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Nights Heat Up

By Alex Doty


While the beach draws crowds by day, the nights heat up with excitement in and around Grand Haven all season long.

Top among the most popular attractions is the Grand Haven Musical Fountain, which delights crowds nightly beginning Memorial Day weekend and lasting until Labor Day. The fountain then performs on Friday and Saturdays only in September.

Start times for the ballet of water, light and sounds range from 8:30-10:10 p.m., as determined by the darkness behind Dewey Hill. Viewers enjoy bleacher seating at Waterfront Stadium at the end of Washington Avenue.

Want to burn off late-night cocktails? Take a romantic or robust evening stroll on the Grand Haven Boardwalk or along the fine sand beach at Grand Haven State Park.

Hot spots with live music, dancing and entertainment include The Kirby House, which features The Dark Room, Grand Haven’s only nightclub. The nightclub is open Thursdays through Saturday and features a live DJ. Also at the Kirby is live music on the weekends.

Other places with live evening entertainment includes Theatre Bar, Tip-a-Few Tavern, 22 Below, Pavilion Wharf Bar & Grill, Old Boys’ Brewhouse, Odd Side Ales, Jack’s Restaurant, Alaskan Pipeline and Porto Bello.


You should be dancing…

By Kyle Moroney


The warmth of summer life in Grand Haven echoes with tunes that are sure to get your body dancin’ and a shakin’ and those toes a tappin’.

If you are looking for some tunes to get your groove on — or just enjoy listening to local music — the restaurants and bars in the Tri-Cities have you covered.

DJ-mixed club and hip-hop beats pump late into the night at Grand Haven’s only nightclub, the Dark Room, at the Kirby House on the corner of Washington Avenue. However, live West Michigan bands rock the stage on the main level of the Kirby, as well as several other establishments.

If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, Porto Bello restaurant and the Theatre Bar, both on Grand Haven’s Washington Avenue, often have locals strumming the blues, jazz and some rock n’ roll.

The old-fashioned outdoor concerts, supported by the Grand Haven Area Arts Council, fill Grand Haven and Spring Lake with its hometown flair.

Central Park on Washington Avenue in Grand Haven turns into a summer gathering spot with “Tuesdays in the Park.” The concerts run from 7-8:30 p.m. June 12 through Aug. 21.

Similarly, Mill Point Park off of Savidge Street in Spring Lake is host to “Thursdays at the Point.” Concerts there run from 7-8:30 p.m. June 14 through Aug. 23.

The summer concert series in Grand Haven and Spring Lake are free. Just bring your folding chairs, blankets and enjoy the tunes.

The Arts Council also has a weekly summer dance series at Waterfront Stadium at the intersection of Washington and Harbor avenues.

The summer dances feature a variety of live West Michigan “Big Bands,” and are from 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning June 13. Cost is $3.