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Grand Rapids, MI Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 42
Total Sleeping Rooms 5,338
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 682
Committable Meeting Rooms* 35
Convention Center Space 240,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 162,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $88
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $228
*Maximum for a single hotel

Grand Rapids, MI Things to Do and Attractions

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Holding the distinction of one of the world's 100 most visited art museums, the 132-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is home to the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, among many other features. As a public

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Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Heralded as the country's first LEED Gold-certified art museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 6,000 works dating from pre-history. The museum's collection of Renaissance to modern works holds particular

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Grand Rapids Public Museum

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Showcasing world-class exhibits on history, nature and cultural heritage, with a focus on Western Michigan, the Grand Rapids Public Museum operates as a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories. Set in downtown Grand Rapids on the west bank

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

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Visitors can truly participate in history while learning about the lives of President and Mrs. Ford at downtown Grand Rapids' Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The museum features a variety of hands-on video, holographic and interactive displays

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Van Andel Arena

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Situated within the DeVos Place area and connected to the convention area's three hotels, the 12,000-plus capacity Van Andel Arena serves as the city's award-winning music, entertainment and sports venue. Home of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins,

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six.one.six

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The stylish six.one.six serves as JW Marriott's signature restaurant located adjacent to DeVos Place. Outfitted in warm woods and modern decor, six.one.six serves globally-inspired fare crafted with local ingredients, as well as some ingredients

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Bistro Bella Vita

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Boasting Western Michigan's largest martini bar, Bistro Bella Vita serves Mediterranean countryside cuisine, including specialty dishes, brick-oven pizzas, rotisserie-roasted meats and its popular paella. Using fresh, natural ingredients purchased

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Cygnus 27

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Perched on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, the AAA 4 Diamond Cygnus 27 features skyline views, globally influenced American cuisine and decor inspired by the Cygnus constellation. Guests can choose amongst small plates ranging from

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Judson's Steak House at The B.O.B.

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Housed in the downtown The B.O.B. dining and entertainment complex, the award-winning Judson's Steak House features a classic, yet comfortable atmosphere with exposed beams and brick. Serving the highest USDA choice steak, as well as seafood and

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Reserve Wine & Food

Exemplifying the farm-to-table philosophy, Reserve Wine & Food features an extensive charcuterie bar with regional and international meats and cheeses, as well as more than 100 wines by the glass and more than 200 wines by the bottle, many hailing

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Ruth's Chris Steak House

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Situated in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Ruth's Chris Steak House serves the finest available USDA Prime beef, fresh seafood, homemade desserts and vintage-inspired cocktails in a sophisticated space. Known for its steaks broiled to perfection at

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The Chop House

The refined, elegant The Chop House specializes in USDA Prime beef, Midwestern grain-fed meats, freshly caught seafood and premium wines, as well as gourmet desserts, after-dinner drinks and hand-rolled cigars served in the cigar lounge. Steak

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John Ball Zoo

Home to more than 2,000 animals and 250 species – the second-largest animal collection in the state – the John Ball Zoo also features interactive animal stations and such activities as a 300-foot zipline and four-story ropes adventure course.

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Millennium Park

A large urban park minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, Millennium Park boasts 1,500 acres of public recreation amid rolling terrain, wetlands, woods and a clear 100-acre lake. Visitors can explore the park's nearly 20 miles of trails, swim and

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Downtown Market

Opening at the end of summer 2013, Grand Rapids' Downtown Market features 25,000 square feet of market space, a restaurant, brewery, farmer's market, retail shops, commercial kitchen, rooftop greenhouse and the country's first hands-on kitchen for

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

The fifth-largest community theater in the country, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1925. Showcasing nine mainstage productions each year, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre welcomes nearly 120,000 audience members each

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The B.O.B.

The B.O.B., or Big Old Building, in downtown Grand Rapids is a 70,000-square-foot, four-story entertainment center and restaurant complex. The red brick building, constructed in 1903 as Judson's grocery warehouse, today houses five restaurants, a

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Craft Brewery Tour

Voted 2012 and 2013 Beer City USA, Grand Rapids boasts 20 local craft breweries throughout its metropolitan region, which are best visited along the self-guided Craft Brewery Tour. The self-guided tour takes visitors to such highlights as Founders

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St. Cecilia Music Center

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Founded in 1883 and nestled in a lovingly restored downtown historic building, the St. Cecilia Music Center is known for its sterling acoustics, all-ages School of Music and chamber music and jazz series. Many of Grand Rapids' organizations,

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