Top 8 things to do at Lansing Autumn Fest
Downtown Lansing at Fox Pointe & Park Plaza
Ridge Road and Henry Street, Lansing
October 7th, 8th and 9th
The 5th Annual Lansing Autumn Fest offers three days of family fun in the heart of downtown Lansing at Fox Pointe and Park Plaza. Enjoy a KidZone area with games, activities and entertainment for families, a Market Place vendor and crafter area, local food vendors, tailgate party, vintage baseball, beer garden and more.
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1. Great Entertainment
At Lansing Autumn Fest, they have live entertainment for every musical interest.
Friday, October 7th
The Muddsharks (1960s to popular tunes of today) 5PM - Mainstage
Tantrum (Funk, Rock, Soul) 8PM - Mainstage
Saturday, October 8th
Visible Music College (Today's big hits) 12PM - Main Stage & KidZone Stage
Karoake 1PM - KidZone Stage
Thornton Fractional South Dance Team/Drama Club/Choir 1-3:30PM - Main Stage & KidZone Stage
Rockzilla (Rock) 5PM - Mainstage
Dick Diamond and the Dusters (Retro) 8PM - Main Stage
Sunday, October 9th
Magician 1PM - KidZone Stage
Hillbilly Rockstarz (Country) 3PM - Main Stage
Karoake 3:45PM - KidZone Stage
The Midwest is truly one of the best places to travel during Autumn and the Lansing Autumn Fest is the place to be to capture a Midwest Moment with the kids building scarecrows or decorating pumpkins. There will be a coloring contest, balloon artist and inflatable obstacle course. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and perfect to enjoy Hot Cider from the local Boy Scouts Troop. There’s even a kids stage for age appropriate entertainment like Traveling World of Reptiles, Magician presented by Just for Fun Productions, Karaoke, an interactive DJ and more. Lansing Autumn Fest even has a designated diaper changing area that is maintained by local church volunteers. The event coordinators have thought of everything to ensure you and your little ones have an unforgettable time!
Military support is very big in the Village of Lansing. This can be seen anytime of the year by visiting the Veterans Memorial located at the Lansing Municipal Airport. Saturday has been dedicated as the Military Morning with a tribute on Dr. Michael Wood’s “Sole Man Bandstand” Stage at 10:30AM by the Lansing Veterans Memorial Ceremonial Honor Guard. Be there to honor our vets and bring a veteran for a free breakfast by the Copper Muggers from 7-11AM.
One of the ways Lansing Autumn Fest is unique to other Fall festivals is the strong community focus. They have about a dozen food vendors selling typical fest food, but the Pancake Breakfast is a must to experience the true Lansing Autumn fun. The pancakes are prepared by a Lansing non-profit group called the Lansing Copper Muggers and they’ve been doing this for years. They have a system down and it’s all to help local communities and make certain everyone starts off the day right with delicious pancakes. They will serve pancakes from 7-11AM on Saturday, October 8th.
"Baseball, because of its continuity over the space of America and the time of America, is a place where memory gathers," said American poet and writer Donald Hall. On Saturday, October 8th at 2PM, step back in time to the beginning of baseball when the Lansing Brickmen play Vintage Baseball against the Munster Centennials at Winterhoff Park. If you ever watched Ken Burns documentary "Baseball" and loved the poetic stories about baseball back in the day, then you'll love watching Vintage Baseball at Lansing Autumn Fest. As Robert Frost is quoted in the documentary, "I never feel more at home than at a ballgame," and you'll definitely feel that way while watching old fashioned baseball and eating old-time refreshments and Cracker Jack. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy baseball with rules written by Alexander Cartwright, the "Father of Baseball." That means underhand pitching with no gloves and it will be a gentleman's game! This is free admission!
This is the best time of year to shop at craft fairs and the Lansing Autumn Fest Market Place will not disappoint. Shop for Fall or holiday decorations or buy a one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family. Shop local vendors who take pride in their work! The Market Place Vendor Dates and Times are Saturday, October 8th from 10AM-7PM and Sunday, October 9th from 10AM-5PM.
Don't you just love pumpkins this time of year? Don't you love winning money even more? They both come together at the Lansing Autumn Fest Annual Pumpkin raffle, where first prize is $5,000 cash! Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased until the last day of Autumn Fest. The drawing will occur on Sunday, October 9th at 4PM.
The tagline for Lansing Autumn Fest is, "Bringing the hometown back to Lansing." Although Lansing isn't a small town and the fest has really grown, it maintains that small town feel where you're sure to see lots of people you know while strolling the grounds and enjoying the fun. Also, everyone involved in coordinating this great event work hard to get as many community groups to participate. It's just a great collaboration of so many different groups and individuals. They'll make certain you receive a warm Midwest welcome when you visit Lansing Autumn Fest in Chicago Southland.
Click here for a previous article from NWI Times Columnist Carrie Steinweg: 50 things you’ll love about Lansing Autumn Fest.