hat with a hot story? Thursday, September 12 from 5:30pmn – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for an opportunity to have your hat’s story told in their upcoming community-curated exhibit: Hats Off to Muskegon!
During their Hat Happy Hour, they will be taking photos and information about any hats with ties to Muskegon County. Their committee will then select hats to be loaned to the museum and appear in the exhibit.  At the event, Collections Curator Brenda Nemetz, will highlight a few of the museum’s most interesting hats during a short presentation at 6:00pm.  This free event will feature light appetizers and a cash bar. Don’t have a hat to share? That’s O.K., come have a drink and learn more about the stories behind hats.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Opening Event: Undying Traditions – Memento Mori
September 12 @ 5:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “Undying Traditions: Memento Mori” this fall, bringing together work by artists from across the United States currently exploring themes of death and earthly pleasure. The exhibition includes paintings, photography, and sculpture and runs September 12, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

The exhibition opens with a public reception on Thursday, September 12 at 5:30pm with a lecture by Art Martin at 7:00pm. Event admission is free.

Featured Artists: Landis Blair, David Cahill, Robert Steven Connett, David Gluck, Kate MacDowell, Jeanette May, Chris Peters, Daniel Sprick, Katherine Stone, Paulette Tavormina, Maria Tomasula, and Will Wilson.

Program support is provided, in part, through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the arts. For more information call 231-720-2570.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
September 13 & 14 @ 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Contemporary Kid Super Saturday
September 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
September 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Contemporary Kid Super Saturday!” This free family fun day will get you touch with your inner artist.  Activities and admission are free!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the 91st Michigan Contemporary Exhibition with a MMA Docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Create your own abstract color collage in the classroom!

The Be Event
September 14 @ 1:00 pm
September 14 at 1:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for “The Be Event” featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Jean Houston; PhD, scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, as well as one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. Tickets are $75.00 and available at the box office by calling 231-727-8001.

Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society 25th Anniversary: Victorian Dress and Customs
September 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society hosts Wendy Batchelder in celebration of the society’s 25th Anniversary!  Wendy, who hand makes her Victorian outfits, will give an interactive presentation on what it was like to dress and live as a Victorian woman.  Don’t miss this fashionably fun event!  Refreshments will be available during this FREE program which is recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Exploding Paint
September 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they partner with the Muskegon Museum of Art to create unique masterpieces during the Exploding Paint program!  Kids ages 2 – 17 will combine a seltzer tablet with water and paint and to create a bright work of art.  This program will take place outside on the lawn between the library and the art museum.  Smocks and supplies will be provided to participants during this free event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

SNW Fitness 10 Year Celebration
September 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Shoreline Natural Wellness & Fitness (SNW Fitness) will be celebrating 10 years in the business of changing lives!  Everyone is invited to come by for appetizers and a Champagne toast, as well as giveaways, special discounts and awards.  For more information call 231-750-2525.

Odd Side Ales Full Moon Cruise
September 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, board the Aquastar for an Odd Side Ales Full Moon Cruise!  Come howl at the full moon as you cruise Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan and take in the show only West Michigan can provide…a beautiful sunset AND a full moon.  This cruise features Odd Side Ales beverages, live music by the Intolerables and light appetizers.  Tickets are $35 per person and include your first beer.  Book your spot now at

Retro Expo
September 15 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 15 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Retro Expo! This is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  For more information call (231) 670-3722.