Top 5 Things to Do in Grand Rapids Before The School Year

07 August

Top 5 Things to Do in Grand Rapids Before The School Year

It is August already and summer is beginning to wind down in West Michigan. From top notch music festivals to local area attractions, there is something for everyone to do before the end of summer, all in close proximity to the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown. Whether you are getting ready to send the kids back to school or working on your college degree, here are some things you can do right here in Grand Rapids to complete summer.

John Ball Zoo

Before temperatures get too chilly, consider taking the kids to John Ball Zoo for a family day out. Make learning come alive for you and your children through their education programs. These programs are designed using fun, hands-on teaching methods that are sure to get your kids ready for school. John Ball Zoo regular season hours run through the beginning of November. 


This free two day event takes place August 17th and 18th! Head out to Rosa Parks Circle in the heart of downtown to check out notable jazz performers as well as new up-and-coming artists. This event is perfect for the whole family so bring out some snacks and a folding chair to relax during the weekend. 

Breakaway Music Festival

Breakaway Music Festival is the end of summer party every young adult is attending. Taking place on Friday August 23rd, and Saturday August 24th this event features tons of popular musical acts including Wiz Khalifa and Blackbear. Located at Belknap Park, this festival is a once in a lifetime experience in an intimate concert setting. Tickets are on sale now!

Schools out summer Series

This event is designed specifically for children ages 8-12 is a fun five-day cooking series event to share the passion of cooking between kids and experienced chefs. The Sur La Table event, beginning August 12th, encourages children to make new friends and create special menus to express their culinary creativity. Tickets are on sale here. 

Family night at the grand rapids children's museum

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is filled with fun for the whole family! Exhibits rotate on a monthly basis, so check out the website to see the latest attraction for August. As a bonus every Thursday from 5pm - 8pm is Family Night, which means admission is only $1.75!

What festivals are you attending this summer?

-The Holiday Inn Team

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