Like most cities, youll find the culture, fun and good times in Downtown Grand Rapids. A bright skyline outlines an arrangement of gay nightlife. If youre looking for entertainment, the drag shows and go-go dancing nights at Rumors will whet your appetite. Karaoke is king at Diversions, where you can get a little dancing in after 11 PM. Neighborhood coolness equals laid-back, casual good times in Pub 43 or the Apartment Lounge. Grand Rapids stands to prove that river living can mix nicely with city living.

The Advocate honored Grand Rapids as one of the “Gayest Cities in America.” Expedia ranked it among “the cream of the crop of cool cities to visit in the U.S.” Thrillist hailed it as offering “much of the art, food, and music trappings you’d find in Chicago or Detroit, only at half the price.”

In short, Grand Rapids is a perfect destination for LGTBQ+ travelers – inclusive, hip, and just plain (affordable) fun.

You’ll find welcoming destinations all over the city. Downtown is home to the Apartment Lounge , Michigan’s oldest gay bar, and Rumors Night Club , a dance bar with DJs, karaoke, and drag shows. Both are within a 10-minute walk of 200+ restaurants, breweries, museums, shops, and live-music venues.

Head to Uptown for the trendiest shopping, the West Side for the hottest urban renewal scene, and Southtown for the most diverse dining choices. Visit 40+ craft breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail. Attend ballet , opera , symphony and touring Broadway productions. Get your exercise in on lakes, golf courses, and biking and hiking trails as close as five minutes from the city center.

Grand Rapids is also the perfect home base to explore the Lake Michigan shore – including Saugatuck/Douglas, one of America’s premier LGBTQ+ resorts. Spend a day on Saugatuck’s Oval Beach and the night on the town in Grand Rapids!


The Festival of the Arts takes place around town the first weekend of June each year, with food, art, music, dance, poetry, film, and more. Alexander Calder's abstract sculpture, La Grande Vitesse, is in the public square at City Hall.

Frand Rapids Pride in recent years has taken place in June, downtown at Calder Plaza or at Riverside Park on the NW side. See upcoming plans at their website or local media such as PrideSource.

Holland Pride also takes place each year in June, with a celebration on the waterfront. In 2016 their LGBT film festival screened at the Park Theater and the Holland Civic Theatre.

The Grand Rapids Film Festival normally takes place in April and the Mr Michigan Leather Weekend is an annual September affair at Dunes Resort.

Going out

The Apartment Lounge (33 Sheldon NE), men's pub and lounge of 40 years, booth seating, daily drink specials, occasional shows.

Rumors (69 Division Ave. South), downtown gay bar and dance club; Wednesday male strippers and wet underwear contests for cash prizes; Sunday country line dancing 6-9pm followed by drag kings and queens shows. Also karaoke, foam parties and theme nights.

The B.O.B. (20 Monroe Ave NW), mainstream complex of three restaurants, a craft brewery, live music and comedy venues, and a nightclub at this "big old building."

In Douglas on Lake Michigan, about 40 minutes drive from Grand Rapids, Dunes Resort (333 Blue Star Hwy), the Midwest's largest gay and lesbian resort, has 81 rooms and individual cottages on 20 acres; a night club with dancing, karaoke, male dancers; swimming pool and restaurant. It's mostly men, but women-friendly, just a few minutes drive from two lakeside sandy beaches.

For more about Douglas and Saugatuck see our DailyXtra article Finding Beauty in Michigan Beachtowns, and the local website GaySaugatuckDouglas.


Diplomat Health Club (2324 Division Ave South), basic no-frills 18+ men's bathhouse, private rooms, TV rooms, open 24/7.

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