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Summer at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park—a season of vibrant beauty and endless discovery. As the sun’s warmth envelops our lush landscapes, guests are treated to a stunning array of blossoming flowers and foliage. The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden becomes a buzzing hub of activity where families and youngsters enjoy interactive play and learning, splash in the Great Lakes Garden, and explore nature trails. The serene Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden offers a tranquil retreat, replete with meticulously maintained flora, cascading waterfalls, and peaceful Zen-Style Garden. Each pathway leads to new adventures, from the awe-inspiring Contemporary sculptures nestled among the greenery to the ponds and waterfalls showcased in this 8-acre oasis.

The summer season also brings a dynamic lineup of events and programs. The Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens and the Ayers Basement Systems Tuesday Evening Music Club concert series feature a variety of performances by local and nationally acclaimed artists, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy live music in a picturesque outdoor setting. Educational events and guided tours provide deeper insights into horticultural and artistic wonders, while seasonal exhibitions in the Sculpture Galleries highlight the intersection of art and nature. Whether you seek relaxation, inspiration, or family fun, summer at Meijer Gardens is an experience that engages all the senses and creates lasting memories.

summer at Meijer gardens

Highlights

Fifth third bank summer concerts at meijer gardens

June through September

The annual Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens continues to bring the finest national and international musicians to West Michigan, thrilling music lovers across all generations and genres.

Concerts run June through September and feature the Grand Rapids Symphony, national touring artists, and beautiful, terraced lawn seating—surrounded by spectacular views of gardens and sculpture.

A variety of delicious locally sourced food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and performer merchandise is available at the Eileen DeVries Concessions Center.

Ayers Basement Systems Tuesday Evening Music Club

Every Tuesday Evening in June, July, and August*

*with the exception of June 11

Quickly becoming the summer’s best family entertainment value, Ayers Basement Systems Tuesday Evening Music Club brings talented local and regional musicians and cultural organizations to the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage, on Tuesday evenings in June, July, and August! Tickets are free for Meijer Gardens members* and included in admission for other guests. Please note, a separate ticket is required for the August 6th Kanin Wren’s Taylor Swift Experience concert.

Tickets are available on performance day at the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Ticketing Center in the Meijer Gardens Welcome Center, beginning at 9 am, and the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater Box Office, beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are good for admission to Meijer Gardens as well as that Tuesday evening’s performance.

Unless otherwise noted, Ayers Basement Systems Tuesday Evening Music Club shows begin at 7 pm. Gates open at 5 pm.

BONUS: All of Meijer Gardens is open to visitors until 9 pm on Tuesday concert nights. Guests may bring picnic food for the shows or enjoy the James & Shirley Balk Café or items conveniently available at the Eileen DeVries Concessions Center.

Sunday Strings

Select Sundays in July & August

Musicians from West Michigan will gather at Meijer Gardens this summer to present the Sunday Strings live classical chamber music concert series. 

Sunday Strings was conceived and created by Haijin Choi, Grand Rapids Symphony section violinist, to provide an opportunity in summer months for chamber music fans to experience unique and compelling musical selections – from classical to contemporary – performed by local musicians.

Throughout the fall, winter and spring, the Grand Rapids community supports live classical chamber music by attending recitals in several premier venues. There was no such programming for the summer months in Grand Rapids until Meijer Gardens presented the first season of Sunday Strings in 2020. This performance series was specifically designed to fill the summer gap and work with an already established fanbase. The attendance and enthusiasm from the audience, even during the initial outdoor small performances during the pandemic, proved that there was a desire for chamber music during the typical off-season.

Jim and Marie Preston asked to become involved in this effort and generously offered their support.
“Marie and I are just delighted to sponsor this series. We are long-time supporters of the arts in Grand Rapids and this series really speaks to us.”
 said Jim Preston.

Mark your calendar for these performances, which run from 2–3 pm in the Huizenga Grand Room on select Sundays in July and August.

Sculpture Exhibition

Paul Villinski: Flight Patterns

March 29 through August 18, 2024

The art of Paul Villinski explores the dynamic aerial realm and various notions of “flight”—literal and metaphorical. A licensed pilot, Villinski gives form to assorted airborne bodies, including butterflies, birds, airplanes and aspiring humans. To create his sculptural work, Villinski enlists a range of found materials: aluminum cans become flocks of patterned butterflies; used knives transform into feathered wings; old vinyl LPs morph into songbirds. These discarded objects are reborn in works that honor their past lives while compounding their identity to address serious subjects such as addiction and environmentalism. A highlight of the exhibition is a scaled-down World War II B25 bomber airplane suspended from the ceiling. In Villinski’s hands, this vessel of destruction is transformed into a vehicle of hope: Instead of bombs it drops food and brings attention to the widespread condition of food scarcity. 

Paul Villinski. Gyre, 2017. Aluminum (found cans), wire, Flashe. 80” x 80”x 9”

Sculpture Exhibition

Jennifer Angus: Flying Jewels & Other Lofty Insects

March 29 through August 18, 2024

Insects are the prime medium of internationally exhibited artist Jennifer Angus. Composing the small creatures into kaleidoscopic room installations, Angus highlights our mixed relationship with these ubiquitous beings. With insects pinned directly to walls in repeating patterns that reference both textiles and wallpaper, Angus’ installations speak to ideas of domestic comfort and the unseen world of dust mites, germs, and bacteria. The jewel-like quality of insects is showcased in shimmering bell jar tableaux and in glowing jelly jars set in windows with the effect of stained glass. Through such reverent—even holy—presentations, the vital and threatened insect population is given its proper due. Angus’ recent work has drawn inspiration from the Victorian era and is fueled by her fascination with the multifaceted nature of insects that are at once exotic, grotesque, and enchanting. Her original installation for Meijer Gardens takes the iridescent green wings of the “Jewel Beetle” as her aesthetic departure point.

Jennifer Angus. Wonder, 2023. Shadow Box, insects.

Lena Meijer Children's Garden

Great lakes garden

Open May through October

The Great Lakes Garden inside the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden is a seasonal, interactive mini-replica of the Great Lakes. Children can launch a boat, build a bridge and walk on all the Great Lakes states.

Summer Classes & Camps

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore, and Meijer Gardens has something for everyone with their wide variety of summer classes and camps.

Summer events & programming

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HOURS

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE

CONTACT US

area closures

Please note: The Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory will be closed for maintenance on Monday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 12.  Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 

HOURS

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE