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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