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10 Things To Do this Weekend: March 9th-11th

We have outdoor and indoor activities this weekend. There is bobsledding, birthday celebrations, animals at the zoo, concerts, a circus, monster trucks and more. And don’t forget to “Spring Forward” with your clocks this weekend.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

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Various Locations and Times

Thursday, March 8th through Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Cost: Varies depending on event

Gilda’s LaughFest kicks off this weekend. There are various events throughout the Grand Rapids area running through Sunday March 18th. Enjoy comedians such as Cameron Esposito, Bert Kreischer, and Tiffany Haddish. The fifth annual FUNderwear Run will take place at New Holland Brewing Company’s Knickerbocker on Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm. Runners, joggers, and walkers are encouraged to wear their finest (and funniest!) underwear over their running clothes to create a hilarious and one-of-a-kind moment in support of the free cancer, grief and emotional health support programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. NEW THIS YEAR: Course length is just 0.6 of a mile!



DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Friday, March 9th, 2018 – 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Cost: $10

The West Michigan Women’s Expo is celebrating 20 years and is recognized as the best!  Your Health, Your Home, Your Style! Over 300 Exhibits, Shopping and FUN tailored to Women and their Families. Explore a new interest, re-ignite your health, and shop for a great find with the following products and services: Health & Wellness, Beauty, Fashion, Food, Fitness, Travel, Home Decor’, Finance, Education, Pampering, Jewelry & Accessories, Hair Styling, Eyebrow Styling, Cooking, Shopping, and more! A must see expo for women of all ages!



DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Friday, March 9th, 2018 – 10:30 am, 4:00 pm  & 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 11:00 am, 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $21

With three rings of affordable family fun, “The Shrine Circus” will thrill fans of all ages. See the death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals. (Acts are subject to change.)



Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Friday, March 9th, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country.  These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!



DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Friday, March 9th, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $38

Broadway Grand Rapids presents The Bodyguard. Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night”, “One Moment in Time”, “Saving All My Love”, “I Have Nothing”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You”.



Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 9:30 am-1:00 pm

Cost: $50

2018 marks Blandford’s 50th anniversary, and they will be honoring the past and looking towards the future of Blandford Nature Center. Help them honor the amazing woman that started it all! Join them as they celebrate Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray’s 91st birthday. Mingle with Mary Jane, enjoy a pancake brunch and hear from President & CEO Jason Meyer and Mary Jane Dockeray.



John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Opens Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Cost: Adults $8.50, Children 2-12 $7.50, Children 1 and under Free, Seniors 62 and up $7.50

The John Ball Zoo opens for the 2018 season this Saturday, March 10th at 10 am. Normal hours will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm seven days a week through April 20th, after that summer hours will begin. Check their website for updates on times and admission.



4 Mile Showplace, 1025 4 Mile Rd., NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49544

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Cost: Adults $5, 12 and Under FREE, $1 discount for seniors, veterans, and active military

Why wait until spring to shop at a garage sale and flea market. Shop indoors this weekend at the 4 Mile Showplace in Walker.



The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Cost: $10 in Advance/$15 Day of Show

A couple of tribute bands will be at The Intersection this Saturday. Crazy Babies: Ozzy Rebourne along with the AC/DC Tribute Let There Be Rock, with a tribute to early AC/DC, will hit the stage.



Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – 2:00 am

Cost: Free

Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” and move your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night/Sunday morning as we begin Daylight Saving Time. (And yes, the correct spelling is “Saving” not “Savings”. There should be no “S” on the end!) It’s also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


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