Thinking back a year ago I knew I was going to start a new job here in Lansing and I was pretty excited to move Downtown. Many folks told me I would love it because I would be able to walk to many fun and cool places.

Places like Jackson Field home to the Lugnuts, and many festivals that come to our great city, not to mention you can walk to many bars, stores, and restaurants.

What I was not prepared for were all the closings that were straight ahead because of the pandemic.  Not only all the closures and everything shutting down early, but a lot of fests and fun activities were canceled in the Downtown Lansing area.

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If you remember about a year ago, the inaugural Brews & Beats Craft Beer, Wine & Cider Festival was canceled because of COVID-19 as well as the annual Silver Lake Apple and BBQ Festival, the largest gathering of the year in the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area according to mlive.com.

Well, both events are back on the calendar this year, along with several others that the pandemic postponed in 2020. And if summer activity around the dunes is any indication, this year’s festivals might be the biggest ever!

 

Festivals Still OnThe Way September/October

Some others not to miss events that will keep us all going right through the fall are;

Sept. 4Brews & Beats Craft Beer, Wine & Cider Festival

Sept. 10-11Silver Lake Apple and BBQ Festival

Sept. 19Little Sable Point Lighthouse

Sept. 25Steinfest

Oct. 9HippieFest

Oct. 31Silver Lake State Park ORV Area

 

Let's hope all the warm weather sticks around through October in Mid-Michigan, because we all have a lot of fun ahead of us before the snow flies.

Wineries That Are Less Than a Two Hour Drive From Lansing, Michigan

We've put together a selection of wineries that are a short drive away from Lansing, Michigan. There are a ton of great wineries in Michigan, but this list will get you started at least!

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