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East Lansing Art Festival

May 19th, 2017

The mission of the ELAF is to enhance the sense of community and appreciation of art, culture and creativity in East Lansing and the greater Lansing region. The East Lansing Art Festival debuted in 1964 as Greenwich Village Days, a sidewalk art sale designed as a project for a student advertising club at Michigan State University. Later, the ELAF was presented as an event to spark interest in downtown East Lansing as a premier place to shop. In the 54 years since its inception, the Festival has morphed into a major community undertaking that presents hundreds of artists and craftspeople, attracts tens of thousands of visitors, and requires year-round efforts from hundreds of volunteers.

Capital City Film Festival | Red Carpet Premiere Party

April 7th, 2016

Throw on your party dress and join us as we celebrate the sixth annual Capital City Film Festival with the FREE Red Carpet Premiere Party! Enjoy drink specials, delicious appetizers, and live music. You’ll walk the red carpet alongside featured filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the 5-day festival lineup. Lansing’s hottest new spot, Lansing Brewing Company, will host the event offering a selection of craft beers, wine, and spirits on tap.

After the celebration, the Capital City Film Festival’s opening night film will take place around the corner at the Lansing Center, followed by Peanut Butter Wolf performing a live set at the Loft. Watch for the full festival lineup coming soon at ccff.co.

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

February 26th, 2016

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival™ is a Festival held during the last weekend of February in the City of Charlotte, MI.

In 2013 the City of Charlotte, Michigan asked city and regional residents to participate in a survey. The survey dealt with topics on how to improve the region. One such improvement was more celebrations and festivals. Charlotte, Michigan is known for Frontier Days, which occurs the weekend after Labor Day, and each June host Celebrate Charlotte. It was decided that hosting a festival in winter would be a great way to take advantage of some of the outdoor activities Charlotte has to offer such as the sledding hill and skating rink that is transformed each winter into an outdoor ice skating rink.

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By April 2015, a committee was formed and meetings began in preparation for a winter festival. Once the theme of the festival was decided on, the committee decided on a name that would include Michigan as a whole. It was decided that the name of the festival needed to include the state and not just the City of Charlotte, Eaton County, or Mid-Michigan. The inaugural Michigan Nordic Fire FestivalTM is set to take place February 26-28, 2016.

From a survey, to citizens willing to set aside time from their own busy schedules to plan this winter festival, the Michigan Nordic Fire FestivalTM was born.

The festival will be held in Lincoln Park, which is located in the City of Charlotte, Michigan. Address is 620 W. Shepherd Street, Charlotte, MI 48813.

​Charlotte is about 20 miles southwest of downtown Lansing, , 30 miles from Jackson, 35 miles from Battle Creek, 55 miles from Kalamazoo, 60 miles from Grand Rapids.

Old Town Blues Fest

September 18th, 2015

The Michigan BluesFest (formerly Old Town BluesFest) is a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 7,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. The festival continues, rain or shine, with covered stages and some covered seating. If the forecast is discouraging, bring an umbrella. Of course, if severe weather would jeopardize persons or equipment, performances will be halted until such conditions have passed.

The 2015 festival will take place Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19, in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture. Festival vendors offer delicious ethnic and American food, beverages, jewelry, clothing and crafts, and nearby galleries and boutiques open their doors during festival hours.

BluesFest’s music truly is living music, history in the making. Each artist at the festival is asked to play an original composition, something that hasn’t been played to the public before.

BluesFest continues to grow thanks to the contributions of its sponsors and volunteers. Support Old Town, Lansing, and live blues!

ART Feast 2015

August 15th, 2015

Old Town (Lansing) invites you to the second annual ART Feast in Lansing’s most recognized arts neighborhood! This exciting art fair will coincide with the successfully established Renegade Theatre Festival, a deal-seeker’s Sidewalk Sale and a mouth-watering Food Truck Rally. Last year this festival became one of our most successful with each food vendor selling out. This art fair will have over 30 artists booths representing photography, wood, leather, metal and other mediums of art.

Great Lakes Folk Festival

August 8th, 2015

The award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. The Michigan State University Museum works year-round to develop this festival program that reflects the immense variety and vitality of art, skill, knowledge, and wisdom of our cultural heritage for the public. GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.

Lansing JazzFest

August 7th, 2015

Entering its 21st year, the Lansing JazzFest is a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 7,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states.

JazzFest’s music truly is living music, history in the making. Each artist at the festival is asked to play an original composition, something that hasn’t been played at any other festival.

The 2015 festival will take place Friday, August 7  & Saturday, August 8, in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture. Vendors offer delicious food, beverages, art, clothing, and crafts, and nearby galleries and boutiques open their doors during festival hours.

Lansing JazzFest continues to grow thanks to the contributions of its sponsors and volunteers. Support Old Town, Lansing, and live jazz!

JazzFest is produced by MICA (Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art).

Common Ground Music Festival

July 7th, 2015

The Common Ground Music Festival is a not for profit 501 c3 corporation, Center Park Productions. Center Park Productions was established in 2000 by the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA) in a partnership with the conceptual creator of the festival, Meridian Entertainment Group (MEG).

Since then, 1 million guests have attended the festival attributing an economic impact of $60 million + to the mid Michigan community.

As an official independent non-profit agency of the City of Lansing, LEPFA provides professional management, operation, marketing and maintenance of the Lansing Center, Cooley Law School Stadium, Lansing City Market and other community & regional interest events. (www.lepfa.com)

As a conceptual creator and producer of the festival, MEG continues to produce and provide executive management of the festival. In addition, as a leading producer, promotor and consultant in the “live event” industry, MEG annually produces 300+ nights of entertainment events through out the world for a variety of clientele. (www.meridianconcerts.com)

Together we remain strongly committed to improving our community and its quality of life. We have raised and contributed over $500,000+ for numerous non-profit, educational, social and sports organizations over the years. Some of the organizations that we have proudly supported include:

  • Lansing Catholic Central
  • St. Gerard
  • Parkwood YMCA
  • Westside YMCA
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • International Harvest Church
  • Childrens Trust Fun
  • Butterflies of Hope
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Sparrow Foundation
  • And many more…

The festival presents an impressive array of headline, national-level entertainment each night on multiple stages. Grammy Award Winners, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, and top-level, national and regional music performers of many genres, including contemporary and classic rock, alternative, country, hip hop, R&B and more have entertained our guests. With an attractive, intimate venue, state of the art production and a comprehensive array of patron amenities, the festival continues as the premier outdoor music event of the summer in the mid-Michigan region.

Festival of the Moon and Sun

June 20th, 2015

Make the most of one of the shortest nights of the summer at the 11th annual Festival of the Moon and 16th annual Festival of the Sun! Enjoy delicious food, great music from national bands, wine and the best handcrafted beers supplied by Bell’s Brewery!

Festival of the Moon tickets are just $17 in advance or $20 at the gate. Festival of the Sun tickets are just $17 in advance or $20 at the gate. For the best value, try our weekend pass to both festivals, which is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Must be 21+ to enter. Festival of the Sun and Festival of the Moon are located at Turner St. and Grand River Ave. (map) in Lansing’s Old Town. Learn more about walking, biking, and transportation options on the About the Festival page.

EL Summer Solstice Jazz Fest

June 19th, 2015

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival boasts an outstanding lineup of national, regional and local musicians.

The 2015 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will make its way to downtown East Lansing June 19-20, featuring a high-caliber ensemble of local, regional and national jazz performers.

The festival is presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.

This FREE-to-the-community festival is centered around a large tent located in the heart of downtown East Lansing in Parking Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave., and Ann Street Plaza, located on the northwest corner of the Albert-M.A.C. intersection.

The 2o15 lineup will be announced soon.

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