Memorial Day Summer Kick Off
Monday May 29th noon to 8pm
River Town Adventures
Nothing says summer like the opening of River Town Adventures !
Grilling starts at noon and there will be raffle giveaways all day long.
River Town will be introducing their VIP (very important paddler) card!
This will be a punch card to earn discounts on future trips/rentals!
Starting at 5 pm, they will have a sprint kayak race hosted by Red Paddle!
Use River Town’s kayaks and race between the bridges. ($5 to participate)
Red Paddle will be giving away two free entries to the Red Paddle kayak
race to male and female winners!
Saturday May 27th 11:30am- 10:30 pm
Hartland Performing Arts Center 9525 E Highland Rd, Howell
The 13th annual BLED FEST takes place on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the
Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, Michigan! The all-ages,
multi-genre, substance-free festival has features such acts as La Dispute,
Bear vs. Shark, American Opera, Rival Summers, Bike TuffShapes & ColorsShapes
and Colors, Baggage, Koji, Second Best, James Gardin and so many more.
Ramada Lansing Hotel
May 26th-29th 12:00 PM to 12:00 am
MediaWest Con is the annual gathering of science fiction/media fandom, held
each Memorial Day Weekend in Lansing Michigan. MediaWest Con is sponsored by
T’Kuhtian Press as a celebration of the diversity of SF/Media fandom, run by fans,
for fans, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. MediaWest Con traditionally features
the art show and auction, fanzine reading room. $55 Attending membership.
Cocktail Class at American Fifth Spirits
May 29th 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Kick off the summer season with a cocktail! You will learn about the history
of four seasonal cocktails and why each spirit is used. You will receive the
cocktail recipes and be able to practice the techniques needed to make them.
Upon completion, you will be confident in your abilities to make fabulous
crafted cocktails at home. The best part, you get to drink what you make.
Cost is $85 per person. Must be 21 years or older.
Cost is $72.25 for Crystal Club Members.
TGIF Pre-Memorial Day Annual Ice Cream Social Dance Party
May 26th 7:00 pm – May 27th 12:00 am
Hawk Hollow Park
Join the TGIF Pre-Memorial Day Annual Ice Cream Social Dance Party at
Hawk Hollow with DJ Michael Jackson from 8 PM-12 AM! Feeling patriotic?
Wear red, white or blue! Take a West Coast Swing lesson with
Claudia Bleil from 7:15-7:45 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Complimentary dance
lesson and buffet included in price of admission for only $13.
Dog Days of Summer & BBQ Competition
May 29th 1:00 pm Cooley Law School Stadium
The Lansing Lugnuts are doing a series of dog-friendly ball games this summer.
All the Monday home games are dog-friendly. There will be prizes and giveaways
from local dog businesses too. You can buy tickets online or at the Cooley
Stadium door. In advance, tickets are $8-14. Tickets are $9-15 at the door.
Only people need to buy a ticket – not the dogs.
There will be local BBQ restaurants in competition for your vote at Cooley Law
School Stadium! Come sample each BBQ and vote on your favorite!
To sample all the different BBQ, there will be an additional $5 ticket that
can be purchased inside the stadium only.
BBQ, Baseball and Dogs! What could be better?! Come celebrate Memorial
Day with the Lugnuts!
Gates open at 12:00PM and the first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM!
Let's keep it local! Lansing 5:01 strives to be your go-to source for all things happening in Lansing.
That’s why we’re are adding a new weekly addition to our blog, called Weekends with Whit. Every week, Whitney will hand pick events happening in the Lansing area you should check out.
Then, after she attends, she will share her experience with you. Make sure to follow Lansing 5:01 for weekly Weekends with Whit.
Capital City Dragon Boat Race
May 20th at 8 am to May 21st
5pm Hawk Island Park
The Capital City Dragon Boat Race is back again, and we're racing in May this year! Join us on May 20th (practice day) and May 21st (race day) for our annual fundraiser in support of the Women's Center of Greater Lansing. Taking place at Hawk Island Park, spectators will be able to watch the entire race!
Come to learn about the history of Dragon Boating, Chinese culture, support cancer survivors, and raise money for the Women's Center of Greater Lansing.
This event is kid and family friendly!
The 1st Annual REO Town Pub Prom
May 20th at 8:00 pm until 2 am
Relive the magic of your formative years with spiked punch, a DJ spinning the last several decades' most sentimental slow jams, commemorative keepsakes, and more! Dress to impress, as we'll be crowning this year's prom king and queen at midnight!
Admission is free and open to anyone over 21, but a $5 donation to the REO Town Commercial Association is suggested. See you there!
East Lansing Art Festival
May 20th, 10 am until 6 pm and May 21st 10 am until 5 pm; * pm to May 21st
Downtown East Lansing
The East Lansing Art Festival has arrived to town. This event features art exhibitors, three live music stages, make and take art, activities, live artist demos, poetry readings, theatrical readings and an international-style food court, all in downtown East Lansing.
If you love festivals (or think you might), then Greater Lansing is one of the best places in Michigan to explore, curate and hone your festival repertoire! I absolutely adore festivals! It seems I’m always planning toward or around one, no matter what time of year it is. I’ve lived in Lansing for more than 30 years, and the festival culture here is one of the coolest things about this region.
One for all
The Lansing area is currently home to more than 50 annual festivals that are characteristically chockfull of music, food, drinks, art—you name it, and you can probably find a festival that celebrates it. Talk about variety, one can make merry about beer, mint, maple syrup, jazz, blues, folk, cars, holidays, scrap metal, more beer—the opportunities for experiences are endless. During the warmer months, there are so many festivals, it’s hard to decide which one to attend, and it’s easy to over book.
Plenty of festivals have already happened this year, and hopefully you attended some (or all) of them. But watch out because spring has arrived, and we are sliding into “festival season,” which is an awesome wild ride you don’t want to miss. As you are reading this, organizers and volunteers are busily preparing for the nearly 20 festivals to launch in May and June alone. If it’s festivals you crave, Greater Lansing’s got a lineup that you are going to love.
Festival goers know all of the things that make festivals so awesome, but if you are a newbie here’s a few reasons why you should attend: (1) they’re where like meets like, where everyone has a little bit of something in common whether it’s a love of Reggae or folk music, a passion for craft beer and food trucks or simply the joy of people watching; (2) pretty much anything goes—bring your guitar, your hula hoop, your kazoo, your skateboard—it’s all good; (3) wear what you love—string those flowers in your hair, dig out those rainbow suspenders and the bow tie, go ahead and put on that beer-can hat; (4) fun abounds—there are photo ops, cool and weird people, eats you’ve never tried, bands you’ve never heard, experiences you’ve never had; (4) festivals are the bomb.
Make your calendar
If all of this info has you geeked, then it’s time to get planning and save your dates! Check out the Greater Lansing CVB website for a complete listing of all the festivals in the area or go to lansingfestivals.com, and then get your calendar in gear so you don’t miss a single one of them.
To get you started and tease your FOMO…
May 20-21 East Lansing Art Festival
June 3 Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
June 15-17 Juneteenth
June 17 Lansing Beer Fest
June 21-July 28 LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars
June 22-24 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival
June 23-24 Festival of the Moon & Sun
June 23-24 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Looking to spend Mother's Day out in Lansing? Lansing 5:01 is here to help you pick the perfect spot to go this weekend. Here are our tops picks for this weekend, from fine dining to painting, plan the day around your mom. If you need a last minute gift, stop into Capital Loop Gift Shop at the Lansing City Market or Old Town General Store in Old Town for unique Michigan based gifts mom will love.
Painting with a Twist
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebrate Mother's Day with us! Family Fun, Date Night... Art Parties Mom will Love all weekend long!
Old Town Marquee
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate Mother's Day with us! Mother's and their daughters, seven years or older, are invited for tea, activities and more! Tickets for this event are $60 per pair.
Cooley Law School Stadium
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Not feeling the typical Mother's Day brunch this year? Looking for an alternative way to spend quality time with Mom? Maybe you're a Mom and just want to treat yourself to a good time. Join International recording artist Phil Denny, keyboardist/producer Demetrius Nabors and vocalist Lori King for an evening of music, memories & drink.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Today is May 1st, aka 5/01, so it makes sense that today is the day we announce our summer 2017 lineup of events! Our team has been hard at work for the last 6 months, focused on creating a dynamic suite of unique events and interactive programs for college interns and young professionals in our community. We are thrilled with where we’ve landed.
This year’s summer calendar will include two events – the first one and the final one – exclusively designed for interns employed by sponsors of Lansing 5:01. The other three events, taking place in late June and throughout July, will have underlying components that will essentially be open to the public. At those “public” events, there will be VIP Lounges and extra activities/amenities made available to interns and young professionals employed by Lansing 5:01 sponsors. Between kayaking and concerts, and fashion shows, and 3D printers, and river front movies and silent disco parties, our 2017 programming offers something for everyone.
Below is a quick summary of what’s happening this summer after 5:01 p.m. Learn more about the events HERE, and be sure to follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest on 5:01 programming!
Network & Chill - June 1st
We're kicking off the summer with our "Network and Chill" event in downtown Lansing. This event, exclusively for interns employed by sponsors of Lansing 5:01, will start at the Chevy Terrace inside Cooley Law School Stadium, featuring networking and guest speakers from multiple local organizations. Then we'll head across the street to the City Market for a movie on the riverfront with River Town Adventures. Grab your popcorn, your LED-lit kayak, and watch the movie on a 20ft X 10ft inflatable screen.
Bridge Fest – June 15th
A festival expo event highlighting local music, local artists, live art installations with chalk artists and muralists, and local eats on the Lansing River Trail. Come check out our expo featuring interactive booths for local galleries, museums, sports clubs, yoga, and other organizations to connect with Lansing. Feeling sporty? Try out a kayak or bike rental through River Town and get a bite to eat at our local food truck rally! Round out the evening with a FREE concert featuring Michigan favorites: The Accidentals, with special guests, Young Pioneer and Tangelo!
Lansing House – July 6th
An interactive showcase of art, music, culture, tech, and entrepreneurship in Lansing’s Stadium District. Happening on opening night of Lansing's Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing House will feature local artists, techies, and local food entrepreneurs. Stop by Lansing House to interact with LIVE street artists, build your own prototype with easy-to-use 3D printers, and sample (and buy) delicious desserts made by foodie artisans from the #LoveLansing community.
Runway on the Runway – July 18th
Clear for landing! Lansing’s fashion incubator is strutting the runway at the Capital Region International Airport for this year’s premiere fashion show. Discover our bustling creative economy and hub for international travel. End the evening by dancing the night away to live music during our silent disco – that’s right, the ultimate music and dance experience!
Marquee Mingle – August 3rd
For Lansing 5:01's last event of summer 2017, we’ll pack the room with community leaders and company executives to network and meet with interns for an incredible night of networking. We're celebrating the end of summer in style at the Old Town Marquee in Lansing's Old Town. The formal program will feature guest speakers and a grand prize raffle. Afterwards, join a walking tour of Old Town, or check out The Grid, the new bar/arcade across the street!
It’s been 16 years, and Lansing’s home. Each and every day I can honestly say I make a real, honest to God difference.
I came here for a job right out of grad school from out of state. Early on, I spent all my time thinking about how to move to Chicago or Indy. Back then, Lansing did not have much to offer. Things are different now- there are always festivals, events, not to mention local shops, restaurants and bars. Old Town and upcoming REO Town rock. Old Town has a special place in my heart. I was hanging out there tonight. I bought some great earrings at a local shop, and enjoyed a glass of wine and some fresh oysters down the street. I ran into a friend in the shop, and chatted with another at the bar over wine.
For everyone what connects you to a place is different. For me, it was joining Grand River Connection. We had our monthly happy hour and special events like the annual bus trip to a Tigers game. I was able to meet a lot of great people. One of the greatest things about GRC was I ended up meeting my best friend. We hung out this week, and planned her birthday ‘get away.’ GRC was what connected me to Lansing, and it’s held strong.
A little effort goes a long way in this town, and I’ve made a big impact. Volunteer-wise, I’ve done a little bit of everything, and my friends in bigger cities didn’t have the same experience. I’m a founding member of ITEC’s 2020 Girls Giving Circle to help to expose young girls to math and science. I’ve chaired several committees for the Sparrow Hospital Foundation to raise awareness for women’s health issues. And I am maybe most proud of my volunteer work with the Lansing Chamber. I was elected Chair of the Economic Club- only in a place like Lansing could a young woman in her early thirties ever hold such a prestigious position.
I came to Lansing for my first job, and I’ve grown-up professionally here. I’m amazed at the opportunities this area gives hard-working, talented people. You are quickly known, quickly remembered, and often considered for opportunities if you make the effort. These days I have what many call “a dream job” running the Dart Foundation. I serve those I truly respect while improving Greater Lansing and other communities across the country and around the world. Lansing’s been great to me!
Whether you are 21 and just now taking on this fancy title of “young professional” or 82 and remember what it was like to be a young pro, you certainly remember the need and desire to make new friends with similar interests and lifestyles. I grew up in the Lansing region, but following graduation from Michigan State University in 2015, I was immersed in the Lansing community that looked and felt so different than when I was a Spartan and certainly from my years growing up in Charlotte. I was now a young professional.
I lived in Downtown Lansing – there were cool bars and restaurants, eclectic shops and artistic ambiance along the streets in Old Town, fun and funky events in REO Town – but this was all new to me.
Where were all the young professionals like myself that I was anxious to meet? Who was going to be my new best friend? Where were the creative, welcoming and aspirational young people that I needed to meet to make #LoveLansing the home for me?
These were the questions I tossed and turned with each night, trying to identify a way to meet others. I was grateful to have been referred to Grand River Connection where I was able to meet other young people… but I was looking for an additional outlet to meet other artistic individuals, like myself, who had a shared passion for stimulating creative conversations, networking and new friendships!
I grew up attending musical productions at Wharton Center, so my interest was piqued when I was invited to attend a NextGen@Wharton event. A young professionals group that attends a series of shows within the Wharton Center annual season… and wait, they have pre-show parties with fancy appetizers and wine? AND there are other creative folks like myself there? SIGN ME UP!
NextGen@Wharton is an opportunity for young people to become engaged with Wharton Center in a unique way. Attend the VIP events, get a behind-the-scenes look at shows, meet the artists and enjoy one-of-a-kind social opportunities (that’s the fancy appetizers and wine I was talking about). It became the perfect opportunity for me to confirm #LoveLansing was the home for me.
The next show in the NextGen@Wharton series is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the world’s most popular modern dance company. NextGen@Wharton has this remarkable ability of introducing young pros to shows they may not typically purchase a ticket for. This year's series included Wicked, Cabaret, Alvin Ailey and Fun Home. I’m a huge fan of musicals, but with so many activities in Lansing, I may not always purchase a ticket to see a dance company, comedian, or orchestra. But with this group, you're exposed to productions just outside of your comfort zone with something new and always something amazing!
I’ll be there this coming Tuesday, April 18, 2017 for Alvin Ailey! Come to the event, introduce yourself to me, make a new friend, I’d love to meet you.
Just over six years ago when I was relatively new to the Lansing area, a buddy of mine asked if I’d be up for helping plan the inaugural Capital City Film Festival (CCFF). I gladly agreed, because it sounded pretty unique to be part of something’s founding. Fast forward six years and here I am, still helping. Along the way, I’ve had such a blast: Aside from the obvious (incredible films and music), I’ve made some of my best friends and been challenged professionally and personally in the most wonderful ways.
I get asked a lot of questions about CCFF. So here, I’ve put together a list of common ones and provided answers.
The seventh annual Capital City Film Festival takes place April 5-9, 2017 throughout Lansing, Michigan.
Q: What’s new this year at the Capital City Film Festival?
A: Aside from all 75 films, 15+ bands, and handful of new venues? Not much…
Q: What are noteworthy features, documentaries, and shorts in the 2017 lineup?
Q: What are some events that young professionals in particular would enjoy at CCFF?
Q: What’s going on music-wise at CCFF?
Full schedule, details, trailers, and more at CapitalCityFilmFest.com. Film screenings are $5 (or free), concerts are $5-$20, and the CCFF all-access pass (best deal) is just 50 bucks.
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