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Author: Emily Miller

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!

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.

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!

By definition, food trucks are fairly inconspicuous. They’re just, “vehicles equipped with facilities for cooking and selling food.” If you’re more intimately acquainted with any, then you know they’re more akin to ice cream trucks for grownups. These vehicles may not play music as they drive through town (maybe they should?), but it’s pretty exciting when you peek out the office window at lunchtime and see one pulling up.

Parked throughout Lansing are numerous food trucks that offer a variety of cuisines like farm-to-truck fare and down-to-Earth comfort food. With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to escape your routine and try something a little less conventional. Consider yourself warned though, once you try a food truck it’s easy to convert to the curb-side. So forget dining within four walls, try one of these meals that come from four wheels. 

The return of April is welcomed by many and it’s no surprise why. Not only is it the first full month of spring, but it also signals the start of another Lansing Lugnuts baseball season, a week off from school and plenty of Easter celebrations. Whether you’re looking to keep the kids busy over Spring Break or trying secure reservations for Easter brunch, you’ll find these options and plenty of other things to do in Lansing this month.

Spring is almost here in Greater Lansing and although we can’t predict whether Mother Nature will still drop a surprise foot of snow, we can predict another great lineup of events. Check out our monthly roundup of what not to miss this month in Lansing and start saving those dates!

Art is all around us, and the Greater Lansing area is no exception. Take a stroll through any one of these surrounding neighborhoods to see bright, colorful street art, sculptures and a plethora of galleries, theaters and cultural events. Check out the list below for our picks of what not to miss in each of Lansing’s artsy districts.

It’s February in Greater Lansing and if a month for celebrating love and chocolate doesn’t excite you, maybe being another 30 days closer to spring will. In the meantime, as we anxiously wait for a glimpse of the first robin, why not attend a few of these events to help pass the time? Then, March–and ultimately spring–will be here before you know it.

Doesn’t winter make you miss perusing the local farmers markets? The fresh produce, handmade goods and seasonal items are just so difficult to bid farewell to at the end of summer. But hang on for a minute; farmers markets are not limited to the summer months only. In fact, you can still add some summer flair back into your life this winter when you visit one of these indoor markets in Greater Lansing. 

There’s a lot to celebrate in January. The start of a new year not only means a fresh slate, but it also marks the start of a new event season here in Michigan’s Festival Capital. Winter might signify a slower pace for some, but that’s not the case in Lansing where the events just keep rolling in! So, without further ado, get your pens ready because it’s time to save some dates. Here are the top things to do in Lansing this month.