When the organizers of Grand Rapids Film Festival look at a blank movie screen, they see a field of possibility—a fresh canvas onto which writers, actors, and filmmakers can channel their dreams. The festival showcases those dreams once each year during a multiday juried film competition, which takes place throughout the city.
The festival generally bypasses mainstream flicks in favor of underground cinema, eye-opening documentaries, and films that highlight the region. There's something for virtually every viewer, from the family-friendly movies shown at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to the edgier films played during a brew-n-view segment at Pyramid Scheme.
The 17 acres inside the Michigan Renaissance Festival don't obey the rules of the outside world. Instead, they bring the 16th century back in vivid tapestry-color—and though the celebration only lasts a few short weeks, the festival has been a beloved local tradition for more than three decades, drawing more than 250,000 people each year.
Step through the gates, and explore recreated Renaissance-era buildings including stables and a castle. Nearby shops host more than 300 artisans, selling wares such as metal sculptures or lavish costumes. Tavern owners roast turkey legs over open flames, while entertainers continuously weave throughout the streets and perform on 17 themed stages. Comedy, music, and full-contact jousting unfolds to the delight of the crowd, which may even include Queen Elizabeth herself, assuming she remembers where she put her horse keys.
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"What beer should I try next?" Visitors to The Great Brew Ha Ha often find themselves faced with this challenging yet pleasant dilemma. That's because vendors blanket the festival floor, ready to pour more than 100 different craft beers and one keg that contains the secret to great hair—all it takes is an exchange of the sample tickets included with admission. Taps fill glasses high with brews from the likes of Angry Orchard, New Holland, and other Michigan and National Microbrews.
The festival complements these beers with a bit of spectacle. A constant lineup of comedians—including frequent television performers such as Al Jackson—tell their best set-ups and punch lines.
No matter when your birthday is, you deserve a massive celebration. Each iteration of The Birthday Run—held in more than 125 cities and a dozen countries—invites people of all ages to come together in celebration of another year of existence. During each untimed event, participants walk or jog along a 5K course peppered with multiple party zones where live DJs and light shows get runners dancing. The whole event culminates in an after-party on the mainstage with guest performers that vary from city to city.
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