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JUNE 1 >> MARGARITA FESTIVAL Michigan’s first ever Margarita Festival is a five-hour event dedicated to finding out which local establishment has the Best Margarita. Participants are the judges, enjoying up to 15 margarita samples from area bars and restaurants. The winner will be announced in our June 6 issue of City Pulse. Must be 21 and over to attend event. Advanced general admission tickets are available now at $25. 5-10 p.m. Lansing Center’s riverfront plaza, Lansing. (517) 371-5600 www.lansingcitypulse.com
JUNE 2 >> BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN TOWN It’s only a dollar to become a tour ist in your own town. The one dollar passport grants you free admission to over 90 local attractions and hot spots. Explore Lansing and East Lansing like never before and enjoy unique tours, fun activities and one-day discounts. You can pick up $1 passports throughout May and there will be passports available on the day of the festival. Collect stamps on the passport and be entered in a prize drawing. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call or see the web for participating locations and passport selling locations. (517) 487-6800, www.lansing.org/ BATYOT
JUNE 2-3 >> RIVERBANK TRADITIONAL POW WOW Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow comes to Adado Riverfront Park June 2 and 3. This event features a variety of activities involving Native American culture, including crafts, performances and food. See the website for schedule. FREE. Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing. (517) 721-1502, www.nativeamericanacc.org
JUNE 14-16 >> LANSING JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION The annual festival celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. and has grown into a weeklong celebration of African American culture, including live music and dance, children’s activities and a commemorative baseball game. See the website for schedule and locations. FREE. (517) 394-6900 www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org
JUNE 15-16 >> MICHIGAN PRIDE MARCH, RALLY AND FESTIVAL Michigan Pride will hold its annual celebration of the spectrum again this year. The Pride Parade will take the same path as last year, starting at Adado Riverfront Park and ending with a rally at the steps of the Capitol building. Starfarm was rained out last year for its performance, but the band will be back again to close out the festival. $10 wristband for festival. Noon-10 p.m. Old Town, Lansing. www.facebook.com/pg/MichiganPride/
JUNE 16 >> LANSING BEER FEST The sixth annual Lansing Beer Fest features 20+ Michigan Breweries and 100 craft beers. If you’re not a fan of beer, there will also be cider and spirits available at the festival. Food trucks, live music, vendors and more will also be taking over the streets of REO Town. 21+. See web for ticket prices. 4-9 p.m. REO Town, Lansing. www.lansingbeerfest.com
JUNE 21 >> BRIDGE FEST You’re invited to dance the night away at Bridge Fest, a festival held on the Lansing River Trail that highlights music and artists from across the region. Bridge Fest features a robust artisan village on the city market plaza, live art installations with chalk artists and muralists, Lansing-based artists, recreational games, hula hooping, and more www.facebook.com/ LansingCityMarket
JUNE 22-23 >> SUMMER SOLSTICE JAZZ FESTIVAL The 22nd annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival celebrates one of the truly American art forms, jazz, with a multiple-stage, live outdoor festival. The line-up is available on the web. FREE. Downtown East Lansing. (517) 319-6888 www.eljazzfest.comJULY
JULY 5-8 >> COMMON GROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL Lansing’s biggest music festival returns this summer with an impressive array of headline, national-level entertainment each night on multiple stages. Musical talent ranges from local artists to big names like Halsey and Logic. See web for full schedule and ticket prices. Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing. (517) 267-1502, www.commongroundfest.com
JULY 7 >> OLD TOWN BLOOMS AND BEYOND A look at the public and hidden gardens and patios of Old Town. The second annual Old Town Urban Garden Tour is an all day event that all ages can enjoy. Take time to look at the flowers and hear the stories behind the gardens that are hidden away in an urban neighborhood. More details to come as date approaches. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485-4283, www.iloveoldtown.org/ events/old-town-garden-patio-tour
JULY 13-14 >> OLD TOWN SCRAPFEST Old Town Scrapfest celebrates creativity, as artists create works of art with 500 pounds of scrap metal and two weeks to get it done. There will also be music and food to enjoy at this event. FREE. More details to come as date approaches. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485-4283, www.iloveoldtown.org/ events/scrapfest
JULY 21 >> TASTE OF DOWNTOWN Experience live music and vendors from all over the Greater Lansing Area at the food and wine event of the summer. See what downtown has to offer with over 40 restaurants, cafes and pubs participating in the festival. Pre-sale of tickets will begin June 1, but tickets will be available at the event for $25 per adult, $5 for children 12 and under. Children under 2 years old are free. See web for participating businesses. 3:30-9 p.m. 100 block of S. Washington Square, Lansing. www.tasteofdowntown.org
JULY 28 >> CAR CAPITAL AUTO & BIKE SHOW R.E. Olds Museum's annual Car Capital Auto & Bike Show includes 58 different historical vehicle and motorcycle classes, 148 awards and a $5,000 trophy. All proceeds benefit the museum.
For more info visit: www.carcapitalautoshow.orgAUGUST
AUG. 3-4 >> LANSING JAZZFEST The 24th annual Lansing JazzFest will fill the streets of Old Town with music from local favorites to regional and national acts. This festival also has great food and craft vendors, an expansive beverage tent, children’s activities and more. FREE. See web for schedule and performers. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 371-4600, www.jazzlansing.com
AUG. 18 >> ART FEAST With artists and food trucks galore, the Art Feast has become a destination for emerging artists. FREE. More details to come as date approaches. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485-4283, www.iloveoldtown.org/events/art-feast
AUG. 24-25 >> GREATER LANSING BALLOON FESTIVAL Take to the skies at this annual event that highlights Lansing as a great place to live, work and have fun. There will be vendors, fun activities and games at the Greater Lansing Balloon Festival that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Hot air balloon rides are available at certain times of the day, weather permitting. Parking is $10 per day. See website for schedule. Hopes Sports Complex, Lansing. www.greaterlansingballoonfestival.comSEPTEMBER
SEPT. 21-22 >> MICHIGAN BLUESFEST For more than two decades, the Michigan BluesFest, formerly known as the Old Town BluesFest, has been rocking Lansing with local and nationally renowned blues musicians. The festival caters to families, but also appeals to the 21+ crowd with a beer and wine lounge. This year’s lineup and schedule to be announced. FREE. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 371-4600, oldtownbluesfest.com.