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Festivals in Mid Michigan

Lansing locals are not the only ones that flock to our fests. Tourists visit for our acclaimed music, art, food, and film festivals. Check out Lansing Beer Fest, Delta Rocks! Family Festival, Maple Syrup Festival, Bath Days, Common Ground Music Festival, East Lansing Art Festival, and the Great Lakes Folk Fest.

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24 A Winter Day at Woldumar
Lansing  •  (517) 322-0030    •
Enjoy a day of wintery fun, then step into the barn for a night of music and dancing.


6-7 Fun on the Rocks Winterfest
Grand Ledge  •  (517) 627-2383    •
Enjoy live music in the tent, family fun, a sled race and singing competition.


13-14 St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Grand Ledge   •   (517) 627-8360   • 
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.

21 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!

26-28 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.


9-12 Capital City Film Festival
Downtown Lansing   •   (517) 483-4058  •
The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is a multimedia showcase of independent films and live touring bands with engaging audiences in Michigan’s capital city. It celebrates artists from around the world who share their craft while promoting and building on the cultural assets of the diverse locale.

24-26 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Vermontville   •   (888) 482-8780    •
Celebrate 75 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, creme and the ever-popular maple syrup cotton candy.

30-May 3 Spring Fling Festival
Mason  •   (517) 676-1046  •
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 for everyone.


2-3  Victorian Festival
Grand Ledge   •   (517) 627-5170  •
Salute spring and the Victorian era with a Victorian Ball, maypole dance, high tea, Civil War encampment, quilt show, May baskets and period craft demonstrations.

16-17 East Lansing Art Festival
East Lansing   •   (517) 319-6804  •
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 52nd East Lansing Art Festival.

16-17 Michigan State University Spring Arts and Crafts Show
East Lansing   •   (517) 355-3354    •
The 51st 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.

22-24 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.

29-31 12th Annual 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.

30 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 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!


5 The Board of Water & Light Chili Cook-Off
Lansing   •   (517) 702-6377    •
Over 40 local businesses compete annually to win the hearts, palates and votes of attendees. Competitors showcase culinary skills at a party with 1,500 gallons of chili, cold beer, margaritas and live bands.

12-14 Gizzard Fest
Potterville   •   (517) 927-7912  •
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.

12-13 Grand American Fish Rodeo
Lansing   •   (517) 371-4600    •
The Grand American Fish Rodeo, on the banks of the Grand River, is ideally situated for its celebration of Michigan waterways, with fishing, boating, themed contests with great prizes, live music, children’s activities, beverage tent, delicious foods and more!

18-20 Lansing Juneteenth Celebration
Lansing   •   (517) 394-6900   •
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.

18-21 Yankee Doodle Days
Grand Ledge  •  (517) 627-2383   •
A four day festival with parade, kids’ day, fireworks and live music each night.

19 Festival of the Moon
Old Town Lansing   •   (517) 485-4283   •
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.

19-20 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
East Lansing   •   (517) 319-6980   •
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.

19-27 Lansing Beer Week
Lansing   •   (517) 331-0528   •
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.

20 Dam Festival
Eaton Rapids  •  (517) 242-7174  •
Good food, 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).

20 Festival of the Sun
Old Town Lansing   •   (517) 485-4283  •
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.

20 Oldsmobile Homecoming
Lansing   •   (517) 290-7455   •
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!

21-27 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.

27 Delta Rocks! Family Festival
Delta Township   •   (517) 323-8555   •
A free family festival featuring games, live animals, inflatable attractions, kid's make-it take-it crafts, face painting, live animals, music, super sling shot, trackless train, bubble booth, concessions and more.

27 Lansing Beer Fest
Lansing   •   (517) 331-0528   •
Come out and enjoy the downtown Lansing area of REO Town. Lansing Beer Fest is an 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!


7-12 Common Ground Music Festival
Lansing   •   (517) 267-1502   •
Join us for Common Ground Music Festival and help celebrate the 16th 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.

13-18 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.

17-18 Old Town Scrapfest
Lansing   •   (517) 485-4283  •
Teams have two weeks to create art out of recycled materials that will be displayed during event. Food, music and beverages and more!

25 Car Capital Auto Show
Lansing   •   (517) 372-0529  •
This car show celebrates Lansing’s automotive history by featuring over 200 classic cars, muscle cars, collectible vehicles and motorcycles on the streets surrounding the State Capitol. All makes and models welcome. Vendors, exhibitors and DJ.

25 Taste of Downtown
Lansing   •    (517) 487-3322    •
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!


1 Island Art Fair
Grand Ledge   •   (517) 627-9843   •
The 42nd 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.

3-8 Ingham County Fair
Mason   •   (517) 676-2428   •
Celebrating 161 years, the fair offers something for everyone including hundreds of exhibits, the excitement of the grandstand events, large midway, a petting zoo and more!

7-8 Bath Days Festival
Bath  •  (517) 712-8942   •
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.

7-8 Lansing JazzFest
Lansing   •   (517) 371-4600   •
The 21st annual Lansing JazzFest will fill the streets of historic Old Town with 20 hours of free music on three stages, KidzBeat activities for children, expansive beverage tent and wonderful food and crafts vendors. Experience for yourself why thousands of attendees from mid-Michigan and beyond have been enjoying this event since 1995!

7-9 Great Lakes Folk Festival
East Lansing   •   (517) 432-GLFF (4533)   •
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.

13-15 Renegade Theatre Festival
Old Town Lansing   •   (517) 927-3016  •
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 St. Johns Mint Festival
St. Johns   •   (989) 224-7248   •
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.

19 Old 27 Motor Tour
Lansing   •   (517) 881-2329   •
View hundreds of classic cars as they travel to Cheboygan on a five-day tour (Aug.17-23), stopping in Lansing mid-tour. This is one of the premier classic car events.

20-21 DeWitt Ox Roast
Downtown DeWitt  •   (517) 669-8156   •
For 70 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!

28-30 Mason Sun Dried Music Fest
Mason   •   (517) 244-6332   •
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!

29 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 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.


2-6 Frontier Days
Charlotte   •   (517) 543-3325   •
This annual event features one of mid-Michigan’s largest parades, IPRA Rodeo, Frontier Market, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, petting zoo, dog shows, car show, living encampment, saloon including live music and more!

17-20 Down Home Days
Mason   •   (517) 676-1046  •
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!

18-19 Michigan BluesFest
Old Town Lansing   •   (517) 371-4600   •
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 Michigan BluesFest for two days of music from three stages, and KidzBeat activities for children, while enjoying the expansive beverage tent, food and crafts vendors.

26 American Heritage Festival
Lansing   •   (517) 322-0030    •
Come take a horse drawn wagon ride through the beautiful fall colors at Woldumar Nature Center. A day filled with education and demonstrations for the whole family about our combined American heritage.The festival showcases crafts and trades that were popular with the pioneers and Native Americans.


3 Eaton Rapids Heritage Festival
Eaton Rapids   •   (517) 256-9460   •
A day of family fun, history and food held at the historic Miller Farm in Eaton Rapids. Kettles of delicious soup, a bake sale, living history/re-enactors, tours of the historic village and hands-on activities for everyone. Watch a blacksmith, a printer or learn readin’, ritin’ and ’rithmetic from a schoolmarm in her one-room schoolhouse! Free admission.

9-10 Oktoberfest
Old Town Lansing   •   (517) 485-4283   •
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.

9-11 Color Cruise and Island Festival
Grand Ledge   •   (517) 627-2383   •
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.

10-11 Apple Butter Festival
Lansing  •  (517) 483-4224   •
Embrace our ties to the land at Fenner Nature Center’s 42nd 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!

16-17, 23-24 Boo at the Zoo
Lansing   •   (517) 342-2710   •
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!

30-Nov. 6 East Lansing Film Festival
East Lansing   •   (517) 980-5802   •
Celebrating its 18th year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as offering tributes, seminars, premieres and parties.


20 Silver Bells in the City
Lansing   •   (517) 487-3322   •
The 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.

20-Dec. 27 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 Eve and Christmas Day.


5 Old Town Dickens Village
Lansing   •   (517) 485-4283   •
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.

5 Winter Glow
East Lansing   •   (517) 319-6888   •
Enjoy magical, winter-inspired activities in downtown East Lansing from 3-6 p.m., including carriage rides, roasted marshmallows, Santa, a special outdoor holiday farmers’ market, live music, a kids’ winter carnival, roasted chestnuts, luminaries and much more. It’s FREE.

5-6 Holiday Homes and Traditions Tour
Grand Ledge   •   (517) 627-5170   •
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.

5-6 MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show
East Lansing   •   (517) 355-3354   •
The 52nd 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.