Weekend full of fun summer events
The 517 Juneteenth event takes place in REO Town this weekend. Photo from the 517 Juneteenth website
By Chloe Gregg
The greater Lansing area will be bustling with events for residents to attend this weekend. With Juneteenth, Summer Solstice and Father’s Day celebrations, local residents will be kept busy.
Among the events this weekend are: Howl at the Moon; 517 Juneteenth Weekend; East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; and Father’s Day on the Michigan Princess.
Howl at the Moon will take place Friday, June 17 at the Harris Nature Center, located at 3998 Van Atta Road in Okemos, to celebrate the full moon.
This event will run from 9 to 10 p.m. and will cost $5 per person. Guests will partake in a guided nighttime walk in the woods.
517 Juneteenth Weekend runs from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 19 in REO Town along South Washington Avenue. Check the schedule for exact times for each day, as they do change daily.
According to the website, “The 517 Juneteenth Weekend is a unique opportunity for the Mid-Michigan region to celebrate Black culture, expression and freedom while reflecting on 157 years of African-American emancipation.”
There will be live performances, a kids’ zone, food, Black-owned vendor sites and informational booths. This event is free. For more information, visit the website here.
Summer Solstice Jazz Festival takes place Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at 410 Abbot Road in East Lansing. This is a free event.
There will be two stages with live outdoor music for guests to enjoy. For more information, visit the website here.
A Michigan Princess Father’s Day Cruise takes place Sunday, June 19. This event begins on the Michigan Princess at 3004 W. Main St. in Lansing’s Grand River Park. It will run from 1 to 4 p.m.
Dinner will be a yummy BBQ and there will be entertainment provided by the Dixieland Jazz Band. Tickets run from $33.50 for children to $67 for adults. For more information, visit the website here.