A growing city with countless things to do
There is always something exciting or new happening in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize, the biggest event of the year, happens each fall. It turns downtown Grand Rapids into a three-square-mile art gallery that features a wide range of critically-acclaimed pieces and folk art in nearly every building and public space in downtown. You can also enjoy annual events such as Restaurant Week, Festival of the Arts, Gilda’s LaughFest, the Grandwich Competition and more. Craft breweries and excellent, affordable farm-to-table restaurants are opening in every neighborhood. ExperienceGR.com or Urbanspoon (download the app) can give you detailed recommendations, but we suggest you start with Marie Catrib’s ($), The Green Well ($$), Terra GR ($$), Harmony Brewing Company ($) and Founders ($).
If you love outdoor activities and recreation, Grand Rapids has miles of dedicated bike paths, beautiful parks, several nearby downhill ski areas and several mountain biking tracks.