Grand Haven Events & Entertainment

Washington Street in downtown Grand Haven is the happening place for shopping, dining and entertainment. 

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in one of downtown’s wonderful restaurants then stop into one of the coffee shops for an espresso. While on Washington St, be sure and check out Mackinaw Kite Company. It’s loaded with toys and anything that a kid could ever want. (quite possibly adults too!) They also supply many beach accessories for your trip to Grand Haven State Park.

Michigan Rag Company is the headquarters for a unique manufacturer of printed clothing which makes a great gift or souvenir from your visit to Grand Haven. You may also enjoy the ladies boutiques, a bead shop, the best paper/card shop in the area and don’t forget to visit Fortino’s and Stefano’s for fabulous Italian food, gelato and peanuts. Downtown is a relaxing, friendly and unique experience. We really can say, ”From Peanuts to Puppies to feather boas, it’s all right here!”.  Sidewalk sales in Grand Haven are August 20th and 21st.

The Old Piano Factory in the historic Story & Clark building is a separate shopping area in Downtown with 5 or 6 interesting shops. From hats to men’s & women’ fashions, gifts, coffee shop and an Italian Restaurant.

If you have never visited Grand Haven for the Coast Guard Festival, you really should come, stay with us and experience this awesome event! It’s the largest (week long) event our city hosts. Book early (REALLY Early) as these dates fill up fast.

East of US31 on Washington Ave you’ll find Frank’s Meat Market which is superb. (We serve their awesome sausages for breakfast here at Boyden House)   Stanz Cafe (next door to Frank’s) serves the fabulous meats in a varied and interesting menu with some Polish dishes.  Pfaff Pharmacy is a charming “old time” drugstore with a soda fountain and gifts.

The Lakes Mall  is just 6 minutes north of The Boyden House off of US31 on Sterenberg Rd. There are many of your favorite chain restaurants & shopping. TJ Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Target, Old Navy, Meijer, Pier One and Toys R Us are located just across from the Mall.

We have a glorious selection of good restaurants in Grand Haven and Spring Lake. Everyone has their favorites, be it pizza, fine dining or light entertainment and a great drink. The majority of restaurants and bistros are on Washington Ave making for a great ‘walk around the town’ experience.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Snug Harbor
  • Jelly’s
  • JW’s Food and Spirits
  • Lucy’s Market
  • Mr. Kozak’s
  • Odd Side Ales
  • Porto Bello Restaurant
  • Butch’s Beach Burrito’s
  • The Kirby House
  • Morningstar Cafe

  • The Dee Lite
  • Mr. Scribb’s Pizza
  • Pavilion Wharf Deli and Grill
  • Rendevous Restaurant
  • The Rosebud Restaurant
  • Tip A Few Tavern
  • The Grand Seafood and Oyster Bar
  • Theatre Bar
  • Santo Stefano Del Lago
  • Sweet Temptations

Vintage & used clothing is both fabulous and plentiful in Grand Haven. Check out St. John’s Episcopal, corner of 6th and Franklin. Love, Inc. has a new shop in Spring Lake on the corner of Jackson and Savidge. Goodwill also has a store in the D&W plaza off US31 on the corner of Robbins and Ferry. The Salvation Army is on Despelder Street.

The Purple Rose Boutique is an upscale second hand clothing store with style. This store is fabulously done, high-end yet, inexpensive and you won’t know you’re shopping second hand. The owner/buyer has a special knack for display and excellent taste in her choices. If you’re looking for a dress and accessories for your special event, this stop is a must!

West Michigan Antique Mall is on the corner of US31 and 168th in Grand Haven.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme is at 17 N. Seventh in Grand Haven.
Harbor Antiques is on Washington Street.
Lake Shore Antiques is located 7 miles south at 10300 West Olive Road.
Depot Antiques is at 14599 Cleveland (M-104) in Spring Lake.
Spring Lake Antique Mall is well displayed with a nice assortment. They are at 801 W. Savidge in Spring Lake.

Make sure and visit Rosy Mound Natural Area on Lakeshore Drive just past Rosy Mound School. There is a fabulous footpath and boardwalk. (400 steps to Lake Michigan. You can do it!)

P. J. Hoffmaster borders the Lake Michigan Shoreline and is covered with wooded and dune preserves. There is also a pristine and private beach.

Hofma Park and Preserve features numerous packed trails and boardwalks over bayous. It’s beautiful in the winter. Duncan Woods in Grand Haven is only 4 blocks from Boyden House! A glorious park in the city with paved roads and hiking trails.

Pidgeon Creek Park offers a country setting with groomed, lighted trails for cross country and snow shoeing. Rental equipment and warming shed is available.

Ask Tony (The Fish Master) He can send you in the right direction. It’s Michigan, so you really can’t go wrong! Nearby, there is fishing on the pier for Salmon, Steelhead and Perch. Our local lakes fish well for many species including bluegill, bass and pike. Don’t let the winter stop you! Our local lakes provide excellent ice fishing. A short drive away, pristine rivers like the Muskegon and Pere Marquette offer a truly wonderful fishery with solitude and peace. We can help get you set up with a river guide.

Of course there is also charter fishing on one of the boats out of Chinook Pier. A true Grand Haven experience..

Grand Haven 9: Special pricing & bottomless popcorn, for a small theatre we have first runs.

Cinema Carousel: In Muskegon. Large theatre 15 minutes away.
IMAX Cinema: In Grand Rapids. 45 minute drive.

Frauenthal Center with Symphony, Plays and Musicals (Muskegon)
Central Park Players: Our own “Town Plays”
Bowling at Starlight Lanes
Estate Sales: Check Grand Haven Tribune classifieds
Jog or Walk on the beach. Miles and miles of uninterrupted and shifting sand and waves…
Surfing: believe it! Grand Haven has great surfing!
Winery in Muskegon
Highland Park Walking Tour
Walk our “Boardwalk” along the Channel ,clear out to the Lighthouse and the Beach