Spring in Lansing!

7 Best Things to Do This Spring

March is already upon us, which means less than three weeks until Spring.  If you haven’t already booked that flight to Cancun, we’ve got options!

Michigan’s capital has events and festivities for everyone. Here’s a shortlist of the best activities to attend this spring:

 

Lansing will be hosting CCFF for the 6th year in a row.  Touring bands and independent filmmakers from around the globe will be showcasing their work and playing at venues around town from April 6-10.

Music lineups and film schedules are being released on the website. Follow CCFF on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date!

 

With warmer weather comes an increase in thirst  – Beerfest at the Ballpark has you covered!

With over 59 Michigan breweries and 250 beers on tap, beer-lovers unite! From 3-8PM on Saturday, April 30th, hop on over to Cooley Law School Stadium for the third year of BATB.

Not a beer fan? Not a problem. 9 MI cideries, 2 MI distilleries, 2 MI meaderies, and 7 MI wineries will also be in attendance for the day’s event.

Not drinking? Enjoy a plethora of food options and a rock-and-roll band as you watch your friends and family succumb to the effects of adult beverages.

If five hours isn’t long enough for you, go VIP and get access into the stadium an hour before general admission.
VIP and general admission tickets available here.

 

If you’re finding it hard to escape to a far off destination over spring break, consider escaping to another time…at the Victorian Days Festival!

Historic Grand Ledge will be hosting this extravagant era themed event with an incredible amount of things to do to keep you busy all weekend.

Get whisked away at the 4th annual Victorian Days Ball at the Grand Ledge Opera House. AND, if you’re so inclined, arrive like the royalty you are in a period appropriate vis-a-vis carriage!

The list of things to do and see are neverending – check out the re-enactors, demonstrators, and merchants in all of their glory April 30-May 1.

 

For its 52nd year, the Spring Arts and Crafts show will take place on campus at the MSU Union. This year’s show is going to host more than 300 artisans with an expansive range of handmade items – including candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard décor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, paintings, graphics, pottery, sculpture, photography and much more!

 

Come join the fun June 10-12 in Potterville, where you will be lured in by all  the fun the 16th annual Gizzard Fest has to offer.

Activities include a classic car and truck show, the Ally Brunk Memorial 5k run/walk, the “Peace, Love, and Happiness” themed parade, bands, games, beer…the list goes on!

Come hungry. There’s a gizzard eating contest.

 

The celebration of Juneteenth is a multi-cultural recognition of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery.  For African-Americans, it is a tribute to the strength, endurance and faith of their ancestors.

The Juneteenth Recognition Ceremony and the Juneteenth Festival featuring the African-American Parade is a celebration of great historical significance.  This year’s celebration dates that include vendor opportunities are Friday, June 17 and Saturday,  June 18.

An essay contest is available (with nice prizes!) to all 6th-12th graders with entries due May 9th.

 

Celebrating 20 years of jazz culture, the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) is a celebration of jazz music featuring nationally recognized and regional jazz artists, as well as youth and community education for residents and visitors of East Lansing. The SSJF salutes jazz as one of the truly American art forms, and offers this free outdoor two-day event June 16-17.

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