top of page



Lansing MI festivals 2017

January 27-28 Art & Craft BeerFest
Lansing • (517) 331-0528
The fifth 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 Fun on the Rocks Winterfest
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-2383
An amazing festival held at The Opera House and includes a singing competition, chili cook-off, craft beer and wine event, live entertainment, cardboard sled race and a wine and chocolate event.

February 24-26 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 9 Forks & Corks
Lansing • (517) 487-3322
Enjoy wines from around the world at this upscale food and wine pairing showcasing Lansing’s best restaurants. The event will be held at Cooley Law School Stadium, where each suite will have a different food and wine. Sommeliers will be on hand to describe the wine pairings and how it complements each food item.


March 10-11 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-8360 or (517) 627-0758
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 18 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 23-25 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.



April 5–9 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 7-23 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 8 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 28-30 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Vermontville • (888) 482-8780
Celebrate 77 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 29 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 4-7 Spring Fling Festival
Mason • (517) 676-1046
Come to Mason to experience all that Spring Fling has to offer. Includes a 5K run, the Courthouse craft show on Saturday, pie sale, duck race and much more—there’s something for everyone.


May 6-7 Victorian Days
Grand Ledge • (269) 749-9791
Enjoy a taste of Victorian life, featuring High Tea, Grand Ball, carriage and riverboat rides, quilt show, Civil War encampments, May Pole dance, period craft demonstrations and vendors, and more. Come as you are, or deck out Victorian.


May 12-14 Mighty Uke Day 7
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 20-21 East Lansing Art Festival
East Lansing • (517) 319-6804
Join in celebrating the highly anticipated 54th 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.

One of the largest arts and crafts shows in the state that includes a broad range of vendors selling handmade
East Lansing • (517) 355-3354

May 20-21 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 26-28 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 3 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 3-4 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 24 years in the Lansing area!


June 15-18 Yankee Doodle Days
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-2383
The premier summer-fun festival! Live music, parade, kids day, fireworks, entertainment tent and more!


June 16-17 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 17 Lansing Beer Fest
Lansing • (517) 331-0528
The fifth 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 17 Oldsmobile Homecoming
Lansing • (517) 645-7438
The 25th annual car show and swap meet for all Oldsmobile and Oldsmobile-powered vehicles. The event will feature 1967 Oldsmobiles celebrating their 50th anniversary and all Curved Dash Oldsmobiles.


June 18-25 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.


June 23-24 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 Festival of the Moon
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.


June 24 Festival of the Sun
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.


June 24 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.

June 24 Flint Pride Festival

125 W. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 
Phone: (810) 232-0888 

Flint Pride is an annual community festival that features live music, entertainment, food, educational information, merchandise booths, pin-up contest, children’s activities, and plenty of fun & dancing. This will be our 6th Pride event as the word spreads about this open and affirming event! Last year we saw over 1,300 individuals compared to 150 in our first year. This year’s celebration will be held on June 24th from 2-8:00pm at UofM Flint Pavillion & Riverfront Park.

Jun 29 - Jul 4 2017 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Battle Creek, MI 
Phone: (269) 962-0592 

Family Fun in the air and everywhere at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, June 29 – July 4, 2017! This summer’s event will have 50+ Hot-Air Balloons, Carnival, Food Vendors, Crafters, Flea Market, 1/2 Mile Drag Racing, Music, Air Show, US Air Force Thunderbirds, Fireworks! All activities take place at the W.K. Kellogg Airport, Battle Creek, MI.
Visit for a complete schedule of events or call 269-962-0592.



July 6-9 Common Ground Music Festival
Lansing • (517) 267-1502
Join us for the 18th 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 6-9 Uncle Sam Jam

Civic Center Park, Woodhaven, MI 
Phone: (586) 493-4344 

The 8th annual Uncle Sam Jam has become part of the Downriver Communities’ Independence Day Holiday Celebration.  This event is held Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9 and will take place at Civic Center Park in the City of Woodhaven, near 1-75 and West Rd.
The Uncle Sam Jam brings family fun to Woodhaven with Friday night fireworks, carnival rides and games, attractions, monster truck rides, petting zoo, camel rides and FREE concerts all weekend long!  There is NO ADMISSION CHARGE to the event!

July 7-8 Lakeshore Art Festival

Downtown Muskegon, Muskegon, MI 
Phone: (231) 722-3751 

The Lakeshore Art Festival is a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, a food area including an Artisan Food Market, and street performers. Join us the first Friday and Saturday in July to celebrate art, culture, shopping, entertainment, and food!


July 10-15 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 14-15 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 15-16 Cass River Colonial Encampment

925 South Main St., Frankenmuth, MI 

Free Family Event at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Experience an 18th Century encampment of historical re-enactors representing British, French, and Americans. Visit and tour military camps and shop at historical vendors from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm. on Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Witness Tactical Battle Re-enactments, Flag Raising, Musket Firing, Period Concert & Games, Fashion Show and many other events!

July 29 Car Capital Auto & Bike Show
Lansing • (517) 372-0529
Classic car show open to all years and all makes of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Over 95 classes and over 200 awards. This show helps support the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.

July 29 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!

Jul 21 - Jul 22 Birch Run Blues, Brews & Barbecue

12126 Dixie Highway, Birch Run, MI 
Phone: (888) 624-9193 

Blues, Brews & Barbecue is a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition where teams compete in four different events, Chicken, Ribs, Pork & Brisket.
There are prizes for each category in addition to overall champion. The total purse for the Blues, Brews & Barbecue is ten thousand dollars making it one of the largest payouts in Michigan.
In addition to the cash prizes, the winner will be invited to the the Kansas City Royale to compete nationally. There is also an invitation to compete in the Jack Daniels.
In addition to great barbecue, there is great blues music and some country bands as well all weekend long. This year there are several professional acts performing in the entertainment tent, where you can enjoy the great music while sipping on your favorite
adult beverage.
When you get hungry there are a few food vendors from all corners of Michigan ready to meet your needs. There is no taste testing or purchasing of the competitors foods.
Music starting at 7:00 p.m.


Jul 31 - Aug 5 Ingham County Fair

700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI 
Phone: (517) 676-2428 

Ingham County Fair Ticket Pricing
Gate Admission: $6/Adult, $5/Child or Senior 62 and Over
Grandstand Admission: $10/Reserved and $5/General
Tickets for Grandstand events go on sale at the Grandstand Ticket Booth nightly at 5:30 p.m. 
Parking is FREE
Parking to Gates Shuttle Service is FREE
Celebrating 163 years, the Ingham County Fair offers something for everyone; including hundreds of exhibits, exciting grandstand events, the spectacular midway, the free family fun zone, daily cooking contests and more!

The Ingham County Fair and Exposition Center is the premier education and entertainment venue with the highest quality facilities perfect for hosting agricultural, educational, and entertainment events. Situated on a 72 acre, park-like setting, the Ingham County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center offer unique experiences to the Greater Lansing Community. Whether it is a wedding hosted in the newly renovated banquet facility or one of the nearly 70 events hosted on the Ingham County Fair and Exposition Center campus, there is something for everyone. The annual Ingham County Fair at the end of July, first part of August pays tribute to the agricultural heritage of our great state of Michigan; bringing together the marvelous nights under the midway lights and the aroma of the perfect and cotton candy! The Ingham County Fair and Exposition Center is where you want to be!



August 3-5 Kalamazoo Ribfest

Kalamazoo, MI 
Phone: (269) 344-0111 

The Kalamazoo Ribfest is a three-day, nationally-renowned festival in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo featuring national and local rib vendors, along with great entertainment and daily special events. All benefiting the Arc Community Advocates. Past entertainment has included a mixture of classic rock, country, alternative, and other genres, most notably featuring Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, En Vogue. Highlights of the event are the Thursday night Best Ribfest in Kalamazoo tent where local rib vendors compete for a booth space at next year’s event and attendees can sample and vote on their favorite local vendor. There is also an ongoing People’s Choice contest for the national vendors, and a Rock Your Vote contest where the community decides which band will open for the headliners. The Arc Community Advocates also hosts a Marketplace Tent on site featuring artwork and handmade items created by their clients. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance and more information can be found at

August 4-5 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 4-5 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 23rd annual Lansing JazzFest’s multiple stages offer outstanding talent, from local favorites to regional and national acts.


August 5 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 11-13 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.


August 10-12 & 17-19 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 11-13 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, four sports tournaments, free entertainment, quilt show, car show, carnival and tons of activities for kids.


August 17-19 DeWitt Ox Roast
DeWitt • (517) 669-8156
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 19 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 23 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 five-day tour (Aug. 22-26), stopping in Lansing mid-tour. This is one of the premier classic car events.


August 25-27 Sun Dried Music Fest
Mason • (517) 676-1046
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 the Ingham County Courthouse; downtown shops and restaurants will be open.



September 7–10 Frontier Days
Charlotte • (517) 543-3325
A 47-year-old festival that’s an end of summer celebration! Entertainment for all ages starting with an award-winning rodeo, The Saloon (largest bar this side of Texas), a parade, Family Fun Day at Bennett Park, car show, arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn and The Frontier Market! Make sure to stop on out for some family fun!


September 14-17 Down Home Days
Mason • (517) 676-1046
Check out fall colors and join Mason 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 15-16 Michigan BluesFest
Lansing • (517) 371-4600
What started in 1994 as the Michigan BluesFest and then transformed in 2003 into the fall Old Town BluesFest has now come full circle and is known as the Michigan BluesFest to reflect the wide audience the festival draws from around our great state.


September 23 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.


September 29 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.

September 29-30 Oktoberfest
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.



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 14-15 Apple Butter Festival
Lansing • (517) 483-4224
Embrace our ties to the land at Fenner Nature Center’s 44th 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 14-15, 22-23 Boo at the Zoo
Lansing • (517) 342-2710
Little ghouls and boys will enjoy two 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 7-14 East Lansing Film Festival
East Lansing • (517) 980-5802
Celebrating its 20th year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as offering tributes, seminars, premieres and parties.


November 17 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, fireworks over the Capitol dome and musical entertainment are all part of this Lansing tradition.



November 17–Dec. 31 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 2 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 2-3 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!

Explore the surrounding communities and discover charming towns,and cities that celebrate their unique heritage through festivals and events throughout the year. Take a drive and you can find quaint treasures along the way. Take a short road trip or even a stay-cation. There are attractions right in our communities that will capture our imaginations, warm our hearts, thrill us and inspire us to come back for more!

bottom of page