1.) GRAND RAPIDS INTERNATIONAL WINE, BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL AT DEVOS PLACE
Thursday, November 17 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm - $20.00
A celebration of culinary crafts! The Midwest's largest wine, beer & food festival comes together in November with over 1,600 wines, beers, ciders and spirits from around the world, along with creations from the area's finest restaurants. The event attracts thousands of food and wine enthusiasts and offers a vast array of extraordinary tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer seminars, mixology, gourmet foods, specialty items and accessories.
Reservations for Pairings and Champagne Flights are made in advance online or at the Festival on a first-come, first served basis. Each Pairing and Champagne Flight has limited seating, so reserve your space early.
2.) ART VAN SANTA PARADE
presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees
Saturday | 9am | Free | Downtown
The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year's parade will be "Christmas Fun for Everyone!"
Downtown Grand Rapids will be filled with the sweet sounds of local marching bands, carolers, and local performers. Entrants for the 2016 event will create unique entries around the theme, including costumes, music and floats based on popular & classic holiday songs.
When: Saturday, November 19 at 9:00 AM
Where: Downtown Grand Rapids on Monroe Ave NW
3.) WHISKERS & WINE - WINE & ART GALA TO BENEFIT CRASH'S LANDING & BID SID'S SANCTUARY
Friday | $50 | Thousand Oaks Golf Course
Our largest fundraiser of the year, the 8th Annual Whiskers & Wine Gala, will be held on November 18, 2016, at Thousand Oaks Golf Club. This event includes a full dinner with wine, raffle drawings for gift baskets, and an exciting live auction. Doors will open at 5:30pm with dinner starting at 7pm. Cost is $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available.
4.) GRAND RAPIDS KIDS JAM
Saturday |$5 | Southtown Guitar
A free form group setting for Young Musicians to explore creating music and playing instruments with other youth! Bring your big ideas, any instruments that you would like to create with and an open mind.
-Ages 7- 16 (Exceptions may apply!)
-Every Saturday starting November 19th
-An instructor will be present to help guide the jam session!
-$5 per person
Located at Southtown Guitar
1533 Wealthy Street SE
Grand Rapids MI, 49507
5. Local Comic Shop Day
Saturday | Free | Vault of Midnight | Starts at 10am goes all day
Do you have a local comic shop? Do you LOVE your local comic shop? Probably you do, but hear me out anyway.
On November 19th, take a moment to celebrate and acknowledge independent, locally owned comic shops with Local Comic Shop Day. In a world turning increasingly digital, turning more and more to our various screens for entertainment and shopping, there are still thousands of brick and mortar establishments run by actual human beings who want to talk to you about--and provide you with--the stuff you love. The excellent folks at an organization called ComicsPro have rallied comic readers all over the world to establish a holiday celebrating local comic book retailers and we are proud to be a part of their efforts.
Vault of Midnight will be celebrating LCSD by offering super-limited, ultra-exclusive Local Comic Shop Day merchandise. These will vary by store, so visit your local Vault (or all three, perhaps?) to see everything they offer.