The Sun Dried Music Festival may be the new kid on the block, but it’s a winner! With the third annual festival coming up in downtown Mason on August 24 and 25, there’s time to ink it into your summer schedule and join the fun.
For the past 25 years the Great Lakes Folk Festival has been Greater Lansing’s one-of-a-kind cultural event made up of traditional music, dance performances, arts, storytelling and authentic ethnic food. A carefully curated event, the GLFF has grown from an entertaining weekend festival to a family-friendly educational activity that is contributing to the future success of the Greater Lansing area.
Sandy Whelton, aka the Jubilee mom, has been involved with the Williamston’s Red Cedar Jubilee for 36 years. “It’s been a long haul,” she says. For one thing, money has been short for the past few years. However, “All festivals are going through this,” she says.
There’s always something happening in Lansing’s Old Town. Just ask leaders and volunteers of the two major associations that made Lansing’s original downtown the hip place to be. From April through December, about 14 festivals take place in Old Town, thanks to the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) and the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA).
In addition to providing the sound of live music, the Common Ground Music Festival brings a massive influx of people and money into mid-Michigan each time it settles in for its weeklong run at Adado Riverfront Park in Downtown Lansing. The summer staple is back this year with intentions to generate even more local economic bliss.