An Event-full Summer to Enjoy


I don’t have the exact research on this, but I’m pretty sure Michiganders appreciate summer more than most. It has to be true. First of all, the winter months are deplorable (well mostly). I do like a little blustery snow somewhere between the 24th and 26th of December. After that … it is miserable.

Secondly, we have the most beautiful state. (I may be biased). The biggest problem I can see is that there are more things to do than we have time for. So, it’s already July and there isn’t a moment to spare. Explore our community options and then venture out.

Pick a few of your own activities or check these out and get started:

  1. Lugnuts game at Cooley Law School Stadium: If you haven’t been to this minor league ballpark lately, you’re missing out on America’s favorite pastime. It is a fun, interactive day or evening filled with games, trivia and oh yeah, a little baseball.
  2. Potter Park Zoo: Although this is a small zoo, it has the perfect selection of animals that make this adventure a great time for the kids or the young at heart. They are adding new exhibits so it’s time to get back over there.
  3. The Lansing River Trail: This is one of Lansing’s biggest assets in my opinion. Our community has been working hard to connect the trails so that families can travel by bike for miles. Much of it hugs the shores of the Grand River and is worth the effort to work out, take a leisurely trek or picnic.
  4. Museums in Lansing: Visit the Michigan Historical Museum, R. E. Olds Museum, Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and Michigan State Capitol. And, if you have kiddos, you can’t miss Impression 5. It’s a great option for a rainy day.
  5. Music at local businesses or festivals: I love music. Lansing is a great place to listen to local talent. There are all types of options like: Jazz at the Lansing City Market or LaFille Gallery, oldies or pop at the Nuthouse or Green Door, etc. And, of course, Common Ground is amazing. This year’s line up is particularly diverse and provides something for all.

The list of options for fun in our area could go on and on. I haven’t even started listing the many options in East Lansing, Meridian or Delta Townships or Williamston. I also suggest going to the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to get a solid list of festivals and events. There are way too many to mention here. Have an amazing summer. Ready, set…go!

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at

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