Looking for a great way to start your weekend? Why not go to a concert? Why not go to several? You can do that with Lansing Flow Fest, happening today! Flow Fest is the first day of Lansing Bless Fest Weekend, which stretches until tomorrow, Aug. 26.

The event will feature everything from gospel to rock to Hip-Hop, with Hip-Hop kicking off the festival today. Bumps INF, Illuminate, Kevi and more will be performing today. The event is also kid-friendly, as every lyric has been changed to be curse-free.

And music is far from the only thing offered at the festival today! There will be plenty of activities for children, prizes to win and catering from Alicia’s Authentic Mexican Deli & Catering.

Lansing Flow Fest (Hip-Hop Festival). Hip-hop Festival with FREE food, FREE raffles. Clean, kid-friendly lyrics. 6 - 10 p.m. FREE. Adado Riverfront Park, 531 N. Grand Ave., Lansing. (517) 333-8628.

HIGHLIGHTS

AUGUST 25-27 >> SUN DRIED MUSIC FEST AT DOWNTOWN MASON

Packed into just three days, Sun Dried Music Fest hosts 13 bands and musicians on two stages this weekend in downtown Mason. With a line-up too long to list, this year’s eighth annual festival hosts hitmakers like Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects, Root Doctor, Blue Haired Betty’s and a whole slew of other Michigan acts to keep the party going all weekend long. While the tunes are free, attendees 21 and over can pay $5 on Friday and Saturday to peruse a beer and wine tent. Food, games and other activities will all be on hand for a additional costs as well. On Sunday, the festival will start its last day run with a community worship Service facilitated by the Mason Ministerial Association. 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday. FREE. Downtown Mason. sundriedfestival.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 - SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 >> GREATER LANSING BALLOON FESTIVAL

More than 20 hot air balloons will fill the air this weekend at the Greater Lansing Balloon Festival. The festival comes to lansing through RE/MAX Real Estate Co., and it's no coincidence that it's logo is a hot air balloon. According to Jody Leatherberry, one of the representatives of the event and the Michigan corporate hot air balloon pilot for RE/MAX, it's a decades-long tradition. The event will span the entire weekend, and visitors will see hot air balloons rise into the air three times over that span, weather permitting. Although visitors will not be able to get a balloon ride, the fesitval will have everything from face painting, walks inside balloons and inflatables. $10/Car Hope Sports Complex, 5801 N. Aurelius Road, Lansing.

CLASSES AND SEMINARS

LCC East Expo. Explore the East Campus of LCC. For all ages.Lansing Community College East Campus, 2827 Eyde Parkway, East Lansing. (517) 483-1860. rodei@lcc.edu. Learn Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

Library Boot Camp. Learn Foundation Directory Online Professional database and other related resources. 12 - 1 p.m. FREE. MSU Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 353-8700.

EVENTS

Michigan Sierra Club Annual Retreat. Weekend retreat at historic Camp Miniwanca. 5 - noon Camp Miniwanca, 8845 W. Garfield Road, Shelby. (517) 484-2372. ow.ly/ Zb3h30eupX7. sarahglinz@gmail.com.

ARTS

Twice-Loved Art Sale. Original art at must-have prices. 5 - 8 p.m. Grove Gallery and Studios, 325 Grove St. East Lansing. (517) 333-7180. grovegalleryandstudios.com.