One of the coolest festivals in the area happens on the shortest night of the year. Almost in perfect parallel to the temporary bliss found in an exquisite glass of wine, the Festival of the Sun and the Festival of the Moon are here on June 20th and 21st (from 6 pm to 11 pm on Friday and 2 pm to 11 pm on Saturday) and then gone until next year. Because joy is so often fleeting, don't let this good time pass you by! Get down to the cultural sweet spot of the Lansing area, Old Town Lansing, for great drinks, food, music and good-natured merriment. Old Town is small, yes, but don't worry, you can park anywhere on the streets in Old Town. You can also park in the neighborhoods just west of Old Town or park downtown and take the River Trail about a mile north. This is my recommendation in fact. Taking the Rivertrail to Old Town is super cool. There are signs along the River Trail guiding the way. Handicap parking is available along part of Grand River Ave. at the festival site. They also offer free Bike Valet Parking on site, courtesy of Spin Bike Shop. How's that for making it easy? Don't worry either if a few summer rain clouds head this way, as the event is rain or shine and most of the action occurs under big huge tents that will keep you dry as a bone (except for your whistle, which will be wet with the finest wines from across the country and beautiful beers from Bell's Brewery). They even give away a souvenir glass to remember the occasion. Because this fest is themed around beer and wine, kids are not allowed, but look at it as some much-needed adult time. Yes that's right, summer is for you too, worker-bees that you are. Don't forget too, the event is also for a good cause, as its a huge fundraiser for the Old Town Commercial Association, and delivers a big percentage of the OTCA organizations operating budget to bring other cool and enriching things to the community all year long. By this I mean the Old Town Farmers Market, Dicken's Village, Compassionate Feast, Chalk of the Town, Scrapfest and many more. Festival of the Moon tickets are just $17 in advance or $20 at the gate. Festival of the Sun tickets are just $17 in advance or $20 at the gate. For the best value, try the weekend pass to both festivals, which is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Remember, don't show up with a stroller because you must be 21+ to enter. Click here to get a taste of the hot musical acts that are all lined up for the occasion, but as far as a taste of the fine wine and brilliant beers in store, you've simply got to wait. A two-day festival celebrating the special moments summer brings and the beverages we are able to enjoy from the bounty of the earth. Pretty sweet.
"Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain." -- Dave Matthews