Bummed October is Halfway Over? Downtown Market GR is Here to Help

Downtown Market Grand Rapids hosts activities throughout the month of October
Downtown Market Grand Rapids hosts activities throughout the month of October

The Downtown Market Grand Rapids is bursting with all sorts of fall activities for kids, adults and families! We’re halfway through October, but there are still lots of fun classes and opportunities available!


Below is a list of the activities for the rest of October. Registration for all October classes on the Downtown Market site at http://www.downtownmarketgr.com/classes.

DANCE PARTY (Ages 21+)

Guests 21+: Dia de los Muertos Dance Party
Fri, Oct 31, 8p-Midnight
Cost: Free


Join us for a Halloween dance party to remember. The Downtown Market is hosting a free admission “Dia de los Muertos Dance Party” with music brought to you by DJ Adrian Butler. The party features a cash bar and costume contest among other spooky happenings. Come dance your mask off at the Downtown Market!


More Info: http://downtownmarketgr.com/classes-programs/dia-de-los-muertos-dance-party

FAMILY CLASSES (All ages, includes one adult and one child.)

Family: Spooky Sweets and Halloween Treats*
Sat, Oct 25, 10a-12p
Cost: $45


Celebrate Halloween with spooky cupcakes, scary cake pops, and creepy crispy treats, made by the whole family! Join Chef Jacob’s ghostly kitchen experience chock full of tasty spiders, eyeballs, witches, and black cats. Families will have fun turning everyday treats into creepy confections that are great for the lunch box or just to enjoy at home!


Couples: Celebrate the Michigan Harvest
Fri, Oct 17, 6p-8:30p
Cost: $125


Ask any Michigan chef, and they’ll tell you that autumn’s bountiful harvest creates the best time of year in Michigan! With crisp apples and creamy squash, sweet corn and scrumptious pork, you’ll taste just how good October in Michigan can be. Join this hands-on culinary experience with Chef Jacob and create the perfect porchetta with apples, complete with amazing fall sides such as sweet corn fritters, delectable butternut squash soup, and savory apple tarte tatin.


Kids: Crazy for Cake Pops!
Tues, Oct 21, 5:30p-7:30p
Cost: $35


One of the hottest baking trends around…cake pops! They’re fun, their tasty, and iconic for Halloween! As they learn to mix, shape, mold, and decorate, kids will have fun turning these treats into jack o’lanterns, mummies, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. All to take home and enjoy!


Autumn Inspired Thai
Tues, Oct 14, 6-8:30p
Cost: $45


Join Chef Yang Hang in an exploration of the world of Thai cuisine using fresh local herbs and seasonal ingredients. This class is all about the discovery and creation of new autumn-inspired dishes based on traditional and authentic Thai recipes.


CAN you Gift It?
Wed, Oct 22, 6p-8:30p
Cost: $45


Preserve specialty foods just in time for holiday hostess or teacher gifts! Our resident canning guru Jolon Hull will help you through this fun, hands-on canning experience including: bourbon brown sugar mustard, pickled red onion, and vanilla extract. Beautiful mason jars with decorative embellishments make thoughtful foodie gifts!


Introduction to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Sat, Oct 25, 2p-4p
Cost: $35


This class is perfect for anyone who would like to know more about aromatherapy. You will learn what essential oils are and the benefits of including aromatherapy in your life. Once you have learned about the essential oils, you will have the opportunity to create a personal blend to take home and enjoy.


**This is not a Young Living or dōTerra product sales presentation**


Class is offered by Linda Bayer, RA.  Linda has been studying and practicing aromatherapy for over 15 years and is the owner of Bayer Essence Aromatherapy.


Meat with Montello’s: BRATober
Wed, Oct 29, 6-8:30p
Cost: $45


October is Brat Month at Montello Meat Market! Join owners Tony, Tina, and Hayley Larson for an evening of fun and meat education. Learn what goes into making Montello’s world-famous brats and sausages. Chef Jacob will show you how to prepare simple peppers and onions, we well as teach the history behind sauerkraut and how to make it! We will be sampling all of the food, then we will head down to Montello’s and stuff brats for you to take home!


Root Cellars – Preserving Root Vegetables for the Winter
Sat, Oct 18, 11a-12:30p
Cost: $15


Join us as we preserve the flavors of the fall! Our focus will be on experimentation with DIY root cellars for the winter storage of carrots, beets, onions, and other root veggies, as well as bringing herbs inside. All easy to do at home!


Terrarium Making Workshop
Thurs, Oct 23,
5:30p-6:30p Cost: $25
6:30p-7:30p Cost $25


Join Downtown Market Greenhouse staff for a session of tricks and tips on miniscaping your own little green world. We’ll provide the ingredients to build your own, including a selection of succulents, and care instructions for your nifty new terrarium.

MOMMY & ME (Ages 0-5, includes one adult and one child.)

Music & Movement
Fri, Oct 17, 10a-11a
Cost: $5


Listen to songs, dance, and make your own music as we play together.


Sensory Fun
Fri, Oct 24, 10a-11a
Cost: $5


Explore sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell through fun sensory stories and activities.


Little Pumpkins
Fri, Oct 31, 10a-11a
Cost: $5


Join us for some Halloween fun as we sing and dance with our friends in costumes! Decorate a spooky treat.


Preserving Herbs for Winter
Wed, Oct 15, 12p-1p
Cost: $10


Visit the greenhouse and taste herbs that will put you in a fall mood! We will discuss herb drying and preserving methods, as well as how to bring herbs indoors to sustain the winter.

YOGA (Ages 16+)

October 1–30
Every Monday & Wednesday • 6p-7:15p Every Saturday • 9a-10:15a
Every Wednesday & Friday • 7a-8:15a


Pre-Registration Rate • $10 Drop in Rate • $12 Purchase a 10-pack punch card for $90 and drop into any 10 regularly scheduled yoga classes. Don’t have a mat? Rent one from us for $1.


About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market


The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a LEED Gold certified, $30 million, self-sustaining, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall, large outdoor farmer’s market and two full-service restaurants coming soon, one of which will be a micro-brewery. More at www.downtownmarketgr.com.