The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is well known for being a very family friendly event for children of all ages. That isn’t going to change, but nobody said that after-parties have to be kid friendly!
There will be a lot of events happening in downtown Grand Rapids the weekend of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, and we encourage you stick around after the show and enjoy dinner in one of the many fine restaurants, have a pint in one of the excellent mirco breweries that are within walking distance of the DeVos Place, and see some of the special attractions listed below.
Experience Grand Rapids will have a booth in the main hallway at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con with maps to the local restaurants, coffee shops, and bars as well as information on other attractions in Grand Rapids, available free of charge. You may find out more information on Experience Grand Rapids here.
Friday, October 21
Grand Rapids Griffins hockey at the Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W: Check out the red hot, frozen action on the pond at the Van Andel Arena as the hometown Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Rockford Ice Hogs in American Hockey League action. Game starts at 7 pm, prices vary according to seat. More information can be found here.
Suicidal Tendencies at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave SW: Take the opportunity to experience one of the truly legendary bands in the history of metal and punk! On tour with Madball and Havok, this is one tough guy hardcore triple header you don’t want to miss! Doors open at 7 pm, $25 advanced/$30 day of show, all ages. For more information including tickets click here.
Saturday, October 22
Saturday Night After-Party
Steelcase Ballroom D at the DeVos Place: Stick around after the Grand Rapids Comic-Con for an all-ages after party featuring the music of Wesley and the Crushers (Geek-fueled synth lounge pop weirdness from Grand Rapids), Insomniac Folklore (post-Vaudevillian steampunk from Nashville, Tennessee), and Playing With Power (video game covers from Grand Rapids). October 22, show starts at 8:30 pm, $10 at the door, all-ages show. Part of a series of after show events for attendees of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con. More information on the show is here.
Dreamworks Animation in Concert
DeVos Performance Hall: From Shrek to How to Train Your Dragon to Madagascar to Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation’s great stories and beloved characters inspire and delight audiences of all ages. We celebrate 20+ years of visually stunning footage projected in HD onto the big screen while the iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri and others are performed live by the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
More information on the event is here.