Are you ready to get outdoors and play? Winterfest is back, bringing with it a ton of fun activities for the whole family.This is a walkable, fun, safe, family-friendly, FREE, outdoor event taking place in the downtown business district and north along the Lansing River Trail on Saturday February 26th from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Here's the lowdown on what to expect. Want even more information? Visit

Ice sculptures

Take a walk and discover over a dozen ice sculptures courtesy of Scott Miller and Ice Guru. Want to see them carved onsite, right before your eyes? Here's the schedule:
11 a.m.  215 S. Washington Square
Noon  Rotary Park Urban Beach
2 p.m.  Lansing Center Gazebo
3 p.m.  Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town

Lansing Winterfest Ice Scuptures

Cold Butt Boat Races

Head to Rotary Park from 1:30pm-2:30pm to join River Town Adventures as they host the return of the Cold Butt Kayak Race! Local notables will compete in kayak sprints on the icy cold Grand River to win $100 for the charity of their choice!

Hot Chocolate Stations

Be on the lookout for three hot chocolate stations provided by Capital City Market. Find tables at Rotary Park, Adado foot bridge and the Brenke Fish Ladder.

Pop up Markets

Pop in to the atrium at 215 S. Washington Square. Also, Artist Umbrella will be doing a performance there 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Middle Village at 112 S Washington Square will be open to shop.
Pop up Market under the Shiawassee Bridge

Hungry Human Hippos

Remember Hungry Hungry Hippos from your childhood? Head to City Hall Square and the ice rink from 11:30am-2pm to watch the human version. Want to play? Sign up your team of 4 before the event here:

Live entertainment 

The Swift Brothers will be playing at this year's Lansing Winterfest. Catch them outside the Lansing Center on the lower gazebo from 11:30am-1pm.
The School of Rock East Lansing are playing from 2:30pm-4pm at the Fish Ladder in Old Town Lansing.

Beach Party!

Don’t miss the beach party at Rotary Park’s urban beach with Smoothie Queen and MP Social with festive drinks. River Town Adventures will be hosting the beach party with games and a DJ from Noon-3 p.m. 


If you need more information while you’re there, look for the “Information Spots” at 215 S. Washington Square, Rotary Park and Adado foot bridge. The volunteers will be wearing a read and grey striped “I heart downtown” hat. Also find event posters sprinkled throughout with QR codes for the list of activities.


Street parking is free over the weekends in Lansing, or hit up one of the nearby ramps! 


Enjoy Lansing’s Social Districts

Winterfest Social Districts

Want to sip and stroll and enjoy downtown Lansing’s Social Districts? See below for participating businesses. And don’t forget that if you’re carrying drink from them, stay within the Downtown Lansing Social District boundaries.

Duke's Saloon

A lil bit country! a lil bit rock! a lotta FUN! Doors open at 9pm on Friday & Saturday’s! 12 tap handles with a full-service bar…

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Lansing Brewing Company

Lansing Brewing Company is the lone full-scale production brewery in the city of Lansing. Ready to brew beer people talk about…

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Michigrain Distillery

Michigrain is partnering with local farmers to completely redefine what neutral grain spirits can provide to the increased demands…

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Midtown Brewing Company

Midtown Brewing Company in Lansing, MI is your source for premium quality handcrafted beer. Our locally owned brewery uses…

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MP Social

MP Social is ... An inviting, vibrant, modern and socially-charged communal space in the Marketplace apartments and Lansing’s…

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Sidecar Slider Bar

Handcrafted goodness. Gourmet sliders, barrel-aged cocktails, and craft beers, all in Downtown Lansing. Bar & Kitchen is open…

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Tin Can Bar - East Lansing

The Tin Can features over 150 different cans of beer and over 50 Michigan made craft beers. Full liquor bar. World famous pudding…

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The Exchange of Lansing

Downtown Lansing's premier club for entertainment offering live music every night such as smooth jazz, smokin' blues, popular…

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Continue along the River Trail to Old Town and participate in their Chocolate Walk! (There are limited tickets available, so you may want to purchase those in advance.)

While you’re out, don’t forget to support all the downtown and Old Town businesses that are open. Do a little shopping and grab some lunch or dinner. 

📷 Photo credit: Downtown Lansing Inc., Leann Dalimonte, Lindsey Klug