Greater Lansing, Michigan is busy with great festivities year-round, making us not only Michigan’s state capital, but also the state's festival capital. The Greater Lansing area is home to some of the state's hottest events and fairs, including the Common Ground Music Festival, East Lansing Art Festival and the Great Lakes Folk Fest. No matter your interest, we have an event to match!
Lansing locals are not the only ones that flock to our fests. Tourists visit from throughout Michigan and neighboring states for our acclaimed music, art, food and film festivals. Looking for a fun weekend escape? Check out Lansing Beer Fest! Looking to take a kid-friendly vacation that will keep you entertained too? Head on over to the Delta Rocks! Family Festival. Want a truly unique experience? Maybe the Maple Syrup Festival or Bath Days is for you!
If you plan on visiting the Greater Lansing area, make sure to check out our full list of Michigan festivals below. Dates, websites, contact information, and a description of each event make it easy to plan your next trip. There's always something exciting happening in our unique city. The only problem might be just deciding which weekend to visit! Read our calendar below, pick a convenient date, and pack your bags for Greater Lansing!
25 'Chili Winter Evening'
Lansing • (517) 322-0030 • www.woldumar.org
Warm up with a steaming hot bowl of chili on this cold winter evening. This family friendly event includes a sleigh ride to see the beautiful trails of Woldumar Nature Center in the winter, a candle lit hike, campfires, live music and a silent auction filled with many diverse items to bid on.
14-15 St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-8360 • http://www.glstpats.org
This annual celebration is set in historic downtown Grand Ledge and consists of two nights of Irish dance performances, lots of Irish music, a grand parade and more.
15 Maple Syrup Festival
Lansing • (517) 483-4224 • www.mynaturecenter.org
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!
20-22 March Magic Hoopfest
East Lansing • (888) 326-5590 • www.marchmagichoopfest.com
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.
10-13 Capital City Film Festival
Downtown Lansing • (517) 483-4058 • http://www.capitalcityfilmfest.com
The CCFF exposes Mid-Michigan movie lovers to international and local films, engaging seminars, and unique musical performances in a four day festival taking place in several venues across Lansing.
18-19 Microbrew & Music Festival
Lansing • (231) 288-7676 • http://www.microbrewandmusic.com
The Microbrew & Music Festival educates, celebrates and inspires community collaboration through the joy of craft brew and great music while raising funds for nonprofits.
25-27 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Vermontville • (888) 482-8780 • www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org
Home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. 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, creme and the ever-popular maple syrup cotton candy.
1-4 Spring Fling Festival
Mason • (517) 676-1046 • www.masonchamber.org
Come to Mason to experience all that Spring Fling has to offer. Includes a 5K run, a craft show on the courthouse square, pie sale, duck race and much more–there's something here for everyone.
3-4 Victorian Festival
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-5170 • www.victoriandays.org
Salute spring and the Victorian era with a maypole dance, teddy bear tea and high tea, Civil War encampment, quilt show, May baskets and period craft demonstrations.
17-18 Michigan State University Spring Arts and Crafts Show
East Lansing • (517) 355-3354 • www.www.uabevents.com/content/arts-and-crafts-show
The 50th annual show, held on the MSU Union grounds, is one of the largest spring arts and crafts shows in the state. Admission is free and there is ample free parking close to the show.
17-18 East Lansing Art Festival
East Lansing • (517) 319-6804 • http://www.elartfest.com/
Fine artists from Michigan and beyond will line downtown East Lansing's streets to exhibit and sell original works of fine art and fine crafts. Free live music, children's hands-on arts activities and special events to celebrate the 51st East Lansing Art Festival.
23-25 Cristo Rey Fiesta 2013
Lansing • (517) 394-4639 • http://www.cristoreylansing.catholicweb.com/
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.
30 The Board of Water & Light Chili Cook-Off
Lansing • (517) 702-6377 • www.lbwl.com
Over 40 local businesses compete annually to win the hearts, palates and votes of attendees. Competitors showcase culinary skills at a riverside party with 1500 gallons of chili, cold beer, margaritas and live bands.
31 Be A Tourist In Your Own Town
Community-wide • (517) 487-6800 • www.lansing.org/batyot
Special 20th year anniversary! Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Purchase a $1 "passport" for free admission to over 60 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!
6-8 Gizzard Fest
Potterville • (517) 645-2313 • www.gizzardfest.com
GIZZARD FEST—with a name like that you can count on it definitely being FUN! This annual festival is world renowned and includes a classic car show, 3-on-3 basketball, arts and crafts, carnival and lots more.
11-15 Grand American Fish Rodeo
Lansing • www.grandamericanfishrodeo.org
The Grand American Fish Rodeo is a celebration of Michigan waterways, fishing, boating, freshwater wildlife, fish-based foods, arts, and music. Based in downtown Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park, it will feature a cluster of overlapping activities and events.
14 Oldsmobile Homecoming
Lansing • (517) 290-7455 • www.reolds.org
This is the largest one-day Oldsmobile-only car show and swap meet in the world. Oldsmobiles will range in age from 1903 to the last cars built. Find over 500 show cars and 100 car-related swap meet and vendor spaces. And don't miss downtown Dimondale's pre-event cruise-in the day before!
15-21 Red Cedar Jubilee
Williamston • (517) 655-3831
The Red Cedar Jubilee features parades as well as craft shows, an enduro derby, lawn mower races, a duck drop and a food and beverage tent with live music. While in town visit the antiques district.
19-21 Lansing Juneteenth Celebration
Lansing • (517) 394-6900 • www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org
Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about our heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction. This three-day event includes music, dance, entertainment, education, health fair and celebration.
21 Dam Festival
Eaton Rapids • (517) 663-3288 • www.damfestival.net
Good food, music, crafters, a car show and tours of the multiple dams of Eaton Rapids. This festival celebrates the history and culture of Eaton Rapids (635 State St. on Miller Farm).
19-22 Yankee Doodle Days
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-2383 • www.grandledgechamber.com
This is the 31st celebration in Grand Ledge, featuring fun for the entire family with a parade, free kids day events, fireworks and entertainment tent with live music.
20-21 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
East Lansing • (517) 319-6927 • www.eljazzfest.com
A free two day Jazz Festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing, featuring high-caliber local, regional and national talent. Presented by the city of East Lansing, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and the Michigan State University College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.
20 Festival of the Moon
Old Town Lansing • (517) 485-4283 • www.festivalofthemoon.com
Make one of the shortest nights of the year count at Festival of the Moon. Cool off on a warm summer night with a glass of cold craft-brewed beer while listening to rockin' regional and national bands. View the sculptures made of recycled materials created during the "Scrapfest" competition. (www.oldtownscrapfest.com)
21 Festival of the Sun
Old Town Lansing • (517) 485-4283 • www.festivalofthesun.com
Celebrate the summer solstice with the Festival of the Sun, a premier beer, wine and gourmet food tasting festival. Enjoy fine wine, craft-brewed beer and the Lansing area's best cuisine and live entertainment. View the sculptures made of recycled materials created during the "Scrapfest" competition. (www.oldtownscrapfest.com)
23-29 Lansing Beer Week
Lansing • (517) 331-0528 • www.lansingbeerweek.com
This weeklong celebration will feature Michigan craft beer themed events throughout the greater Lansing area. The goal of Lansing Beer Week is to raise awareness of the Michigan craft beer industry while promoting patronage to local establishments and stimulating the greater Lansing area’s retail economy and Michigan made products.)
28 Lansing Beer Fest
Lansing • (517) 331-0528 • www.lansingbeerfest.com
Come out and enjoy the downtown Lansing area of Reo Town. Lansing Beer Fest is a outdoor beer festival on Washington Ave. that will feature Michigan Breweries and 30+ craft beers. Food trucks, DJ spinning music, home brew demo and more!)
28 Delta Rocks! Family Festival
Delta Township • (517) 323-8555
A free family festival featuring clowns, live animals, inflatable attractions, kid's make-it take-it crafts, stilt walker, face painting, live animals, music, super sling shot, trackless train, concessions and more.
7-12 Eaton County Fair
Charlotte • (517) 543-4510 • www.eatoncountyfair.com
Whether you enjoy tractor and truck pulls, motor-cross races or demolition derbies, you can find it all at the Eaton County Fair.
7-13 Common Ground Music Festival
Lansing • (517) 267-1502 • www.commongroundfest.com
Join us for Common Ground Music Festival and help celebrate the 15th year of this annual week-long music celebration. National headlining artists mix with regional and local favorites to create the summer's hottest festival. Enjoy rock, country, blues and more along the scenic Grand River.
19 Taste of Downtown
Lansing • (517) 487-3322 • www.tasteofdowntown.org
Enjoy a summer afternoon in Downtown Lansing by sampling a variety of cuisines and food specialties from Downtown's finest restaurants. Plenty of food sampling, wine tasting from over 100 varieties of wine from around the world, and live music on Washington Square!
26 Car Capital Auto Show
Downtown Lansing • (517) 372-0529 • http://www.reoldsmuseum.org/
This car show is free for spectators and celebrates Lansing’s automotive history by featuring over 250 classic cars, muscle cars, motorcycles and collectible vehicles. All makes and models welcome. Food vendors, exhibitors and DJ.
28-Aug. 2 Ingham County Fair
Mason • (517) 676-2428 • www.inghamfair.org
Celebrating 160 years, the fair offers something for everyone including hundreds of exhibits, the excitement of the grandstand events, large midway, a petting zoo and more!
1-2 Bath Days Festival
Bath • (517) 281-9635 • www.bathdays.com
Home of the "International Bath Tub Races," this family-friendly festival includes craft and car shows, rides, fireworks, a children's entertainment and play area, parade and of course the main feature–bath tub races down Main Street.
1-2 Lansing JazzFest
Old Town Lansing • (517) 371-4600 • www.jazzlansing.com
Lansing JazzFest is a two-day music festival filling the streets of historic Old Town with 20 hours of free music on three stages, KidzBeat activities for children and wonderful food and crafts vendors for all. Experience for yourself why an average of 10,000 attendees from mid-Michigan and beyond have been enjoying this event since 1995!
2 Island Art Fair
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-9843 • www.ledgecraftlane.com
The 41st annual Island Art Fair features over 100 artists, plus food and live music on the Second Island in downtown Grand Ledge. Grand Princess boat rides available.
8-10 Great Lakes Folk Festival
East Lansing • (517) 432-GLFF (4533) • http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
The MSU Museum presents this three-day celebration of culture, tradition and community. Find music, dance, food and more with the roots, the rhythms and the richness of cultures across America and around the world.
8-10 St. Johns Mint Festival
St. Johns • (989) 224-7248 • www.clintoncountychamber.org/mint
Each year the mint farming heritage is celebrated at the St. Johns Mint Festival. Arts and crafts, flea market, food concessions, parade, five sports tournaments, free entertainment, quilt show, car show, carnival and tons of activities for kids.
14-16 Renegade Theatre Festival
Old Town Lansing • (517) 927-3016 • www.renegadetheatrefestival.org
Three days 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!
14-16 DeWitt Ox Roast
Downtown DeWitt • www.dewittoxroast.net
For over 68 years DeWitt has celebrated on the banks of the Looking Glass River with an arts and crafts show, food and beverage tents, a parade, classic car show, entertainment, fireworks at dusk and more!
20 Old 27 Motor Tour
Lansing • (517) 881-2329 • www.old27tour.com
View hundreds of classic cars as they tour nostalgic old US 27 from Coldwater to Cheboygan on a five-day tour, stopping in Lansing mid-tour (Aug. 20). This is one of the premier classic car events.
22-23 Mason Sun Dried Music Fest
Mason • (517) 244-6332 • www.masondda.com
This 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 Ingham County Courthouse, downtown shops and restaurants will open their doors to you!
23 Michigan Pride March, Rally & Festival
Lansing • www.michiganpride.org
A statewide celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and allies. The festival kicks off Friday night in Old Town with the White Party. Saturday, take part in a march to the Capitol, a rally on the Capitol's East Lawn, then return to Old Town for all-ages entertainment, vendors and a beverage tent.
4-7 Frontier Days
Charlotte • (517) 543-3325 • www.charlottefrontierdays.com
There is something everyone will enjoy at this annual event featuring one of Mid-Michigan's largest parades, IPRA Rodeo, Frontier Market, arts and crafts vendors, kids' activities, music in the park, petting zoo, dog shows, car show, living encampment, saloon including live music and more!
14 Capital City Dragon Boat Race
Lansing • (313) 731-2628 • www.capitalcitydragonboat.com
Don’t miss cheering on your favorite team during the Capital City Dragon Boat Race as paddlers race in timed trials to capture their flags on the Grand River at Adado Riverfront Park.
18-21 Down Home Days
Mason • (517) 676-1046 • www.masonchamber.org
Check out fall colors and join Mason folks for an outdoor concert Thursday, family activities on Friday, Saturday's 150-vendor craft show on the historic Ingham County Courthouse Square and so much more!
19-20 Old Town BluesFest
Old Town Lansing • (517) 371-4600 • www.oldtownbluesfest.com
Don't miss the fall festival that has pleased audiences from near and far for two decades! Whether you're already a fan of the blues, or ready to try it for free, come to the Old Town BluesFest for two days of music from three stages, and KidzBeat activities for children, while enjoying the expansive beverage tent, food and crafts vendors.
Old Town Lansing • (517) 485-4283 • www.oldtownoktoberfest.com
Old Town Oktoberfest, Lansing’s only German-style festival, features all things German, including live polka, German fare and, of course, wonderful German beers in souvenir mugs to remember the event.
4 Heritage Festival
Eaton Rapids • (517) 285-0010 • www.eatonrapidshistory.weebly.com
A day of family fun, history and food held at the historic Miller Farm in Eaton Rapids. Apple Pie Baking Contest, kettles of delicious soup, a bake sale, living history/re-enactors, tours of our historic village and hands-on activities for everyone. Watch our blacksmith, our printer and learn readin', ritin' and 'rithmetic from our schoolmarm in her one-room schoolhouse!
10-12 Color Cruise and Island Festival
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-2383 • www.grandledgechamber.com
Take a trip down memory lane in an old-fashioned covered wagon or glide down the scenic Grand River on a riverboat. Pioneer demonstrations include black kettle caramel corn, folk music, fur traders, cider pressing, car show and more.
11-12 Apple Butter Festival
Lansing/Fenner Nature Center • (517) 483-4224 • www.mynaturecenter.org
Embrace our ties to the land at Fenner Nature Center’s 41st 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!
18-19, 25-26 Boo at the Zoo
Lansing • (517) 342-2710 • www.potterparkzoo.org
Little ghouls and boys will enjoy two weekends of spooktacular fun. Noon to 4 p.m. Lots of fun for the whole family including a straw maze, hayrides, the Boo Tunnel and more!
5-13 East Lansing Film Festival
East Lansing • (517) 993-5444 • www.elff.com
Celebrating its 17th year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as offering tributes, seminars, premieres and parties.
21 Silver Bells in the City
Downtown Lansing • (517) 487-3322 • www.silverbellsinthecity.org
he premiere holiday event for the state of Michigan, Silver Bells in the City brings over 100,000 people to Lansing each year to enjoy the Electric Light Parade followed by the lighting of Michigan's official Christmas tree and a fireworks show over the Capitol dome.
Nov. 28-Dec. 28 Wonderland of Lights
Lansing • (517) 342-2710 • www.potterparkzoo.org
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.
6 Old Town Dickens Village
Old Town Lansing • (517) 485-4283 • www.iloveoldtown.org/events/old-town-dickens-village-1
This free event starts the holiday season by celebrating Old Town's Victorian heritage. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, puppet shows, carolers and more.
6 Winter Glow
East Lansing • (517) 319-6927
Enjoy magical, winter-inspired activities in downtown East Lansing, including carriage rides, roasted marshmallows, Santa, a special outdoor holiday farmer’s market, live music, a kid’s winter carnival, roasted chestnuts, luminaries and much more. It's FREE.
6-7 MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show
East Lansing • (517) 355-3354 • www.uabevents.com/content/arts-and-crafts-show
The 51st annual show will be held at the MSU Union on the corner of Grand River Ave. and Abbot Rd. in East Lansing. Four floors of booths make this one of the largest holiday arts and crafts shows in the state.
6-7 Holiday Traditions Tour
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-5170 • www.gdledgehistsoc.org
Travel to holidays past as you visit historic Victorian homes, churches and the museum. Also stop by and see the 1928 Barton Theater organ, festive tables and decorated trees at the Opera House.