Step into spring with area festivals and events


Though it may not look like it quite yet, spring has arrived, bringing with it a fresh batch of exciting events. City Pulse has rounded up a list of the biggest happenings around Greater Lansing to fill your calendars through Memorial Day, so read on to discover what vernal delights this season has in store.

Maple Syrup Festival

Saturday, March 23

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fenner Nature Center

2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing

Learn all about maple syrup production with interactive demonstrations and activities, explore maple syrup displays at the Visitor Center and browse the Explore Store for maple-themed gifts and souvenirs. An additional all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, running 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is $10 for ages 5 and up and $6 for ages 4 and under.


MSU Science Festival

April 1-30

This free, monthlong festival offers demonstrations, performances, lectures, hands-on activities and more to teach attendees about a range of STEAM-related topics, from film, poetry and music to chemistry, biology and astronomy.

Crosstown Showdown

April 3

Lansing Lugnuts home opener

April 9

6:05 p.m.

Jackson Field

505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

The Lansing Lugnuts face the Michigan State University baseball team April 3 in the 16th Crosstown Showdown, then host their first official home game April 9 against the Great Lakes Loons.


Brrs, Beards and Brews: A Lumberjack Festival!

April 6

Noon-5 p.m.

Turner Street, Old Town

Enjoy a feats of strength competition, a beard and mustache competition, a bevy of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, games, vendors, food and music at this 21+ event.

Capital City Film Festival

April 10-20

This year’s Capital City Film Festival, at venues throughout the city, features screenings of more than 100 independent films from across the globe, plus live music, art, a poetry showcase and even a couple of parties.

Beerfest at the Ballpark

April 20

3-8 p.m.

Jackson Field

505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Apart from the more than 300 craft beers from more than 50 breweries, this festival also offers the chance to sample a variety of ciders, hard seltzers, meads, spirits and wines.


May 10-11

Eastside Neighborhood, Lansing

This annual DIY music, comedy and art festival takes place in parks, backyards, garages and bars in Lansing’s Eastside Neighborhood. Headliners include Jhariah, R.A.P Ferreira, Weakened Friends, Direct Hit! and a trio performance by Jahshua Smith, James Gardin and Yellokake.

Mighty Uke Day Festival

May 10-12

University United Methodist Church

1120 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing

The 14th Mighty Uke Day Festival features concerts, workshops, group strums, open mics and more, all centered around the mighty ukulele.

517 Days

11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 17

Lansing Shuffle

325 Riverfront Drive, Lansing

11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 18

The Capitol

100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing

Celebrate 517 Day (May 17) with art, food and live music at Lansing Shuffle, then head to the Capitol the following day for the Best of Lansing Festival, featuring more than 100 local vendors, food trucks and restaurants, plus inflatables, games and live music.

Rock Lansing

May 18

2-11 p.m.

Adado Riverfront Park

201 E. Shiawassee St., Lansing

The inaugural Rock Lansing music festival features two stages of national and regional rock acts, including Taproot, Nonpoint, Of Virtue, Eva Under Fire, Any Given Sin and more.

MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show

9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18

10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19

MSU Union

49 Abbot Road, East Lansing

Find one-of-a-kind, handmade items made by local artists and small businesses at this two-day arts and crafts show.

East Lansing Art Festival

10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18

10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19

Downtown East Lansing

The 61st East Lansing Art Festival showcases artists from across the United States, who will exhibit and sell their work. The festival also includes two days of live performances, an interactive artist demonstration area, an outdoor food court and more.

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