Summer of Love Peace Paddle
Sunday 4:00 pm
Moores Park, Lansing (shuttle leaving from Lansing City Market)
River Town Adventures is teaming up with Keys to Creativity to bring you the ultimate summer kayaking experience.
The shuttle will leave from the Lansing
City Market at 4 pm. We will then go
to Moores Park to decorate your kayak !
You will receive a kayak decorating kit and
be able to express yourself for the Summer of Love Peace Paddle. Decorate your kayak with flowers, streamers and all the works. Once all the boats are dressed up and looking good we will start our paddle to the market. We encourage people to dress up in their favorite summer of love outfits. Flower Power DJ Boat will be playing all your favorite 60's hits. We encourage you
to bring any snacks or drinks with you on the trip. Click on the link below to get
your tickets today!
Renegade Theater Festival 2017
Friday August 18th & 19th
Renegade turns 12 this summer, and to celebrate, there'll be shows all around town! Renegade Community Wide
Works in five different neighborhoods: Old Town at Red Cedar Friends Meeting Hall & MICA Gallery
Downtown at Impression 5 Museum & Lansing Art Gallery
REO Town at The Robin Theatre & Blue Owl Cafe
Eastside at Allen Neighborhood Center & Happendance
East Lansing at Scene Metrospace and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Download the festival schedule and guide here.
Capitol Lawn Movie Night: Inside Out
Friday August 18th 8:30 pm
Michigan State Capitol, 110 N Capitol Ave, Lansing
FREE! Capitol Lawn Movie Night! We'll be showing "Inside Out" on August 18 at dusk! Capitol Lawn Movie
Nights are produced by the Public Spaces Committee of Downtown Lansing Inc. and sponsored by LAFCU
and Lansing Public Media. There will be food trucks and concessions on site. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Saturday August 19th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Old Town 1232 Turner st Lansing
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 biggest yet and
each year it continues to grow. The art fair will have almost 40 artists booths representing photography, wood,
leather, metal and other mediums of art, along with several food vendors!
Free Driveway Movie Night
Saturday August 19th 8:30 pm Moores Park Pavilion
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a free movie night in Moores Park! Join MPNO and our neighbor host for the second free
movie night of the summer August 19 at 8:30 PM. Bring a chair and popcorn, we’ll host the movie. This week's
movie, Nacho Libre, is hosted at the Moores Park Pavilion. We hope you'll come out and join an evening
with your neighborhood!
Saturday 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Nuthouse Sports Grill 420 E Michigan Ave Lansing
Join us for another round of Nuttyfest, always a blast! Weather permitting, Starfarm will play outside on the parking-lot
converted patio. If it rains we'll play inside. $5 cover.
Zoobie's Inaugural Bacon Bash
Saturday August 19th 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Zoobies Old Town Tavern, 611 E Grand River Ave, Lansing
We're throwing a Bacon Bash to celebrate all things bacon! Bacon pizzas, bacon treats, bacon cocktails,
BACON EVERYTHING! Plus live music from The 89th Key (3-6pm) and Global Village (7-11pm) and draught beer
features from Atwater Brewary. And we'll be drinking for charity - $2 for every Atwater beer sold will be
donated to Habitat for Humanity!
Phil Denny's Armory Smooth Jazz Fete
Saturday 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
300 Marshall Street Lansing
Inaugural outdoor music event welcoming nationally and internationally acclaimed cross-genre jazz musicians with an emphasis on smooth, contemporary, modern,
pop and R&B. The one-day ticketed Fete will take place at the historic
Armory in Lansing's burgeoning Eastside community and welcomes festival goers
of all adult ages.
In Place: Dancers + Architecture Photography by Khalid Ibrahim
Saturday 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
East Arbor Architecture 405 Grove Street East Lansing
In this pure collaboration between photographer and dancer, these photographs capture the intersection of dance and architecture. This ongoing project explores
how we create places and how our environment impacts movement. As we
traverse through diverse architectural environments in our daily lives, these
places inspire us to move and feel. Exhibition runs until September 29.
Hours M-F 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. All welcome
Comedy Coven 28: Artistic Differences
Saturday 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Robin Theater 1105 s Washington Ave Lansing
Comedy Coven is back after a summer hiatus! Why the break, you ask?
Well, let's just say they had some ... artistic differences. Join them once again at
The Robin Theater for standup performances from Heather Jay H and
Micheal Geeter original music by Casey Bye, and some fine, fine acting
from the witches and friends.
Volunteer Day - Coffee & Clean up
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
410 S Cedar Street Lansing
Join us for the first in a series of light trail maintenance days. We will meet
in the parking lot of the Riverfront Business Center at 410 S. Cedar, for
coffee and cleanup assignments. Groups of volunteers will then head north
and south on the River Trail to perform those assignments. Some tools
are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring any yard tools they
may have available (clippers, trimmers, shovels, rakes, gloves, etc.).
Meridian Twp. Rock the Block Party
Saturday 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6075 N Hagadorn Rd East Lansing
ROCK the BLOCK! at Carriage Hills Shopping Center in East Lansing.
On August 12, Spartan Dance and Fit Center will be hosting a fun-filled
day for the whole family. Come join us for a day of free dance & fitness
classes for both children and adults. They will also have a bounce house,
face painting, and balloon art for the kids! Vendor tents will be on hand
from local businesses. This event will include music, movement, food, games,
activities and most importantly a fun filled day.
This is one you don’t want to miss. Come see how Spartans ROCK the Block!
Photo: James Lenon
Old Town ScrapFest
Friday, July 14 at 6 PM to Sunday, July 15 at 10 PM
Old Town, 232 Turner St, Lansing
This free, signature event for all ages celebrates artists who are able to create works
of art from scrap metal. Artists get up to 500 pounds of scrap and have two weeks
to create a masterpiece. From still figures to interactive instruments, the creativity of this festival features something for everyone. Additional sustainable artists, music, education and food trucks round out the event!
Arts Night Out // Drawing Party at UrbanBeat Event Center
Friday, July 14, 5 PM - 8 PM
UrbanBeat Event Center
Come join us at UrbanBeat Event Center for a night of creative fun! They will provide the paints and paper, just bring your creativity! Cash bar will be open.
Ice Cream Social and Painting with your Dog Fundraiser!
Friday, July 14, 5 PM - 8 PM
Preuss Pets, 1127 N Cedar St, Lansing
Preuss Pets is excited to host this one-of-a-kind event that you don't want to miss!
They are helping to raise money for Gone 2 The Dogs Rescue in a really fun way!
*Bring your pooch in for a free ice cream sundae at Arctic Corner.
*Bring your pooch in for a painting experience! Take home a "paw-made" paint craft. (Donations to the rescue suggested.)
*Play "Toss the Poo." Preuss Pets will donate $5 to Gone to the Dogs for each winning poo fling.
Ed's Penny Picnic
Saturday, July 15, 3 PM - 11 PM
Zoobies Tavern 611 E Grand River Ave, Lansing
A backyard barbecue featuring live music from Melissa Lee and
Whiskey Diski & the Barrel Boys. Lemonade stand cocktails, infused iced teas,
lawn games, swag giveaways, and more!
History of Ed's Penny Picnic: For many years, Zoobie’s was called Ed’s Bar, and years
ago, Ed would have an annual picnic at a local park for his regular customers.
The story goes that there was a plate above the mirror behind the bar, and if you
a penny on the plate, you got an invite to the picnic.
July 2017 Oars & Ales
Saturday, July 15, 4:30 PM - 8 PM
Lansing Brewing Company 518 E Shiawassee St, Lansing
Participants will be picked up at Lansing Brewing Company and will be transported
to the Red Cedar River at Aurelius Rd to begin their 2-hour kayaking or canoe trip, ending at the Lansing City Market! Participants will then return to Lansing
Brewing Company for the afterparty to swap stories of their adventure!
Participants will receive a t-shirt, a to-go crowler, a pair of sunglasses and other awesome giveaways!
4 fleets of 22 will be available, starting at 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00.
A mixture of single kayaks, double kayaks, and canoes will be available for each fleet,
on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own boat if you prefer, and it will be shuttled to the launch point by River Town Adventures, then
back to your car. *Price of event remains the same if you choose to bring your own boat.
Light up the River
Tuesday July 4th, 8 pm-11 pm
River Town Adventures, 325 Market Drive, Lansing
It is that time of year again for the Light up the River 4th of July celebration at River Town Adventures. You can watch the fireworks from your reserved boat, complete with colorful LED lights. A limited number of kayaks, tandem kayaks, and pedal boats will be available, so click on the link above to reserve yours today. They will have free parking available at Impression 5! This is a family friendly event, all ages are welcome.
Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks
Tuesday, July 4 at 8 PM - 10 PM
Lansing Parks and Recreation
200 N Foster Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48912
Lansing Parks and Recreation invites everyone to our evening Fourth of July celebration at Riverfront Park. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. with a patriotic performance by the Lansing Concert Band. Immediately following the concert, the City of Lansing will light up the night sky with over 1,500 fireworks!
Food Truck Rally - Meridian Celebrates 175
Saturday, July 1 at 11 AM - 10 PM
1982 Grand River Ave, Okemos
The food trucks are coming to Meridian Township! As Meridian Township celebrates it's 175th Anniversary during 2017, get ready for an amazing food truck rally. Generation Entertainment - Generation Food Truck is working on bringing 75 of the best gourmet food trucks Michigan has to offer to the Meridian Mall parking lot. Live music, festival, fireworks and kids activities will be going on, as well. You don't want to miss this one!
July 4th with the Lugnuts!
Tuesday, July 4 at 6 PM - 10 PM
Cooley Law School Stadium
505 E Michigan Ave, Lansing
Nothing is more American than baseball, hot dogs and fireworks on the 4th of July! Don't miss their biggest postgame LAFCU fireworks show set to patriotic music! You can also watch the city of Lansing fireworks right from your seats in the stadium! It is a double firework show!
High Notes & Fly Jokes
Saturday June 24th 8 pm
The Avenue Cafe
2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing
Performing live alongside NeNe will be Michael Geeter from Fox Television’s
comedy showcase “Laughs”, The lady trio comedy sensation, “Comedy Coven”,
and Detroit’s own T.Barb. Musical performances from V.Soul, Mikeyy Austin, and
Justin Herrera will also be sure to blow you away. There will be dance intermissions
by Iyrah as well to keep you entertained all night.
Grand opening weekend of the Unicorn Lounge
Friday 3 pm
The Unicorn Tavern
327 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing
Come check out the new digs as The Unicorn Tavern is getting a 72 hour renovation. New stage, new bar, new everything.
2017 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th 12 pm- 10 pm
430 Albert Ave, East Lansing
Free two-day music festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing, featuring the
best in local, regional and national talent, children’s activities, a traditional
New Orleans-style Second Line Parade an Avant Garde jazz picnic, and more.
Presented by the city of East Lansing, Wharton Center and the MSU College
of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.
Festival of the Moon and Sun
Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th
Old Town Lansing
1232 Turner St, Lansing, Michigan 48906
One of Old Town's signature festivals, this 21+ festival weekend features upbeat
music and microbrews on Friday evening and a more relaxed atmosphere with
wine, beer and cocktails on Saturday. On both days, attendees should expect great
local music, phenomenal food and a great Old Town experience.
Saturday June 24th 9 pm
Nuthouse Sports Grill
420 E Michigan Ave, Lansing
Weather permitting, the Nuthouse sets up an awesome patio in the parking
lot and we play under the stars! If there is rain, we play inside! $5 at the door.
Belly dance at the Brewery
June 24th 11 am- 1 pm
Lansing Brewing Company
518 E Shiawassee St, Lansing
Join Molly, aka Najida, from The Habibi Dancers for a super fun brewery
Bellydance class. Meet new people and learn some new moves. This is an
event for ALL levels and ages of dancers.
$12 gets you over and hour of instruction AND a pint of the Lansing Brewing
Company's finest locally brewed craft brews (21+), or a non-acholholic beverage
if you choose. Bring a scarf of some sort for your hips or there will be some to
purchase- come with a friend or come alone and make a new one.
<Spoiler alert> #LoveLansing has a thriving theater community! With so many different theater productions going on in and around town this month, I have created your one-stop shop for all things THEATER! As a student intern in the area this summer I am always on the hunt for something unique and fun to do. Local theater is the PERFECT way to break your normal nighttime routine and to step outside of your comfort zone (in the best possible way). Keep reading for more information on how to get your drama on this month.
June 1 – June 4 & June 8 – June 11 (multiple show times)
Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, Lansing
Peppermint Creek Theatre Company has been pushing the boundaries since 1995. They strive to produce classic and contemporary theatre that addresses vital issues in our society, raises awareness, and encourages dialogue while entertaining. Luna Gale grapples with the age-old question of whether the end justifies the means. How do we make the right decision when there is no clear “right?” It’s a quandary-seasoned social worker Caroline faces every day. But her newest case is proving to be her toughest yet, and the fate of baby Luna Gale hangs in the balance. This play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman awakens the inner activist inside us all and dives headfirst into the turbulent waters of parenthood, faith and love.
Tuesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 11 (multiple show times)
Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing
Alison Bechdel, creator of the Bechdel Test, is a cartoonist best known for her best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home, chronicling her time growing up in a family-owned funeral home in Pennsylvania. The extraordinary musical of the same name based on the memoir has received raves from audiences and critics alike, winning five Tony Awards including BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL and BEST SCORE for Lansing’s own Lisa Kron (Westside native and Everett High School grad), as well as BEST MUSICAL – making history along the way.
Fun Home brought Broadway’s first lesbian lead to the stage and the first all-female writing team to win Best Score. This musical will empower you and have you looking back on where you have come from and where you may go.
Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood, her coming out and her relationship with her closeted father. It is also a universal story about family and how we are shaped by our experiences. This musical will empower you and have you looking back on where you have come from and thinking about where you may go. For a night of heartwarming theater, Fun Home has you covered.
Catch Me If You Can
June 8- June 18 (multiple show times)
Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing
Located in the heart of Downtown Lansing, Riverwalk Theatre is just steps away from tons of bars and restaurants. Start your evening off with dinner at Troppo, head across the river to see Catch Me If You Can, based on the hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, and then head back across the river for drinks at Tavern and Tap – the perfect way to spend a summer evening. This musical tells the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who conned his way into cockpits, operating rooms and courtrooms across the country by impersonating pilots, doctors, lawyers and more. Soon stewardesses, nurses and FBI agents were hot on his trail.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: A Staged Reading!
June 16 & 17, 8 p.m.
Over the Ledge Theatre Company, The Ledges Playhouse, Fitzgerald Park, Grand Ledge
Join Over the Ledge Theatre Company for a night of hilarious musical comedy for the staged reading of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog chronicles Dr. Horrible's evil schemes, his nemesis Captain Hammer, and their shared love interest, Penny. The musical was adapted from the cult-classic miniseries starring Neil Patrick Harris, and was a passion project of Joss Whedon’s who wrote, directed and produced the miniseries. The miniseries is seriously one of the funniest things I have ever seen, and I highly recommend venturing out to Grand Ledge for this staged reading! <BONUS> you can bring food and drinks to the gorgeous barn-turned-theater to add a little extra flair to the show. Come early to hike the Ledges, then have a picnic during the show. Adult beverages allowed!
June 16 – June 18 & June 23 – June 25 (multiple show times)
Owosso Community Players at The Lebowsky Center, Owosso
Want a little bit of a road trip on a summer night? Owosso is less than an hour away, but feels like another world. The town is quaint and fun with tons of restaurants to visit before the show as well. The Lebowsky Center is a gorgeous theater, and words simply cannot do it justice – you have to see it to understand! Sister Act is a staged adaptation of the hilarious movie starring Whoopi Goldberg that will have you laughing from start to finish. A road trip, exploring a new town, and a hilarious show to boot? Sounds like the perfect summer adventure to me!
When my husband and I moved to East Lansing from New York City in summer 2007, the general reaction from most of my East Coast friends and colleagues was… “Michigan? What’s there?” While our move to the Lansing area was motivated by proximity to family and my husband’s pursuit of a law degree from MSU, we quickly found that there actually was a lot here.
We dove right in… biking to football games, bundling up for Silver Bells and enjoying the lazy Michigan summers. It felt great to be experiencing a new life together. My husband and I have always been best friends… and thank goodness for that since shortly after the move we realized we didn’t have any other friends! Without high school or college connections in the Midwest we were at a loss for a network of people to ‘hang’ with. I confess we never found a quick fix to this problem. We just eventually built relationships and slowly found our flow.
When I see something like Lansing 5:01, it makes me very excited and honestly, relieved, for the young professionals moving to Lansing now. Lansing 5:01 is designed to bring together young professionals and show you the highlights of living in Lansing. Ten years ago I would have said, “Sign me up! I need this in my life.” Heck, I would sign up today but I’m too… errr, mature.
Even though I don’t fit the mold for Lansing 5:01, I can still connect with professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s through NextGen@Wharton. Similar to the goals of Lansing 5:01, NextGen@Wharton is an initiative designed to bring together young professionals to enjoy great shows. We offer pre-performance receptions, discounted Zone 1 seating, and VIP opportunities all with the goal to get young professionals involved with Wharton Center and supporting the arts in our community. In fact, we are partnering with Lansing 5:01 to bring a group of 32 interns to the touring Broadway production of Fun Home on Thursday, June 8th at 7:30pm. Wharton Center is so excited about Lansing 5:01 that our Advisory Council eagerly agreed to cover the cost of Lansing 5:01’s tickets to the performance of Fun Home.
While I can’t deny that there is more to do in New York City than in Lansing on any given day, I can make a good argument for the passion and effort our community exudes for making Lansing a great place to live and play. Ten years and three sons later, we are still thankful to live in a community that offers so many opportunities to enrich ourselves, our children and grow stronger as a family.
This Saturday is Be A Tourist In Your Own Town! This is an excellent way to explore your city!
Here’s how it works: You can purchase a passport for $1 at any of these locations:
Greater Lansing Visitor Center–Lansing
Greater Lansing Visitor Center–East Lansing
CATA Transportation Center
Potter Park Zoo
NCG Eastwood Cinema
Van Atta's Greenhouse & Flower Shop
Impression 5 Science Center
Capital Loop Gifts at the Lansing City Market
Al!ve: Your Community Well-being Place
Lansing Art Gallery
Then you are on your way! Your passport has pages and pages of locations in
Lansing offering specials, activities, and free or reduced admission that day. Throughout the month of June, "tourists" can have their passport stamped at participating attractions, and once they receive 10 stamps, they are eligible to enter a prize drawing for overnight stays, gift certificates to local restaurants and more.
Wondering how you will get around?
Passport holders can park on the MSU campus, in Old Town, at the downtown
City of Lansing parking ramps or at the Michigan Historical Museum and
hop aboard one of five CATA Be A Tourist public bus routes. Round trip fares are only
50 cents per person.
Here are a few stamp locations that you don’t want to miss!
Board of Water & Light Dye Plant
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
148 S Cedar St, Lansing
Come take a tour in this art deco structure that homes the John Dye Water Plant.
Capital Region International Airport
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
4100 Capitol City Blvd, Lansing
Take a behind the scenes tour of the Capital Region International Airport.
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
801 N Cedar St, Mason
2120 E Saginaw, East Lansing
Show your passport and get one free game of bowling per person.
505 E Michigan Ave, Lansing
Noon - 5 p.m.
Tours of the stadium every ½ hour starting at noon.
Old Town Chalk of the Town
1232 Turner St, Lansing
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Artists of all ages will create masterpieces on the streets of Old Town.
Reach Studio Art Center
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1804 S Washington Ave, Lansing
Splatter paint in the splatter tent and watch wheel demonstrations.
R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
240 Museum Drive, Lansing
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Discover Lansing’s transportation history at this classic museum.
Take a ride in the vintage car and chat with Rosie the Riveter.
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