Don’t Miss Your Chance to Dive into Summer in Lansing

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Metro Lansing Offers a Plethora of Festivals and Events
When summer hits in Michigan, most of us are ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and all of our state’s beautiful natural resources. While there is a draw to head out of the city and go camping or hit the beach, make sure you don’t miss out on all of the awesome things happening right here in Lansing!

Arts, cultural activities and events have really taken center stage in our region. With an emerging focus on creative place making, there are all sorts of pop-ups, festivals, concerts and other offerings to entertain and enrich the summer experience.

Arts Night Out
Held bimonthly in Old Town Lansing and presented by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, this free, walkable event runs from 5-8 p.m. on July 13 and serves up all sorts of experiences: find live art making, music, art displays, exhibits and more. Many businesses will have small snacks to taste and adult beverages to sample, as Old Town offers many different dinner and cocktail options to choose from. The Old Town ScrapFest is kicking off the same night as Arts Night Out, where everyone in attendance can find all sorts of amazing scrap art on display.

Concerts in the Courtyard at the Old Town General Store
The Old Town General Store isn’t just an excellent place to shop for local and Michigan-made products; there’s a courtyard setting perfect for concerts. Shows are on Thursday evenings and tickets are $15. The lineup includes Wild Ponies and Victor & Penny in July, Monte Pride and Friends in August and Rachel Davis in September. Visit the store’s website for a complete lineup and ticket info.

ARTpath on the River Trail
Presented by the Lansing Art Gallery, ARTpath is a temporary, site-specific art installation that features the works of 10 different artists. The installations are in various locations along the historic River Trail. Get a complete map at the Lansing Art Gallery’s website. ARTpath offers a perfect opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Lansing’s River Trail and enjoy a free art experience — bike, walk, have a picnic or explore.

Moonlight Film Festival, East Lansing
Don’t miss a free movie on the big screen in in Valley Court Park (just off Grand River Ave. behind the East Lansing Biggby) on Thursday nights, starting at 9:30 p.m. The July lineup includes 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Lion King,” “Coco” and “Mary Poppins.” Bring a blanket or chair, a basket of snacks and sit back to enjoy the show! This festival runs through August.

Summer Stage Under the Stars
This festival runs through the entire month of July and presents family-friendly plays, concerts and dance performances. Presented by Lansing Community College (LCC), the performances take place at the beautiful amphitheater in the heart of the LCC campus. Enjoy an evening on the lawn surrounded by beautiful green space and public art while experiencing memorable performances under the stars. July includes “Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen,” Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22, and DANCE Lansing on Tuesday, July 24 and Friday, July 27.

So Much More
The following calendars are a couple helpful resources to help not miss any Lansing based event: The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, 517Living, the Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine.


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Dawn Gorman

Dawn Gorman is a writer, connector and creative who lives in Old Town, Lansing. She is the communications and events manager at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and loves attending festivals and arts events. She jumps at any opportunity to talk about creative ideas.

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