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As employees of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, we promote Lansing every day of the year, it’s just what we do. But what if our career didn’t obligate us to endorse the region as a great place to visit? Would we still cheer on the area with pride? Would we still be eager to share about all the great events and attractions with friends and family?

If you were to ask anyone from our office these questions, you’re likely to hear a resounding yes.

Our team is not only passionate about promoting the area for special events like 517 Day, or just because it’s our job, we do it because it's who we are!

In honor of 517 Day, check out the video below to see a few things our employees had to say when asked, “Why do you love living in Lansing?” Then, keep reading on because there’s more!

There is a group of like-minded attractions that are open during Be A Tourist in Your Own Town this year that I think that folks will enjoy whether they’re eight or eighty years old. For sure, you could follow the crowds and hit up favorites like Impression 5 Science Center or Potter Park Zoo, but here’s a suggestion for something just a bit different and some of these things you just can’t do every day.

Before we officially discuss May, can we just take one last moment to appreciate the spectacular spring views April brought us via these Instagram photos?

Ok, now let’s dive in.

You may have heard Greater Lansing referred to as “Michigan’s Festival Capital” and if that doesn’t make sense now, it will soon. As summer approaches, the list of events grows longer and longer. Take advantage of the additional things to do and start planning what you’ll attend this month. Here are a few can’t-miss, Lansing events to help you get started.

As a meeting professional, we often get “caught in the weeds”.  We feel so trapped in the logistics of day-to-day, conference-to-conference, BEO to BEO, that we don’t think about WHO we are and the human side of our job. Envision a world where no one shared their strengths, talents and personality. Imagine if we just showed up, completed the check-list and went home. Some days, that’s kind of how it is! Now, what if we dug deep into who we are, what we stand for, and what organic personality traits we can share? What a colorful, fantastic, energizing workspace we could enjoy.

Do you ever feel like the years are starting to run together? Like, when your ten-year high school reunion invite arrives and you quickly run some numbers because you were convinced you were eighteen yesterday? Wait, that’s just me? Well, since I’m already sharing fun facts about myself, here’s another one; my driveway is lined with about 12 cherry blossom trees that I look forward to flowering every. single. year.

This is typically where I stop and take a moment to pay homage to the previous homeowners–may God bless their green thumbs.

Thankfully, for the both of us, spring’s beauty isn’t just limited to my driveway.

The entire Greater Lansing area has been popping with color for the past couple weeks and I find myself “oohing” and “ahhing” a little more than usual. From my daily lunchtime walk through downtown, to monitoring social media posts for the day, I am constantly reminded why this is one of my favorite times of the year.

Join me and take a few minutes to browse some of these gorgeous spring photos captured by fellow Instagram users. Let the petal peeping begin!

The most common question I am asked by social, military and religious event planners is ‘what are some creative solutions for planning events on tight budgets?’ Based on the group and their specific needs I have five solid creative budget considerations that can make an event great at a fraction of the cost.