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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!

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.

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.

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.

When you're planning an event, just as important as who is speaking is the question - What is everyone eating? In today's complicated world more and more people have special diets due to the growing number of food allergies. A savvy event professional knows what most people tend to be allergic to and are ready to accommodate common special diets. Want a quick look at the must-knows of feeding the masses in 2016?

If you're planning an event but aren't sure which type of event seating plan is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide which arrangement will work best for your event:

  •     How many people will be attending your event?
  •     What is the purpose of the event?
  •     Are there any restrictions due to the type of venue selected for the event?
  •     Will the guests need to interact with one another at any point during the event?
  •     Are there any special activities or circumstances that need to be taken into consideration?

There’s something absolutely magical about Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City. It’s a whirlwind combination of a whole bunch of my favorite things, Nothing I like better than a festive parade, spectacular fireworks, the illumination of Michigan’s official Christmas tree and a ton of live music.

If you think Halloween is all about hyper kids scouring the area for their next hit of sugar, you’re absolutely right. If you think Halloween is only for kids, though, then you’re definitely wrong. Plenty of adults anticipate the arrival of this celebration and are equally (if not more) thrilled to pick out which costume they will wear. So, if you’ve crossed into the category of “I might have the cops called on me if I knock on doors, but I really want to wear my costume somewhere” here are ten adult-friendly Halloween events in Greater Lansing.

With the cool air arriving, now is the time to plan a trip to take in some great fall festivals in Greater Lansing. We can’t think of a better feeling than putting on your favorite boots, pulling out that cozy sweater and heading out to enjoy all that fall has to offer.