Tailgating and football are an integral part of fall semester at a Big Ten University like MSU, but they don’t have to be the main event. There are so many other opportunities to explore and have fun without knowing what the quarterback’s stats are from every other university in the country. The first two months of fall semester give you the best opportunity to explore Lansing and the surrounding area, before it gets so cold that you won’t want to leave the comfort and warmth of your dorm room.
Here’s a list of events happening around MSU and the Lansing area that you and your friends can check out coming this fall!
By bringing food trucks and art together, this one-day event couldn’t get any better. Walk down Turner Street to look at handmade art while being surrounded by food trucks galore. Located on 1232 Turner St., Old Town, Lansing, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this event will only get you more excited for the rest of the Lansing events to come.
Old Pine Lake Tour: Lake Lansing
Native American tradition and adventure started in the area when Chief Okemos traveled down Lake Lansing with his tribe and other Chippewas and Ottawas nearly 175 years ago. They camped along the shores and hiked along the lake, while making a trail through the forests of way-back Lansing. You can feel the history at your footsteps as you travel along the same path as Chief Okemos, and it comes at the convenient price of being free. Located at 1621 Pike St., Haslett, Mich. and starting at 2:30 p.m., you’ll have time for history while enjoying your Welcome Week celebrations.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
August 20 – October 2
This annual festival brings together history buffs, medieval time lovers, turkey-leg lovers and many more to celebrate this annual month long celebration. If you want to get out of the Lansing area and enjoy a day trip to Holly, Mich., you’ll find swordsman re-enacting duels and flower crowns at their finest. Don’t miss out on this fun event, because there are plenty of activities to participate in and see!
Lansing American Heritage Festival
Located in the Woldumar Nature Center, this one-day event takes family friendly to a whole new level. While it’s free to enter the event, some little activities on the side do have to be paid
for. Celebrate the greater Lansing area’s heritage with crafts, demonstrations, live shows, local vendors and so much more. This one-day event will get you outside while leaving your friends jealous. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing, so come join the fun and experience more than what MSU has to offer.
No matter what your interests, MSU and Lansing will always have something for everyone to enjoy!