There are even more events throughout Greater Lansing to enjoy this summer. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so make sure to look out for highlights in the Out on the Town section as the season continues.
May 29-Sept. 4
Lansing River Trail
ArtPath 6 will open with a kickoff event 5 to 9 p.m. June 2, featuring live music, vendors, activities and more. There will be an opportunity for attendees to add words of positivity to a mural by two ArtPath artists, Jessica and Zach Kovan, from 4 to 6 p.m.
20 local artists, selected by a panel of jurors, will create murals, sculptures and installations along the River Trail that will be viewable all summer.
For a list of contributing artists, visit the ArtPath website.
June 1- Aug. 5
Registration is open for CADL’s Summer Reading Challenge, which begins June 1. There are four age categories: babies and toddlers (ages 0-3), kids (ages 4-12), teens (ages 10-18) and adults (18+).
This year’s theme is “All Together Now,” celebrating friendship, community and kindness.
Participants will read books throughout the summer, accumulating points to redeem for prizes, including gift cards, Impression 5 family memberships and more. Those who complete all levels of the challenge will be entered to win grand prizes, including a Raising Readers backpack for toddlers, gift cards to Launch Trampoline park at the Meridian Mall for kids and gift cards to Meijer, Schuler Books and Roblox for teens.
To register, visit cadl.org.
June 1-Aug. 18
6:30 p.m. Thursdays
Historic Courthouse Lawn
100 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte
Charlotte’s Summer Concerts on the Square series includes an eclectic lineup of performers throughout the season.
June 2-Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. Fridays
Lake Lansing Park South Bandshell
1621 Pike St., Haslett
The 21st annual Lake Lansing Bandshell concert series will feature children’s activities such as inflatables, a tricycle track and a playground; 50/50 raffles; ice cream from Ashley’s Ice Cream Extravaganza; and food trucks, a new addition this year.
June 3, Noon-4 p.m.
Clinton Avenue, St. Johns
The 3rd annual St. Johns Pride Festival, presented by the SJ Call-In Coalition, will feature food trucks, speakers, live music, a family-friendly drag show, raffles and giveaways, a kids’ corner and more.
June 3, Noon-4 p.m.
Turner Street, Old Town
Visit Turner Street in Old Town June 3 to view a variety of chalk art by local artists. The art will be completed by 2:30 p.m., and judges will determine the top three pieces.
June 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Eaton County Fairgrounds
1025 Cochran Ave., Charlotte
Magical Realm’s annual Fantasy Faire will feature live jousting, sword fighting, fire spinning, live music, more than 80 vendors, a mead hall and more. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costumes.
All proceeds benefit Magical Realm, a nonprofit organization. It will use the funds to support the Crosswalk Teen Center of Charlotte and the Knights of the New Order joust troupe, helping pay medical expenses for its joust horses.
Tickets are $10 per person, and children 6 and under can enter for free.
Beginning June 5
The East Lansing Public Library’s Summer Reading Program features the same theme as CADL’s, “All Together Now,” and is open to people of all ages. Registration is open, and participants can start tracking their reading June 5.
The program will kick off with an event from 5 to 8 p.m. June 5, featuring performances by the Striped Circus and a Maker Studio open house with local science educators.
June 14-Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays
Throughout the summer, Lansing Parks & Recreation is hosting concerts at various local parks, featuring an array of genres.
June 17, Noon-10 p.m.
Turner Street, Old Town
Lansing Pride is free, family-friendly and welcomes LGBTQ+ people and allies of all ages. The 2nd-annual event will feature a main stage with entertainment, vendors, food, a beer tent, a family area and more. Check the website and the event’s Facebook page, facebook.com/lansingpride, for schedule and lineup updates.
June 20-Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Tuesdays
1401 Elmwood Road, Lansing
Venture to Sharp Park on select Tuesdays during the summer for concerts on the big stage or in the amphitheater. There will be food trucks at big stage events.
June 22-Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Thursdays
525 E. River St., Grand Ledge
The outdoor concerts just keep coming! Grand Ledge’s Chamber of Commerce will host performances Thursdays throughout the summer at Jaycee Park, featuring two acts each night.
June 24, Noon-7 p.m.
505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
The first-ever Olive Burger Festival, sponsored by Lansing Foodies, will feature more than a dozen olive burgers from local restaurants and food trucks, beer and wine, live music, games and activities for all ages, including bounce houses and face painting for kids.
Attendees will be able to try different burgers and vote for their favorites. Lansing Foodies will also collect signatures to encourage Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to designate Lansing the “Olive Burger Capital of the World.”
June 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
100 E. North St,. Lansing
The annual FrankenFest, summer’s spookiest event, will feature artwork, food trucks, a cash bar, evening ghost tours, DJs, a photo booth, horror actors, a replica of the “Scooby Doo” Mystery Machine and more. The festival is free, and all ages are welcome.
Eaton County Fairgrounds
1025 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte
Fairs are a beloved part of the summer season. The Eaton County fair will include horse races, live entertainment, animal shows and sales, carnival rides and games, truck and tractor pulls, contests, rodeos and much more. For a full list of events and times, visit the website.
Old Town Lansing
ScrapFest, an art festival focusing on upcycled and repurposed artwork, returns for its 13th year July 14-15. There will be a scrap-metal sculpture competition, art vendors, family activities, live music, food, a Great Scrap Run 8K run/walk, a Kids’ Fun Run and a “Refashion Show.”
To sign up for the fashion show and runs, visit the festival’s website. Check back for a schedule and more information coming soon.
July 31-Aug. 5
Ingham County Fairgrounds
700 E. Ash St., Mason
Whether you enjoy monster trucks, demolition derbies, motocross, live music, rides, games, or animals, the Ingham County Fair has something for everyone. For a full list of events, visit the website.
Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Frandor Sears parking lot
3131 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
This year’s free Eastside Summer Fest promises activities for kids, live entertainment, a car show, food trucks, vendors and more. Join in the fun while celebrating local businesses and the eastside community. For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page.
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