June 2, 5, 9 and 12 Parade of Homes, Lansing Join the 2016 Parade of Homes to view new homes, currently occupied homes, remodeled projects, outdoor specs and virtual projects. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to browse the real estate in your own backyard! For more information and to view virtual tours of past parades, visit hbalansing.com.
June 4 Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, Lansing Check out everything the Capital City has to offer its residents. For just $1, tour more than 90 local attractions including Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum and much more. Created by the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau this conglomerate of greater Lansing’s attractions and special events is sure to make your Saturday one you’ll never forget! Visit lansing.org to learn how it works and to gather more information.
June 4 Chalk of The Town, Old Town Come to Old Town during “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” and roam the streets to experience art in a whole new medium. Artists participating in the event will complete their chalk drawings by 2 p.m., and judging will begin shortly thereafter, with winners announced at 3 p.m. Families are welcome to participate in the kids’ sidewalk art area. Chalk of The Town will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and to register, visit iloveoldtown.org.
June 4-5 Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow, Lansing Celebrate the 14th annual Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow at the Louis Adado Riverfront Park. Learn about Michigan’s first people while enjoying drumming, singing, dancing, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food and much more. View traditional Native American art while promoting the preservation of the Michigan Woodlands. The Adado Riverfront Park is located at 300 N Grand Avenue. Visit nativeamericanacc.org for more information.
June 4 International Migratory Bird Day, Lansing Celebrate spring at Potter Park Zoo with the return of millions of migratory birds as they return to their breeding areas. Nearly 350 species of migratory birds travel between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. This event is free with your “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” passport and runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 5 20th Annual Board of Water and Light Chili Cook-Off, Lansing Have fun sampling chili from dozens of vendors dishing out samples from mild to spicy. There will be live music played by local musicians and bands. Remember to save room for the chili dog-eating contest! The cook-off will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Purchase tickets at any CASE Credit Union location or at the BWL Haco Customer Service Center.
June 9 – 7 Annual Dapper Dads Challenge & Fashion Show, Lansing The Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion Show is back again and even more dapper than before. The “Dapper Dads Fashion Show” at Kositchek’s in downtown Lansing is where this year’s top Dapper Dad will be chosen. Each vote costs $5 and is 100 percent tax-deductible. All proceeds support the mission of women’s health. A VIP reception & reserved fashion show seating will begin at 5:30 p.m. and costs $60 per ticket. General admission tickets to the fashion show following at 6:30 p.m. are $30. Both include wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the ticket price. To buy tickets, cast ballots and find the complete list of this year’s models visit: SparrowFoundation.org/DapperDads.
June 10-11 Grand American Fish Rodeo, Lansing Enjoy this free, two-day event that pays homage to Michigan’s rich heritage of gratitude to the aquatic life in our rivers and lakes. The festival includes a fishing tournament, boat rides, live music, family-friendly activities, a beer tent, vendors and more. Visit grandamericanfishrodeo.com for more information.
June 16-18 Lansing Juneteenth Celebration, Lansing Commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. by attending the 23rd annual Juneteenth celebration. The three-day festival is meant to educate the community about African American heritage while encouraging positive cultural interaction. View educational exhibits, listen to music, enjoy a community parade and partake in fun activities for the entire family. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m., and is free to attend. The celebration will take place at Letts Community Center.
June 25 Delta Rocks! Family Festival, Delta Township Have a blast and show your Delta Township pride at this free festival. The Family Festival features clowns, a petting zoo, children’s craft booths, games, business expo, concessions and much more. The festival is located at Sharp Park from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information or to view their activities list visit deltami.gov.
June 27 3rd Annual Lansing Beer Festival, Old Town Enjoy more than 100 craft beers, ciders, meads and spirits in REO town. Food trucks, live music and a variety of venders offer fun while you sample beer from 30 different Michigan breweries. Tickets are $30/person and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the REO Town Commercial Association. Visit lansingbeerfest.com for tickets, the beer list and more. Every Wednesday Whisker Wednesdays, Mason Join Ingham County Animal Control every Wednesday for free cat adoptions. Cat adoptions include spay/neuter, micro-chip, FIV-tested (negative) and age appropriate vaccines. Whisker Wednesdays also offers half off dog adoptions that include spay/neuter, microchip, heart worm-tested (if over one year) and age-appropriate vaccines. Don’t miss out on your opportunity for a new best friend! Visit ac.ingham.org for more information.
June 2, 5, and 9 Rent, Lansing The Tony and Pulitzer award winning rock musical will be premiering in Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre. Rent showcases a year in the life of a group of New Yorkers in the dawn of the 1990s. The group faces challenges spanning from paying rent month-to-month, falling in love and dealing with AIDS. Don’t miss this groundbreaking musical at Lansing’s own Riverwalk Theatre. You can purchase tickets online at riverwalktheatre.com.
June 15-July 31 LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars, Lansing Join Lansing Community College as they kick off your summer with a variety of free performances on campus through June and July. Most performances take place at the beautiful amphitheater located on the Washington Mall between Dart Auditorium and the Gannon Building. Bring a picnic and the family for an exciting night under the stars. Visit lcc.edu to view their programs.
June 14-19 The Book of Mormon, East Lansing Two Latter Day Saints are sent to Uganda to convert people to the Mormon religion. The two unsuspecting missionaries face famine, AIDS and warlords. Created by the makers of South Park, this musical is a comedy you can’t miss! Tickets are $38 and will be performed in Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit whartoncenter.com.
June 17-18 Summer Solstice Jazz, East Lansing Enjoy two days of live jazz with a line up of national, international and local acts. In addition to music, there will be children’s activities, on-site food, outdoor jazz cafes, a Second Line Parade and more. The festival will be held in the heart of East Lansing on Albert Avenue. Visit eljazzfest.com for more information.
June 24-25 Festival of the Moon & Sun, Old Town Celebrate the summer solstice in style with craft-brewed beers from Bells Brewery while listening to regional and national bands. Supporting the festival also helps support many traditions around Lansing including Scrapfest, Chalk of the Town, the Old Town Farmers Market and many more. Purchase tickets online at festivalofthesun.com or at the door for $17.
June – August Weekends Summer Concert Series, East Lansing Enjoy East Lansing’s summer concert series! It features seven weekends of live music on Fridays and Saturdays in Ann Street Plaza. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. and it’s recommended that attendees bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Grab a bite to eat at East Lansing’s Hopcat, FieldHouse or El Azteco and enjoy a meal while you listen to local music. Visit cityofeastlansing.com for details.
June 30 Zoo Brew Series, Lansing Support Potter Park Zoo while sampling some great beer at the 2016 Zoo Brew! Admission is $5 at the door. Meander throughout the zoo while listening to live music, and grab a beer and a bite to eat at the vendors located throughout the zoo. The proceeds from this event will support the conservation and education mission of Potter Park Zoo. This event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m.
June 7 Infertility Seminar Discuss infertility, diagnosis and treatment options with The Fertility Center and Alliance OB/GYN. This is a free seminar for existing and potential patients. All who attend will receive a coupon for a free initial consult with one of the Fertility Center physicians. The seminar will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Alliance Main Campus. To register, email Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org. June 13 State of the State of Healthcare, Lansing This annual networking luncheon, sponsored by Business Partners in Health Committee, is dedicated to educating business and medical professionals about current healthcare industry trends. You can learn what to expect in the future, how to prepare for change, the critical importance of a healthy workforce, and more. Susan Dentzer will provide an expert analysis on the current state of healthcare. The seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, visit mclaren.org.