Welcome to Grand Rapids

A vibrant downtown without the big city hassle.

Expect a vibrant downtown between Chicago and Detroit – all the benefits of a big city with none of the hassle. If you are looking for a food experience or bespoke crafted gift, check out the things to see and do  around the city organized by our own Creatives in GR.


Use the Beer City Ale Trail map to plot your own course among our 80+ craft breweries.


Our Main Venue

Since its debut in early 2017, 20 Monroe Live is the state-of-the-art venue in Grand Rapids. A new home for live music, entertainment and special events, It includes a the Vanguard, a beautiful VIP club with the amenities of a private bar, open air patio and access to the best seats in the house.


Lodging in Grand Rapids runs the gamut from luxury hotels to budget motels. We’ve got charming bed-and-breakfast inns, convenient extended-stay suites, or live like a local with home rentals.

MWUX19 has partnered with AC Hotels Marriott to create a group block at a conference discount. Rooms can be booked via the AC Hotel website or by calling toll free to 1-877-901-6632.


Local Transit

If you’re hopping around downtown, remember the DASH routes (pink busses) and MAY Mobility shuttles (white and green 6-person shuttles) are free Downtown Area Shuttles.

If you’re arriving to Grand Rapids by train you’ll be arriving adjacent to the Grand Rapids RAPID Bus Station. If you’re coming via Greyhound or other bus line, you’ll arrive directly into the GR RAPID Bus Station. Once at the RAPID Bus Station, you can use a local transit bus ticket to get yourself to your hotel or to our downtown venues. Mobile GR and the folks at The RAPID recommend you use the Transit App to help you plan your trip on our local bus lines.

By Car

Parking meters have various operating times, so use the Grand Rapids parking Mobile App “MOTU” or pay attention to the meter’s specific information.

If you’re staying for multiple days, we’d recommend parking at your hotel – AC Hotel offers self-parking and valet. If your hotel doesn’t offer parking, or you prefer to park off-site you can use this virtual Visitor Parking Guide to help you find parking ramps and DASH & RAPIDS bus stops.

For the cheapest parking option, you may want to select a DASH Lot for parking and ride the free DASH Shuttle to downtown hotels and our venues.


Grand Rapids’ Gerald Ford International Airport is less than 15 miles from the AC Hotel, which is about 20-minutes by car or about 2-hours by public transit. If you want to hail an Uber, you can use their app for that (UberGR discount code gives a first time rider a few dollars off).

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