Festivals keep Old Town hopping

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

While Old Town Lansing businesses see a lull in customer traffic in the colder months, festivals are able to attract large numbers of interested travelers to the area.  

In early October, Old Town was home to Oktoberfest, a smaller, local version of Germany’s popular festival.  This two-day festival brought crowds in the thousands to the northern Lansing neighborhood.  

“This [Oktoberfest] is something we always look forward to in October,” a group of excited visitors said.  “It’s not Germany, but there’s no place we’d rather be.”

Planning for the Festival of the Sun and Moon begins

By Juliana Moxley
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING — If you want to be part of Old Town’s largest fundraising event then come out to the annual Festivals of the Moon and Sun this summer! There’s a lot that goes into putting on an excellent festival series, but the OTCA’s festival committee members are striving to further improve the fun alternative way to fundraise. The fundraising of the festivals benefits the OTCA’s programming throughout the year. The branding and promotion for events such as Chalk of the Town, Turner Street Outdoor Theater and Dickens Village are examples of what the Festival of the Sun and Moon benefit. A unique festival

The festival name was chosen because of the significant meaning that lies behind them: The festival dates revolve around the Summer Solstice.