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The 2020 MDA Annual Session has rescheduled for Sept. 2-4 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, with a pre-session full-day course on Tuesday, Sept. 1. View the Frequently Asked Questions below about this year's event.

How do I register in advance?

Click here to register online. Otherwise you can register by fax (517-372-6704), by mail (MDA, 3657 Okemos Road, Ste. 200, Okemos, MI 48864), or by telephone 517-346-9408. Classes may also be reserved on-site in the registration area (Hall B of DeVos Place). Be sure to make your reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Seating is limited.

What are the area attractions?

Grand Rapids Art Museum — The Grand Rapids Art Museum located in the heart of downtown, is the world’s first LEED® Gold-certified museum. Come explore three floors of art, and engage in an exciting range of programs and learning opportunities.

Gerald R. Ford Museum — Permanent exhibits allow visitors to participate in history while reviewing the lives of President and Mrs. Ford. A succession of feature exhibits draws upon the holdings of the entire Presidential Libraries System, Smithsonian Institution, and National Archives. Visitors can also see the Gerald and Betty Ford burial site.

Grand Rapids Public Museum — This museum features world-class exhibitions on science, history, and culture. Stroll through a full-scale detailed recreation of Grand Rapids in the 1890s, ride a 1928 Spillman carousel, and visit the Chaffee Planetarium (separate fees apply).

Other area attractions you won’t want to miss include:

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park — There are many areas within Meijer Gardens to explore, including the indoor gardens such as the tropical conservatory, Victorian, carnivorous, and arid gardens, as well as outdoor areas like the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden, and a world-class Sculpture Park.

The Downtown Market — Grand Rapids is Michigan’s Best Food City, according to Thrillist – and one of the best places to get a taste of our creative, diverse, farm-fresh and delicious food scene is the Downtown Market. Home to 20+ artisan food shops plus full-service restaurants, hands-on cooking classes, community events, rooftop greenhouses, and more, the Downtown Market is the preeminent regional destination for innovative food experiences.

Beer City USA! Voted Beer City USA in national polls and named Best Beer Town and Best Beer Scene by USA Today readers, Grand Rapids is the perfect place for your next beercation. Our Beer City Ale Trail boasts 80-plus breweries — that’s more incredible craft beer per square mile than just about anywhere else on earth.

Family-friendly. Forbes magazine says Grand Rapids is America’s best city for raising a family — thanks in part to these kid-friendly attractions! Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has interactive, hands-on exhibits that inspire learning and encourage self-directed exploration. At the John Ball Zoo you can see 2,000 animals, visit the petting zoo, ride the four-story zipline, tackle the sky trail ropes course, and much more.

Fun after dark. You’ll find plenty of things to do after dark in Grand Rapids. Our downtown entertainment district puts you in the middle of a dazzling array of nighttime diversions: live-music places, sports bars, brewpubs, comedy clubs, theatres, and more. Everything’s within a five-minute walk of your downtown hotel!

Dining! Two unique factors make Grand Rapids dining extra special: It’s located in the middle of one of the world’s best growing regions, and it’s home to one of America’s finest culinary schools. The result? An astonishing variety of fresh, farm-to-table cuisine for every taste and budget — downtown, around town, and along the lakeshore. To review the list of choices, go to and choose in “downtown” from the “location tab” to get a walkable list of choices.