When we’re planning a fun summer getaway, we so often head west to Lake Michigan – and sometimes we head north, to check out places and attractions in Northern Michigan.

Today, we’re heading East, to our beautiful state capital. Lansing is filled with all kinds of great places to go, and things to do. We wanted to highlight 5 must see places. You could even combine some of these ideas, to maximize the fun, take a look!

Upcoming summer events in Greater Lansing include:

July 5-8 Common Ground Music Festival
Lansing • (517) 267-1502
Join us for the 19th annual Common Ground Music Festival. See some of the best rock, pop, country and hip-hop stars in the world take the stage in downtown Lansing along the Grand River in a setting unlike any other.

July 9-14 Eaton County Fair
Charlotte • (517) 543-4510
Whether you enjoy tractor and truck pulls, motor-cross races or demolition derbies, you can find it all at the Eaton County Fair.

July 13-14 Old Town Scrapfest
Lansing • (517) 485-4283

Teams have two weeks to create art out of recycled materials that will be displayed during the event. Food, music, beverages and more!

July 21 Taste of Downtown
Lansing • (517) 487-3322

Taste of Downtown is the food and wine festival of the summer! Sample fares from numerous downtown restaurants, wines from around the world and spirits distilled in downtown Lansing. Live music in a variety of genres rounds out the fun!

July 28 Car Capital Auto & Bike Show
Lansing • (517) 372-0529

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum’s annual car show celebrates our city’s rich automotive history! See all makes and models of cars and motorcycles from 1900’s to the present. Free family fun with live music and vendors on the streets of Downtown Lansing. The State Capital Building serves as a backdrop for this fun-filled day. 

July 30-August 4 Ingham County Fair
Mason • (517) 676-2428

Celebrating 164 years, the Ingham County Fair offers something for everyone; including hundreds of exhibits, exciting grandstand events, the spectacular midway, the creation station and more!


August 3-4 Bath Days Festival
Bath • (517) 712-8942

Bath Days is a two-day festival offering midway rides, food, entertainment, car show, parade, games and most of all…Bath Tub races for all. Enjoy cold beverages, hot food and shopping amongst the many vendors featuring home/hand made items you can only buy during Bath Days.

August 3-4 Lansing JazzFest
Lansing • (517) 371-4600

Located in Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries and unique retail stores and grand architecture, the 24th annual Lansing JazzFest’s multiple stages offer outstanding talent, from local favorites to regional and national acts, plus vendors and KidzBeat.

August 4 Island Art Fair
Grand Ledge • (517) 627-9843

The oldest fair in mid-Michigan and a state-wide favorite! Over 100 artists and craftsmen, music, food and riverboat rides. Free shuttle provided. Located on The Island, downtown Grand Ledge.

August 9-11 & 16-18 Renegade Theatre Festival
Lansing • (517) 927-3016

Two weekends of free theatre showcased in Lansing’s most artistic district—Old Town; featuring a wide range of performance styles from comedy, puppet shows, musicals, improv, staged readings and more!

August 10-12 St. Johns Mint Festival
St. Johns • (989) 224-7248

24th Annual St. Johns Mint Festival, Fri: 2-8 pm, Sat: 10am – 8pm and Sun: 10am – 5pm. Held at St. Johns City Park & Clinton County Fairgrounds. Arts & Crafts, Flea Market, Quilt Show, Kids Events, Free Entertainment, Parade, Pageant, Rodeo, Jeep Show & More.

August 11 Lansing Eastside Folklife Festival
Lansing • (517) 249-5208
A celebration of Michigan’s rich cultural heritage—the music, art, crafts, food, and cultural traditions of our state and beyond—will take place Saturday, August 11th, from 10 AM to 8 PM at the Allen Neighborhood Center. The free festival will showcase the music, dance, and arts of the 2018 recipients of the Michigan Heritage Awards and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, and close with a performance by the Tannahill Weavers, a renowned Scottish band on a 50thanniversary tour.

August 11 Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fête
The Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fête brings together a celebrated list of local, regional, national and internationally acclaimed cross-genre jazz musicians. Styles supported range from smooth, contemporary, modern, pop and R&B. The Armory Smooth Jazz Fete is produced by Lansing-based international recording artist and saxophonist Phil Denny. FOOD VENDORS – BEER – WINE & MORE!

August 16-18 DeWitt Ox Roast
DeWitt • (517) 420-5596

For over 70 years downtown DeWitt celebrates the DeWitt Ox Roast with an arts and crafts show, food and beverage tents, a parade, classic car show, entertainment, a carnival, fireworks at dusk and more!

August 18 ArtFeast
Lansing • (517) 485-4283

This exciting art fair coincides with the Renegade Theatre Festival, a deal-seeker’s Sidewalk Sale and a mouth-watering Food Truck Rally. Find over 30 artists booths representing photography, wood, leather, metal and other mediums of art.

August 22 Old US 27 Motor Tour
DeWitt • (517) 881-2329

View hundreds of classic cars as they travel through Michigan on historic Old US 27 for a seven-day tour (Aug. 20-26), stopping in Lansing mid-tour. This is one of the premier classic car events.

August 24-26 Sun Dried Music Fest
Mason • (517) 676-1046

The 9th annual free music event features many bands, food vendors, a beer and wine refreshment tent and a variety of items for sale. Located in the streets of Mason, next to the Ingham County Courthouse; downtown shops and restaurants will be open.

August 24-5 Greater Lansing Balloon Festival
Lansing • (517) 321-8255

The 3rd annual event will feature hot air ballon launches, stationary night glows, kids’ activities, vendors, food and drink and more!

August 31- September 2 Michigan Chicken Wing Festival
Lansing • (517) 749-7001

The 4th annual festival is in support of Against All Odds Foundation which supports Cancer patients and survivors. The festival features many bands and musical acts of all genres, food vendors, Kids Zone, a beer and wine refreshment tent and variety of items for sale and community organization vendors. The festival ends with a Sunday Night Concert, located at the Adabo Riverfront Park.