Things to Do in West Michigan Other than ArtPrize

Apple Fest at Virtue Cider

  • Virtue Cider in Fennville is hosting their 2nd Annual Apple Fest from September 28th to October 1st. They’ll be releasing this year’s batch of their farmhouse cider, Percheron, and will host different activities each day.
  • Join Virtue Cider for fall fun at Virtue Farm including apple-pressing demos, cidermaking lessons, apple-bobbing, cart rides drawn by Percheron horses, local food for purchases, outdoor concerts from Bones Jugs and¡ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat and much more!
  • If you can’t make it for the event, or you would like an in-depth look at Virtue Cider’s operations, they host Harvest-Time Tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, where you can learn how they make cider using all Michigan-grown apples.

MOVE IT! The Art, Science and Fun of Toy Design – Final Weekend

  • Kingman Museum in Battle Creek
  • In MOVE IT! (exhibit), the museum pull back the curtain on the design process from initial ideas to prototyping to final designs and distribution.
  • You’ll be introduced to a duo of product designers who are rocking the toy world with their problem​ ​solving skills and adding fun along the way.​ ​ ​This exhibition shares a glimpse into the dynamic design world and work of Jon and Sarah Vanderbeek of Sweet Spot Studio, Inc. located in Saugatuck, Michigan.​ ​
  • Come play, learn, and laugh as you explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M​.) and how all of this makes toys move!  There will be a variety of on and off-site, hands-on activities and special events for kids, teens and adults.
  • Admission & Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors over 65/active duty military/military veterans, $5 students (including college with college ID). Family passes for families up to 6 people are $20. Children 2 and under get in free. The exhibition runs through Sunday, October 1.

NICK FRADIANI in Spring Lake

  • Event posted by: Seven Steps Up Live Music & Event Venue
  • Nick Fradiani is coming to Spring Lake! As the Season 14 winner of American Idol, Nick will not only be headlining the Idol tour, but he is watching his first solo single, “Beautiful Life,” [written by Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba] climb up the Billboard charts.
  • Catch him right here in West Michigan at Seven Steps Up! Tickets start at $25. Free parking just outside the door. VIP Meet & Greet also available.
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Educational Wine Tasting Tours at Fenn Valley

  • Fenn Valley tours have been designed to help take the mystery out of making world class wine. They aim to strike a balance between education and entertainment.
  • Their tours are pretty in-depth. They run about 1:45 in length, and involve wine tasting throughout to illustrate the various points being made.
  • In the fall, the tours go into the vineyard where the emphasis is on how wine grapes are grown and the kinds of operations that they perform to grow their premium grapes.
  • The cool part this time of year: tasting grapes right off the vine, and then tasting the type of wine made from those specific grapes
  • The cost for their extended tours is $10 per person, which includes a logo glass, yours to keep, and a coupon for $5.00 that may be redeemed with the purchase of four or more bottles of wine.
  • Note: Because wine sampling is included throughout the tour, guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.