Fun Things to Do in Lansing in August
August 1, 2016
Adrienne H., Financial Expert
As the warm season comes to an end, enjoy the end of summer at these fun local events!
August 1-6 | Ingham County Fair (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
Kick-off the end of summer at the annual event that brings families from all across Ingham County together. The family fun fair includes carnival rides, the butterfly funhouse, 4-H exhibits, children’s drawing area, cooking contests, races, and more.
August 5 | Arts Night Out (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
Looking for some Friday night fun? Just when you think, “there’s nothing to do,” Arts Night Out is the cool and creative event series that transforms Greater Lansing areas into vibrant spaces through the arts. Come to REO Town to enjoy various venues full of live music and theatrical performances, food trucks with delicious eats, and discover the talents of many local artists.
August 5-6 | Lansing JazzFest (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
The 22nd annual Lansing JazzFest celebrates art and creativity throughout Lansing’s Old Town, as guests wander the streets surrounded by some of the best art galleries and unique stores in the Lansing area. You won’t want to miss the artistic talent of local and national performers that more than 7,000 people from all over Michigan come to see. Guests will also enjoy delicious food and drinks, children’s activities, River Boat rides, and much more!
August 6 | Kids’ Day at MSUFCU
“Be Credit Union Strong” at the annual Kids’ Day celebration at MSUFCU Headquarters. MSUFCU will be celebrating all of our youth and community members with a super hero-themed party! Children and their families will enjoy giant inflatables, prizes, crafts such as creating your own superhero mask, free lunch, and much more. There will be so much fun, you won't want to miss it!
August 6 | JDRF One Walk (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
Help “turn Type One into Type None” at the JDRF One Walk on Michigan State University’s campus. Participants can choose between a one-mile and a three-mile walk to support JDRF’s mission to create a world without type 1 diabetes. There will be food and fun at the finish line and a special pre-walk visit by some of the MSU football players!
August 10 | Pop Up Art: Ying Korat
See Downtown Lansing transform with pop up art and creativity as Ying Korat demonstrates her work outside of the Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center. The featured artist will conclude the 2016 Pop Up Art series by showing off various techniques to create fun designs on fabric and plastic using a free motion sewing machine.
August 11-13 & 18-20 | Renegade N.O.W.
Do you love live entertainment and performances? The Renegade Festival presents a variety of shows packed into two weekends throughout Lansing’s Old Town. Performances include company, drama, musicals, youth and puppet theaters, improve, and more. Additionally, teens can enjoy a theatre-making workshop ending in a live performance on the second Saturday of the festival.
August 12-14 | St. Johns Mint Festival (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
If you enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream and tons of fun, join St. Johns in celebration of mint farming at the annual Mint Festival. The weekend is filled with family-fun including arts and crafts, a flea market, a parade, sports tournaments, hot air balloons, a carnival, a variety of children’s activities, and of course many mint goodies.
August 12-14 | MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
Celebrate music, dance, culture, and traditions from all around the world at the award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing. Join the community while enjoying traditional arts and storytelling, food, marketplace, and various children’s activities.
August 19 | Relay for Life of Lansing (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
This year, the Relay for Life of Lansing event will take place at Cooley Law School Stadium during a Lansing Lugnuts game. After the game, Relay participants and Lugnuts fans can enjoy the stadium fireworks. Cheer on the Lugnuts and help raise money for the American Cancer Society at this fun event!
August 20 | Art Feast
Come down to the popular arts neighborhood at the third annual ART Feast in Lansing’s Old Town featuring more than 30 artist booths. From photography to leather goods, check out the talented artworks at this exciting fair. You can also enjoy the Renegade Festival, sidewalk sales, and the extremely successful Food Truck Rally. In fact, the food trucks are so successful that each food vendor sold out of food last year!
August 20 | GymPalooza
Join more than 2,000 people at Lansing’s ultimate family fun day. Head down to The Summit Sports and Ice Complex to enjoy more than 20 inflatables, free supervised children’s gymnastics classes, and Olympic-themed races, games, and of course, prizes!
August 30-31 | Welcome Week at Broad Art Museum
To welcome new and returning MSU students to campus, the Broad Art Museum invites students to come check out their cool screen-printing cart. Not only will students see the cart, but they can also use it to create their own customized tote to carry around campus.