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The 411 in the 616: Return of Summer

The heat is on this week with the return of summer weather which means patios and outdoor activities are at the top of my priority list. I love fall (bring on all the apples and pumpkins), but I’m not quite ready to pack up my summer clothes or even think about snow on the horizon. To make the most of this week scroll down for the 411 in the 616 filled with awesome events, local links and my latest obsessions. I hope you have a wonderful week!Β 



Have you been to the newly remodeled Forest Hills Foods? Check out their re-grand opening from September 11-17 for daily events happening in the store.

If you love shopping at Kingma’s stop by their grand opening from September 11-15 featuring daily events from local vendors.


Get ready for ArtPrize with an artists reception at One Trick Pony on Tuesday, September 12 from 5:30-8:30 PM.

If you enjoy whisky cocktails check out this whisky class at Long Road Distillers on Tuesday, September 12 from 6:30-8 PM.


Pack the pub at Creston Brewery on Wednesday, September 13 from 12-11 PM and they will donate 15 % of food and drink sales to benefit Feeding America West Michigan.

Do you love sushi? Check out sushi night at Sandy Point Beach House on Wednesday, September 13 from 5-10 PM.

Join Grove for a special 5-course dinner on Wednesday, September 13 from 6-9 PM benefiting Slow Food West Michigan!

Fish Boatwerks Holland MichiganThursday:

Enjoy the nice weather at Relax at Rosa with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. on Thursday, September 14 from 12-1:30 PM.

Did you know West Elm is hiring? Stop by their hiring day on Thursday, September 14 from 2-7 PM.

Support the efforts of the Houston SPCA with a special fundraising Luau Polo with Grand Rapids Polo Club on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM.


If you love salmon don’t miss Salmon Festival in Grand Haven from September 15-16! You can try a fish boil, run a 5k or 10k, fishing contest, live music and more.

Don’t miss out on the Mexican Festival with Mexican Heritage Association from September 15-16!

Get tickets for girls night or date night at Civic Theatre and see Calendar Girls running from September 15-October 1.

Cheers to New Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker on celebrating their 1st Beerthday on Friday, September 15 from 4 PM – 1 AM. Stop by for special beer releases, featured cocktails, and live music to celebrate!

Join Michigan Craft Distillers Association for Michigan Distilled on Friday, September 15 from 6-10 PM for its first spirits and cocktail festival.

Get ready for An Enchanted Evening with RC Caylan Atelier featuring a fashion show benefiting the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Grand Rapids on Friday, September 15 from 7:30-11:30 PM.

If you’ve never been to a silent dance party don’t miss GRAM After Dark on Friday, September 15 from 9 PM – 12 AM.


Need some yoga? Head to Frederik Meijer Gardens for yoga pop-up with Dean Jeffery on Saturday, September 16 from 9-10 AM.

Cheers to the 7th Annual Wood-Aged Beer Fest with Brewery Vivant on Saturday, September 16 from 12-8 PM.

Welcome fall with a caramel apple bar from Farmhaus Cider Co. on Saturday, September 16 from 4-8 PM.

Grab your friends and check out the White Attire Patio Party at The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck on Saturday, September 16 from 8-11 PM.


Join Flat Lander’s Bar for a Michigan Street block party on Sunday, September 17 from 3-8 PM for some live music, local food and Michigan beer!

Celebrate ArtiPrize Nine with an artist party at The BOB on Saturday, September 17 from 7-10 PM.

Shopping Lee & Birch Grand RapidsLocal Links:

This video from KV Team – Kyle Visser is totally worth watching.

Check out these 5 helpful tips to improve your Facebook Feed from Sweaty Wisdom.

Learn where and when you can pick apples and pumpkins this fall on GR Kids.

My Latest Obsessions This Week:

Date night at Boatwerks

Salmon Angel Hair Puttanesca from Nonna’s The Trattoria

A spray tan from Smooched

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