Common Ground is a week long music festival held every summer in Lansing, usually in July, featuring a plethora of great bands. There is a different theme practically every night, so it's sure to have someone you are a fan of. In the past they have had performers ranging from Snoop Dogg to Shinedown to Trace Adkins. There is only one stage, but several bands per night. An example of a typical lineup for a single night would be Sick Puppies, Finger Eleven, and then Seether (this was one night's lineup that I went to a few years ago), it's pretty sweet.
The event takes place right downtown on the riverfront, which isn't the best area to visit normally, but is completely safe during Common Ground. It's near LCC, so there is ample parking nearby, though you may have to walk several blocks since it's not right next to the venue.
There isn't a whole lot to do besides attend the concerts, though there is a "VIP Beer Tent" that costs extra to get into. It's also nice to just take a stroll along the river in between shows.
This year's Common Ground (2012) is from July 11 - 17. According to the website, they are selling a weeklong pass for $69. Not sure what an individual day pass is going for, I'll try to update this when they release it. They have also not released the schedule of performers yet.
Overall, I think it's a blast and definitely worth attending if you are in town during this week!
A cheap option for something to do in Lansing is to just take a stroll along the Grand River. The river goes all the way through town, so there are several ways to get to it.
Along the river are several walkways which are generally in use by people out jogging, walking, riding bikes, etc. There are several open areas along the way as well as the occasional point of interest such as a random statue or a sign explaining the historic significance of the area.
The Lansing Lugnuts are a minor league baseball team. Their stadium is located right in the heart of downtown Lansing, on Michigan Avenue.
The team plays every summer beginning in early April and going until early September. The first game is always the "Crosstown Showdown" - an exhibition game where the Lugnuts play against Michigan State's college baseball team.
The Lugnuts are a really low quality team - they are single A, which is the lowest designation for minor league teams. Despite this, it's usually fun to go to a game, especially since they run promotions all season long for practically every home game. Sometimes they will have fireworks afterward, or a free concert featuring either a local band or a cover band (last year they had a KISS cover band - lol). A popular promotion is "Thirsty Thursdays", where all beer is just $2 for every Thursday game. These are usually the most well attended games, although tickets are always available - you can get them at the window outside of the stadium.
Tickets are extremely cheap too, ranging from just $8-$10 depending on where in the stadium you want to sit ($10 is right behind home plate, $8 is in the outfield lawn).
The Lugnuts are affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, so every once in a while a really good MLB player who is maybe recovering from an injury or something will get sent down to play a few games for the Lugnuts, although this is rare. Back when they used to be affiliated with the Cubs, some of their star pitchers (like Kerry Wood) came down for a few weeks to pitch for the Lugnuts as they were easing back into pitching after injuries, but I can't think of any big time players who have come down since the Lugnuts switched over to Toronto.
Overall, it's pretty fun to attend a Lugnuts game. The quality of play isn't the best, but it's still exciting and for $8-$10, it's definitely worth it.
Michigan (I visited Lansing) was really peaceful and prenty of natue.
And the pace were also well known agriculcure or farm for domastic-animal.
Road were wide and we could see cows or other domestic animal during driving.
When driving through Lansing, you're sure to see this building, with its notable dome.
Inside is a Victorian era splendor and pretty glass floor rotunda. This fully functional legislative building (House and Senate offices) is a visual treat. Although, school groups frequent this building so you are best to check ahead if you want to avoid a few hundred kids! 2004 Marks the 125th year, and they'll give you a free souvenir medallion if you ask for it at the desk. Unguided tours are free, I'm not sure if there is a charge for guided tours.
Guided tours are offered from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Guides provide historical and contemporary information on the building and the legislative process.
Parking on city streets with meters will cost you about .75 cents an hour.
I STILL SAY TO VISIT THE MSU GARDENS, ITS JUST BEAUTIFUL. THEY ALSO HAVE A KIDS GARDEN THERE THAT IS FUN AND INFORMATIVE. I WOULD ALSO SAY ITS VERY PEACEFUL AND RELAXING TO STROLL THRU MSU CAMPUS, AND WHEN YOU GET BORED OR HUNGRY YOU CAN CROSS THE STREET TO THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. THERE ARE VERY UNIQUE SHOPS, INCLUDING A GREAT MSU SOUVENIR STORE. THERE IS AN AQUATIC WATER PARK, WITH A POOL, SLIDES AND A KIDDIE AREA. ITS OUT IN EAST LANSING ON ABBOTT RD. ITS GREAT FUN ON A HOT DAY, FOR A GREAT PRICE. YOU CAN ALWAYS CATCH A BASEBAL GAME WITH THE FAMILY, ITS A GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND A FUN TIME. YOU CAN ALSO GO TO IMPRESSION 5 SCIENCE MUSEUM, THIS IS SO FUN AND INTERESTING FOR KIDS. THERE IS A CLUB CALLED TROPPOS, AND IT HAS GREAT FOOD, OUTDOOR PATIO AND GREAT MUSIC AND ATMOSPHERE AT NIGHT. THAT IS ON CAMPUS ON MAC. THERE IS ALSO A CLUB CALLED 621, IT ALSO HAS AN OUTDOOR PATIO AND GREAT FOOD. IT HAS A DJ ON THE WEEKENDS AND PLAYS SOME GREAT DANCE MUSIC. THE PLUS ABOUT THEM OVER TROPPOS IS THAT THEY HAVE A DANCE FLOOR. TROPPOS DOESN'T HAVE MUCH OF ONE, MAYBE ROOM FOR 10 PEOPLE. ITS MEANT TO BE MORE OF A HANG OUT AND CHILL PLACE. THEY ARE GOOD PLACES FOR PEOPLE WATCHING. DRESS APPROPRIATELY!
THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THAT REALLY MAKES LANSING STAND OUT OR EXTRA SPECIAL, BUT IT IS THE CAPITOL AND THERE ARE SOME GREAT SHOPS DOWNTOWN, OPEN DURING THE WEEK. ONE THING THAT IS GREAT ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN IS THAT IS THE HOME OF COOLEY LAW SCHOOL!
Minor League Baseball the way it was meant to be played. Olds Park is just a beautiful stadium, and the Lugnuts are normally pretty good to watch. Fireworks and promotions nearly every night....always a good time :)