Arts & Entertainment

Home to the capital city of Michigan, as well as Michigan State University, vivid urban spaces, and bright natural scenery, the Greater Lansing area is a hub of unique culture and an active community of arts and entertainment.

Promotion of Art Culture in Greater Lansing

Greater Lansing believes strongly in developing and promoting the arts, and this belief is enforced by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. This council works with local artists and educators to create events and festivals, art exhibits and shows, educational classes and programs, and even networking events.

Art Shows and Festivals in Greater Lansing

Whether you’re in the Lansing area for an afternoon, a week, or several years, the art events and festivals are worth exploring. With exhibits, live music concerts, plays, and other performances, there’s an entertainment venue for everyone. And year-round festivals help bring the community together.

For things to do in the greater Lansing area, visit the Greater Lansing Visitors Bureau

In addition to showcasing art, the Greater Lansing community also focuses on its development. This encompasses a host of events and programs designed to advance the arts, including Creative Mixers, where creative people can meet, network, and share ideas; an Arts Billboard project, which allows artists to advertise their work on billboards; a smARTS program offering workshops for professional development; an Awards Program to recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations who make contributions to the arts; and the Young Creatives Program, which provides grants, billboards, and classes to enhance arts in youth education.

Art Galleries, Theatres, and Museums Throughout

The Greater Lansing area is home to a plethora of art galleries and theatres, including:

  • Absolute Gallery
  • Arts of Greater Lansing
  • Breslin Student Events Center - on Mich St campus
  • Celebration! Cinema
  • Charlotte Performing Arts Center
  • Williamston Theatre
  • Starlight Dinner Theatre

Some museums in the Greater Lansing area include:

  • Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU
  • All Around the African World Museum and Resource Center
  • Michigan Historical Museum

Unique Culture and Entertainment

Outside of the arts, Greater Lansing offers a unique blend of recreational, athletic, educational, and cultural entertainment.

Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries

The Greater Lansing area regards its brewing and distilling culture almost as highly as it does its arts culture, and as such, there are an abundance of wineries, breweries, and distilleries to stop by for a tasting.

Whether your preference is wine, beer, or liquor, there are plenty of options from which to choose.

  • Burgdorf’s Winery
  • Uncle John’s Cider Mill
  • BAD Brewing Co
  • Midtown Brewing Company
  • American Fifth Spirits

* For a unique experience, take a workshop with Michigan State University’s Artisan Distilling Program.

Greater Lansing Must-See Spots

For even more entertainment, check out these top-rated Lansing attractions and events:

  • Attend a Michigan State football games
  • Stargaze at the Abrams Planetarium
  • Catch a basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, or roller derby event at Aim High Sports Facility
  • Enjoy beautiful flora at the WJ Beal Botanical Garden
  • Appreciate nature in Baldwin Park
  • Admire the historical Beaumont Tower on MSU campus
  • Explore Potter Park Zoo
  • Shop, dine, and stroll through Old Town Lansing

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