See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Grand Rapids area, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
June 2, 2016, 7pm. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Gay voice? Why do some people sound gay, others not? A mainstay of pop culture/ also a bullying/ harassment trigger? Interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei. Confronting his sounding gay anxiety, journalist David Thorpe explores linguistic/ cultural/ historical origins of a stereotype.
June 3-5, 2016, celebration of the arts, entertainment, performances, food; six stages with music of all types, dance, theatre, and more; poetry, films, storytelling, and lots of art activities along Ottawa Avenue. All performances and activities are free.
June 17-19, 2016, FRI: 2nd Annual White Party/ meet and greet opportunities with entertainers. SAT: 11am - Noon– Hand in Hand, Downtown + noon - 6pm– Grand Rapids Pride Festival Street Fair + 6pm - Midnight FIRST ANNUAL Grand Rapids Pride Concert on The Calder with VIP area and entertainers. SUN: Pride Family Concert on The Calder.
Late June, 2016. Annual events; last year at three locations: FRI comedy and concert at music at the Park Theatre; SAT noon-5pm Festival at Window on the Waterfront/ Riverview Park with entertainment + 7-10pm evening extravaganza with Amy and Freddy, plus Batty Davis’ Drag Show at the Holland VFW. See fb:
August 26-27, 2016. FRI White Party, Lansing; Showtime. SAT Rally/Festival at Capitol Steps -thousands celebrate diversity of the LGBTQ community. See website for 2016 details and more year-round events. See facebook for March to Capitol Steps, in Lansing.
September 21 - October 9, 2016. International non-profit art competition with more than 1,500 works at nearly 200 venues across Grand Rapids. The best pieces from past years can be seen all around the city in parks, restaurants and other public spaces. Also film screenings, music and theater performances, and more.