Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • May 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM

This weekend’s festival is the last of the big kite shows on Grand Haven’s beach, so be sure to check it out.

(1) Great Lakes Kite Festival — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Grand Haven State Park Beach. This is the 30th and farewell festival, sponsored by the local toy and sporting goods store, MACkite. There’s no cost to enjoy the world-famous stunt kiters perform to music on the center flying field while kites larger than a school bus hover just to the south. Bring your own kite to fly on the open flying field at the north end of the event, or test-fly the year’s newest kites on one of the manufacturer fields. Be sure to stop at the south end of the tent for family fun. A daily fee or state “passport” is needed to park inside the state park. The Harbor Transit Beach Express will also be running this weekend. Visit the MACkite website for more information.

(2) Prom With A Purpose — 7-11 p.m. Friday at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 20 N. Second St., Grand Haven. Admission is $20 for high schoolers and members of the Momentum Center; $25 for everyone else. The theme for the adult masquerade prom is “Unmasking Stigma,” featuring a DJ and dancing, cash bar and refreshments, and nostalgic prom activities like prom photos and crowning of prom royalty. This is open to adults of all ages and high school students. The event profits will be used to support Extended Grace programs. Masks and prom wear from any era are encouraged; casual dress is welcomed. Tickets are available at Just Goods Gifts & Café in Centertown, and you can also purchase tickets online. Interested in volunteering or be a sponsor? Call 616-414-9112.

(3) Grand Haven Musical Fountain’s opening weekend — Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. The 20-minute synchronized water and light show accompanied with music of all varieties returns. Remember, Waterfront Stadium is still under renovations. Fountain shows begin nightly Memorial Day weekend. Learn more at www.ghfountain.com.

(4) Jazzman David Dilsizian concert — 2-3 p.m. at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. This is part of the library’s monthly Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, with free admission. Dilsizian performs the great jazz standards of the past, including selections from Gershwin and Cole Porter. He recently released an EP with pianist Pat Felitti. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and currently sings with Opera Grand Rapids. He grew up in Metro Detroit, but has called West Michigan home for the past five years.

(5) Lucy Kaplansky concert — 8 p.m. Friday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake. Kaplansky blends country, folk and pop styles. Tickets start at $25.

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