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Wednesday, May 27,2009

Summer Guide

by City Pulse

May 28
Thursday Night Live
The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce presents a variety of musical talent throughout the summer. Series begins with the Mason middle school and high school jazz bands. 6 p.m. Ingham County Courthouse lawn, 641 S. Jeerson St., Mason. FREE. (517) 676-1046. www.masonchamber.org

May 30
Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau invite to check out what’s happening in your own backyard. For $1, Lansing area residents can purchase a passport to explore more than 60 area attractions. Lansing and East Lansing.(517) 487-6800. www.lansing.org/batyot

Alive After Five
Keep the party going Saturday after “Be a Tourist” with area bars and restaurants
oering specials throughout the night. Locator map available at www.lansingcitypulse.com.

May 31
Hawk Island Triathlon
More than 700 local atheletes compete.
Registration is closed, but volunteers and visitors are welcome. Race begins at 8 a.m. at Hawk Island Park, 1601 Cavanaugh St., Lansing. www.hawk-Itri.com



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June 5
Board of Water & Light Chili Cook-off Featuring dozens of recipes from local organizations and restaurants to satisfy your appetite and blow the roof of your mouth. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Riverfront Park, Lansing. $5 in advance, $8 at the gate. (517) 702-6377. www.bwlchilicooko.com.

Cooley Law School 5K
Help raise money for eduation with this 10th annual 5K in downtown Lansing.Registration is $25 by May 30, $30 between June 1 & 4 and $35 the day of the race. Registration is 6 p.m. at the Capitol lawn. (517) 371-5140. www.cooley.edu or www.active.com.

June 9
Eastwood Summer Concert Series Music returns to Center Court with the sounds of The Sea Cruisers. 7 p.m. FREE. (517) 316-9209. Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing.

June 11
Blues on the Square
The Summer Concert series bringing live music to downtown Lansing kicks on of its third season with the return of blues-rocker Mike Zito and band. 6 – 10p.m. S. Washington Square, downtown Lansing. FREE. www.wmmq.com.

Thursday Night Live
Series continues with The Mason Orchestral Society. (See details, May 28.)

June 12
East Lansing Summer Concert Series The live music series gets started with Wanda Degen’s Celtic Trio. 7 – 9 p.m. at Fountain Square, East Lansing. FREE.(517) 337-1731. www.cityofeastlansing.com/Home/Departments/CommunityEvents/SummerConcertSeries/

June 12-14
Gizzard Fest
The fun is in the name at Potterville’s annual Gizzard Fest. The 10th annual festival includes 3-on-3 basketball, a car show, poker tournaments, arts and crafts and, of course, gizzards. Potterville. (517)645-2313. www.gizzardfest.com

June 13
East Lansing Summer Concert
Series Chris Dorman performs at 7 p.m. at Ann Street Plaza, East Lansing. (For additional details, see June 12) Michigan Pride Festival and Parade Celebrate Michigan’s GLBT community with this annual parade, rally and festival in Lansing’s Riverfront Park. www.michiganpride.org.

June 16
Eastwood Summer Concert Series Series continues with The Delta Rhythm Kings. (See details, June 9)

June 18
Blues on the Square
Concert series continues with Big James and the Chicago Playboys (See details, June 11)

June 18-20
Lansing Juneteenth Celebration
A three-day celebration commemorating the end of slavery, featuring music, dance, lm and education. St. Joseph Park, Lansing. (517) 484-6917. www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org

June 18-21
Yankee Doodle Days
This annual event includes family fun, such as a parade, reworks and live music. Grand Ledge. (517) 627-2383. www.grand-ledge.com.

June 19-20
Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
There’s nothing like the cool feel of jazz to melt the summer heat away. This year’s festival includes performances by headliner Esperanza Spalding, as well as CMS Jazz Orchestra, Carl Cafagna, Linda Abar, Neil Gordon, Lost Gatos and Arlene McDaniel. 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday.City Lot 1, corner of Abbot Road and Albert Avenue, East Lansing. (517) 319-927. www.eljazzfest.com.

June 19-21
10th Annual Riverbank Traditional
Pow Wow Celebrate American Indian culture at this three-day rush of dancing, drumming, singing, arts, crafts, food and more. Riverfront Park, Lansing. (517) 393-7236. www.riverbankpowow.com.

June 20
Hogs for Dogs Custom Motorcycle
Show & Rib Cookoff Suped-up bikes, live music and all the BBQ you can eat. Noon – 8 p.m. REO Town, 1100 and 1200 blocks of South Washington Avenue, Lansing. (517) 290-3495.

June 21-27
Red Cedar Jubilee
From the demolition derbies to the antiques district, Williamston’s Red Cedar Jubilee oers a wide range of fun. The weeklong festival features parades, craft shows, lawn mower races, a duck drop and live music.Downtown Williamston. (517) 655-3831.

June 23
Eastwood Summer Concert Series
Series continues with The Niche. (See details, June 9)

June 25
Blues on the Square
Concert series continues with Sugar Blue. (See details, June 11.) Thursday Night Live Series continues with Bits and Pieces at 6 p.m. (See details, May 28.)

June 26
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Kathleen & the Blues Junkies perform at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square. (See details, June 12)
Festival of the Moon The fth annual bash features local music, food and beer. 6 p.m. to 11p.m. in Old Town, Corner of Grand River Avenue and Turner Street, Lansing. (517) 485-4283.
www.festivalofthesun.com.

June 27
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
The Elevator Conspiracy performs at 7p.m. at Ann Street Plaza, East Lansing. (See details, June 12) Festival of the Sun Celebrate the start of summer with the 10th annual Festival of the Sun. Featuring alcoholic beverages from local businesses for tasting and live music. 2 p.m.- 10 p.m. in Old Town, corner of Grand River Avenue and Turner Street, Lansing. (517) 485-4283.
www.festivalofthesun.com.

Delta Rocks! Family Festival
Featuring clowns, pony rides, inatable attractions, games, animals and more (word on the street is Big Lug will be in the house!). Sharp Park, 1401 Elmwood Road, Lansing. (517) 323-8555.

June 27-28
Gardens Galore Tour
Frolick in the owers on this tour of 10 exceptional gardens to benet the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition. $15. (517) 372-5980 ext. 11. www.glhc.org.



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July 6-12
Common Ground Festival
Sheryl Crow, Huey Lewis &
the News, Stone Temple Pilots, American Idol winner David Cook and 3
Doors Down are among the headliners for this year’s fest. Riverfront
Park, Lansing. Festival passes are $85/$95, single day passes $26/$32.
1 (800) 585-3737. www.common
groundfest.com.

July 9
Thursday Night Live
Series continues with Pselsus at 6 p.m. (See details, May 28).

July 10
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Mystic Shake performs at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square, East Lansing. (See
details, June 12)

July 11
East Lansing Summer
Concert Series The Sea Cruisers perform at 7 p.m. at Ann Street Plaza, East Lansing. (See
details, June 12)

July 13-18
Eaton County Fair
Fast
cars, slow tractors and even slower mulepulls; the Eaton County Fair
has fun for all speeds. Eaton County Faigrounds, 1025 S. Cochran Ave.,
Charlotte. (517) 543-4510. www.eatoncountyfair.com.

July 14
Eastwood Summer Concert Series
Series continues with Life Support. (See details, June 9)

July 16
Blues on the Square Concert series continues with Michigan native
Larry McCray (See details, June 11)

July 17
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Ryan Knott performs at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square,
East Lansing. (See details, June 12)

July 18
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
TBA performs at 7 p.m. atAnn Street Plaza, East Lansing (See details, June 12)

July 21
Eastwood Summer Concert Series
Series continues with Root Doctor. (See details, June 9)

July 23
Blues on the Square
Concert series continues with Gina Sicillia (See details, June 11).
Thursday Night Live Series continues with The Sea Cruisers (See details, May 28).

July 24
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Kitty Donohoe at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square, East Lansing. (See details, June 12)

July 25
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Not Afraid performs at 7 p.m. at Ann Street Plaza, East Lansing. (See details, June 12)
Westside Summer Fest Celebrate Lansing’s Westside with the third annual Westside Summer
Fest. The event includes live music, poetry readings, craft vendors food and more. 1 p.m. – 9
p.m, behind Toolan’s and Park Furniture, 900 block of West Saginaw, Lansing. FREE. (517) 483-4499. www.westsidesummerfest.com

July 28
Eastwood Summer Concert Series
Series continues with Cheap Dates. (See details, June 9)

July 30
Blues on the Square
Concert series continues with Ronnie Baker Brooks (See details, June 11).

July 31
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Jen Sygit performs at 7p.m.at Fountain Square, East Lansing. (See details, June 12)


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Aug. 1
Capital City African American
Parade and Heritage
Festival Ethnic foods, games and live music provide entertainment for
children and adults. Parade in downtown Lansing at 11 a.m. followed by
a picnic in Ferris Park.
(517) 484-2180.
East Lansing Summer
Concert Series Flatfoot performs at 7 p.m. at Ann Street Plaza, East
Lansing. (See details, June 12) Grand Ledge Island Art Fair Featuring
130 artists showing and
selling their work, as well as food and live music. Second Island, downtown Grand Ledge. (517) 627-9843.
Woldumar
Music Festival Featuring more than 35 Lansing and Michigan bands on
four stages, as well as organic food, art and games at Woldumar Nature
Center. Noon – midnight. 5739
Old Lansing Road, Lansing. FREE. (517) 896-5734. www.woldumarmusicfestival.blogspot.com.

Aug. 3-8
Ingham County Fair
This year marks the fair’s 155th anniversary and features supercross, pony rides, games and
exhibits from 4-H clubs from Lansing to Stockbridge. 700 E. Ash St., Mason. $5/$3. (517)
676-2428. www.ingham.org/FB/fairhome.htm

Aug. 4
Eastwood Summer Concert Series
Series continues with Summer of Sol. (See details, June 9)

Aug. 6
Blues on the Square
Concert series concludes with John Nemeth. (See details, June 11)

Aug. 7-8
Lansing JazzFest
Two
days of hot tunes in Lansing’s Old Town, featuring a variety of local,
regional and national talent, as well as food vendors and a drink tent.
Corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue, Lansing. FREE. (517)
371-4600. www.jazzlansing.org.

Aug. 7-9
Great Lakes Folk Festival
Music,
art and cultures coalesce at this annual celebration of folk traditions
by the MSU Museum. Downtown East Lansing. FREE.
www.greatlakesfolkfest.net.

Aug. 8
Car Capital Celebration
A
salute to Lansing’s automotive history, featuring classic cars and live
entertainment, with proceeds beneting the R.E. Olds Transportation
Museum. Michigan Avenue, between Marshall and Foster streets, Lansing.
(517) 372-0259. www.reoldsmsuem.org.

Aug. 11
Eastwood Summer Concert Series
Series continues with Living Soul. (See details, June 9)

Aug. 13
Thursday Night Live
Series continues with The Backwoods Band. (See details, May 28.)

Aug. 14-16
St. Johns Mint Festival
Sports tournaments, live entertainment and tours through a mint farm ll the day at this
annual favorite. Clinton County Fairgrounds, 100 E. State St., St. Johns. www.clintoncountychamber.org/mint.PHP. (989) 224-7248.

Aug. 14
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Catsh 5 performs at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square, East Lansing.
(See details, June 12)

Aug. 15
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Heartland Klezmorim performs at 7 p.m. at Ann Street Plaza. (See details, June 12)

Aug. 16-18
DeWitt Ox Roast
On
the banks of the Looking Glass River, the smell of ox burgers can be
found wafting through the streets of DeWitt every August.
Grab a
burger and wash it down something from the beverage tent, while
checking out some of the other activities. keep you satised. Downtown
Dewitt.

Aug. 18-22
Old 27 Tour
From Coldwater to
Cheybogan, cars will line up for ve days of summer cruising down Old
US 27, pulling into downtown Lansing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Aug. 19.
(517) 394-7344. www.old27tour.com.

Aug. 20-22
Renegade Theater Festival
More than 20 participants, from profesional theaters to indepednent diretors, plan to jam around
Lansing’s
Old Town in this growing party of bootleg thespianism. FREE. 7 p.m. – 9
p.m. nightly. (517) 483-1488. www.renegadetheatrefestival.org.

Aug. 21
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
Pickland Orchestra performs at 7p.m. at Fountain Square, East Lansing. (See details, June 12)

Aug. 22
East Lansing Summer Concert Series
The Flatbellys perform at 7 p.m. at Ann Street Plaz, East Lansing. (See details, June 12)
Lansing
Community College Caribbean Festival A day of island cuisine, music,
dance and more presented by the Lansing Community College Student Life
and Leadership oce. LCC campus, downtown Lansing. FREE. (517) 483-1287.

Aug. 27
Thursday Night Live
Series continues with “Mason Area Idol” Finals at 6 p.m. (See details, May 28.)



September Events



Sept. 9-13
Frontier Days The 39th annual
festival oers visitors a ea market, rodeos and pageants to help put
the Old West back in Mid-Michigan. Charlotte. (517) 543-3325
www.charlottefrontierdays.com.

Sept. 17
Thursday Night Live
Series concludes with the Mason High School Band at 6 p.m. (See details, May 28.)

Sept. 19
A historic look at the city of Mason on the lawn of the Ingham County Courthouse, 641 Jeerson St., Mason. www.masonchamber.org.

Sept. 18-19
Old Town Bluesfest Shue into fall with some Michigan’s nest blues acts. Corner of Grand
River Avenue and Turner Street, Lansing. (517) 371-4600. www.oldtownbluesfest.org.

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