Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/09/20 – 03/16/20

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Victorian Secrets
March 9 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 9 at 6:00pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for “Victorian Secrets!”  Historical interpreter, Wendy Batchelder, will show you the hidden language of the Victorians.  Discover obsolete forms of communication from 100 years ago or more.  Learn about charming Victorian customs that used flowers and fans to express sentiments, good tidings, or regrets.  See beautiful antique calling cards, fans, autograph books, and more.  Make your own “tussie-mussie” flower bouquet or decorate a beautiful silk fan. Call 231-744-6080 to register for this free event.

Ardan Academy at Hackley Public library
March 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 9 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library to join the dancers from Ardan Academy as they kick off the St. Patrick’s festivities with an Irish dance performance.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

St. Patrick’s Celebration Line Up 2020
March 10 – March 17
Tuesday – Tuesday, March 10 – 17, Hennessy’s Irish Pub invites you to their annual St. Patrick’s Celebration!  Enjoy Irish food, Irish drink specials, live music, a Costume Parade Contest, giveaways and prizes!

Tuesday, March 10
• 7:00pm – Whiskey School/St. Patrick’s Irish Whiskeys
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Wednesday, March 11
• 6:30pm – Cocktails & Canvas/St. Patrick Gnome
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Saturday, March 14 – Saturday St. Patrick’s Celebration
• 11:00am – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• 11:00am – Downtown Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
• 12:00pm – Steeple Hill
• 3:00pm – Irish Bag Pipers
• 4:00pm – Bucket O Maybe’s
• 8:30pm – Costume Pub Parade
• 9:00pm – Costume Contest
• 9:00pm – Conklin Ceili Band

Monday, March 16
• 6:30pm – Honor St. Patrick Fundraiser with Guest Bartender Father Matt
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Tuesday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
• 12:00pm – 47 Annual Irish Flag Raising
• 12:00pm – David McIntire
• 3:00pm – Guinness Glass Engraving
• 4:00pm – Uneven Ground
• 9:00pm – Legal Rehab
Costume Contest Prizes
• 1st Place:  $50.00 Gift Card, 2 Tickets to Whiskey School, Swag Bag
• 2nd Place:  $20 Gift Card, 2 Tickets to Whiskey School, Swag Bag
• 3rd Place:  $10 Gift Card, Swag Bag

2020 Global Awareness Festival: Caribbean
March 9 – 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The 20th Annual MCC Global Awareness Festival will look at the geology, ecology and culture in the Caribbean with lectures and cuisine on March 9-12, 2020. The events, which are free and open to the public, take place on the MCC main campus.

Each year, the Global Awareness Festival highlights a different geographic area of the world. Flags representing approximately 200 nations are displayed in the main campus hallways. For more information, call (231) 777-0380 or e-mail Jennifer Jones, chair of the MCC Social Sciences Department, at

Tuesday, March 10 from 10:30am – 11:30am, explore “The Impact of Climate Change on the Caribbean” with presenter Amber Kumpf, Geology/Oceanography Instructor, Muskegon Community College in the Blue and Gold Room:  The Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful reefs in the world, of which 99 percent are expected to die at two degrees Celsius of warming. This alone will have a huge impact on the economy and livelihood of islanders. Other climate-related hazards, like sea level rise, changes in weather patterns, and expansion of disease ranges, are of concern, too. What can we do to mitigate some of the impacts? How are the conversations about disaster preparedness different and similar between the Caribbean and the Midwest?

The “2020 Global Awareness Festival Poster Award Winners” will be presented by Dr. Dale Nesbary, President, Muskegon Community College in the Blue and Gold Room from 11:45am – 12:15pm.  Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place posters created by the MCC Graphic Design students competing for their work to chosen as the official poster for this year’s festival. Brenna Snippe won first place, Barrimore Lee took second place honors, and Daniel Rosema had the third place entry.

North Grove Brewers: Paint your Pet
March 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, join North Grove Brewers and the Arts Council of White Lake to “Paint your Pet” with the Jaeger Foundation!  Join instructor Casey Bemis to create a painting of your pet.  When you register you will be asked to email a picture of your pet to by March 3.  Your submitted photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  Images may be cropped to best fit the canvas.  For tips on choosing the best photo, visit

Enjoy some yummy food and tasty beverages while painting with friends!  The cost is $40 and a portion of your ticket will go to the Jaeger Foundation, which provides funding, resources, and education for veterans and first responders to assist them in securing a service dog.  Registration is required by visit  For more information call the Arts Council at (231) 893-2524.

We Are Stars
March 10 & 12 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Lunch n’ Learn: Introducing Sujari Britt
March 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to The Block for “Lunch n’ Learn: Introducing Sujari Britt!”  West Michigan Symphony presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.3:  Introducing Sujari Britt.  Bring your own lunch and enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and a special guest.

Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, March 13 will get a primer to the works that will be presented, and for those who don’t, tickets will be available to purchase.

Samples of the repertoire will be played and discussed, including:
• Florence Price: Dances in the Canebrakes
• Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto no. 1
• William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1 “Afro-American”

This is a free event.  Doors open at 11:45am to give you time to mingle and take your seats.  Coffee and water will be provided.  Food will be available for purchase at area restaurants such as Subway (next door) and Rebel Pies (downstairs in the back of Unruly Brewing).  If you have any questions or would like more information, please call 231-726-3231.

Burl & Sprig: Comedy Night
March 11 @ 8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 11 at 8:30pm, come to Burl and Sprig Distillery in downtown Muskegon for Comedy Night, hosted by Fresh Ghost Comedy!  Enjoy live stand-up from comedians Jason Hagel and Dave Wellfare.  For more information call (231) 760-6769.

Seussical the Musical
March 12 – March 14
March 12 – 14, come to the Beardsley Theater as Artios Academies of Grand Haven presents “Seussical the Musical!  The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant that discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”  Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphantly.

Tickets are $10 advance or $12.00 at the door.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

• March 12, 2020 – 7:00pm
• March 13, 2020 – 7:00pm
• March 14, 2020 – 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Book Talk: Author Yancey Strickler
March 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a Book Talk with Author Yancey Strickler!  A writer and entrepreneur, Yancey Strickler is the co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter, and the author of “This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World,” which the Wall Street Journal called “consciousness-raising.”  He also co-founded the artist resource The Creative Independent and the record label eMusic Selects.  Yancey has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.  He has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, Web Summit, MIT, and events around the globe, with the London Spectator calling him “one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever.”  Yancey began his career as a music critic in New York City, and grew up on a farm in Clover Hollow, Virginia.  This event is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

St. Patrick’s Party
March 13 – March 14
The Michigan Irish Music Festival is excited to announce its annual St. Patrick’s Party March 13 and 14 at Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center!  The party will feature live entertainment both nights. The Kreellers, an energetic Celtic Rock group hailing from Detroit, is an unstoppable powerhouse steeped in traditional Irish sound. The band’s mix of rock, funk, and punk elements has created a sound that is sure to keep patrons rocking all night!

Other highlights of the event include performances by local favorites the Oat Bran Boys, an acoustic trio of bluegrass and Irish music, and traditional Irish dance performances from the Ardan Academy of Dance.  Additionally, the silent auction returns both nights with several new exciting formats and ways to bid on the variety of items.

Back by popular demand is McGovern’s Corned Beef and Irish fare, plus Irish soda bread and soft pretzels from the Village Baker.  Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s MI Irish Stout, Magner’s Irish Cider, Irish cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Budweiser products will also be served. Doors open at 5:30pm both nights with music starting at 6:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $8, and kids 12 and under get in for free.

The mission of the Michigan Irish Music Festival is to produce a quality Midwest Irish Music Festival that promotes Irish culture and heritage while enhancing the community through entertainment, tourism, education and philanthropy. The festival is proud to support Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and Kids’ Food Basket with gifts of non-perishable food items and cash donations.  Since 2008, due to the success of the St. Pat’s Party and the Festival, the Michigan Irish Music Festival has donated over $266,000 in cash and 21,000 pounds of food back to the community.  The Michigan Irish Music Festival will return this fall, September 17-20, 2020, at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon.  For more information call (231) 683-2065 or visit

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 13 & 14
Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, come to Fricano Place for the Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show!  There’ll be over 50 exhibitors featured, including everything you need for do-it-yourself home projects like windows, siding, gutters, painting, home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more!  Back by popular demand, the Do-It-Yourself and Demonstration seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, gardening and more!  Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older.  For more information call (231) 722-3751.

The Alley Door Club
March 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 10, 2020 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 2020 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• March 13 – Brena (Rock)
• March 27 – The Steeple Hill Band
• April 10 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)
• April 24 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends

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.

Reception: Power of the Feminine Show
March 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The “Power of the Feminine Show” takes place at City Center Arts March 10 – April 13!  Friday, March 13 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, there will be a free public reception.  In honor of International Women’s Day, the Power of the Feminine show conveys how remarkable women have shaped the globe since the beginning of human civilization.

10% of their sales from this show will go to Every Woman’s Place in Muskegon.  Every Woman’s Place strengthens families in Muskegon County and provides services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  For more information call (231) 260-6697.

Kids Night Out:  St. Patrick’s Day
March 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 13 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center presents “Kids Night Out:  St. Patrick’s Day!”  Parents can enjoy shopping, working, exercising, or a night in during this Kid’s Night Out event geared toward children 3 – 11 years old.  Rest assured, knowing your children are in a safe environment and having an awesome time with the youth programs staff at the Lakeshore Fitness Center.  Bring your little ones to spend the evening with them at their St. Patrick’s Day event.  The cost is $15 for members for the first child and $7 for each additional child.  For non-members, the price is $20 for the first child and $12 for each additional child.  For more information call (231) 722-9322.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
March 13 & 14 @ 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. Catch home games Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Sioux City Musketeers.  Friday, it’s “Jacks Fight Cancer Night,” and Saturday is “13 On Your Side Night!” Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

West Michigan Symphony: Introducing Sujari Britt
March 13 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents Sujari Britt, the 17-year-old cello sensation who has been featured on The Today Show and NBC TheGrio’s “100 History Makers in the Making.” The Symphony no. 1 of William Grant Still—“The Dean of African American composers”—is widely regarded as one of the great American symphonies of all time.

• Florence Price: Dances in the Canebrakes
• Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto no. 1
• William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1 “Afro-American”

Tickets are $12 for students and $25 – $62 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Shamrock Shuffle 5k
March 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday, March 14 from 9:00am – 10:30am, meet the folks from Run Muskegon at Fricano’s Muskegon Lake for the “Shamrock Shuffle 5k!”  Registration is now open for this fun St. Patrick’s Day event.  For all of the information, or to sign up, visit  The 5k race course is listed online at

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Party
March 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 9:00am – 11:30pm, it’s a Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Party at Unruly Brewing Company featuring The TossPints, The Barley Saints and more!  There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome.  For more information, call (231) 288-1068.

• 9:00am: – Taproom opens pre-parade so you can stay warm, grab a pint, and hang out before the show

Immediately after the parade – Enjoy the Muskegon Regional Police Pipes & Drums and meet the Irish Wolf Hounds in the Beer Garden

• 1:00pm – 4:00pm:  Barley Saints
• 4:00pm – 5:00pm:  Ardan Dancers
• 5:30pm – 7:30pm:  Mona Shores Fiddlers
• 7:30pm – 9:30pm:  Irish Trivia / Scavenger Hunt
• 9:30pm to 12:30am – The triumphant return of the TossPints

Spring Thaw Open House
March 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 14, Torresen Marine invites you to their 40th Annual Spring Thaw Open House!  Attention sailors!  This will be one of their most exciting events yet!  Visit with product representatives, enjoy refreshments, take advantage of great pricing, see new products, attend free seminars and speak with experts from both educational and governmental organizations doing marine research and making great strides in understanding and utilizing our lakes.

Register in their Grand Prize drawing to win a B&G Vulcan 7 chartplotter.  Tickets to register to win will be handed out by attending seminars, participating in activities, taking photo booth pictures and tagging on social media and qualified purchases.  For more information call (231) 759-8596.

Green Eggs & Ham Benefit Breakfast
March 14 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for a breakfast of Green Eggs & Ham!  The ladies are celebrating Reading Month and Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a delicious breakfast including free Dr. Seuss books and a visit from one of his marvelous characters!  The requested donation is $15 for 1 adult + 1 child.  Add $5 for each additional person in the family.  Call Nancy Bierenga to make your reservation at 231-730-0887 or e-mail

Bookworm Super Saturday
March 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Bookworm Super Saturday!  March is reading month, so march on down to the MMA for this bookworm themed free family fun day.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

• 10:00am & 1:00pm: Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm: Tour the “20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators” exhibition with an MMA docent
• 11:00am – 2:00pm: Make and take craft in the classroom

Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 14 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, March 14, the Annual Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is stepping off at 11:00am from 4th St. and Clay Ave. and marching east along Clay to Jefferson St.  Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event! Sponsor your “clan” and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Street!”  The only cost to march in the parade or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation.  The Greater Muskegon JCI “Cart Corps” will perform along the parade route, accepting food donations from the parade crowd and entertaining the assembled masses with their synchronized grocery cart maneuvers!  For more information, call 231-412-0705.

Fish Class: Sliders
March 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, join the Fish Monger’s Wife for the Fish Class: Sliders!  Do you want to eat more fish but aren’t sure how to cook it?  Fish Class removes “fish fear” from the cooking process with a lively fish dish cooking demo, sampling and take home recipe.  In March’s Fish Class, ground fish will be used in place of beef to make burgers.  Each person will sample three sliders with three different toppings.  Gluten free options are available upon request.  Tickets are $15 and available online or at the Fish Market.  For more information call 231-755-1600.

Green Machine Lighting Install Demo & St. Patrick’s Day Lunch
March 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson for the Green Machine Lighting Install Demo & St. Patrick’s Day Lunch!  They have installed the Rockford Fosgate Audio system on their 2020 Vivid Black Road Glide, and now they are going to install some green LED lights on it!  Come in and watch their techs turn this Road Glide into a glowing GREEN MACHINE!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, they will also have Irish Stew, Cornbread and Mini Reuben Sandwiches!  For more information call (231) 722-0000.

St Patrick’s Day Downtown Muskegon Pub Crawl
March 14 @ 1:00 pm – Midnight
Saturday, March 14 from 1:00pm – midnight, come to Downtown Muskegon for a night of fun to celebrate the way the Irish do!  For more information call (231) 724-3180.

Participating Establishments…so far:
• 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
• 794 Kitchen&Bar
• BoomTown Market
• Burl and Sprig
• Hennessy’s Pub
• Mike’s Inn
• Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
• Racquets Downtown Grill
• Tipsy Toad Tavern
• Top Shelf Pizza & Pub
• Unruly Brewing

Bird Talk
March 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the program “Bird Talk!”  Meet in the Habitat Gallery downstairs to learn how birds can tell us that spring is coming!  After identifying some local songbirds, you can create a bird book of your own to take home.  The program will repeat every 20 minutes.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Sujuri Britt, classical cello @TheBlock
March 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm come to The Block for “Sujuri Britt, classical cello!” On the heels of her West Michigan Symphony debut, the sensational 17-year-old Sujari Britt will fill The Block with the warmth and power of Bach, Brahms and Shostakovitch on her 1718 Neuner-Hornsteiner cello.  Tickets are $25 – $35.  Students are $10.  For more information call (231) 726-3231.

Live Music @ Next Door: Fremont John
March 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Next Door restaurant to relax and enjoy some craft cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and live music from Fremont John!  For more information call (231) 375-5185.  Check out their upcoming events at

Free Family Movie Series
March 15 @ 3:00 pm
The Frauenthal Center presents a “Free Family Movie Series” for 2020!  This new family-friendly entertainment series features 11 free family movies beginning in February and running through December of 2020!  Showcasing modern box office hits, the series aims to encourage families in the community to experience the Frauenthal Center and enjoy a free and fun afternoon. Sunday, March 15 it’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil!”  These events are free and no tickets are required.  All movies will begin at 3:00pm with the doors opening at 2:15pm.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Staged Reading: “Molly and I”
March 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 15 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, come to The Playhouse at White Lake for Staged Reading: “Molly and I!”  The newly re-formed White Lake Dramatic Club, a group of community actors, directors, and technicians, is pleased to present a staged reading of Frank R. Adams original 1912 play, “Molly and I”.  The original, type-written script was gifted to the Playhouse by Pete Damm.  Adams was a prolific writer of movies, books and songs and was an essential part of getting the Playhouse built in 1916.

A romantic comedy, the play tells the story of a wealthy heiress who must marry by a certain date in order to secure her fortune.  With the help of a friend, she places an advertisement for a husband who she will never see after they are married, as she wants to live life on her own.  Like many of his works, the story was told in the form of a book, a play and a film.

This is the first of three staged readings the Club will be performing.  Upcoming dates are April 25 at 7:30pm and May 10 at 3:00pm.  Membership in the Club is open to anyone interested in community theatre.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  For more information call (231) 894-4048.