Annual Events

See our calendar of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities

BBQ and Beautify is a summer event series that is hosted in the evening encouraging neighbors to come toget and help spruce up their community park. The beautification project is followed by a free community BBQ and yard games hosted by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Green Gala is Grand Rapids’ greenest bash of the year. Our signature fundraising event not only raises awareness of the value of great parks but also serves as the catalyst for our ongoing work to protect, enhance, and expand parks and public spaces. Read about the most recent Gala here!

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative is an annual tree planting event hosted by Mayor Bliss, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City’s Forestry Department. Community and corporate volunteers come toget to plant 300+ trees in a different neighborhood each year in an effort to achieve 40 percent tree canopy cover.

Movies In The Neighborhood Park, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Police Department and City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, host a series of free family-friendly movies in our neighborhood parks throughout the summer!  This series was started in 2019 to bring neighbors to get and activate green spaces in the Grand Rapids community in a fun and engaging way.

Tree Beer started in 2013 when local brewers asked Friends of GR Parks (FGRP) how they could celebrate being named Beer City USA by giving back to our parks and public spaces. Brewers create tree-themed beers that are offered for a limited time with proceeds going directly to FGRP’s Urban Forest Project tree plantings in the Brewer’s Grove.