Old Town is brewing up something tasty for Michiganders on June 21 and 22: beer lovers, wine snobs, and foodies alike are all invited to celebrate a weekend full of Michigan wines, craft brews, live tunes, and Lansing’s tastiest cuisine during Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun.
Festival of the Moon-ers will celebrate the shortest night of the year on Friday, June 21 from 6 – 11 pm with a mixture of brews from Bell’s Brewery, local eats, and live entertainment.
Bell’s Brewery will once again provide an assortment of their delicious brews for attendees. From their hearty ales and hoppy IPAs to their fruity stouts, guests will certainly find a drink that tickles their fancy. For the non-beer drinkers, non-alcoholic beverages and fruity sangria is available.
Cuisine will be provided by Grand Grillin, Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, and Amie Jo’s Elephant Ears. Grand Grillin will be offering crisp wraps and salads to guests while Mark’s Gourmet Dogs will provide colossal brats and dogs to be perfectly paired with a glass of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. For late night treats, Amie Jo’s has you covered with specialty elephant ears to indulge in while listening to live tunes from Billiard’s Music, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, and Langhorne Slim.
Tickets for Festival of the Moon are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. If you’d like to enjoy the fun of both Moon and Sun, guests can purchase weekend passes for just $25. Tickets include entry into the festival, a souvenir beer glass, and sample tickets for brews and eats. You can purchase tickets at the Old Town Commercial Association office at 1232 Turner Street or on the Festival of the Moon website.
On Saturday, Festival goers will celebrate the summer solstice with Mid-Michigan’s premier beer, wine ,and gourmet food tasting event, Festival of the Sun, from 2 – 11 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample tapas style fare from Restaurant Mediteran, Red Cedar Grill, and Old Town’s very own Aggie Mae’s Bakery while enjoying the live entertainment.
In addition to the performers, attendees can both watch and learn during home brewing demonstrations, take fabulous photos with friends in a photo booth, and learn the fate of their future through psychic readings. Guests can also enjoy our classy beer and wine pairing tent: pairings are scheduled at 4:30 and 6:00 and will offer an authentic tasting atmosphere for 18 guests each session. During these sessions, three wines and three beers will be paired with a small three-course meal provided by Red Cedar Grill and Restaurant Mediteran. Wine pairing and beer pairing tickets can be purchased for an additional $30.
Tickets for Festival of the Sun are $17 in advance or $20 at the gate and include entrance to the festival, a souvenir wine glass, and sample tickets for wines, brews, and eats. Tickets can be purchased at the Old Town Commercial Association office at 1232 Turner Street or on the Festival of the Sun website.
Offered again this year are VIP tables for those who wish to party in style. Eight guests will receive a private table, 10 food /drink tickets each, a souvenir glass, gift bags, appetizers, table service, and – the best part – access to the VIP restrooms. Tables are $400 for the night and $700 for the weekend and can be purchased on the Festival website.
All proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) who help head the revitalization and continued development of Old Town. Event profits fund free family events such as Chalk of the Town, Dickens Village, and the Turner Street Outdoor Theater as well as maintain the Old Town Farmer
s Market, community garden, and streetscapes. Essentially, their main focus is to continue to make Old Town the beautiful and vibrant community that it is.
Interested? Follow Old Town Lansing on Facebook and Twitter and look for festival updates on the Festival of the Moon and Sun Facebook page. You won’t want to miss a weekend full of delicious drinks, scrumptious eats, and live jams!
-Shelby Robinson, Festival Director
Shelby is a Michigan State University Senior and Festival Director in Old Town Lansing. She has a deep love for traveling through the Mitten, drinking Michigan brews and her cat, Gary. When she’s not in class or in Old Town, she can be found stalking rad designers on the web or hibernating in coffee shops. Follow her on Twitter for a glimpse into her everyday life and the occasional thought on ad design and middle of the Mitten news (but mostly photos of her cat, Gary).