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Winter Happenings

Last month we showed you how to live like a local during December. As the new year approaches, we have our eyes set on January and February. Do you have any winter favorites in Grand Rapids? Let us know in the comments below! -Happy Holidays from the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Holiday Inn Guide to ArtPrize

ArtPrize 10 starts on Wednesday and we have made our guide to ArtPrize 10 to help you make the most of a trip within our city! The public art show runs from Wednesday, September 19th to Sunday, October 7th. ArtPrize Basics ArtPrize Home Page Dates of ArtPrize: Wednesday, September 19th to Sunday, October 7th Location of Visitors Pavilion: Rosa Parks Circle  Visitor’s Pavilion Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Interactive Map: There are 165 participating locations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This interactive map allows you to manipulate where you would to go as you walk around the city. Filter options also include venues which have public restrooms. Transportation Around the City: Expect travel delays during ArtPrize. We recommend travelling by foot, as parking will be limited while touring the city. If you would like to ride the free DASH bus service, the map is located below. The closest bus stops to our...
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Gilda’s Laughfest!

Come join us for Gilda’s Laughfest, a community-wide festival of laughter, March 8-18, 2018. This annual festival is put on by the local branch of Gilda’s club, an organization for individuals living with cancer, named after former Saturday Night Live star, Gilda Radner. Now in it’s 7th year, Laughfest offers a variety of hilarious events for the whole family, many of which are completely free! Please visit laughfestgr.org for a complete list of both free and ticketed events. In years past, Laughfest has proudly hosted talented comedians such as Jay Leno, Whoopie Goldberg, Seth Meyers and even Betty White! Among favorites this year is parody song writer, “Weird Al Yankovic”. Shake off the winter weather blues and enjoy a seriously funny night out, right here in downtown Grand Rapids!

Christmas Time In the City

Do you have family and friends coming into town for the holidays? Are you looking for festive things to do? Look no farther than right here in downtown Grand Rapids! The city has many fun holiday traditions to offer. While you’re in town, don’t forget to rent some ice skates and take a spin on the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle. If being outdoors isn’t quite your style and you are looking for something a little warmer, head to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and visit the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibit, showing now through January 7th. For more information on holiday events going on downtown and in the surrounding areas, be sure to stop by the Experience Grand Rapids website for a complete listing. Happy Holidays from the HIGRDT Staff!