Summer Event Listings

By City Pulse Staff

Mid-Michigan has enough festivals, concerts, parties and car shows to keep you busy nearly every day this summer. Here’s a list of the best of the season’s activities.

May 31 — BWL’s Chili Cook-off: $12 adults, $5 children, 5 and under FREE. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Lou Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing.

June 1 — Be a Tourist in Your Own Town: $1 admission, 50 cents for CATA bus pass, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lansing.

June 1 — Celebrate Downtown Okemos: In its fifth year, this family-friendly event will feature live outdoor concerts, food, a 5K race, games, inflatables, dance entertainment, and free ice cream. There will also be an adult beverage tent. 3 p.m. Northeast corner of Okemos and Hamilton roads, Okemos. (517) 853-4604.

June 7-9 — The 14th Annual Gizzard Fest: How the heck can you go wrong with a name like that? The Potterville festival includes a classic car show, lawn mower racing, three-on-three basketball tournaments, arts and crafts, a carnival and, of course, the famous chicken gizzard eating contest. Yummy. Downtown Potterville. (517) 645-2313.

June 8 — Pumpstock 2013: A Day of American Roots Music: This fourth annual outdoor concert event features local and nationally touring musicians, including Mike Mangione and the Union, Nathan Bell, The Potter’s Field, The Crane Wives and Elden Kelly. East Lansing Bailey Park, 300 Bailey St. $10 suggested donation. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. (517) 927-2100.

June 8-9, 22-23 — Steam Railroading Institute’s Train Robbery: An hour-long train ride that includes a simulated robbery. $15 adults, $10 11 and under. Rides at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Steam Railroading Institute, 405 S. Washington St., Owosso. (517) 925-9464.

June 13-15 — Lansing Juneteenth Celebration: Commemorating the end of slavery, the Juneteenth Celebration comes together to promote the education about liberty and heritage with music, dance and other entertainment. FREE. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lansing City Hall Lobby, Friday and Saturday at St. Joseph Park, Lansing. (517) 394-6900.

June 15 — Annual Oldsmobile Homecoming: Car show and swap meet featuring Oldsmobile vehicles manufactured between 1903 and 2004. FREE. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Corner of Canal and Billwood, Lansing. (517) 290-7455.

June 17-23 — The 42nd Annual Red Cedar Jubilee: The yearly Williamston festival features a parade, craft shows, an “enduro derby,” lawn mower races, a duck drop and a food and beverage tent with live music. Downtown Williamston, (517) 655-3831.

June 20-22 — Yankee Doodle Days: Grand Ledge hosts a family-friendly event with fireworks, a parade and an entertainment tent with live music. Parade at 11 a.m. Grand Ledge Jaycee Park, Grand Ledge. (517) 627-2383.

June 21-22 — Summer Solstice Jazz Festival: Performances by the Arlene McDaniel Quintet, Cyrille Aimee, the Bill Heid Trio, Detroit Tenors, Grupo Aye and more. FREE. 4:30-10:45 p.m. Downtown East Lansing. (517) 319-6980.

June 21 — Festival of the Moon: A concert celebrating one of the shortest nights of the summer with live music, food, wine and beer. Performing are Langhorne Slim, Billiards Music and Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers. Pre-sale tickets are $12, $15 at the gate. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. (21 and over only.) Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485-4283,

June 22 — Festival of the Sun: Musical performances by Taylor Taylor, Summer of Sol, The Whiskey Pickers and The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, with beer and wine. Pre-sale tickets are $17, $20 at the gate. 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485-4283.

June 22 — Dam Festival: Celebrating Eaton Rapids’ history and culture, with live music, dam tours, food, crafts and a car show. FREE. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (517) 663-3288.

June 23 — Delta Rocks! Family Festival: A day-long festival featuring a live petting zoo, live music, crafting projects and more. FREE. Noon-6 p.m. Sharp Park, Lansing. (517) 323-8555.

July 6-13 — Eaton County Fair: Includes tractor pulls, a motocross race, 4-H horse and pony judging, harness horse racing and more. $4-$12. Gates open at 9 a.m. on weekdays. Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte. (517) 543-4510.

July 8-14 — Common Ground Music Festival: $24.50-$119.50. Gates open 6 p.m. Mon., 7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 5 p.m. Sun., Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing.

July 11 — Music in the Gardens: A musical performance by J & J Sounds includes John Dale Smith from Lansing Symphony Big Band, giving the “little big band” experience. FREE. 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Gardens Amphitheatre, Holt. (517) 648-6970.

July 13 — Lansing Color Run: A 5K race featuring both solo and team runs in the streets of Lansing. Runners are hit at each kilometer with a blast of bright colored powder. $45-$50. Heats at 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Intersection of Capitol Avenue, and Ottawa Street.

July 18 — Music in the Gardens: Performing will be Joshua Davis, front man of the band Steppin’ In It with his take on American roots music and Jewish spiritual music. FREE. 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Gardens Amphitheatre, Holt. (517) 648-6970.

July 20 — Lansing’s Taste of Downtown: An afternoon in downtown Lansing with many cuisines to be sampled as well as wine from around the world. Pre-sale adult tickets are $15 and at the door tickets $20, children younger than 5 are $5 and children under 2 get in free. 3 p.m.-8 p.m., downtown Lansing.

July 25 — Music in the Gardens: Performing will be the bluegrass, Michigan based sextet playing the guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, bass and drums. FREE. 7 p.m. 2075 Aurelius Rd., Veterans Memorial Gardens Amphitheatre, Holt. (517) 648-6970.

July 27 — Car Capital Auto Show 2013: A judged show with awards and a giveaway, featuring 80 vehicle classes and 15 motorcycle classes. $30 car/truck registration and $25 motorcycle registration. 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Downtown Lansing at the Capitol building.

Aug. 1 — Music in the Gardens: The final Music in the Gardens performance by the Ann Arbor based, 11-part band Hullaballoo. FREE. 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Gardens Amphitheatre, Holt. (517) 648-6970.

Aug. 2-3 — Lansing JazzFest: A weekend of jazz located among the many art galleries of Old Town, performing are musicians like John Douglas, Hot Club of Lansing, the Roger James Trio and more. FREE. 4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 371-4600.

Aug. 3 — Island Art Fair: A feature of over 100 artists and their works with music and food as well as a Princess Laura Riverboat ride. FREE. Times to be announced. 220 S Bridge St., Grand Ledge. (517) 627-9843.

Aug. 9-11 — Great Lakes Folk Festival: A weekend-long festival that celebrates the many aspects of different cultures, bringing together these different cultures with musical performances as well as artistic displays. FREE. 6 p.m.-10:15 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and 5:15 p.m. Sunday. MSU Museum on MSU campus.

Aug. 15-17 — Renegade Theatre Festival: A festival of theatre productions which includes comedy, drama, musicals, children’s theatre as well as the works of local playwrights and improv. FREE. Times to be announced.

Aug. 23-24 — Sun Dried Music Festival: Live musical performances by Avon Bomb, Root Doctor, Backwoods Band, The Rock Canyon Band, Orquesto Ritmo, Showdown and more, with a beverage tent, and street shops with their doors open. FREE. 7-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon-11:30 p.m. Sunday. Mason. (517) 244-6332.

Aug. 24 — Michigan Pride March, Rally & Festival: The statewide celebration of the LGBT community will include a commitment ceremony with keynote speaker, Ross Matthews, a march on the east lawn of the Capitol and live, all-ages entertainment. FREE. 2 p.m. Several locations around Old Town.

Aug. 31-Sep. 1 — Michigan Mosaic Music Festival: Celebrating Lansing’s diverse community with live bands, multicultural performances, diverse cuisine, a beverage tent and children’s activities. FREE. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Adado Riverside Park, Lansing. (517) 371-4600.

Aug. 31- Sept. 1 — Lamafest and Alpaca Showcase: Fiber contest, fleece competition, vendors, farm displays and youth judging. Also, an animal costume contest. FREE. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. MSU Pavilion, East Lansing. (517) 655-5988.