Just about every year brings some awesome festivals to our area, other than last year. But we don’t need to revisit that, let’s look forward to what we have coming up this year and beyond. Because there are many outdoor activities scheduled this summer, we’ve put together a list of summer festivals scheduled so far. Keep in mind many got caught by surprise that things were going to open up this soon. But that’s a good thing, and I’m sure as summer goes on more events will be planned.

Scrapfest was always one of the fun events in Old Town, hopefully that will be coming back soon. The Lansing Blues Festival and Jazz Festivals sadly will both be virtual this year. Even though some are proceeding with caution after the pandemic, many are going with full blown events and large crowds, because the restrictions on crowds are no longer in effect.

Community parks and county fairs are all ramping up this summer, many with live entertainment. Lynyrd Skynyrd will be playing the Jackson County Fair this year in August. These festivals and events are great because they are giving us all the opportunity to join together and enjoy some live performances.

There are marathons, runs, walks, arts and crafts, and live music performances everywhere this summer. And yes you can even get a cold beer at some of these events. The live music being offered comes from local, regional and national artists and features local groups, Classic Rock, Country and Christian music.

Here's a listing of 13 Festivals coming to the Lansing area this summer:

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival 

Thu, Jun 24 East Lansing, MI

This year the  2021 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will be presented in a virtual/hybrid format from June 25-27. Go HERE to learn more about this event.

Summer Trail Fest Ultra and Half Marathon

Jun 20, 7:30 AM – Jul 5, 11:59 PM Sleepy Hollow State Park 7835 E Price Rd,  Laingsburg, MI

The Ultra and Half Marathons happen Sunday, June 20. Also included are 50K, Half Marathon packages.

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

Fri, Jun 25 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

This year the  2021 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will be presented in a virtual/hybrid format from June 25-27. Go HERE to learn more about this event.  

 

 

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

Sat, Jun 26 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

This year the  2021 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will be presented in a virtual/hybrid format from June 25-27. Go HERE to learn more about this event.  

 

 

Summer Festival

Sun, Jun 27, 4 – 6 PM Mount Hope Church - The Hope 1672 M-32, Gaylord, MI

1st annual Summer Festival! Enjoy a day full of fun and adventure! Featuring a petting zoo, carnival games, a bonfire with hotdogs and marshmallows. Click HERE for more info. 

 

 

Big Ticket Festival 2021

Fri, Jul 9, 9:30 AM – Sun, Jul 11, 1:00 PM Otsego County Fair 275 Fairview Rd, Gaylord, MI

This event features 60 musical artists in 4 days and it’s called the Big Ticket Festival! A Christian Rock festival with concerts, activities and kids' games! More details HERE

 

 

Dog Days of Summer Spectacular!

Sat, Jul 17, 12 – 2 PM Dog Gone Fun, LLC. 2844 Atrium Dr, Okemos, MI

This event celebrates the one anniversary of Dog Gone Fun with an organized 1-mile run/walk, food, drinks, and a silent auction. Get more details HERE

 

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2021

Fri, Jul 23 – Sat, Jul 24 Riverside Park 2 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival features almost 1,000 different types of beers. More than 100 Michigan breweries participate in the festival. More details HERE

 

 

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Fri, Aug 13 – Sun, Aug 15 Milford Memories 317 Union St, Milford, MI

At Milford Memories Summer Festival, you will find  live music, beer, and treats. The festival's purpose is to help the community. More details HERE

 

 

Summer Smooth Jazz Essential

Sat, Aug 14, 9 PM – Sun, Aug 15, 725 Prudden St, Lansing, MI

Summer 2021 would not be complete without live smooth jazz! Experience Phil Denny's Summer Smooth Jazz Essential. More details HERE

 

 

KMB at Grand Concert Series Lansing

Thursday Aug 16th 6:30p Mon, Aug 16, 6:30 PM Lansing City Market 325 City Market  Dr, Lansing, MI

Grand Concert Series:- Kathleen Murray Band  The Lansing City Market is excited to announce the return of our summer concerts on the riverfront. More details HERE

 

 

Music in the Park

Thu, Aug 26, 7 – 9 PM  Jaycee Park 525 E River St, Grand Ledge, MI

School of Rock East Lansing Adult Band performs at  music in the park at Jaycee Park in Grand Ledge. Show begins at 7pm. Global Village performs also performing. It’s a bring your own chair event. 

 

 

 

Hastings Summerfest Arts and Crafts Show

Fri, Aug 27 – Sun, Aug 29 Barry County Courthouse 220 W State St, Hastings, MI

This is an Arts & crafts festival, with food vendors, sporting events, family activities, car show, parade and more! More details HERE

 

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