The 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.
MSU 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!
Summer 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!
It’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.
All For Art, Art For All is the theme of the 54th Annual East Lansing Art Festival, held this year on May 20th and 21st, 2017.
This juried fine art festival attracts hundreds of artists and craftspeople to East Lansing and thousands of visitors eager to browse their offerings. An event of this magnitude requires year-round efforts from hundreds of volunteers but that’s “The City of the Arts” spirit!
East Lansing, “The City of the Arts,” is home to Michigan State University and a vibrant, art-loving community. The East Lansing Art Festival began here in 1964 as a sidewalk art sale called “Greenwich Village Days.” 54 years later the festival has grown past its humble roots to become a major spring tradition.
The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) is consistently rated as one of the region’s best fine art and craft shows. The festival is not open to manufactured items or food products. Vendors are artists who create original works of art that go through a rigorous jury selection to be selected to appear at the show.
The East Lansing Film Festival, scheduled for November 3 – 10, 2016, is Michigan’s largest and most diverse film festival!
The East Lansing Film Festival has been bringing thought-provoking films to the area since 1997. Independent, feature-length, short-subject, documentary, and students’ films are all part of the mix. Each year, the festival’s efforts help to reveal diverse cultures and creative ideas to its lucky audiences. Maybe you, too!
The East Lansing Film Festival also hosts a number of related events. Namely the East Lansing Film Society Film Series, the 48/5 Film Contest, and the Lake Michigan Film Competition.
The Lake Michigan Film Competition provides cash awards for regionally-based films, through content, production, or financing. Award categories include Feature, Documentary, Short Film and Student Film.
Beyond the screenings, the East Lansing Film Festival features numerous parties and events. An all-day hospitality room serving food and drink will help to keep attendees going throughout the festival.
Each year, the festival invites various film directors to attend the event. Past luminaries include Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Bruce Campbell!
Though the festival schedule has yet to be released, it’s bound to be even more exciting than last year’s. The East Lansing Film Festival just gets bigger and better with each passing year! So what are you waiting for?
East Lansing Film Festival Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub, located in Eaton Rapids, is a mere 20 minutes away from the doings in East Lansing. We feature a full-service restaurant, English pub, and a comfortable respite from the clang and furor of the city! You’ll receive complimentary coffee service at your door each morning and a complimentary breakfast each day! Treat yourself to something truly special with a stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!
The first annual, Greater Lansing Balloon Festival is almost here. Scheduled for Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at Hope Sports Complex in Lansing, MI!
Hot air ballooning is one of those rare things that is almost as fun to watch as it is to do. At the Greater Lansing Balloon Festival, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see these balloons on the ground, being filled, and in the air. Best of all, you’ll get to see them in the air at night, when their glowing, rounded forms light up the darkened sky with color!
The Sun Dried Music Festival rocks downtown Mason with a variety of bands. August 26th through the 28th, 2016.
The 7th annual Sun Dried Music Festival showcases a variety of regional acts in a family-friendly atmosphere. Along with non-stop entertainment on two stages, festival goers will also find food, drink, and gift vendors.
Seating in the Adult Beverage Tent will open before the show on Friday and Saturday. Other seating is available on the grounds around the courthouse. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and get ready to dance as music fills the streets!
Admission-free, Sun Dried Music Fest grows every year. Consequently, it’s expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to Mason, MI. This year’s list of headlining artists is a virtual who’s who of the regional music scene.
Life Support opens the festival on Friday night with their array of jazz standards, classic rock, and recent hits.
Young Guns Band kick things off Saturday with their lively brand of crowd-pleasing rockabilly. Shotguns & Violins high-energy, in-your-face country tunes will get you on your feet. Taylor Taylor is a 19-year-old native of Lansing, whose combination of Jazzy-Pop style, classical guitar skills, charismatic vocals, and lyrical songwriting reveal an intelligence beyond her years.
Global Village is a 7 piece horn band that plays funk, soul, rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, and reggae. Thirty year veterans of the scene, Showdown, pay tribute to rock/pop hits of the 70s and 80’s.
In addition to the headliners, other bands scheduled to appear include Way Station, Tell Yo Mama, and the Blue Haired Bettys. Sun Dried Music Festival winds up on Sunday, 11am with Sun Dried Worship, featuring guest artist David Huff.
Don’t miss this amazing, one-of-a-kind Michigan music festival!
Sun Dried Music Festival Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is only 15 minutes away from the Sun Dried Music Festival. Our unique and classic inn, on the historic country estate of Medovue in Eaton Rapids, offers the comfort of modern amenities in a Tudor revival environment. You should consider a stay with us for true service while you’re in the area.