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, and their legacies, the greater Lansing Festival Alliance was formed as a seperate entity in 2009 with the help of the Arts Council. In 2016, 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. 

Volunteer

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 29-30, 2016 | artandcraftbeerfest.com

Kicking off with a ceremonial firkin tapping, this festival is the celebration of art, beer and music that spans four unique venues in REO Town. The weekend includes a diverse pairing of local art and live music in a variety of mediums and an array of beverages, including rare selections from Right Brain Brewery and Blake's Hard Cider.


Greater Lansing Chinese New Year Celebration

FEB 7, 2016 | greaterlansingchinese.org

An annual event to promote Chinese culture exchange in the Lansing area. This event launches with a parade and a traditional Chinese gathering, such as a fashion show or lion dance. Enjoy performances, including Chinese folk music and more. Visit displays of Chinese cultural artifacts such as calligraphy, paper cutting, peking opera, instruments and games.


Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

FEB 26-28, 2016 | MICHIGANNORDICFIREFESTIVAL.COM

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

21st Annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands

MARCH 5, 2016 | redcedarfestival.org 

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 19, 2016 | 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!


Capital City Film Festival

Capital City Film Festival

APRIL 6-10, 2016 | CAPITALCITYFILMFEST.COM | VOLUNTEER

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 building on the cultural assets of the diverse locale.


 

Earth Day Extravaganza

April 16, 2016 | MYNATURECENTER.ORG

Honor the legacy of Earth Day by giving back to nature with Fenner Nature Center and our community partners! Explore the local flora and fauna alongside biologists, hobbyists and students during our annual Bioblitz.


 

Taste of East Lansing

APRIL 23, 2016 | bit.ly/1QpanrR   

Taste of East Lansing is a community event for all ages! Come to downtown East Lansing to sample dishes from local restaurants and enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities. Organized by the Community Relations Coalition, this annual event brings together the entire community over a shared interest: food!


 

Beerfest at the Ballpark (Spring)

APRIL 30, 2016 | beerfestattheballpark.net

Beerfest at the Ballpark is an outdoor beer, cider and spirits festival with live music hosted in the heart of Downtown Lansing at the Cooley Law School Stadium home of the Lansing Lugnuts. The Spring fest is hosted on the concourse and front lawn. Taste more than 200 craft beers, meads, spirits and ciders from over 50+ Michigan breweries while enjoying the ballpark’s atmosphere.


 

Festival of the Moon

Mighty Uke Day 6

May 13-15, 2016 | mightyukeday.com

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.

East Lansing Art Festival

MAY 21-22,2016 | ELARTFEST.COM

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


 

Renegade Theatre Festival

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town

JUNE 4, 2016 | LANSING.ORG/BATYOT | VOLUNTEER

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!


 

Renegade Theatre Festival

Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow

JUNE 4-5, 2016 | nativeamericanacc.org | VOLUNTEER

Adado Riverfront park is the home of the Annual Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow.  The public is invited to this free-admission family event.  Come celebrate Native American Culture through dance, song, arts, craft and food.  Grand Entry Saturday 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at noon.  Pow Wow Auction at 10 a.m. Sunday.


Grand American Fish Rodeo

JUNE 10-11, 2016 | AMERICANFISHRODEO.COM | VOLUNTEER

The 3rd-annual Grand American Fish Rodeo Festival along Michigan’s historic Grand River is FREE two-day event centered around the rich Michigan heritage of gratitude for our rivers, lakes and aquatic life and our equally rich creativity and self-expression. Festival includes a fishing tournament, boat rides, live music, family friendly activities, a Beer Garten (beer tent), plein air painting, vendors and more!


 

LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars

LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars

JUNE 15 - JULY 29, 2016 | LCC.EDU/SUMMERSTAGE

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!


 

Lansing Juneteenth Celebration

JUNE 16-18, 2016 | LANSINGJUNETEENTHCELEBRATION.ORG

Commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Juneteenth celebrates the joys of liberty while educating the community about our heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction.  This three-day festival includes, entertainment, music, educational exhibits, a health fair, a community parade and activities for the entire family.  Celebrating 23 years in the Lansing area.


 

Charlotte Bluegrass Festival

JUNE 16-18, 2016 | charlottebluegrassfestival.com

Celebrating a 44-year-old family tradition of great bluegrass music--home of the parking lot pickin' and held at the Eaton County Fairgrounds.

 

Summer Solstice Jazz Fest

JUNE 16-18, 2016 | eljazzfest.com

Celebrating 20 years of the best in local, regional and national talent, this free two-day Jazz Festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing, features 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 the Performing Arts and the Michigan State University College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.


 

Festival of the Sun

Lansing Beer Fest

JUNE 18, 2016 | lansingbeerfest.com

The 4th-Annual Lansing Beer Fest is an outdoor beer festival on Washington Ave. between South St. and Elm St. in REO Town, featuring 30 Michigan Breweries and 100+ craft beers plus cider, mead and spirits. In addition to the great beer selection, you’ll also find a food-truck court, live music, vendors and more! A  portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the REO Town Commercial Association.


 

Festival of the Moon

Festival of the Moon and Sun

JUNE 24 - 25, 2016 | FESTIVALOFTHEMOON.COM | VOLUNTEER

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 craft beer from Bell's Brewery, wines from around the world and local cuisine.


 

Common Ground Music Festival

JULY 5-10, 2016 | COMMONGROUNDFEST.COM | VOLUNTEER

The 17th 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 15-16, 2016| oldtownscrapfest.com

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 8th 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!


 

Taste of Downtown (Lansing)

July 30, 2016 | tasteofdowntown.org

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 30, 2016 | carcapitalautoshow.org

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum's 24th annual car show. 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

AUGUST 5-6, 2016 | bathdays.com

The Bath Days Festival has been known as the Home of the International Bath Tub Races. Have you ever wanted to feel the wind on your face, hear the roar of the crowd as you raced by? Every year at The International Bath Tub Races you can have that experience. Build a tub. Get a few friends. Brave being pushed down Main Street!


 

Lansing JazzFest

AUG 5-6, 2016 | jazzlansing.com | VOLUNTEER

The 22nd-annual Lansing JazzFest is held in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries, unique retail stores and grand architecture. Its three stages offer national, regional and local jazz acts to roughly 7,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. Festival includes art and craft vendors, a variety of food vendors, river boat rides and children's activities. JazzFest is located just off the river trail so you can walk, bike, or even boat!

MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival

MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival

AUG 12-14, 2016 | GREATLAKESFOLKFEST.NET | VOLUNTEER

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

Renegade Theatre Festival

Renegade Theatre Festival

AUG 11-13 & 18-20, 2016 | RENEGADETHEATREFESTIVAL.ORG | VOLUNTEER

Two weekends of free theatre showcased in some of Lansing’s most artistic venues. Featuring a wide range of performance styles, including comedy, puppet shows, musicals, improv, staged readings and more! Plus Renegade N.O.W. featuring new and orignal works all performed at the Friends Meeting House at 1400 Turner Street.

Fenner Apple Butter Festival

Lansing Flow Fest/Bless Fest

AUG 19, 2016 | MEDIAMESSENGERS.ORG 

13th Annual Music Festival of free, spirit-filled entertainment and live music held 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!

Art Feast

Art Feast

AUGUST 20, 2016| ILOVEOLDTOWN.ORG

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.

Old Town BluesFest

Michigan BluesFest

SEPT 16-17, 2016| OLDTOWNBLUESFEST.COM | VOLUNTEER

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!

Beerfest at the Ballpark (Fall)

SEPT. 23, 2016 | SILVERBELLSINTHECITY.ORG | VOLUNTEER

Beerfest at the Ballpark is an outdoor beer, cider and spirits festival with live music hosted in the heart of Downtown Lansing at the Cooley Law School Stadium home of the Lansing Lugnuts. The Fall fest is hosted on Jackson Field.  Taste more than 200 craft beers, meads, spirits and ciders from over 50+ Michigan breweries while enjoying the ballpark’s atmosphere.

Old Town Oktoberfest

SEPT. 30 - OCT. 1, 2016 | OLDTOWNOKTOBERFEST.COM | VOLUNTEER

Oom Pa Pa! Celebrate Old Town Lansing's German heritage with the 11th annual Oktoberfest! Enjoy German and fall beers in your souvenir stein, nosh on some authentic Essen, and dance the night away to live music. Proßt!

Fenner Apple Butter Festival

Fenner Apple Butter Festival

OCT 8-9, 2016 | MYNATURECENTER.ORG | VOLUNTEER

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

OCT 24, 2016 | TRICKORTREATONTHESQUARE.ORG | VOLUNTEER

[Rain Date: October 25, 2016]
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!

Old Town Dickens Village

19th Annual East Lansing Film Festival

NOV. 3-10, 2016 | Elff.com VOLUNTEER

Come to this world-class film festival that showcases independent features, documentaries, short films and regional films in a festive setting. Listen to filmmakers or experts discuss the films, enjoy tributes to movie stars, parties, seminars and more. Films are shown in the beautiful and comfortable Studio C! theater and at Wells Hall, MSU campus, at a discounted rate.

Global Festival

Women in the Arts Festival 
 

NOV 11-12, 2016 | WITAFESTIVAL.COM 

A celebration of regional women artists that takes place during the second weekend of November eachThe 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

NOV 13, 2016 | CVIP.ISP.MSU.EDU | VOLUNTEER

See the world in one day! International students at Michigan State University showcase their home countries with exhibits, performances and workshops. Explore art, music, clothing, languages and global cuisine at this free event!

Silver Bells in the City

NOV 18, 2016 | SILVERBELLSINTHECITY.ORG | VOLUNTEER

Ring in the holidays in downtown Lansing with the electric light parade, state 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.


 

Interested in Joining?

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

 

Festival Alliance Brochure
Each year the Arts Council creates and distributes more than 13,500 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 www.lansingarts.org/Events/Festivals.aspx from your own page and HELP OTHERS have the kind of fun you plan on having this year!

 

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