Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids, June 7,8,9

If you're a Grand Rapidian then surely you’ve heard of the Festival of the Arts.  And if you're not a local, well, then it’s time to find out, because this dynamic celebration has been around for over 50 years! This multi-faceted, and culturally diverse festival spans over three days and features hundreds of volunteers, thousands of families, and top local performers and artists. Enjoy amazing ethnic food, BBQ, and sweet treats while watching live entertainment on the four main stages around Calder Plaza.  Explore the regional art exhibition, youth art show, and the unique creations in the Artisan Village and be sure to take home something fabulous. This festival is a feast for the senses and a delight for people-watching and you’ll have three whole days to soak it all in. 

Crane’s Pie Pantry & Winery,Pie Making Class with the Crane’s, Rhubarb Edition; Tonight - May, 31 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Are you looking for a last minute idea for a  flaky and fabulous opportunity to have some real hands-on fun!  Well, this is it!  Learn how to make a homemade pie from the Crane girls at Crane’s Pie Pantry & Winery tonight. And since pies are their business, we’d say they might just be the best teachers ever! And… since it's spring, it’s rhubarb time! Aside from tasting delicious, this technically a vegetable, but eaten as a fruit crop is one of the first plants harvested in Michigan gardens.  It is low in calories, packed full of minerals, and vitamins,  is high in fiber and has many health benefits.  All the more reason to make a rhubarb pie at Crane’s!  Reservations are required for this class so call today!

Fenn Valley Vineyards- Fired Up! Grilling Class - June 1, Noon

If your grill has been gathering a bit of dust since last season, it’s time to kick off the grilling season with a fun and interactive demonstration on grilling techniques at Fenn Valley Winery. Dress for the weather, because this noon class will be outside and filled with all the wonderful aromas that only a grill can bring. And since tradition requires every grill master to stoke his fire with a cooling beverage in hand, you can bet that wine and hard cider will be part of this full grill experience as well.  Filled with practical and useful information that will make you a grilling star, the afternoon ends with a delicious family style luncheon - of chicken, hanger steak and desert, all from the grill of course. Reservations are required and includes, food, wine, hard cider, and gratuity.