The Lansing region is widely known for being an active and vibrant community. With the state Capitol located in the heart of downtown Lansing, people travel far and wide to experience the historic building and take part in the policy- and civic-driven events. Although the city is known for political activeness, Lansing is also a hub for unique, exciting events and entertainment. As the warm weather sets in, the city’s active atmosphere is rapidly picking up and regional businesses are providing fun opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for residents.
For 24 years, the Lansing Lugnuts have given the region a local team to come together and root for the home team. This year is no exception. The Lugnuts kicked off the 2019 season April 6th at Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing with the annual Opening Day Block Party. Community members can expect a season of cool events like the annual Crosstown Showdown and 19 fireworks shows, in addition to competitive ball and good sportsmanship.
In addition to the Lugnuts, downtown Lansing has welcomed a new sports team to the mix – Lansing Ignite FC. Lansing Ignite is Michigan’s first professional soccer team. The Ignite played their first game March 30 and have already made big waves in the community and state. Ignite will face off against teams from all across the state, nation and Canada. This season will be historic and one many people in the region won’t want to miss.
The Lansing area also has a vast arts scene, bolstered by organizations like the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Michigan State University Broad Art Museum, Riverwalk Theatre, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and Lansing Art Gallery. Each summer the city hosts art shows, street fairs and festivals attracting visitors from all over Michigan. Common Ground Music Festival will be returning to the city again in Louis Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing Brewing Co. will be hosting live music all summer long and the Michigan State University Spring Arts and Crafts Show will again take place, where businesses and vendors will sell a variety of homemade crafts.
In addition to art and athletic events, regional businesses offer activities that showcase the area we live in and all it has to offer. Each year, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau organizes the “Be A Tourist in Your Own Town” event, where paying $1 gives participants access to more than 80 local attractions in the Lansing region. For 20 years, Lansing-area residents have been getting to know and explore their hometown through #BATYOT.
The Meridian Mall in Okemos also is working to keep the region entertained by transforming some of its shopping space into entertainment districts. Launch Trampoline Park opened in February, providing customers with 35,000 square feet of connected trampolines, two dodgeball courts (one is extreme dodgeball), a ninja course, battle pit, laser tag arena, a full arcade, virtual reality technology, a basketball game where you can dunk from a trampoline and more. Additionally, the mall announced another entertainment-focused business would be opening in its space. High Caliber Karting and Entertainment is set to open at the end of summer and will include two indoor race tracks, ax-throwing lanes and arcade games, as well as a full bar and bistro.
Community-centric businesses like these have helped shape our region into a more dynamic and prosperous community. Hosting these types of events and supporting our business community will not only increase the quality of life for residents, but will also help attract new talent to the region. It is vital that we continue to work together as a community and encourage corporate partnerships to create an atmosphere that attracts and retains the talent businesses and the region need to continue to grow and thrive.