CJ Devries from GRNow.com shares her picks for the top five events happening in Grand Rapids July 7 through 9.

1.) GRANDWICH - July 5 through 21

The Grandwich public vote will run from until July 21. The top ten finalists will be announced on the Grandwich website and social media outlets on July 24. The competition will conclude with the third annual judges tour of the top ten restaurants on July 27. Have fun with this year's competition, get out there and eat!


The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. With nearly 300 fine arts and crafts exhibitors, a full block of children's activities, festival and specialty food items, street performers and interactive art stations this event is an all around amazing experience! Sunshine Artist Magazine has recognized the Lakeshore Art Festival as one of the "200 Best" in the country.

3.) TATER TOTS & BEER FESTIVAL – GRAND RAPIDS - Saturday, July 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The most Delicious Tater Tots & Beer Festival is coming to Grand Rapids. Come and sample dozens of domestic, imported and crafted beers and sample delicious tater tot creations for your guilty dining pleasure. Combined with all of the beer you can legally drink, delicious tater tots, a side of live music and fun times, this event will be a day you will never forget. You just may have dreams about it for a long time afterwards.

4.) #IMOMSOHARD MOM'S NIGHT OUT - Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.

This summer, Jen and Kristin from #IMOMSOHARD are taking their show out of the playroom and onto the road. But this time, they're bringing the kids. And a tour bus (you didn't think they'd leave them with their husbands, did you?). There's no one making moms feel as uncomfortably normal as Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the hilarious oh-so-real women behind #IMOMSOHARD. With over 675,000 Facebook fans, and more than 55 million views of their web series, Jen and Kristin's blend of honesty and humor offer the kinds of levity most of us only get from our therapist, proving that if we weren't all laughing, we'd be crying, right? Right!? Tickets available online via Ticketmaster, at the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place box offices or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are subject to change. Age restriction: 18 years of age & older.

5.) YOGA FUNDRAISER+FROSTYBOY MEETUP! - Saturday, July 8 at 4 p.m.

Join us for a donation based Vinyasa session in the park, followed by a meet-up at Frosty Boy on Plainfield! Allie will be leading a compassionate flow – all welcome! $5 suggested donation fundraiser for Grand Rapids Veg Fest! At 5:30 p.m. we will be having a meet up at Frosty Boy on Plainfield and Ann Street.

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