Before you spend all day Sunday inside watching the big game, there is fun to be had all over the state on Friday and Saturday! From festivals and snowmobile races up north, to unique symphonic experiences in Grand Rapids, there is something for everyone in our list of the top five things to do.
5. International I-500 Snowmobile Race, Sault Ste. Marie.
It’s like NASCAR – but on ice! The much-anticipated 48th Annual International I-500 Snowmobile Race takes place this weekend up in Sault Ste. Marie. It’s worth the drive for us trolls beneath the bridge. There will be Activities that take place through Saturday Feb. 6th in addition to the race itself. For more information visit http://i-500.com.
4. Grand Rapids Symphony
Looking for a little something to shake up your typical symphony experience? Look no further! The Grand Rapids Symphony on Friday, February 5, welcomes “Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions” to DeVos Performance Hall, with carefully timed visuals from recent and classic Pokémon video games, all brought to life by the Grand Rapids Symphony. The show is at 8 p.m this Friday. Tickets start at $32 for the event that puts the “boom” in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Nestle Gerber Symphonic BOOM series. More info at http://GRsymphony.org.
3. Bootlegger’s Ball, Grand Rapids
This fun filled fundraiser for the Heritage Theatre will feature poker and casino games, entertainment, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bar Divani. Tickets are $50 Each/$95 Couples. More info http://heritagetheatregr.org
2. Ethnic Heritage Festival, Grand Rapids
The Festival is a day-long celebration of music, dance, crafts and food representing the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tastings and presentations. The Museum Café will feature ethnic food selections. There will be a special International Beer Tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The beer tasting is open to those 21 and above for $5.00. It begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids.
1. Alpenfest, Gaylord
If you can’t make it all the way to the UP, check out this weekend’s 5th Annual Alpenfrost, Feb. 5-6, in Gaylord. You’ll find everything from ice skating to carnival rides to fun contests such as a Soup Cook Off and Cupcake Wars. Or even participate in the Frosty 5k race. The weekend also includes a Friday night beer tent and live music, as well as the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. While you’re up in Gaylord you can take a pit stop at Michigan Craft Beer & Wine Festival at Treetops Resort. More information about Alpenfrost at http://GaylordMichigan.net.
What’s coming up on this weekend’s Behind the Mitten?
We’re partnering with Perrin Brewery and Fifth Third River Bank Run to offer training runs as many of us prepare for the big race on May 14. The No Problems Beer Runs are the second Tuesday of each month, and they originate from Perrin Brewery in Comstock Park. The first run is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.
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