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Potter Park Zoo 2018 Wonderland of Lights and Winter Wine & Stein

November 16th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Potter Park Zoo 2018 Wonderland of Lights and Wine & Stein 2018Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo is always good for a visit – but during the holiday season it really shines. In fact, the zoo’s annual Wonderland of Lights and Winter Wine & Stein events have become a part of the area’s holiday traditions.

The Lansing area hosts a number of popular, annual holiday events – Silver Bells in the City, Winter Glow, and Christmas at Meridian Historical Village, to name just a few.

Two popular events that help to make the Lansing holiday season bright every year are held at Potter Park Zoo. Actually, the zoo hosts numerous special events throughout the year.

Potter Park Zoo

1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48912
Potter Park Zoo is home to more than 500 animals from 160 different species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Their population includes African lions, Amur tigers, snow leopards, black rhinos, meerkats, lemurs, mandrills and more. The zoo opened in the 1920’s and has been wowing visitors ever since.

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ELFF 2018 – The 21st Annual East Lansing Film Festival

October 5th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

ELFF 2018 East Lansing Film FestivalELFF 2018, Michigan’s largest and most diverse film event, celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Feature-length, short subject, and documentary films, along with special guests, and related events fill out the festival week. November 1st through the 8th, 2018.

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached autumn already but at least it brings good things: cooler temps, fall foliage, and the return of ELFF!

ELFF (East Lansing Film Festival) is an annual film festival that brings independent films from around the world to Michigan. These films present other cultures, viewpoints, and backgrounds with the hope that they will enlighten, entertain, and educate audience members.

The festival includes both feature-length and short subject films, as well as documentary and student films. Many of those included in the festival are making their screen debut here in Lansing, which is doubly exciting.

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Free Jazz Performances at Lansing JazzFest 2018

July 2nd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lansing JazzFest 2018Ahoy jazz lovers – the 24th annual Lansing JazzFest is set for August 3rd and 4th, 2018! This popular festival of great jazz performances sees local, regional, and national acts pulling out all the stops in the streets of Lansing’s Old Town.

Lansing JazzFest brings two full days of jazz and fun to Old Town Lansing. The event always attracts large crowds of 7,000 plus to hear free, live performances of often new and rare jazz.

Though the music is definitely the focus, that’s not all there is to the event! JazzFest also includes an booth-city of vendors selling excellent fresh food, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and more. You’ll also have the chance to grab a seat in The Turnaround Lounge.

The Turnaround Lounge will be selling wine pours, along with both canned and draft beers. Further, the Turnaround Lounge is a prime location to enjoy music from both JazzFest’s main stages. A seat in the Turnaround Lounge is only $5 a day – but seating is limited so you’ll want to grab yours before they fill up!

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Celebrate Spring At The Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend 2018

February 12th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend 2018March is Maple Month but Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend 2018 is just one of many events the Lansing area will see in celebration of the approaching spring.

Spring begins March 20th this year and the oncoming warmth of the season brings renewal, greening, and – of course! – maple sugaring time! Every year, the maple harvest begins anew. Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend celebrates Michigan’s oldest crop: pure Michigan maple syrup!

Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend is actually three weekends:
Southern Michigan – March 17th & 18th
Northern Lower Michigan – March 24th & 25th
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – March 31st & April 1st
Maple farms here in the Lansing area will be celebrating Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend March 17th and 18th.

These special weekends provide you with the opportunity to experience the maple sugaring process at one of Michigan’s many maple farms. Maple farms and sugar houses across the state will open their doors to eager, maple-loving visitors. Guests will see tapped trees, learn the harvest process, and smell the amazing scent of boiling maple sap.

Maple is used for more than just syrup. It is also used to make maple candy, maple cream, maple sugar, and more! Many of the participating maple farms will not only provide an overview of the maple sugaring process but also a taste. Some will have samples of syrup, others may offer a full pancake breakfast! Many will have a variety of homemade maple treats, like maple taffy, to sample – yum!

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Christmas Time In The City – Lansing Holiday Events 2017

November 3rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Lansing Holiday Events 2017Planning on being in the Lansing area around the holidays and hoping for some fun, festive events to celebrate the season? Great idea! The Lansing holiday events schedule will keep you busy from Halloween through to New Year’s Eve!

It may feel like we’re rushing things but take a look at your calendar and see: the holidays are almost upon us. Michigan’s Capital City region really sparkles with all of the end of the year celebrations. In fact, there is so much going on it is impractical to list anything but the highlights.

Lansing Holiday Events 2017
Silver Bells in the City – November 17th
www.silverbellsinthecity.org
Silver Bells in the City is probably the biggest and most popular of the annual Lansing holiday events. The city is lit with thousands of merry, sparkling lights and decorations for the season. Events include the Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, live entertainment, and fireworks over the Capitol dome.

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The Curtain Is Rising On East Lansing Film Festival 2017

October 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Film Festival 2017Film buffs – you do not want to miss East Lansing Film Festival 2017! This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual event and a host of special retrospective and celebratory events are planned. November 9th through the 16th, 2017.

Michigan’s largest and most diverse film event, the East Lansing Film Festival, turns twenty this year and the anniversary promises a very special festival, indeed. Much of the details are still under wraps as the planning continues but attendees are in for a real treat this year.

East Lansing Film Festival 2017 is a world-class celebration of the silver screen. The annual event brings a week of independent films to Lansing every year. Over 100 films are screened during the festival’s 9 days. Feature-length, short subject, and documentary films alike are included, many of them making their screen debut right here.

The diverse array of films shown at the festival draw an equally diverse crowd. Fans and industry insiders alike flock to the festival. Each year see’s its own set of high profile guests and attendees. Past festivals have welcomed such famous luminaries as Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, and Bruce Campbell.

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Don’t Miss Mason Sun Dried Music Festival 2017

August 1st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Mason Sun Dried Music Festival 2017The 8th annual Mason Sun Dried Music Festival and its three days of free music is just weeks away. August 25th through the 27th, 2017 on the Courthouse Square, Downtown Mason, MI.

The Mason Sun Dried Music Festival is a one of a kind, free music event featuring a variety of bands on two stages. The festival also offers great food, a beer and wine tent, children’s activities, and a host unique items for festival goers of all ages!

The annual Sun Dried Music Festival has been going strong since its inception in 2009. Each year sees the festival grow some – both in its offerings and the number of people who attend. 10,000 plus folks are expected to attend this year’s festival and who can blame them?

The festival brings some of the very best regional bands together in one location for three days of free music and fun. What’s not to like? Take a look at the music lineup for 2017 to see what I mean.

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MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival 2017!

July 14th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Great Lakes Folk Festival 2017MSU Museum’s award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival is just around the corner with an eclectic program of music, art, food, and more! August 11th through the 13th, 2017!

The annual Great Lakes Folk Festival, presented by the Michigan State University Museum, is an annual celebration of culture, tradition, and community. The Museum works all year to put together the festival’s one-of-a-kind mix of music, dance, storytelling, food, arts, and more!

The music presented at the Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) is an eclectic and exciting mix of contrasts – from Salsa to Klezmer, Blues to Bluegrass. Musicians come from around the country – and often around the world – to participate. Consequently, the festival offers a unique and wonderful experience for lovers of traditional music.

Best of all, audience members are often encouraged to join in with the singing, dancing, and even playing along! A few of the festival’s scheduled events are designed around that concept exclusively. The Ukulele Strum, Community Sing, and Old-time Jam are all intended as participatory events. Great fun!

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Get Set For Lansing’s Common Ground Music Festival 2017!

June 9th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Common Ground Music Festival 2017Summer is almost here and there’s no surer sign of the season in these parts than the buzz around the upcoming Common Ground Music Festival! This popular, 4-day festival is celebrating it’s 18th year with top artists like Alessia Cara, Toby Keith, LiVE, Big Sean, LOCASH, Fetty Wap and more. July 6th through the 9th at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park.

Common Ground Music Festival has been bringing big names to the Lansing area for 18 years, now. More than 500 artists have now performed in the along the banks of the Grand River at the festival. A crowd of talent that includes 40 Grammy Award winners and 26 Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductees!

Though the 2017 festival has been scaled back from previous years’ 7 days to a more concise 4, it hasn’t lessened any of the event’s punch. This year’s lineup continues the tradition of bringing top-level, national and regional performers to our area each summer. The genre-spanning constellation of talent covers everything from rock to country, hip hop to soul, and all on two stages over 4 days.

Add in the intimate venue, state of the art production, and a variety of food and drink vendors and you’ve just described Michigan’s premier outdoor music event of the summer!

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Here Comes the 2017 East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!

May 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz FestivalIt’s almost time for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival: June 23rd & 24th, 2017. Acclaimed local, regional, national, and even international jazz artists make this free, annual festival one of the season’s first must-attend events!

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is a free, two-day music festival. Attendees are treated to a variety of excellent jazz, activities, and special events, like the popular Kozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade.

The Kozmic Picnik is held on the lawn at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU on June 24th from noon to 3pm.  Attendees are invited to spread out their blankets and enjoy an afternoon picnicking to avant-garde jazz. Musicians for the event are BassDrumBone, percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar, and tenor saxophonist David Murray.

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