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Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art

Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art – Opening Reception

Celebrate the opening of Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art exhibition featuring giant blow-ups, including bunnies, Buddha, Trans Am, elephant, and more! Refreshments and balloon animals by “The Balloon Guy” Jim Perry will be provided. Free and open to the public.

This exhibition features artists who use air as a sculptural medium. While inflatable objects are typically associated with advertising, children’s entertainment or holiday decorations, the format has been appropriated by a diverse group of artists to explore complex subjects such as identity, materialism, and war. Playing with scale, color, and the inherent light-heartedness of balloons, the selected artists produce a wide variety of sculptural forms from Lewis deSoto’s Sleeping Buddha to Claire Ashley’s colorful abstract shapes. This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco), Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Christo and Jean-Claude.

Opening Celebration
The Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
When: Thursday at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

The exhibit will be on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art from February 23rd to April 23rd.

Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative, conceptual, and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space and unexpected materials to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.

Visitors to the gallery will encounter a life-size inflatable Trans Am, 14 foot tall pink bunnies, and a 25 foot long reclining Buddha-inspired figure, to name just a few of the dynamic and wildly engaging inflatable sculptures installed in the gallery.

RSVP to the Facebook event at

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Blow Up Inflatable Contemporary Art

February 21, 2017 / by / in
Snowfest 2017

Snowfest 2017

Greater Muskegon Jaycees Snowfest 2017 returns to Western Avenue! Here’s the full schedule!

Friday February 3rd

Location is on Western Ave between 3rd and 4th Street unless otherwise noted.

Join us as we celebrate Frozen Friday in downtown Muskegon as part of Downtown Muskegon Now’s First Friday Series.

6:10pm Exciting Outdoor Viewing of Disney’s Frozen with Free Popcorn!
6:00pm – 8:00pm Family Friendly Activities including:

  • *Pucks with Poulin – Can you make a goal against Muskegon County’s Sheriff?
  • *SnowDerby – Can you win the race against the Boy Scouts?
  • *Gimme S’more – Tasty campfire favorites to keep you warm and toasty!
  • *Jump in the Snow – Bounce around the Frozen Castle!
  • *DIY Snow – Let the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakeshore show you how it’s done!

Saturday February 4th

Location is on Western Ave between 3rd and 4th Street unless otherwise noted

  • 8:30am SNO-X Snowmobile Races by Michigan Sports Promotions Registration (Mart Dock 560 Mart St. #1)
  • 9:00am Cornhole and Snow Volleyball Registration Begins
  • 10:00am Cornhole and Snow Volleyball Tournaments Begin
  • 10:00am SNO-X Snowmobile Races by Michigan Sports Technical Check for Sled Class
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm Battle of the Bowls: Soup + Chili Cook-off
  • 11:00am SNO-X Snowmobile Races by Michigan Sports Promotions Begin
  • 12:00pm Battle of the Bowls: Judging Competition – Battle of the Bowls
  • 2:00pm Head over to Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake to Support our Friends at Muskegon’s Polar Plunge! (1050 W. Western Ave)

5:00pm Snowfest Pub Crawl – Enjoy Downtown Muskegon’s Nightlife and Warm Up with food and fun at: Hennessey’s, Boar’s Belly, Unruly Brewing, Third St. Grille, Racquets Downtown and Pigeon Hill! (Pick up your Pub Crawl card and fun Snowfest Swag at Racquets from 5-7pm!)

Snow Volleyball

Snow Volleyball is back as part of the Greater Muskegon Jaycees 32nd Annual Snowfest. Teams of 4 will compete in the streets of W. Western Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street in snowy downtown Muskegon. Event is for ages 18 and up. Teams are co-ed and should have at least 1 female team member. Registration begins and 9:00am and team play kicks off at 10:00am. The cost to participate is $40 and trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place teams!

Snow Cornhole

Snow Cornhole is back as part of the Greater Muskegon Jaycees 32nd Annual Snowfest. Teams of 2 will compete in the streets of W. Western Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street in snowy downtown Muskegon. Registration begins and 9:00am and team play kicks off at 10:00am. The cost to participate is $30 and trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place teams! Space is limited, so register early!

Battle of the Bowls

Join the Greater Muskegon Jaycees and local restaurants to taste the best chilis and soups in town! The Holiday Inn Ballroom is the place to be on Saturday, February 4! Bring the whole family for lunch! Samples are 4 oz. and tickets are $1 each or a bargain bundle of 20 samples for $10.

Pub Crawl

What better way to end Snowfest than a Downtown Pub Crawl! Pick up your Pub Crawl Cards at Raquets from 5:00pm-7:00pm and start your self-guided route to all the watering holes in Downtown Muskegon. Collect a punch from each bar and turn in completed cards to the bar at the end of your night for a chance to win a prize! Be sure to fill out your name and email address before you turn in your card. Snowfest Swag will be given away during pick-up at Raquets while supplies last.

Participating Bars:

  • Hennessey’s Irish Pub
  • The Boar’s Belly
  • Unruly Brewing Company
  • Third Street Grille
  • Racquets
  • Pigeon Hill Brewery

Head on over to their Facebook page for more info!
Greater Muskegon Jaycees Snow fest

February 2, 2017 / by / in ,
Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

When: Saturday December 3rd, 2016 from 9am to 3pm
Where: The Rec Room
Inside The Pointes Shopping Center
1038 E Sternberg Rd
Norton Shores, MI 49441

All Things Beautiful presents the 2016 Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. Free admission! 26 vendors with perfect and unique gifts. Take advantage of special sales and offers. Special holiday treats too. Stop in, bring the family. Free admission. Free coffee and cookies! Other surprises from the vendors! At the Pointes Shopping Center, #1040 E. Sternberg Rd. near Old Grand Haven Rd., Exit 109, US 31, Muskegon.

Find the perfect gift for the entire family among an array of  vendors.

  • Pampered Chef
  • Mary Kay
  • OliveBelle Designs
  • Scentsy
  • Lord’s Quilts
  • Premeire Designs
  • All Things Beautiful
  • UBAM with Barbara
  • Joe Gee Photography
  • Zee’s kitchen
  • PartyLite
  • Avon
  • ZenHenna Tanga Doodle
  • EmmaJ’s Ladybug Creations
  • Layers of Fashion
  • Creative Designs
  • Tupperware & Lila Rose Clips
  • LuLaRoe
  • T&K Catering
  • Pokemon Apparel
  • Elegant Designs-Christmas Decor
  • Coffee Gift Essentials
  • Urban Apparel
  • Klever Containers
  • Weiss Chiropractic
  • Pampered Auto Detail shop
  • Essence’s Gourmet coffee & tea gift sets
  • Get your Pokemon apparel here!
  • Also, comic books, dolls, and much more!
  • Enjoy Zee’s Cafe, light luncheon selections, refreshments & more

There will be giveaways, raffles and chances to win free gifts!  So come early. Saturday, Dec 3rd at the Rec Room Located 1040 Sternberg Rd. About ½ mile West of the Lakes Mall, Muskegon- off US 31. Look for the yard signs. From 9am – 3pm.  Free Admission.  See you there!

December 2, 2016 / by / in ,
Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree2016 marks the thirty-second anniversary of the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree. The response each year from the larger West Michigan community continues to be overwhelming.

The tree holds 240 of the 275 singers that are in the Mona Shores High School Choir (the remainder sing from a position below the Tree). The choir is joined by our 50 member Mona Shores High School Orchestra.

Over 5,000 audience members enjoy the Tree every year. Many say “It’s the way we kick off our holiday season!” One of the most special moments in the production starts before the students are even in the Tree. Imagine being surrounded by 275 singers, singing a cappella, in a candlelight processional in the historic and wonderfully acoustic Frauenthal Center.

A free, special dress rehearsal show is held on the Wednesday before the production opens to the public. Members of the community with special needs, the elderly and other people who might not otherwise be able to afford the production are invited to attend at no cost. Meijer sponsors this event each year.

The person at the top of the Tree is known as “The Tree Angel” and is always a high school senior, selected by the director. This student is always one who  accurately represents the hard working choir students, and exemplifies the spirit of the Mona Shores Choir.

The tree is 67 feet in height from the base of the decorations to the top of the star. The tree is put up by parent volunteers from the choir association. Over 850 pieces of unistrut steel form the superstructure which is manually assembled by volunteer crews who begin to build the giant “erector set” on Sunday morning of “Tree Week.”

Over 1,500 linear feet of electrical wiring runs throughout the tree to more than 25,000 colored lights, and over 5,000 linear feet of special greenery imported from Germany is “fluffed” and put on the tree prior to the decorations.

More than 200 volunteers started working on this year’s production in early October. And many worked around the clock from Sunday morning through Monday evening to prepare for technical rehearsals and get the tree presentable for its annual performance.

The first Singing Christmas Tree ever created happened 50 years ago in Southern California. It was 16 feet high and held 25 singers. Many communities across the world have Singing Christmas Trees, but none are as tall as this one.

The Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree is presented in the beautiful and historic Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. For Ticket Information, click here.

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree at the Frauenthal Theater

Presented by Mona Shores High School Choir
Tickets: $10 for obstructed view (under balcony), $15 Reserved Seating

Celebrating is 32nd year, this must-see holiday concert features the tallest tree of its kind in the world with 270 singers, accompanied by 50 orchestra members.

December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
December 2, 2016 @ 7:00pm
December 3, 2016 @ 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Tickets on sale:
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Mona Shores Craft Fair at Mona Shores High School and online at
Monday, November 7, 2016at the Frauenthal Center Box Office

October 31, 2016 / by / in ,
Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest (LEAF)

Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest (LEAF)

Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest (LEAF)Mark your calendars! Lakeside Emporium is holding its 1st annual Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest – you know…L.E.A.F.!! (Sound familiar L.E.A.P. fans?) One of the highlights will be the Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade to be held on Saturday, October 15th at 9:30 am.

The purpose of this autumn parade is to serve as a “harvest “ for those in need in our community. Those groups and marching units that have been invited to participate have been collecting food items and new/unused winter wear (coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves), that will be distributed to The Kids’ Food Basket and other area food banks and shelters. The groups’ donations will be paraded along the route via carts, wagons, etc. Parade watchers are encouraged to bring items as well and present them after the parade at the Lakeside Emporium.

Although the parade is short (from McCracken to Torrent), we are hoping this will be a fun event to benefit a really good cause. At the conclusion of the parade (Emporium parking lot), some performers will play again so that the audience will have another chance to enjoy the performances.

So….Come one, come all Saturday, October 15th with step-off at 9:30 am.

Those in the parade are there by invitation only so if you or your group would like to march and haven’t been contacted, please contact Laureen Samples at 231-755-9933.

RSVP to the Facebook Event Page

October 3, 2016 / by / in ,
Lakeshore Bridal Expo

Lakeshore Bridal Expo

The 7th annual Lakeshore Bridal Expo is at the Muskegon Country Club on October 9th, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm. Admission and parking are free for all attendees. This is a great fall show to help get brides started with their wedding planning process.

There will be around 30 vendors representing all categories of the wedding business from…

  • Event centers
  • Photographers
  • DJ’s
  • Photo booths
  • Catering
  • Dresses and tuxes
  • Health and beauty
  • Florists
  • Travel
  • Rentals
  • & more!

The first 25 brides through the door will receive a free gift bag. Brides can pre-register on line at if they would like to save a little time registering at the door. A large assortment of door prizes will be given away to those in attendance starting at 3:45pm in the main ball room at the Muskegon Country Club.

If brides are looking for a great place to meet wonderful vendors that can help them with their “big day”, this is the place. All of our vendor spaces are sold out again this year, so there will be lots of vendors to visit at this year’s show. A list of this year’s vendors can also be found at

Miphotobooth and Redi Rental are the sponsors of this year’s Lakeshore Bridal Expo.

September 28, 2016 / by / in ,
2016 Labor Day Parade & Community Celebration

2016 Labor Day Parade & Community Celebration

Labor Day Parade Muskegon MILabor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our Nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00 am on Monday September 5th, 2016, and will end approximately around 12:30pm.

This is the 21st year celebration of this parade in Muskegon and one of only two Labor Day parades in the state of Michigan, the other being in Detroit. International’s, various local unions, local non-profits, politicians and many other partners and friends will be participating in this year’s march. We will conclude the parade with a fun filled post celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. There will be food by Greek Tony’s, refreshments, snow cones, cotton candy, magic shows, balloons, face painting, 7 bounce houses, arts n crafts and much more!!

For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, please contact Jana at 231-638-2741 or

*The parade starts at the intersection of 4th street and Western Avenue. It will progress down Western Avenue to Jefferson Street (turning right) and heading towards Clay Avenue. The march will continue down Clay Avenue and end at Hackley Park for a post parade celebration!

RSVP to the Labor Day Parade Facebook Event

Labor Day Parade Starting Point

August 31, 2016 / by / in ,
Rock Against Abuse Revived With New Life And Fresh Talent

Rock Against Abuse Revived With New Life And Fresh Talent

Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon will be filled with some of Muskegon’s finest local talent for the Rock Against Abuse on September 10th, 2016. All of the proceeds from the event will be going to benefit the Muskegon County Child Abuse Council.

Rock Against Abuse will be from noon until 8 PM and will then be moving to Unruly Brewing Company where music will resume at 10:30 PM until 1:30 AM.

Participating bands at Rock Against Abuse:

  • Lakeshore Drive
  • Two Heded Chan
  • Product of Society
  • Of All We Cherish
  • Kill Tomorrow
  • Biffy the Beat Slayer
  • Blanca Luz
  • Minus Two

Rock Against Abuse MuskegonWhat started off in 2006 as a small town christian rock show in Montague, Michigan. Rock Against Abuse has become so much more immersive and it seems that everyone is trying to get their talents involved in such a great cause.

In 2006, Jonathon Jacobs had the bold idea to raise money for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon and due to the economy dwindling and the local band scene fizzling down, he bowed out.

Ten years later in 2016 Jonathon and his Event Coordinator, Kaley Stevens, have whipped together a fresh new team willing to help and provide a great variety of talents. 

Since the rebirth of Rock Against Abuse (RAA) with this new team, local businesses in the area are opening their hearts to participate and offer what they can for the cause.

One of the first to rise to the cause was Unruly Brewing. They opened their doors and a portion of their profits for the night of the event.

Tony Laskowicz of 1st Assured Bail Bonds also helped secure Hackley Park and in addition, helped promote the event during Rebel Road last month.

This is going to be a sure way to kiss summer goodbye as the last outdoor show in Muskegon. They are looking forward to seeing all of their hard work pay off. They’re hoping to improve the lives of countless children affected by child abuse every year and look forward to making this an annual celebration and community gathering.

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Rock Against Abuse
Muskegon County Child Abuse Council
(231) 557-7273
(231) 557-9287

RSVP to the Facebook Event

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August 22, 2016 / by / in ,
Lake Effect Lights Boat Parade / Marina Glow

Lake Effect Lights Boat Parade / Marina Glow – Saturday, August 20th

General Information: Boats are asked to gather in the South Breakwater Cove around dusk. at 9pm, the parade will start. Parade route will take the boats through the Channel into Muskegon Lake, into Harbour Towne Marina, by Dockers, past Muskegon Yacht Club, and to Balcom’s Cove, Great Lakes Marina. Boats will then travel down the lake by Hartshorn, Heritage Landing and completing the route.

Bring the whole family and line up along the Muskegon Channel to enjoy the show!

Lake Effect Lights Boat Parade Winners

2015 Hartshorn Marina
2014 Hartshorn Marina
2013 Hartshorn Marina

Trophy presented to the Marina group with the most boats participating.

Individual prizes for best decorated Power and Sail Boat.

Muskegon Lake Effect Lights Boat Parade Sign Up Form

August 10, 2016 / 2 Comments / by / in ,
2nd Annual “Burning Foot” Beer Festival

Muskegon Local is a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual “Burning Foot” Beer Festival

Lakeshore Brewers Guild to host Burning Foot on Pere Marquette Beach

Burning Foot Beer Festival LogoMuskegon, MI (June 1, 2016) – After last years Sold Out festival on August 27th 2016, the warm summer sand of Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach will play host to the 2nd Annual Burning Foot Beer Festival. From 3pm to 9pm, festival goers can enjoy some of the Finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, with the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan serving as a backdrop. With 50 craft breweries from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin gathering on the sand for the event, Burning Foot is poised to turn Muskegon’s beach into the perfect summer playground for craft beer lovers.

Although Burning Foot is first and foremost a celebration of local craft beer, the festival also highlights the lakeshore’s stunning natural beauty (and hot summer sand)! Bordered by sand dunes to the east and Lake Michigan to the west, Pere Marquette Park provides world-class natural surroundings from every vantage point. In addition to the views and brews, Burning Foot showcases local and national music acts, a food menu that is beer and beach themed and local custom art, ensuring that festival goers experience the full flavor of life along the lakeshore.

The Lakeshore Brewers Guild will be hosting a Pre-release ticket party June 25th, 2016 at the Downtown Muskegon Beach Volleyball courts on the corner of 2nd & Western From 12:00 to 5PM. This free event will have tickets available before the online sale starts and will have food, music and craft beer onsite, partons will be able to kick back enjoy some tunes have a craft beer and sink their feet in the sand downtown. Tickets have been increased to 4000 (over 2500 last year) for $35 per and will be available for purchase online beginning on Friday, June 25 th @ 5:01pm.

About the Lakeshore Brewers Guild:

Lakeshore Brewers GuildThe Lakeshore Brewers Guild promotes the local craft beer industry and the lakeshore’s natural beauty. As a supplement to the Michigan Brewers Guild, the Lakeshore Brewers Guild will focus on counties that touch Lake Michigan. States included are Michigan, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin. Throughout these counties, the Guild is working with its members to build the “Lakeshore Ale Trail,” a region rich in craft breweries, natural beauty, and the economic benefits that flow from successful locally-owned and oriented businesses. Joint advertising and cooperative support allows Guild members to grow while also establishing the region as a “beer tourism” hotspot. Through these collaborative efforts, the Lakeshore Brewers Guild is becoming a driving force in supporting both its members and local economies.

Breweries Attending Burning Foot 2016:


  • Arcadia Ales
  • Beards Brewing
  • Big Lake Brewing Company
  • Big Hart Brewing
  • Boatyard Brewing
  • Brewery Vivant
  • Cedar Springs Brewing
  • Constantine Brewery
  • Crankers Brewing
  • Draught Horse Brewing
  • Dutch Girl Brewery
  • Elk Brewing
  • Fetch Brewing Company
  • Final Gravity Brewing
  • Founders Brewing
  • Grand Armory Brewing
  • Gravel Bottom Brewing
  • Greenbush Brewing
  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Kuhnnenn Brewing
  • Liberty Street Brewing
  • New Holland Brewing Company
  • North Peak Brewing Company
  • Newaygo Brewing Company
  • Odd Side Ales
  • Old Nation Brewing
  • Our Brewing Company
  • Pigeon Hill Brewing
  • Rail Town Brewing
  • Right Brain Brewery
  • Rockford Brewing Company
  • Saugatuck Brewing
  • Schmohz Brewing
  • Shorts Brewing
  • Stormcloud Brewing
  • Tapistry Brewing
  • Trail Point Brewing
  • Tri Cities
  • Unruly Brewing
  • Vander Mill Cider
  • White Flame Brewing


  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Une Annee Brewery


  • 3 Sheeps Brewing
  • Milwaukee Brewing Company
  • Mob Craft Brewing

For additional information about tickets and further details about the festival
please visit or the Lakeshore Brewers Guild page

RSVP to the event on Facebook

Burning Foot Beer Festival is presented by:
Lakeshore Brewers Guild, LLC
P.O. Box 606
Muskegon, Mi. 49443

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July 20, 2016 / 33 Comments / by / in ,