By Sean P. Mulhall – Editor-in-Chief
For residents in the Grand Rapids area or people visiting from out of town, there is plenty to do this weekend. Music and art festivals, a themed dance party, professional wrestling and great movies are just some options.
Downtown Grand Rapids is sure to be a zoo this Saturday as the annual beer and music celebration Founders Fest returns. Gates open at 3 p.m. and a $25 ticket will gain access to the fun. This event is 21 and up. For more information head to foundersbrewing.com.
“Back to the ’90s”
“Back to the ‘90s” returns to the Pyramid Scheme Saturday. Grand Rapids favorite 1990s party will feature the theme Boy bands vs. Girl Band and tickets are expected to sell out fast. Check out A&E Editor Corey Tucker’s preview for more information.
Reeds Lake Art Festival
Grand Valley Artists presents the 50th annual Reeds Lake Art Festival Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. One of the oldest art festivals in West Michigan, this year over 100 artists will display their work in Gaslight Village. Admission is free and more info can be found at grandvalleyartist.com/reedslake
One of the biggest events of the year for the WWE will be held at the Van Andel Arena Saturday. WWE Live: Heatwave Summerslam Tour travels to Grand Rapids and features some of the biggest names in wrestling putting on a show for the raucous crowd. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $17.50 to $102.50. For more info click here.
Big movie weekend
Last weekend, the release of “Jurassic World” shattered box office records. This weekend offers plenty of options not involving giant CGI dinosaurs, at the cinema.
Pixar’s newest offering, “Inside Out” comes out Today. Like most of Pixar’s movies thus far it should have plenty for the whole family.
Indie sleeper “Dope,” which has been tagged as a cross between “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Boyz ‘n tha Hood,” gets a wide release Friday.
Movies in the Park started two weeks ago and continues Friday with cult-classic “Dazed and Confused.” Located at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the show begins at dusk ad admission is free.
Kurt Cobain’s legacy has made an unexpected resurgence lately and that continues with the documentary “Soaked in Bleach” at UICA at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The film explores the idea that Cobain did not commit suicide, but was instead murdered. Tickets are $8 ($4 for members).
One of the biggest surprise summer blockbusters of all time will return to the big screen on Sunday. The 1975 thriller “JAWS” plays at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Rivertown Crossings Celebration Cinema. Tickets are $11 ($8.50 for college students, children and seniors).