Greater Lansing Festival Alliance

Greater Lansing Festival Alliance

Greater Lansing Festival Alliance

The greater Lansing region is home to more than 100 local festivals and annual events that celebrate art and culture and traditions old and new, through exhibits, performances, cultural activities, educational opportunities and more. These popular festivals and events, some of which are nationally recognized, attract nearly half a million people from near and far, making greater Lansing an attractive and vibrant place to live, work and play.

To spotlight and support these many festivals and placemaking events, the greater Lansing Festival Alliance was formed as a seperate entity in 2009 with the help of the Arts Council. In 2015, the Festival Alliance was incorporated into the Arts Council's full membership, and it now has its largest number of collaborative alliance members ever, with nearly 40 local festivals and their organizers coming together to celebrate in the greater Lansing area. 


Every year, hundreds of community members help make metro Lansing rich with festivals by volunteering their services. If there is a festival you would like to volunteer for,  please contact the individual festival's website for information or visit the Festival Alliance's open community volunteer Facebook page.


Member Festivals


Art & Craft BeerFest

Jan. 27-28, 2017 |

The fifth annual Art & Craft BeerFest is an indoor art, beer and music festival held at four REO Town venues, all just a short walk each other! Enjoy craft beers, ciders and wines, incluing some rare selections. Ceremonial firkin tapping on Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival


A winter festival in Charlotte celebrating Nordic and Viking culture aimed at getting people outside in a fun & family-friendly environment. Featuring a community bonfire, entertainment, a historic Viking encampment, costume contests, cardboard long-ship sled races, games of strength & chance and more!

Capital City Film Festival

Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands

MARCH 4, 2017 | 

In its 22nd year, this festival is a day-long event of free community band concerts, instrumental master classes, and networking opportunities at Okemos High School. Nationally renowned clinicians work with bands to improve musicianship. Master-class clinicians teach techniques to individual musicians. All events are free of charge.

Maple Syrup Festival

MARCH 18, 2017 |

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!

Capital City Film Festival

April 5-9, 2017 |

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 our diverse locale.

MSU Science Festival

MSU Science Festival

APRIL 7-23, 2017 | 

The MSU Science Festival is a multi-day celebration of science! Throughout April the MSU Science Festival offers hundreds of exciting opportunities to experience Science-LIVE! The Festival highlights the wonder, cutting edge research and incredible fun that is at the heart of STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

Beerfest at the Ballpark (Spring)

APRIL 29, 2017 |

This spring festival is held in the concourse and front lawn of Cooley Law School Stadium and provides attendees the opportunity to taste more than 200 craft beers, ciders, meads, spirits and wine from over 80 Michigan breweries while enjoying the ballpark atmosphere.

Festival of the Moon

Mighty Uke Day 7

May 12-14, 2017 | MIGHTYUKEDAY.COM

Mighty Uke Day is a celebration of the diminutive yet dynamic ukulele, honoring its unique ties to Michigan culture. Activities include performances, workshops, children's activities and more, with profits supporting Music is the Foundation programs in Mid-Michigan classrooms and communities.

East Lansing Art Festival

MAY 20-21,2017 | ELARTFEST.COM

Fine artists and traditional craft artisans from Michigan and beyond line the downtown streets of East Lansing to exhibit and sell their original works. Free live music, children’s activities, food vendors and more!



Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow

June 2-4, 2017 | 

Come celebrate the 15th annual Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow. A Pow Wow is a traditional Native American cultural event. All members of the community are encouraged to come and learn about Michigan's first people. There will be drumming, singing, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, lots of  food.                     


Renegade Theatre Festival

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town


Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Purchase a $1 "Passport" for free admission to over 80 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!

Lansing Juneteenth Celebration


Commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.the 24th annual Juneteenth Celebration celebrates the joys of liberty while educating the community about our African-American heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction. This three-day festival includes, multiple venues entertainment, music, educational exhibits & health fair, children's activities and a community parade.

Festival of the Sun

Lansing Beer Fest

JUNE 17, 2017 |

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

LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars

LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars


Lansing Community College's Summer Stage Under the Stars is a free festival featuring family-friendly and entertaining plays and concerts at the lovely amphitheatre in the heart of campus. DANCE Lansing ends the festival in Dart Auditorium with four nights of exciting new dance. Indoors or on the lawn, enjoy a perfect summer evening!

Charlotte Bluegrass Festival

JUNE 22-24, 2017 |

This three-day Michigan Bluegrass Festival is a family festival full of local and national acts. There are corn hole and card tournaments, jamming sessions throughout the campground, raffles, guitar and banjo workshops, food vendors and a bounce house for the kids! Bring your chairs, picks and instruments!

Festival of the Moon

Festival of the Moon and Sun


Make the most of the shortest night and longest day of the year at the Festival of the Moon and Sun in Old Town Lansing! Enjoy great music, cocktails and wines from around the world plus delicious local cuisine.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

JUNE 23-24, 2017 |

A free, two-day musical event in the heart of downtown East Lansing featuring the best in local, regional and national artists, a New Orleans-style Second Line Parade, an avant-garde jazz picnic and children’s activities. Presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.

Common Ground Music Festival


The 18th annual multiple-day music festival has highlighted more than 450 artists over the years, including 38 Grammy Award winners in contemporary and classic rock, pop, alternative, country, hip hop, R&B, blues and more.




Old Town BluesFest

Old Town ScrapFest

July 14-15, 2017 |

Experience art and recycling in a whole new way! 20 teams have one hour to collect up to 500 pounds of scrap metal and just two weeks to create sculptural masterpieces. Now in its 9th year, Old Town ScrapFest puts these sculptures on display alongside art vendors, music and free family art activities. You could even walk away with one of the awesome sculptures if you are the highest bidder at the live auction!



Williamston ArtFest

July 22, 2017 |

Williamston ArtFest is a day long festival celebrating art, music, and dance in McCormick Park on the beautiful Red Cedar River. Enjoy the children's activity tent, local musicians, and lots of arts and food vendors.



Taste of Downtown (Lansing)

July 22, 2017 |

Enjoy a summer afternoon in downtown Lansing by sampling various cuisines and food specialties from downtown restaurants. There is plenty of wine tasting with more than 100 varieties from around the world and live music on an outdoor stage!

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum's Car Show

JULY 29, 2017|

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum's 25th annual car show is open to all makes of cars, trucks and motorcycles. See vehicles from the 1900's to 2016. Free family fun with live music, car rides and vendors on the streets of downtown Lansing in front of the Michigan State Capitol Building.

Bath Days Festival

AUG. 4-5, 2017 |

Welcome to the home of the International Bathtub Races. Bath Days is a two-day family festival full of “good clean fun,” including Bathtub Races, silent auction, music, car show, arts and crafts, kids area, food vendors, parade, fireworks display and more. Feeling adventuresome—build a bathtub racer and join the race!



Lansing JazzFest

AUG. 4-5, 2017 | | VOLUNTEER

The 23rd-annual Lansing JazzFest is held in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries, unique stores and grand architecture. Its stages offer outstanding talent from local favorites, reginal and national acts. Join nearly 7,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states for music, great food, craft vendors, expansive beverage tent, children's activities, river boat rides and more!

Renegade Theatre Festival

Renegade Theatre Festival


Two weekends of free theatre showcased in some of Lansing’s most artistic and eclectic venues. Weekend one showcases Renegade N.O.W., featuring new and original theatrical works. Weekend two features a wide range of performance styles, including comedy, drama, musicals, improv, staged readings and more!

MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival

MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival


The MSU Museum presents this three-day celebration of culture, tradition and community in downtown East Lansing. Find music, dance, food, a marketplace and more. Discover the roots, rhythms and richness of cultures from across America and around the world.

St. Johns Mint Festival

August 11-13, 2017 |

In its 33rd year, this three-day family festival celebrates more than 100 years of local mint farming with arts and crafts, flea market, free entertainment, Grand Mint Parade, quilt show, Kids World, carnival, rodeo, Jeep obstacle course, senior citizens day and much more.



Phil Denny's Armory Smooth Jazz Fete

August 12, 2017 |

Inaugural outdoor music event welcoming nationally and internationally acclaimed cross-genre musicians with an emphasis on smooth, contemporary, pop and R&B instrumental and vocal music. The one-day ticketed Fete will take place at the historic Armory in Lansing's burgeoning Eastside community and welcomes festival goers of all adult ages. Food vendors, beer, wine and more!

Art Feast

Art Feast


Coinciding with the Renegade Theatre Festival, Art Feast returns to Old Town to celebrate mobile vendors! Artists from across the state rally on Turner street to bring you a wide variety of handmade goods. When you get hungry from shopping, a mouth-watering stop at the Food Court will fill your belly with mobile meals brought to you by the best local food trucks and carts.

Fenner Apple Butter Festival

Lansing Flow Fest/Bless Fest


In its 14th year Lansing Flow Fest/Bless Fest is two days of free, spirit-filled entertainment and live music at Lansing's River Front Park. Friday Flow Fest features Christian Hip Hop. Saturday’s Bless Fest brings a variety of inspirational music from gospel to rock, hip hop to country. The Bless Fest offers plenty of freebies, free food, raffles, clothing and inflatables for kids. Be There — Be Blessed!

Old Town BluesFest

Michigan BluesFest


The 23rd-annual BluesFest is held in the streets of Old Town, Lansing, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture.  Its three stages offer national, regional and local acts to roughly 7,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. In addition to live blues music the festival offers art and craft vendors, ethnic food vendors, KidzBeat children's activities, River Boat rides and much more!

BWL Chili Cookoff


The BWL CHili Cook-Off features over 1,200 gallons of the very best chili from nearly 40 restaurants. Sample them all and vote for your favorite! This family-friendly event also features a chili-dog eating contest, live music on two stages, kids' activities and more.



Old Town Oktoberfest


Oom Pa Pa! Celebrate Old Town Lansing's German heritage with the 12th annual Oktoberfest! Enjoy German and fall beers in your souvenir stein, nosh on some authentic Essen, and dance the night away to live music. ProBt!

Fenner Apple Butter Festival

Fenner 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!

Trick or Treat on the Square

Trick-or-Treat on the Square


[Rain Date: October 24, 2017]
A family-friendly event filled with spook-tacular fall fun! This free event celebrates Halloween in a safe environment featuring a hay maze, trick-or-treating, donut-eating contest, stilt walkers, fire dancers and more!

Global Festival


Women in the Arts Festival 
NOV. 10-11, 2017 | WITAFESTIVAL.COM 

In its 32nd year, this annual celebration of regional women artists takes place the second weekend of November. This volunteer-run festival features a huge artist market, musicians, poets and other creative arts as a symbol of our commitment to support women in the creative pursuits.

Global Festival

Global Festival


See the world in one day! International students at Michigan State University showcase their home countries with exhibits, performances and interactive workshops at the MSU Union. Explore art, music, clothing, languages and more from around the globe at this free family event!

Silver Bells in the City


Ring in the holidays in downtown Lansing with the Electric Light Parade, state Christmas tree lighting and fireworks show cascading over the Capitol dome! Shop at the Silver Bells Village and enjoy live performances at arts and cultural venues throughout downtown Lansing.

                            St. Johns Christmas Festival


In its 15th year, the St. Johns annual Christmas Festival promises fun for the whole family! Enjoy Breakfast with Santa, visit the Festival of Trees and the Craft Show with more than 85 vendors, plus Kids Crafts, a raffle with more than 80 prizes and so much more. Celebrate the holidays in St. Johns!

Interested in Joining?

By being a member of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing Festival Alliance, you can gain a greater audience, share ideas and resources and help strengthen the capital region's arts and culture community.


Festival Alliance Brochure
Each year the Arts Council creates and distributes more than 14,000 Festival Alliance Brochures. These brochures are distributed across mid-Michigan at Welcome Centers, organizations, real estate offices, businesses, area colleges and many other venues. Festival Alliance members can list all of their festivals in the brochure for a small fee per entry.

Want to show off your love of Greater Lansing festivals and events?
Download the button below and link it to from your own page and HELP OTHERS have the kind of fun you plan on having this year!


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