East Lansing Jazz Festival

East Lansing Jazz Festival
Photo Courtesy of East Lansing Jazz Fest
Photo Courtesy of East Lansing Jazz Fest

Looking for something to do in Mid-Michigan this weekend? Look no further! Located in Downtown East Lansing, the East Lansing Jazz Festival is the perfect way to soak up some sun, grab food from local restaurants and food trucks, and enjoy local and national jazz performers.

Michigan’s very own Arlene McDaniel Quintet will kick off the two-day festival with a performance at 4:30 on Friday, June 21.  The Festival runs from 4:30-10:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and features talented musicians like Cyrille Aimee, Lansing Symphony Jazz Band, Grupo Aye, and The Detroit Tenors.

The MSU Education Stage gives rising jazz stars an opportunity to show off their skills during the Festival, and featurues JAMM Sandy Izenson Scholarship 2012 Recipient Noah Frankforter, Saginaw Area Youth Jazz Ensemble, and several other student ensembles.

The ‘Jazz Kids’ area of the Festival allows younger jazz fans the opportunity to craft Mardi Gras beaded necklaces and Jazz Festival pinwheels. Impression 5’s Science Center will also be on hand with a bubble table, paint and easel stations, and other activities to keep little hands occupied while parents enjoy the music.

Photo Courtesy of East Lansing Jazz Fest
Photo Courtesy of East Lansing Jazz Fest

Local #LoveLansing food favorites American Crepes, Grand Grill, The Purple Carrot, Melting Moments, Spicers, and Sultan’s will be serving up their signature fare all weekend. Make sure you come with an empty stomach!

The fun doesn’t stop at 10:45 though; each night an Afterglow party will be held at Beggar’s Banquet until 12:30 a.m.!

This free event is located in Parking Lot 1, 230 Albert Avenue, in Downtown East Lansing. Visit the festival website for more information and parking instructions.