Top 5 Things to do around Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dine, dance, and “die” laughing with these upcoming events perfect for your social calendar.

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You can find this information every Thursday and Sunday in The Grand Rapids Press, online at MLive's event calendar, or on my Facebook page.

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Local First Fork Fest

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More than 40 West Michigan restaurants, food producers and specialty food makers will dish up delicacies during Local First's fifth annual Fork Fest on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Fork Fest is held at Romence Gardens and Greenhouses, 265 Lakeside Drive NE, and connects patrons with local chefs, farmers, grocers, bakers, brewers and other businesses that support the West Michigan food system.

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Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door and includes unlimited food samples and live entertainment. New this year, will be a silent auction featuring items and experiences from local businesses and two cocktail options made by Long Road Distillers available. Local beer, wine and cider will also be available for purchase. For more information and tickets, visit localfirst.com.

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Zedd at The Deltaplex

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Zedd, an electro house musician and DJ, will perform at DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave. NW, on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
nThe Russian-German musician draws influences from progressive house, dubstep and classical music. His two studio albums, “Clarity” and “True Colors,” have produced dance anthems including “I Want You To Know,” “Clarity,” and “Beautiful Now.” His work includes collaborations with pop icons Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and others.

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Special guests include Dillon Francis and Alex Metric to the all-ages show. Tickets start at $35. Doors open at 6 p.m. Details at deltaplex.com.

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Halloween: The Musical Parody

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The Stark Turn Players return to Dog Story Theatre, 7 Jefferson Ave. SE, to perform a Halloween parody opening Thursday, Oct. 22. This year's performance is based on the 1978 John Carpenter film “Halloween,” which featured the iconic killer Michael Meyers.
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nPerformance dates are 8 p.m. Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31; 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. On Halloween, there will be a costume party after the show with prizes and refreshments. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for students and seniors at dogstorytheater.com or at the door. The show includes minimal violence and gore.

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Giant Pumpkins and Mums at Meijer Gardens

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Celebrate fall with gigantic pumpkins and a multitude of mums at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, today from 1-4 p.m. Pumpkins weighing in at hundreds of pounds will be on display and two cooking demonstrations at 1:30 and 3 p.m. will demonstrate their versatility. Walking tours led by the horticulture staff along with informative demonstrations will feature the gardens' mums.

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Both events are included with admission: $12 ages 14-64; $9 age 65 and older and students with ID; $6 ages 5-13; $4 ages 3-4; free ages 2 and younger; group rates available. Details at www.meijergardens.org.

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'The Phantom of the Opera' with organ/vocalist

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Watch a screening of the 1925 film “The Phantom of the Opera” with a live pipe organ accompaniment at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, on Friday, Oct. 23, from 7-9 p.m. This pre-Andrew Lloyd Webber version will feature the church's 172-rank Austin/Allen pipe organ with the soprano role being sung by Juliet Petrus.

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The event is free and open to the public. Details at fountainstreet.org.

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Read original story by Todd Chance here

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