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Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept. 17-20)

Looking for things to do this weekend in the mitten? Look no further! We’ve rounded up the top five events you are sure to love this weekend:

No. 5 The Ringling Bro. Barnum & Bailey Circus

Continues this weekend at Van Andel Arena for multiple performances throughout the weekend, including three shows on Saturday. This year’s show is called LEGENDS and it features family fun, amazing  performers from all over the world — and all those animals, of course. Tickets start at $20. And don’t forget….There will be an all-access preshow party one hour before each performance. More information at vanandelarena.com.

No. 4 The Michigan Irish Music Festival, Sept. 17-20, Heritage Landing, Muskegon

If you’re going to put on an Irish music festival, go BIG! That’s what they do in Muskegon where you have multiple days of Highland games, entertainment, a whiskey snug, cultural exhibits, tea room and more! More details, including a list of entertainers at michiganirish.org. A four-day pass is available for $30.

No. 3 Beerfest at the the Ballpark, 5-10 p.m. Sept. 19, Cooley Law School Stadium, Lansing

It’s back. The popular Lansing festival — which takes place in the spring and fall every year — will feature more than 200 craft beers, meads, spirits and ciders from more than 50 Michigan Breweries. Because it’s fall, Beerfest also will include 50 German and Belgian beers. The festival will feature live music from Showdown, Lights and Caves and Black Barn Band. Advance tickets are $30 and includes a logo tasting glass for 3 oz. pours and 10 tasting tickets. The festival is a collaboration between the Lansing Lugnuts and I’m a Beer Hound. More information at www.beerfestattheballpark.net.

No. 2 Brewery Vivant presents its 5th annual Wood-Aged Beer Fest!
It’s in a big outdoor parking lot adjacent to the Brewery and celebrates the unique flavor profiles of wood barrel-aged beer. Limited & rare — Old favorites & new experiments. Be on the forefront of Brewery Vivant bourbon and wine barrel-aged ales, oak-aged sours, and maybe even a special WABF firkin or two.
There are Two sessions || afternoon 1-4p // evening 5-8p || on Sept. 19
Both Sessions are filling up! Limited tickets remain;$40 at the gate
More information at www.breweryvivant.com

Rain or Shine! We’ve got tents!
Two sessions || afternoon 1-4p // evening 5-8p ||
Tickets are $35 and include 10 tasting tokens in your souvenir tasting glass. Add’l tokens for sale ($2.50/ea).
Over 20 beers to sample and enjoy with friends, family, neighbors, and travelers alike.
Vivant festival food available if hunger should arise.
21+ event.
Pub is open as usual on Saturday, but festival grounds are separated.
Great beer, great friends, great times.
And the No. 1 thing to do this weekend is the  Perrin Backyard Bash
Celebrating their 3rd anniversary and the release of the new Perrin canning line.
Hours are 3-11 p.m. on Sept. 19
Featuring many musical performances, including by…
+ Black Jake & The Carnies
+ K Jones & The Benzie Playboys
+ Environmental Encroachment
+ Fauxgrass
+ The Legal Immigrants

+ Gabriel Brass Band
+ Wazobia

There will be games, food and even a corn hole tournament.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
More information at www.perrinbrewing.com

Don’t forget to tune in to our radio show Behind the Mitten on Sunday night.
This weekend we’ll take you Behind the Scenes to all the work going on to put on next weekend’s Oktocberfest — Sept. 25 and 26 at John Ball Park. They’ll have authentic German food, beer and entertainment.

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