ThINGs to Do This SprING

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The days are getting longer and sunnier, and what better way to celebrate that than to step out and see what these capital city streets have to offer? Here are just a few of the super rad Lansing area events coming up this April/May that our ing staffers are the most excited to attend!

April 5-20 will be the seventh annual MSU Science Festival, which takes place in various science buildings on the Michigan State University campus, including the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, the chemistry building, the planetarium and more! Many fun activities are planned during this festival to engage students, teachers and members of the Greater Lansing area.

The ninth annual Capital City Film Fest (CCFF) takes place this year from April 11-21, at various locations ranging from REO Town to the east side of Lansing. The CCFF is the perfect event to explore Lansing’s independent film- and music-making mecca.

The MSU Horticulture Gardens Spring Plant Show is going on the weekend of April 13-14. You won’t want to miss the MSU Student Horticulture Association’s biggest event of the year, where there will be plenty of floral shopping opportunities to get your house decked out and ready for the upcoming spring showers. 

The fourth annual StoopFest is happening at the same time as the CCFF this year, April 19-20, so while you’re checking out some cool, local independent films you’ll want to drop by and be a part of Lansing’s favorite arts, comedy and music fest of the year!

What better way to kick off baseball season than Beerfest at the Ballpark? This event takes place rain or shine Saturday, April 27, and features over 300 different kinds of Michigan craft beer and ciders available for tasting. If you call yourself a true connoisseur of the fine wheat beverage, or you’re just looking to enjoy a couple of hot dogs with friends, then the biggest capital area craft beer event of the season is the place for you.

A few times each spring, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing puts on a really special event called Arts Night Out. If you head out to Old Town on May 3, you’ll be able to enjoy live music and make new friends, all while browsing tons of local arts and crafts on display.

There’s nothing like a little acoustic ukulele music to ring in mid-Michigan finally getting some warmer weather. This year marks the ninth year for Old Town’s Mighty Uke Day, which goes May 10-12 and will feature concerts, open mics and instrument tutorials.

The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) is a local favorite among the MSU community when it comes to exploring the most beautiful handmade goods and pieces of artwork that the state of Michigan has to offer. It’s happening this May 18-19, so be sure to bring your artsiest friends on down for a good ole crafty time!

If you feel like getting artsy, but aren’t ready to brave the outdoors just yet, then the MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show at the MSU Union is the perfect event for you this spring. It takes place on the same days of the ELAF, May 18-19, so drop by one or both to immerse yourself into the whole East Lansing art show experience.

On May 19, the mid-Michigan Bluegrass and Folk Jam Concert is taking place at the Woldumar Nature Center and it’s a totally free event (although donations are encouraged). Bring any instrument you like to join the informal outdoor jam session and meet tons of other musically minded individuals just looking to spread some beautiful noise. 

Quite possibly the most important event of this spring season for many, the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA) and City Pulse’s Margarita Fest, is happening on May 31. Come dressed in your wildest tropical attire and taste all of the best margaritas from the top bars and restaurants of the area!