Lansing, MI Festivals

We weren't kidding when we said Greater Lansing is Michigan's festival capital! As you can tell from the length of this list, there is a lot to celebrate in Greater Lansing all year long. Plus, a list of festivals this diverse means there is bound to be an event you and your family can enjoy. So check out the events below and start planning which events you will attend this year.

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January 27 Art & Craft BeerFest
Lansing • (517) 331-0528

The sixth annual Art & Craft BeerFest is an indoor art, beer and music festival where you can go back and forth between four venues. All venues are located on the same block, just a short walk from one another.  


February 23-25 Michigan Nordic Fire Festival
Charlotte • (517) 543-8853

A fun, family-friendly adventure including a Viking ship burning, spear throwing competitions, sword fighting demonstrations, fire dancers, kid's events, horn blowing, reenactment camp and dozens of other high-energy hands-on activities. Adult mead hall with entertainment Saturday night. #BeAWeekendViking


March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-8360 or (517) 627-0758
or find us on Facebook Grand Ledge St. Patrick's Day Parade
This annual celebration is set in historic downtown Grand Ledge and consists of an Irish cook-off, live music, Irish dance performances, a grand parade and pub crawl.

March 17 Maple Syrup Festival
Lansing • (517) 483-4224

Celebrate nature’s own “Liquid Gold” at Fenner Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Festival! Participate in demonstrations in our Sugar Bush, try your hand at tapping a tree and treat your taste buds to savory treats like maple crème and maple cotton candy!

March 22-24 March Magic Hoopfest
East Lansing • (888) 326-5590

The March Magic Hoopfest is an interactive basketball playground for children of all ages at MSU’s Jenison Field House during the MHSAA Boys’ Basketball Semi-Finals and Finals. This event includes a variety of basketball skill games, displays and educational activities and is located adjacent to the Jack Breslin Student Events Center where the tournament games are played.

March 27 Forks & Corks
Lansing • (517) 487-3322

Forks & Corks is an upscale evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings, showcasing wines from around the globe and culinary treats from metro-Lansing's top dining spots. Each suite in the stadium will have a dish from one of metro-Lansing's best restaurants paired with a fine wine. Guests will be invited to vote for the best pairing.


April 6-22 MSU Science Festival
Michigan State University-East Lansing • (517) 353-8977

The MSU Science Festival is a multi-day series of event, talk, demonstrations, tours, open houses, guest speakers and hands-on activities highlighting the fascinating, though often overlooked, fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (a. k. a. STEAM) Great for the whole family.

April 7 Taste & Tour of Old Town
Lansing • (517) 485-4283

The Taste & Tour is one of Old Town's unique events which allows participants to sample delicious foods from Old Town restaurants and food retailers, while getting a chance to tour the lofts that Old Town has to offer.

April 7 Lansing Lugnuts Opening Day Celebration!
Lansing • (517) 485-4500

Join in the fun at Cooley Law School Stadium as the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team celebrates opening day! Enjoy free activities and entertainment from 3-6 p.m.

April 11-15 Capital City Film Festival
Lansing • (517) 483-4058

The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is a multimedia showcase of films and live touring bands that engage audiences in Michigan’s capital city. CCFF celebrates independent artists from around the world by curating outstanding multimedia experiences for the community.

April 27-29 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Vermontville • (888) 482-8780

Celebrate 78 years at Michigan’s original Maple Syrup Festival. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup, rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, fireworks displays, 5K run, games and more. Syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever-popular maple syrup cotton candy.

April 28 Beerfest at the Ballpark-Spring
Lansing •  (517) 331-0528

This spring festival is held in the 360 concourse and front lawn of Cooley Law School Stadium and provides attendees the opportunity to taste more than 300 craft beers, ciders, meads, spirits and wine from over 70 Michigan breweries while enjoying the ballpark atmosphere.


May 3-6 Spring Fling Festival
Mason • (517) 676-1046

Come to Mason to experience all that 35th Spring Fling has to offer. Includes a 5K run, the Courthouse craft show on Saturday, duck race and much more—there’s something for everyone.

May 11-13 Mighty Uke Day 8
Lansing • (517) 896-4025

Mighty Uke Day is a celebration of the diminutive yet dynamic ukulele and honors its unique ties to Michigan culture as well as its contributions to music education and appreciation in the schools and community.

May 19-20 East Lansing Art Festival
East Lansing • (517) 319-6804

Join in celebrating the highly anticipated 55th annual East Lansing Art Festival. This mid-Michigan, two-day event features fine art, music, art activities, live demos, poetry and an international-style food court in downtown East Lansing.

May 19-20 Michigan State University Spring Arts and Crafts Show
East Lansing • (517) 355-3354

One of the largest arts and crafts shows in the state that includes a broad range of vendors selling handmade items including: candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard décor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture and much more!

May 25-27 Cristo Rey Fiesta
Lansing • (517) 394-4639

This annual fiesta features authentic Mexican folkloric dancing as well as dancing in the evenings to live Tejano and Salsa Merengue bands. Proudly serving the finest in homemade Mexican dishes.


June 2 Be A Tourist In Your Own Town
Community-Wide • (517) 487-6800

Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Purchase a $1 “passport” for free admission to over 75 attractions. Enjoy interactive activities and giveaways for the kids! CATA Be A Tourist bus routes provide transportation to most attractions for just 50 cents. Collect ten stamps in the “passport” to win great prizes!

June 2-3 Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow
Lansing • (517) 721-1502

Experience the Woodland Indian cultures of Michigan with programs that highlight dancing, drumming, singing, arts and crafts, food and more.

June 15–17 Lansing Juneteenth Celebration & African American Parade
Lansing • (517) 394-6900

Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about African-American heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction. This three-day event includes music, dance, entertainment, educational exhibits, a parade and entertainment. Celebrating 25 years in the Lansing area!

June 15-16 Michigan Pride March, Rally & Festival
Lansing •

A statewide celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and allies. The festival kicks off Friday night with the White Party. Saturday, take part in a march to the Capitol, a rally on the Capitol lawn, then head to the festival complete with all-ages entertainment, vendors and a beverage tent.

June 16 Lansing Beer Fest
Lansing • (517) 331-0528

The sixth annual Lansing Beer Fest is an outdoor beer festival on Washington Ave. in REO Town featuring 25 Michigan breweries and 100+ craft beers. Also find cider, mead, spirits, wine, a food truck court, live music, vendors and more!

June 16 Oldsmobile Homecoming
Lansing • (517) 645-7438

The 26th annual car show and swap meet for all Oldsmobile and Oldsmobile-powered vehicles. The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hurst/Olds.

June 17-23 Red Cedar Jubilee
Williamston • (517) 655-3831

The Red Cedar Jubilee features parades as well as craft shows, an enduro derby, a circus, a duck drop and a food and beverage tent with live music.

June 21-30 Yankee Doodle Days
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-2383

The premier summer-fun festival! Live music, parade, kids day, fireworks, entertainment tent and more!

June 22-23 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
East Lansing • (517) 319-6980

A free two-day music festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing, featuring the best in local, regional and national talent, children’s activities, a traditional New Orleans-style Second Line Parade and more. Presented by the city of East Lansing, Wharton Center and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.

June 23 Delta Rocks! Family Festival
Delta Township • (517) 323-8555

A free family festival featuring a petting zoo, make-it-take-it crafts, trackless train, 10-ft super sling shot, games, tot spot, inflatable attractions, business expo, music, easel painting, concessions and more. Almost all attractions are free.


July 5-8 Common Ground Music Festival
Lansing • (517) 267-1502

Join us for the 19th annual Common Ground Music Festival. See some of the best rock, pop, country and hip-hop stars in the world take the stage in downtown Lansing along the Grand River in a setting unlike any other.

July 9-14 Eaton County Fair
Charlotte • (517) 543-4510

Whether you enjoy tractor and truck pulls, motor-cross races or demolition derbies, you can find it all at the Eaton County Fair.

July 13-14 Old Town Scrapfest
Lansing • (517) 485-4283

Teams have two weeks to create art out of recycled materials that will be displayed during the event. Food, music, beverages and more!

July 28 Car Capital Auto & Bike Show
Lansing • (517) 372-0529

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum's annual car show celebrates our city's rich automotive history! See all makes and models of cars and motorcycles from 1900's to the present. Free family fun with live music and vendors on the streets of Downtown Lansing. The State Capital Building serves as a backdrop for this fun-filled day. 

July 30-August 4 Ingham County Fair
Mason • (517) 676-2428

Celebrating 164 years, the Ingham County Fair offers something for everyone; including hundreds of exhibits, exciting grandstand events, the spectacular midway, the creation station and more!


August 3-4 Bath Days Festival
Bath • (517) 712-8942

Bath Days is a two-day festival offering midway rides, food, entertainment, car show, parade, games and most of all…Bath Tub races for all. Enjoy cold beverages, hot food and shopping amongst the many vendors featuring home/hand made items you can only buy during Bath Days.

August 3-4 Lansing JazzFest
Lansing • (517) 371-4600

Located in Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries and unique retail stores and grand architecture, the 24th annual Lansing JazzFest’s multiple stages offer outstanding talent, from local favorites to regional and national acts, plus vendors and KidzBeat.

August 4 Island Art Fair
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-9843

The oldest fair in mid-Michigan and a state-wide favorite! Over 100 artists and craftsmen, music, food and riverboat rides. Free shuttle provided. Located on The Island, downtown Grand Ledge.

August 9-11 & 16-18 Renegade Theatre Festival
Lansing • (517) 927-3016

Two weekends of free theatre showcased in Lansing’s most artistic district—Old Town; featuring a wide range of performance styles from comedy, puppet shows, musicals, improv, staged readings and more!

August 10-12 St. Johns Mint Festival
St. Johns • (989) 224-7248

24th Annual St. Johns Mint Festival, Fri: 2-8 pm, Sat: 10am - 8pm and Sun: 10am - 5pm. Held at St. Johns City Park & Clinton County Fairgrounds. Arts & Crafts, Flea Market, Quilt Show, Kids Events, Free Entertainment, Parade, Pageant, Rodeo, Jeep Show & More.

August 11 Lansing Eastside Folklife Festival
 • (517) 249-5208
A celebration of Michigan’s rich cultural heritage—the music, art, crafts, food, and cultural traditions of our state and beyond—will take place Saturday, August 11th, from 10 AM to 8 PM at the Allen Neighborhood Center. The free festival will showcase the music, dance, and arts of the 2018 recipients of the Michigan Heritage Awards and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, and close with a performance by the Tannahill Weavers, a renowned Scottish band on a 50th anniversary tour.

August 11 Phil Denny's Armory Smooth Jazz Fête
The Phil Denny's Armory Smooth Jazz Fête brings together a celebrated list of local, regional, national and internationally acclaimed cross-genre jazz musicians. Styles supported range from smooth, contemporary, modern, pop and R&B. The Armory Smooth Jazz Fete is produced by Lansing-based international recording artist and saxophonist Phil Denny. FOOD VENDORS – BEER – WINE & MORE!

August 16-18 DeWitt Ox Roast
DeWitt • (517) 420-5596

For over 70 years downtown DeWitt celebrates the DeWitt Ox Roast with an arts and crafts show, food and beverage tents, a parade, classic car show, entertainment, a carnival, fireworks at dusk and more!

August 18 ArtFeast
Lansing • (517) 485-4283

This exciting art fair coincides with the Renegade Theatre Festival, a deal-seeker’s Sidewalk Sale and a mouth-watering Food Truck Rally. Find over 30 artists booths representing photography, wood, leather, metal and other mediums of art.

August 22 Old US 27 Motor Tour
DeWitt • (517) 881-2329

View hundreds of classic cars as they travel through Michigan on historic Old US 27 for a seven-day tour (Aug. 20-26), stopping in Lansing mid-tour. This is one of the premier classic car events.

August 24-26 Sun Dried Music Fest
Mason • (517) 676-1046

The 9th annual free music event features many bands, food vendors, a beer and wine refreshment tent and a variety of items for sale. Located in the streets of Mason, next to the Ingham County Courthouse; downtown shops and restaurants will be open.

August 24-5 Greater Lansing Balloon Festival
Lansing • (517) 321-8255

The 3rd annual event will feature hot air ballon launches, stationary night glows, kids' activities, vendors, food and drink and more!

August 31- September 2 Michigan Chicken Wing Festival
Lansing • (517) 749-7001

The 4th annual festival is in support of Against All Odds Foundation which supports Cancer patients and survivors. The festival features many bands and musical acts of all genres, food vendors, Kids Zone, a beer and wine refreshment tent and variety of items for sale and community organization vendors. The festival ends with a Sunday Night Concert, located at the Adabo Riverfront Park.


September 5-9 Frontier Days
Charlotte • (517) 543-3325

A 48-year-old festival that’s an end of summer celebration! Entertainment for all ages starting with Ladies Night, an award-winning rodeo, The Saloon (largest bar this side of Texas), a parade, arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn and The Frontier Market! Make sure to stop on out for some family fun!

September 13-16 Down Home Days
Mason • (517) 676-1046

Come to Mason for the 45th Down Home Days Festival and join folks for a free outdoor concert Thursday, family activities on Friday and craft show on Saturday at the historic Ingham County Courthouse Square, along with so much more!

September 14-15 PRIME Music Festival
Lansing • (517) 267-1502

Following an impression launch in 2017, the PRIME Music Festival returns for a 2nd year. A two-day music festival with an urban lineup in downtown Lansing's preferred festival venue Adabo Riverfront Park.

September 15 Taste of Downtown
Lansing • (517) 487-3322

Taste of Downtown is the food and wine festival of the summer! Sample fares from numerous downtown restaurants, wines from around the world and spirits distilled in downtown Lansing. Live music in a variety of genres rounds out the fun!

September 21-22 Michigan BluesFest
Lansing • (517) 371-4600

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of producing Old Town Lansing's renowned BluesFest, offering free music from multiple stages, great vendors, and special children's activities.

September 30 American Heritage Festival
Lansing • (517) 322-0030

A celebration at Woldumar Nature Center of Mid-Michigan heritage through crafting demonstrations, live entertainment, a market of local vendors and family-friendly activities.


October 12 Board of Water & Light Chili Cookoff
Lansing • (517) 702-6377

Local businesses compete to win the hearts, palates and votes of attendees. Competitors showcase culinary skills at a downtown party with chili, cold beer, margaritas and live bands.

October 13-15 Color Cruise and Island Festival
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-2383

A three-day fall pioneer festival at Island Park. Riverboat rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, fur traders, candle making, pumpkin painting, food, music and more.

October 13-14 Apple Butter Festival
Lansing • (517) 483-4224

Embrace our ties to the land at Fenner Nature Center’s 45th annual Apple Butter Festival!  Help stir the apple butter, cooked the old-fashioned way in a copper kettle over the fire, or try your hand at the cider press.  The beauty of nature in autumn, coupled with heritage artisans, local musicians and savory food is sure to be a memorable event!

October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Boo at the Zoo
Lansing • (517) 342-2710

Little ghouls and boys will enjoy THREE weekends of spooktacular fun. Noon to 5 p.m. Lots of fun for the whole family including a straw maze, hayrides, the Boo Tunnel and more!


November 9-14 East Lansing Film Festival
East Lansing • (517) 980-5802

Celebrating its 21st year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as offering tributes, seminars, premieres and parties.

November 16 Silver Bells in the City
Lansing • (517) 487-3322

The city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season. The Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, lighting of the State Christmas Tree, and musical entertainment are all part of this Lansing tradition.

November 22–Dec. 30 Wonderland of Lights
Lansing • (517) 342-2710

Potter Park Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights and extraordinary visual displays Thu.–Sun. 5–8 p.m. only! Kids activities, entertainment and your festive animal friends make this a fun event for the whole family. (Lights are on Thu.–Sun. nights only) Closed Christmas Day.


December 1 Winter Glow
East Lansing • (517) 319-6888

Enjoy magical, winter-inspired activities in downtown East Lansing from 2-5 p.m., including carriage rides, roasted marshmallows, pictures with Santa, a special outdoor holiday farmers market, ice-carving demonstrations, live music, children's activities and much more.

December 1-2 MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show
East Lansing • (517) 355-3354

The MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show is one of the largest in the state. This year’s show will include many returning favorites as well as brand-new artists. There will be a broad range of vendors selling handmade items, including: candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard decor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, paintings, photography, sculptures and more!