Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/29/18 – 06/04/18

Business News |May 30, 2018|15 min read

Ted Talk: How to Find and Do Work You Love

May 29 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Tuesday, May 29 from 8:30am – 9:30am, you’re invited to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a viewing of the inspirational TED Talk, “How to Find and Do Work You Love!”  There will also be a guided panel discussion with some of the area’s most vibrant entrepreneurs.  For more information about this free event, call the Hub at 616-331-6900 or just register at Eventbrite.



  • Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Radio
  • Michael Hyacinthe, Wimage
  • Jenni Griswold, Dockside Salon



The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian



2018 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Edward Curtis.  Curtis is today known best for his masterpiece, The North American Indian, a monumental project comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 723 large portfolio prints that catalogued images and ethnography of the Native American tribes of the Western United States.  The Muskegon Museum of Art featured the entire collection of The North American Indian over the summer of 2017 in an exhibition that was seen by over 30,000 visitors from every U.S. State and 28 other countries.  The exhibition was a celebration of Curtis’s achievement and an examination of the dual nature of its legacy, of the preservation of knowledge and culture, and the harmful perpetuations of stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect the social and political landscape in our country.


The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.


Planetarium Show: Incoming!

Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm


Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


54th Annual MCC Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception

May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public, the exhibit highlights outstanding artwork by MCC’s art and design students over the past academic year.  Art and design faculty selected the featured artwork from among several thousand pieces produced by more than 500 students.  The show features a range of cash awards, including $400 First Place, $300 Second Place, $200 Third Place, and $100 Honorable Mention prizes.  In addition, the President’s Purchase Awards for the MCC Art Collection will be announced.  The Place Awards are selected by an independent juror who is a practicing art professional.  This year’s awards juror is Grand Valley State University Professor of Art Timothy Fisher.  A free public reception and awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:00pm – 6:30pm in the Overbrook Lobby and Gallery.  Light refreshments will be served.  Awards will be announced at 5:30pm in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information.


Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.


5×5 Night Muskegon

May 30 @ 5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 30 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for 5×5 Night!


  • 5 Votes:  Community members vote for 5 favorite ideas
  • 5 Ideas:  5 creators are chosen to pitch
  • 5 Minutes:  Pitches are limited to 5 minutes and 5 slides
  • 5 Judges
  • $5,000:  Best idea wins

For more information visit


Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place

Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.


ReCon: Resilience Conference

May 31 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Thursday, May 31 at 8:00am, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Veteran’s Resilience Summit!


Pioneering a Veteran resilience movement starts with all of us.  That’s why ReCon: Resilience Conference is bringing in the best speakers, resources, and practices to equip you with the tools to continue encouraging and strengthening yourself and others.  The conference includes distinguished speakers, informative lectures and panel presentations, collaboration among peers, a resource fair, networking opportunities, and meals.  Registration begins at 7:00am.


Who should attend? Veterans, their families, community members, Veteran service providers, and anyone interested in supporting Veterans or gaining skills to grow resilience are invited to attend ReCon.


  • Vincent Felitti
    Co-Principal Investigator for the original ACE study
  • James McCloughan
    Medal of Honor Recipient
  • Captain Paul J. Ryan United States Navy, Retired
    One of Michigan’s most decorated Veterans
  • FREE Training, Networking, Breakfast, Lunch and Resource Connection!

To learn more about the keynote speakers, view a full conference agenda, and sign up for a resource booth, visit the registration page at


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours

Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570


Crash Course:  Capturing the Culture

May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Thursday, May 31 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Crash Course:  Capturing the Culture” with photographers Bill Chardon and Jennifer Green.  Bill and Jennifer will join you in the gallery for a talk about their experiences photographing motorcycles and riders at rallies and festivals.  This special Crash Course is organized in conjunction with “American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle,” on display May 17 through August 12, 2018.  This event is free and open to the public and will have a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


D-Day Plus 74

June 1 – June 2


The D-Day Plus 74 event is happening Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2 aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  This community-wide commemoration of the sacrifices made by America’s heroes in World War II is sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4 veterans support group and USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, a ship that was at Omaha Beach on D-Day 74 years ago for the invasion of Normandy.  All proceeds benefit the museum.


The day will include veteran and military displays, free tours of LST 393, an aerial display by historic aircraft, a Muskegon D-Day Pinup Contest, and much more! This event is free and open to the public.  Call 231-740-5610 for more information.


Friday and Saturday Events:

  • Static Displays – vehicles, equipment and artifacts
  • Free Kids’ Zone Area – Sucker Tree, Scavenger Hunt, Duck Pond, National Guard Blow-Up Obstacle Course
  • Battle Re-Enactment
  • Free LST 393 Ship Tours
  • Patrol Boat River Rides
  • Living History
  • Food Vendors
  • Saturday Events:
  • Pancake Breakfast 8:00am – 11:00am (All-You-Can-Eat $5.50)
  • Honor Ride – 9:00am (Escorting the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall – FREE)
  • Opening Ceremony – 10:00am (Marine Corps League Detachment #703)
  • Rolling Thunder Presentation of Purple Heart Plaque
  • 1940’s Pin-Up Contest 11:00am
  • Battle Re-Enactment
  • Air Raid Muskegon (Hooligans Flight Team)
  • Closing Ceremony 6:00pm (American Legion Honor Guard Post 9)

NOTE:  Be sure to catch the Friday Night Swing Dance from 7:00pm – 11:00pm featuring a cash bar, photo booth and raffles.  Tickets are $10 or $15 a couple.  Kids 12 and under get in free!


Lighthouse Tours

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays


The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit


25th Annual Arc Open

June 1 @ 8:00 am


Friday, June 1 at 8:00am, you’re invited to Stonegate Golf Club for the 25th Annual Arc Open!  This is a 4-person scramble featuring 18 holes with cart, continental breakfast, driving range, prizes, contests, beverages, golf goody bags and a delicious lunch!  The cost is $380.00 per team and supports the work of Arc Muskegon.  All golfers registered by May 17, 2018 will be eligible to win 2 Detroit Tigers tickets!  For more information, visit their website at or call (231) 777-2006.


2nd Annual Local Sports Journal Golf Outing

June 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


The Second Annual Local Sports Journal Golf Outing is set for Friday, June 1 from 8:00am – 4:00pm at Oak Ridge Golf Course in Norton Shores.  Deur-Speet Motors’ “Hole-In-One Challenge” highlights 18 holes of golf and provides four chances to win four great prizes including a brand new 2018 Jeep Compass!


Aside from winning the 2018 Jeep Compass, golfers can also win: A luxurious four day, three night golf vacation to French Lick Resort; a set of Taylor Made Speedblade HL’s or $2,000 in complimentary golf courtesy of


Attendees start the day with a breakfast bar and Bloody Mary provided by Teddy Spaghetti’s Bella Maria’s Event Center.  Breakfast begins at 8:30am and is followed by 18 holes of golf, more food and a raffle with chances to win many more great prizes.  For more information, call Jim Goorman at 231-206-4458.


13th Annual No More Sidelines Golf Outing

June 1 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Friday, June 1 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to participate in the 13th Annual No More Sidelines Golf Outing happening at Fruitport Golf Club!  Registration is from 12:00pm – 1:00pm with a 1:00pm Shotgun Start.  This is a 4-man scramble with a cost of $75.00 per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf and 2 carts per foursome.  Register as a foursome or a single golfer.  Registration forms are available at The Folkert Community Hub or  Mulligans available to purchase at registration.  After a great round of golf, enjoy a steak dinner, as well as raffles, door prizes and games!


All proceeds from this event will support the ongoing efforts of No More Sidelines to provide children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in sport and community inclusion.  For additional information, email them at


Relay For Life

June 1 @ 2:00 pm – June 2 @ 2:00 pm


Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2, come to Mona Shores High School for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, the world’s largest movement to end cancer.  If you’re looking to make the greatest impact to save lives from cancer, this is the most powerful event you will ever participate in.  Relay is an inspiring, one-of-a-kind experience that unites people in nearly every community to finish the fight against every kind of cancer.  Money and awareness raised from Relay For Life help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services.


Although it sounds like a running event, Relay For Life is actually a walk, and anyone can participate.  People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event.  Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.  Relay is traditionally an overnight event that is symbolic of the fact that cancer never rests, so neither do we.  There will be food, activities and entertainment to keep participants going the entire time!  For more information, call 616-551-4065 or visit


Friday Family Fun Night: Pollinator Garden Party

June 1 @ 5:30 pm


Friday, June 1 at 5:30pm, bring the kids to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “Friday Family Fun Night: Pollinator Garden Party!”  Stop by the museum’s side lawn to help museum staff and the Muskegon Conservation District plant their new pollinator garden, then visit the Secrets of Bees exhibit inside the museum!  Learn what plants attract bees and other pollinators, and help beautify the downtown area. Kids will also have the opportunity to make their own bee home.


This event is free for Muskegon County residents and Museum Members, and museum admission for non-residents is just $3.  Advanced registration not required.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.


1940’s Swing Dance Party Aboard the USS LST 393

June 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Friday, June 1 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm you’re invited aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for a USO-Style Swing Dance, featuring the Reeths – Puffer Jazz Band, authentic swing dancing, a cash bar, photo booth and more!  Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple.  Kids 12 and under are free.  This event is sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4.  For more information, call (231) 722-4730.


White Lake Area Nature Walks

June 2 @ 10:30 am


Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon.


Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.


3rd Annual Muskegon Community College Family Fest

June 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


The 3rd Annual MCC Community Family Fest returns to the Muskegon Lake shoreline on Saturday, June 2 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, when residents of all ages can enjoy fun and educational activities.  The event, which is free and open to the public, happens at the MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center.  For more information, contact Jennifer Cross at (231) 777-0422 or at


Michigan Notable Book Author Speaks: Cindy Hunter Morgan, HARBORLESS

June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Monday, June 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, 2018 Michigan Notable Book author, Cindy Hunter Morgan, will be visiting Hackley Public Library to give a reading on her book, “Harborless.”


From Wayne State University Press:  “Harborless,” a collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, is part history and part reinvention.  The poems explore tragic wrecks in rivers and lakes, finding and forming artistic meaning from destruction and death.  Each poem begins in a real, historical moment that Cindy Hunter Morgan transforms into an imagined truth.  The imaginative element is essential to this work as it provides a previously unseen glimpse into the lives affected by shipwrecks.  The poems in Harborless confront the mysteries surrounding the objects that cover the floor of the Great Lakes by both deepening our understanding of the unknown and teaching great empathy for a life most of us will never know.


In addition to winning the Michigan Notable Book Award, Harborless won the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry.  Don’t miss this intriguing program with Cindy Hunter Morgan!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.


Crafting Yarn Flowers

June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Springtime is crafting time at Hackley Public Library!  Monday, June 4 at 6:00pm, come for a crafting session that will give you the chance to make your own collection of yarn flowers, as well as decorate a vase for your newly made bouquet.  Your flowers will adorn your springtime months, and carry on through summer.  Everyone is welcome and supplies will be provided.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.


Roll On Muskegon

June 4 @ 6:30 pm


“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


Team Trivia Game Show

June 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.