Here is our list the top five things we think you will love this weekend (Nov. 6-8) in Michigan. Whether you want to throw it back to the glory days and enjoy a night listening to the king of pop or simply chill out with a couple of craft brews, we have your weekend plans set.
1. Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival
Saturday Nov. 7 more than 50 breweries from Michigan and around the United States will be at Wing Stadium in Kalamazoo from Noon to 6 p.m. The festival will feature all the best craft brews you love from breweries such as Bell’s Brewing, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Sprecher Brewing from Milwaukee and Alaska Brewing Company. Just to name a few. As if all of these great beers weren’t enough, you can also try your hand at keg-curling.
Tickets are available at http://wingseventcenter.com
2. Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
The Kalamazoo Symphony is debuting their symphonic take on some MJ’s famous beats this weekend in Kalamazoo. “Who’s Bad” will have their world premiere at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo on Saturday Nov. 7.
Tickets start at 17.50. More information athttp://kalamazoosymphony.com
3. Chris Tomlin at Van Andel Arena
Chris Tomlin will bring his “Love Ran Red Tour” to Grand Rapids this Saturday Nov. 7. The Grammy and Dove winning Christian artist will be performing songs from his 2014 album of the same name. The chart topper is also expected to feature other songs from his list on fan favorites. After all, he does have nearly 20 top 10 hits to choose from!
Special guest Rend Collective will open for Tomlin. This concert should be a blast at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m.
More info at http://vanandelarena.com
4. Pippin, Nov 3-8 at Devos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids
This new production of the Tony Award winning musical comes 40 years after it originally debuted on Broadway but with a slight twist. The story is still the same, one of a young prince whose journey through war, love and even politics pushes him to find meaning in his life, but in this version the chorus is a group of circus performers.
Performances continue through Nov. 8. More information at http://www.broadwaygrandrapids.com
5. GR .1K Race to End Duchenne, Nov. 7 at the B.O.B., Grand Rapids
After completing the .1K course that goes halfway around the downtown building, the racers are invited inside the B.O.B to hang out and enjoy live music, beer specials and Noodle Mania Mac and Cheese contest with local chefs. There will even be an “Iron Chef” inspired competition for the kids.
The race begins at noon. Registration is $30 at http://runashortrace.com and is limited to the first 2,000 racers. All proceeds from race registration and the mac and cheese sample tickets are donated to the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in an effort to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Have great weekend and don’t forget to listen in to Wood Radio every Sunday at 6 p.m. to hear more about what’s going on Behind the Mitten!
By Hannah Olson