Holidays collide


This weekend, Greater Lansing will celebrate the upcoming Juneteenth holiday with festivals, a parade, a 5K and more, while Father’s Day will be honored with food and drink specials at local breweries, an opportunity to play catch on Jackson Field before a Lugnuts game and free admission to Potter Park Zoo for all dads. There’s also a golf scramble, a fishing derby, a car and bike show and much more.

For Friday evening’s live music, we have School of Rock East Lansing’s House Band opening for variety cover band Oxymorons at Lake Lansing Park South at 6:15, singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Matthew Shannon at Lansing Shuffle at 7, the Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet at UrbanBeat at 7:30, acoustic cover musician Amanda Igra at the Peanut Barrel at 8 and power-rock band Nitro Jen at Mash Bar at 10. Saturday evening, we have rockabilly band the Hi-Views at Lansing Brewing Co., classic-rock band the Classix at UrbanBeat and hip-hop artist Stevie Stone at Mac’s Bar, all at 7; Beatles tribute group Beatlemania Again at Grewal Hall at 224 at 8; and acoustic ‘90s cover band Moth Duster at Mash Bar at 9. Ending the weekend on Sunday is Red Cedar Spirits’ weekly Sunday Jazz show at 6 p.m., rock ‘n’ roll band the Forgotten Prophets at UrbanBeat at 7 p.m., folk-rock band the Aimcriers at the Avenue at 7:30 p.m., a hip-hop showcase at Mac’s Bar at 8 p.m. and hip-hop artist Sixman at Green Dot Stables at 9 p.m.

The Lansing Art Gallery will host a guided walk on the River Trail 10 a.m. Saturday, stopping to discuss six ArtPath sites along the way. Attendees should meet at the Turner-Dodge House.

Other art displays on view this weekend include Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing’s Passion of the Creative Mind art and photography gallery, which is open 3 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; the Mid-Michigan Art Guild’s spring member show at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; the Mid-Michigan Art Guild’s volunteer art show at the Okemos Library, which is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; the Mid-Michigan Art Guild’s 12-by-12 show at Framer’s Edge in Okemos, which is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; a mixed-media exhibition by local artist Juanita Baldwin at the Haslett Library’s Bookend Gallery, which is open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; “Foreign Bodies” and “The LGBTQ+ Artist in Michigan” at the Lansing Art Gallery, which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; “Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection,” “DOOMSCROLLING” and the 2024 Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial at the MSU Broad Art Museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday; and “Figuring It All Out: An Artistic Study of the Human Figure” at the Art Williamston gallery, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 

Owosso’s Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts begins its two-weekend run of “Next to Normal,” about a mother struggling with bipolar disorder, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Additionally, the Michigan State University Department of Theatre continues its free Summer Circle Theatre series with the clean version of “[title of show],” about two struggling writers working to create a new show for a musical theater festival, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Summer Circle Theatre Courtyard.

For the kids, the Eaton Rapids Area District Library will host a touch-a-truck event 10 a.m. Friday at the Playground of Dreams, and the Lansing Lugnuts’ game 6 p.m. Friday at Jackson Field will offer a pregame parade, an opportunity to run the bases after the game and a fireworks display to cap the evening. Representatives from Eaton County libraries will also be on hand to promote library events.

The Liederkranz Club of Lansing will wrap up its three-day rummage and bake sale 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Additionally, Friends of the Delta Township District Library will hold a buy one, get one free book sale 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the library.

Visit Mac’s Bar 8 p.m. Friday for its Rainbow Rager, featuring DJ sets, flow arts, body painting, tarot card readings and more.

The Mason chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mason Jewett Airport. Homebuilt, classic and restored military aircraft will be on display.

Forester Woods Adult Day Center will hold a golf scramble 9 a.m. Saturday at Wheatfield Valley Golf Course in Williamston. A dinner and awards reception will follow.

Meridian Township’s Parks and Recreation and Police departments will team up to offer a fishing derby 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Meridian Historical Village. Fishing poles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Peter Carrington, former curator and collections manager of MSU’s Beal Botanical Garden, will lead an introductory class on mid-Michigan’s edible wild plants 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Lansing Public Library. After the presentation, participants are invited to join Carrington for a walk around the library grounds to discover wild plants.

Sundance Chevrolet in Grand Ledge will hold its third-annual car and bike show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Trophies will be awarded to the top 20 entrants and the winner of the kids’ choice contest. The event will also offer door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a food truck, ice cream and live music.

Visit Fenner Nature Center’s scout campground 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday for Weavers of the Web’s Litha celebration, featuring a ritual, a shared feast and a teacup raffle. Attendees are encouraged to bring outdoor games to play before the ritual at 5 p.m.

Lansing Roller Derby will compete in its fourth home match of the season 4:30 p.m. Saturday at East Lansing’s Court One Training Center, with an afterparty to follow at Haslett’s Mayfair Bar.

Keys to Manifestation will host its monthly game night 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing will host its monthly euchre and game day noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Both events welcome participants to bring their favorite games to share, as well as food and beverages.

Maeve Bassett, the Beal Botanical Garden’s education program director, will lead a garden tour in collaboration with the Broad Art Museum 1 p.m. Sunday.

This weekend is packed with Juneteenth festivities, including MSU’s Juneteenth Commemorative Celebration5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Breslin Center, Meridian Township’s Juneteenth over Lake Lansing 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Lansing Park South, the Lansing Juneteenth Celebration Friday and Saturday in the Westside Neighborhood and 517 Juneteenth Weekend Friday through Sunday in REO Town. For more information on each event, check out City Pulse’s Juneteenth event coverage.

Finally, in celebration of Father’s Day on Sunday, dads will receive free admission to Potter Park Zoo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., DeWitt’s Looking Glass Brewing Co. will offer barbecue specials and a free drink for dads from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Lansing Brewing Co. will award a free Lugnuts ticket and a branded beer glass to the first 25 dads to enter after it opens at 11:30 a.m., and Jackson Field will open its gates at 11:45 a.m. so dads can play catch with their kids on the field before the Lugnuts game at 1:05 p.m.           

Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best of weekends.

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