Summer is coming! Grand Rapids is a fantastic place to be during the summer with so many events and things to do. Here are 5 of some of the most popular things to do in the summer of 2016 in Grand Rapids.


1. Ah-Nab-Awen park is host to “movies in the park.” Every other Friday during the months of June-August the movies are presented on a 50 ft screen starting at dusk. Pre-movie events begin at 7p. This event attracted more than 31,000 guests last year so be sure to arrive early to obtain a great spot on the lawn. The 2016 list of movies in the park were just released which will be shown on the following dates and times:


    June 3: “The Wizard of Oz”

    June 17: “Men in Black”

    July 8: “A League of Their Own”

    July 22: “The Mask of Zorro”

    August 5: “Edward Scissorhands”

    August 19 double feature: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and a to-be-determined movie that will be chosen by voters starting June 3


      1. Fredrick Meijer Garden Concerts are a very popular event to attend. The concert series runs from June-September. This venue is unique which offers a small more intimate feel. All seats are lawn seats and many shows are sold out, but tickets are still available for some! This summers line-up is sure to be one of the most exciting which includes the following musicians:


      Mon, Jun 6

      Tears for Fears

      SOLD OUT

      Wed, Jun 8

      The Monkees – Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour


      Sun, Jun 12


      SOLD OUT

      Mon, Jun 13

      Of Monsters and Men

      SOLD OUT

      Wed, Jun 15

      Ziggy Marley

      SOLD OUT

      Fri, Jun 17

      Tedeschi Trucks Band


      Wed, Jun 22

      Michael Franti & Spearhead with special guest Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters


      Sun, Jun 26

      Fitz and The Tantrums


      Mon,Jun 27

      Jackson Browne

      SOLD OUT

      Wed, Jun 29

      Gregg Allman

      SOLD OUT

      Sun, Jul 10

      Ben Folds with yMusic


      Mon, Jul 11

      The Decemberists

      SOLD OUT

      Wed, Jul 13

      Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals


      Thu, Jul 14

      Old Crow Medicine Show


      Sun, Jul 17

      Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

      SOLD OUT

      Wed, Jul 20

      Femi Kuti & The Positive Force Band and Bombino


      Sun, Jul 24

      An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band


      Mon, Jul 25

      Diana Ross

      SOLD OUT

      Wed, Jul 27

      The Goo Goo Dolls


      Thu, Jul 28

      Jay Leno


      Wed, Aug 3

      Grace Potter


      Wed, Aug 10

      WAR & Los Lonely Boys


      Sun, Aug 14



      Wed, Aug 17

      ABBA The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA

      SOLD OUT

      Sun, Aug 21

      An Evening with The Beach Boys

      SOLD OUT

      Wed, Aug 24

      Lake Street Dive

      SOLD OUT

      Fri, Aug 26



      Wed, Aug 31

      Bonnie Raitt

      SOLD OUT

      Thu, Sep 1



      Wed, Sep 7

      Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer

      SOLD OUT


      1. Grand Rapids can get HOT in the summer time. Just a 30 minute drive away from downtown Grand Rapids are the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan. This is a great place to come cool off during the hot days of summer in Grand Rapids. Grand Haven, Saugatuck, and Holland are within a reasonable driving distance and each town offers visitors beautiful public beaches, downtown shopping, and many fun activities.


      1. This year Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids will occur August 10-21, 2016. This is an event any foodie of Grand Rapids cannot miss this summer! Grand Rapids is host to many farm-to-table style restaurants and restaurant week is a great opportunity to have a taste of the city and experience a big variety.


      2. If you are an avid golfer or just enjoy the sport Grand Rapids is host to the Meijer LPGA Classic which will take place at Blythefield Country Club. On June 14-19, 2016 144 of the top female golfers in the world come to play for the 2 million dollar purse at the Meijer LPGA Classic! Some events taking place during the Classic are Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic, Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk, Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, A night with Dean Fearing at the Meijer LPGA Classic, An Evening the Carla Hall at the Meijer LPGA Classic, and Fathers Day Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson. For more information on these events visit experiencegr .