Muskegon County Calendar of Events
October 15-22, 2018
Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
Through October 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery through October 25. Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.
Marketing Monday: Business to Business Branding & Marketing
October 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, October 15 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a Marketing Monday! The theme will be “Business to Business Branding & Marketing.” A company that markets its products and services to other businesses must take a different approach than an entity that is marketing to consumers. Conducted by Randy Borns of Borns LLC. The cost is $10 and you will need to pre-register at eventbrite.com. No walk-ins, no exceptions. For more information, call 616-331-6900.
Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture Series
October 15 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them for their Fall 2018 Lecture Series! The lectures will all be on Monday nights and begin at 6:00pm. This year, the lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum. The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, per lecture. If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership. For more information, call (231) 755-1230.
- October 15 – Korean War/Ron Janowski
- October 22 – Vietnam War/Jim Smither
- October 29 – D-Day/Ed Gordon
- November 5 – War Road Trip Summary/Bill Jacobks
Open Mic Night with Clayton Hardiman
October 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, October 15 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, take your creativity to the mic! Whether you want to read poetry, sing, play music or perform comedy, they want to hear you at Hackley Public Library! If you prefer to be a listener in the audience, that’s great too! Join them to see and listen to the local talent of Muskegon (no registration needed for listeners/viewers). If you wish to perform, please register by calling the HPL reference desk at (231) 722-8011, or visiting their online event calendar. When registering through their online calendar event, feel free to write what you wish to perform in the ‘notes’ section. Walk-in performers will also be welcome!
Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon. Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market. This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm. For more information, find them on Facebook.
Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show! Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams! Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge. Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week. For more information, call (231) 726-4007.
3rd Annual Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade & Autumn Fest
October 16 – 20
The Lakeside District is having their annual Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest! This fall celebration happens October 16 – 20 and culminates with the 3rd Annual Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade! In addition to being tons of fun, it will also be a “harvest” for those in need in the community. Participants and those who attend are asked to bring non-perishable food items and new or unused winter wear, such as gloves, mittens, scarves or hats for distribution to area food banks and shelters.
Their main recipient is Kids’ Food Basket and the items they need are:
- Fruit cups or pouches
- Dried fruit
- Snack size zipper bags
- Toasted oat cereal
- Cheese crackers
- Pretzel twists
- Decorated 8lb Bags
The parade will feature musical groups, marching units and decorated vehicles. This will be a ‘sweet’ opportunity for organizations and individuals to come together to celebrate the fall harvest by giving to those in need.
The parade is Saturday, October 20 with a 9:30am step-off time. It begins at the Grand Trunk parking area at the foot of McCracken, then heads east down Lakeshore Dr., then into the Lakeside Emporium parking lot. If you have a group and are interested in participating, please call Laureen at 231-755-9933 as soon as possible.
Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Flea Market at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday, May – October from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities
Through October 27
Through October 27 on Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Weesie’s Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping invites you to join them for Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities! Weesie’s is spreading Halloween cheer and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and how to put an end to it!
Come join the fun at their Montague location featuring Spookley Trail Rides and Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides where you can pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch! Be sure to visit Spookley’s Playground with new attractions and activities. It’s lots of fun for the whole family!
Rain may delay or cancel some activities, so be sure to call ahead of time at 231-894-4742 if the weather is bad. The last wagon to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30pm on Saturdays and 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The cost is 6 per person and includes all activities and a pumpkin.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin tells the story of a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch. Spookley initially faces ridicule from the other pumpkins for being different. Then, one night during a terrible storm, Spookley saves the other pumpkins and they learn that what makes you different is what makes you special. His story, available as both a book and DVD, delivers a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun format for kids.
Smash Wine Bar & Bistro: Wine Tasting Night
October 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for Wine Tasting Night! This month you’ll taste 4 bourbon or rum barrel aged wines. Wine specialist, Kara, will walk you through the fun and unique ways these wines were made. Seating is limited for this event, so be sure to get your tickets soon. The cost is $25 plus fee. For more information, call (231) 246-7910. To buy tickets, visit www.smashwinebar.com.
Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, room 135: “Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. This 35-minute program will run August 28 – October 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. No reservations are needed.
John Bartley Science Museum, room 141: (across the hall from the planetarium) has new exhibits on electricity and magnetism. Open 9:00am – 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can visit before the planetarium show. Fridays are by appointment only.
For more information, or to schedule a free, private visit for your group, call (231) 777-0289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz at the Watermark 920
October 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, October 16 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, enjoy Jazz at the Watermark 920! Gather with friends to enjoy live music as Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek leads the Truth in Jazz Orchestra. There’ll be great food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar. TIJO will debut a couple of new charts they have been working on and alumnus, Mike Truszkowski, will be subbing on the trumpet! The cover charge is $5 or $2 for students with ID. For more information, call the Watermark 920 at (231) 578-0469.
ahFest Film Fest: The Drop
October 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to enjoy a free screening of the film “The Drop” as part of Muskegon Community College’s ahFest (Arts and Humanities Festival)!
Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) tends bar in his cousin’s pub and looks the other way when local mobsters use the joint as a temporary bank. His simple life takes a complicated turn when he finds a battered puppy. He asks his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help nursing it back to health, and a mutual attraction sparks between them. However, a robbery at the bar and the return of Nadia’s abusive ex force Bob to face the truth about those he thinks he knows best—including himself. Directed by Michael R. Roskam.
A Muskegon Community College instructor will introduce the film. Film admission, popcorn and cider are free. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Auditorium doors close at 6:00pm. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
Nat Rosales Fantasmenagerie Opening Event
October 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
October 18 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Nat Rosales Fantasmenagerie Opening Event! Celebrate the opening of this fantastical autumn exhibition as Nat Rosales talks about his work in a program following the reception. This event is free and open to the public and will have a cash bar. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
October 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join swing dance instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in October! This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour deals! Classes are limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate. Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today!
Class Dates: October 4, 11, 18
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $85 per couple/ $60 per single
It’s Thursday Night Live!
October 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm, students at Muskegon High School will be putting on a series of sketch comedies from shows such as Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, In Living Color, and more! Tickets are $5. Call 231-720-2911 for more information
West Michigan Vintage Market – Fall Sale
October 19 – October 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, October 19 – 20 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, it’s the West Michigan Vintage Market! Offering over 10,000 sq. ft. filled with amazing curators, local food vendors and artisans featuring shabby chic decor, mid-century modern and re-purposed furniture, boutiques, upscale fashions and so much more. For more information, follow them on Facebook or visit www.westmichiganvintagemarket.com.
Smashing Pumpkins Friday Family Fun Night & Collection by Color Exhibit Opening
October 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Lakeshore Museum Center’s trebuchet (a type of catapult, a common type of siege engine which uses a swinging arm to throw a projectile) will be back by popular demand! Friday, October 19 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, kids can paint their own pumpkin (while supplies last), then take it home or smash it with the museum’s catapult! They will also be celebrating the opening of their newest exhibit, “Collection by Color.” Be one of the first to explore the exhibit and enjoy learning more about pumpkins and the color orange! This event is free for Muskegon County residents and museum members, or just $3 for non-residents. For more information, call (231) 722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.
Trail of Terror
October 19, 20, 26 & 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
October 19, 20, 26 and 27 from dusk until 11:00pm, enjoy the haunted trail that has been voted the scariest in West Michigan, the Trail of Terror in Holton! Tickets are $14, or $19 for VIP tickets. Credit cards are accepted. This trail is open to all ages, but parental discretion is advised. Those with heart conditions are strongly cautioned. For more information, call 231-821-2234.
Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tour
October 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday night, October 19 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you’re invited to the Hackley & Hume Historic Site for an All Access Tour! Go where no visitor has gone before as you explore what’s behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.
The third Friday of the month, enjoy and experience different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, Hackley House during the Red Cross, and Hume as a Daycare Center, and future projects.
The cost is $20 for non-members or $15 for members. RSVP is required, but they will accept walk-ins if there is room. They will accept 15 people on the tour, but if they have a lot of interest, they will be able to accommodate 30 people. To reserve a spot on the All Access Tour, contact Aaron Mace at email@example.com or 231-724-5534.
Haunted Hall 2018
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Haunted Hall 2018 is excited to be at the Lakes Mall again! Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, the cost is $15 for FOUR haunts! If you bring in non-perishable food goods for Love, Inc. you will receive a $1 discount per item, with a limit of three items.
They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket giveaways! FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.
This year’s theme is the Old State Hospital Complex:
Not necessarily for the criminally insane – more like for TB patients, special need folks, or those society wanted to forget. Have underground tunnels (old campuses used to have them to connect to areas). They also tended to have some sort of industrial area or workshop that patients could work in, with ours being a meat-packing plant. The tunnels and meat-packing plant had a torture area. They were also used to dispose of patients who died. On a lighter note, in order to prevent the patients from rebelling, the hospital made sure to provide entertainment, this year in the form of a 3D Circus!
Open Mic Night
October 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a song you’ve been practicing? A poem you want to share? Dance moves? Jokes? Friday, October 19 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s time for another Red Lotus Center for the Arts Open Mic Night! Come out and show off your stuff or just sit and be amazed, your choice! Any kind of talent is welcome –– songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off. They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and you don’t burn the place down.
To stay up to date on all of their events, follow them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon/
October 20 – October 21
October 20 at 7:30pm and October 21 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Aladdin, Jr.!”
Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat that learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for their Penguin artists!
For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.
Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour! This free self-guided tour happens the first three Saturdays in October from 10:00am – 4:00pm. “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber/CVB at the Whitehall Depot 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall. Using the map as a guide you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes! Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot. For more information call 231-724-3100.
Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char
October 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char!”
Learn the fun of making your own pizza dough and a homemade marinara sauce for the start of a good pizza. Find out how to make an herbed crusted, stuffed crust and even a cinnamon crust for a sweet treat fruit pizza. Choose and add your own toppings for pizzas that can be eaten in class or taken home to share and enjoy later. The cost is $35. For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit www.Eventbrite.com to sign up.
October 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 20 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Appraisal Fair! Appraisers from DuMouchelle Art Galleries Co., Detroit, will be on hand to evaluate collectibles, jewelry, and antiques, combining decades of professional experience in many areas. DuMouchelle appraisers also appear on Antiques Roadshow. Appraisers will offer verbal evaluations for $15 per item or set of items ($12 for MMA members). The fee includes museum gallery admission ($8-$10 value). Written appraisals cannot be provided at this event, but Appraisal Fair is an inexpensive opportunity that can help you know if it would be worthwhile to pay to get a written appraisal on an item for sales or insurance reasons. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
Free Historic Sites Tours to Muskegon County Residents
Saturdays @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturdays in October from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Muskegon County residents can tour our historic sites for free! Tours include the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era. This is the museum’s way to say “thank you” to the residents of Muskegon County for supporting our millage each year! For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.
Muskegon Community College EXPO for Prospective Students
October 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Prospective students from 9th grade and up, adults, and current students are encouraged to attend the Muskegon Community College EXPO, formerly called Taste of Tomorrow, on Saturday, October 20, from 11:30am – 1:30pm on the main campus.
Whether you’re graduating from high school or changing your career, get help mapping out your future from their faculty and staff that will be on hand to provide information. Be sure to register at the event for a chance at great prizes, including a two-year scholarship to attend MCC.
The Muskegon Community College EXPO allows attendees more flexibility to consider career options, more personal attention, and more information about MCC programs, degrees, and certificates. Explore the many educational possibilities that the college offers.
For more information, contact the MCC Office of Community Outreach at (231) 777-0422.
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30pm – 6:00pm. The cost is $2 for kids under 12, $3 for veterans and active duty military, and $4 for adults. Private tours can be arranged for $50 per person. For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.
October 20 & 27 @ 4:00 pm
Aquastar is the new name of the Muskegon Lake-based cruise boat formerly known as the Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. The ticket price is $15. Kids under 10 are admitted free with adults. For more information or tickets, visit their website at https://aquastarcruises.com/ or call 231-903-0669.
Lakeshore Bridal Expo
October 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 21 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Muskegon Country Club for the Lakeshore Bridal Expo, the premiere fall bridal show in the Muskegon area. The show features nearly 40 local wedding professionals. For more information, call (231) 343-3188.
Howloween Open House
October 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 21 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, you’re invited to a “Howloween Open House” at Howling Timbers Animal Sanctuary! Meet their amazing animals and enjoy hayrides, a petting farm, face painting, games, prizes, refreshments and more. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call (231) 736-0018.
The mission of Howling Timbers is to provide life-long sanctuary to wolves, wolf-dogs, farm and exotic animals that have been neglected, abused, abandoned or relinquished by their previous owner. Also, to assist humane societies, animal shelters and the Michigan Department of Agriculture with the placement of wolf dogs and exotic animals and to educate the public on proper care and humane treatment of all animal species.
An Evening with Garry Trudeau
October 22 @ 7:30 pm
October 22 at 7:30pm, the Muskegon Writers’ Series presents, “An Evening with Garry Trudeau!” American cartoonist Garry Trudeau is a New York native who rose to fame with his cartoon strip “Doonesbury.” “Doonesbury” was launched in 1970, and now appears in nearly 1400 daily and Sunday newspaper clients in the U.S. and abroad. Trudeau’s work has been collected in 60 hardcover, trade paperback and mass-market editions, which have cumulatively sold over 7 million copies worldwide. In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic strip artist ever to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Trudeau is also known for the political comedy series Alpha House (2013), Tanner ’88 (1988), and A Doonesbury Special (1977)
There will be book, wine and beer sales as well as live music in the lobby. For more information, call 231-727-8001.
Have a great week!
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