Top Five Summer Festivals and Fairs in Greater Lansing

Summertime in Michigan is the best time. Whether you’re camping Up North or soaking up the sun at the lake, there is always something fun to explore. However, if you’re looking to stay close to home this summer and plan a fun family outing, there are wonderful festivals and fairs throughout the greater Lansing area. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to create a family memory. Check out our picks for the top five summer festivals and fairs for your family in the Greater Lansing area! 

Check out rides, games and more at festivals and fairs.

1. Juneteenth Festival – June 15, 2024

Back for its third year, the Juneteenth Festival, part of 517 Juneteenth Weekend, takes place in REO Town on Saturday, June 17. 517 Juneteenth Weekend celebrates Black culture, expression, and experience. As Mid-Michigan’s largest Juneteenth celebration, the festival features Black-owned businesses and vendors, Michigan-based food trucks, performances by Grammy-nominated artists, and more. Saturday’s festival also includes a kid’s zone, complete with games, inflatables, basketball shoot-outs and obstacle courses.

2. Celebrate Meridian Festival – June 28 & 29, 2024

Located in the heart of Meridian Township, the Celebrate Meridian Festival has something for everyone in your family. Shop at the Meridian Township Farmers Market and Arts & Crafts fair in the morning. Then, tour the Nokomis Cultural Heritage Center or Meridian Historical Village in the afternoon. Afterwards, enjoy live entertainment, the beer tent, and fireworks in the evening. On Saturday, for only $5 kids can access activities at Central Park and teens can attend a special event on Friday evening with live music. 

3. Summer Solstice Jazz Festival – June 21, 2024

For 27 years the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) has brought this festival to the Greater Lansing area. Where it showcases national and regional Jazz Artists. Located in  Downtown East Lansing with assistance from Michigan State’s School of Music. The SSJF incorporates education, engagement and outreach to help youth musicians perform on a live stage.

4. Ingham County Fair – July 29 – August 3, 2024

Ingham County has deep agricultural roots being the home to Michigan State, and there’s no better place to see those roots on display than at the Ingham County Fair in Mason. During the first week of August, the fair is THE place to get your fill of farm animals, deep-fried food, and carnival rides. With daily animal shows and nightly grandstand events, any day is a great day to be at the fair!

5. St. Johns Mint Festival – August 09 – 11, 2024

Finally, you can round out your summer fun with a quick trip to the St. Johns Mint Festival. Known as ‘Mint City USA’, St. Johns hosts the Mint Festival every August. The festival honors the legacy of Michigan mint farmers, which produced 90% of the world’s mint oil in the 1900s. With live music, a cornhole tournament, a rodeo, and bingo, this three-day festival packs a minty punch of entertainment. Sunday is Kids Day, boasting games, a kickball tournament, and, best of all, mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

Watch the Field of Flight Festival in Battle Creek.

Honorable Mentions

Don’t forget about the other great festivals that happen all over Michigan throughout the summer! Here are some ‘honorable mentions’ that are outside the Lansing area, but definitely worth the drive!

All in all, there are tons of fantastic festivals and fairs you can find across Michigan this summer. For a complete list of more than 380 statewide events, visit the Michigan Festivals and Events Association at

Looking for even more local entertainment? Check out 75 Things to Do In + Around Lansing this summer!

Noelle Nachreiner
Noelle is the mom of a three-year-old boy from the Charlotte area. She also serves as the marketing director for a nonprofit that works on behalf of dairy farmers. A graduate of MSU, Noelle spent 15 years in Indianapolis before returning to Michigan in 2019 with her husband. Outside of work and motherhood, Noelle enjoys supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs, volunteering in the community and personal development opportunities.


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