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St Johns Area Festival Schedule

At The Nordic Pineapple, we believe that immersing yourself in the local culture is one of the best parts of traveling. Our charming bed and breakfast in St. Johns, Michigan, is perfectly situated for guests to experience the vibrant festivals that our town and the surrounding areas have to offer. From lively music and delicious food to unique crafts and family-friendly activities, there's always something exciting happening nearby. While staying with us, you'll be just a short drive away from an array of festive events that showcase the heart and soul of our community. Explore the best of St. Johns and its neighboring cities, and make your visit truly unforgettable.

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Lansing JazzFest (Aug)
Event Dates: Wed, 07/31/2024 - Sat, 08/03/2024

We are thrilled to welcome JazzFest Michigan back to the streets of Old Town, Lansing! This annual festival features over 30 performances, showcasing a fantastic lineup of artists eager to perform live once again. There's something for everyone at JazzFest, including activities and entertainment for kids.

Join us for a weekend filled with energy, excitement, and incredible music. It's a perfect opportunity to come together as a community, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and celebrate the spirit of jazz in the heart of Lansing.

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St. Johns Mint Festival
Event Dates: Fri, 08/09/2024 - Sun, 08/11/2024

The St. John's Mint Festival is a vibrant annual event featuring a craft show, flea market, live entertainment, and activities for the entire family. Visitors can explore a variety of handmade crafts, browse through unique items at the flea market, and enjoy live performances by local artists.

For added fun, there’s a carnival each day that promises excitement for the whole family. With something for everyone, the Mint Festival offers three days of fun and community celebration you won’t want to miss.

The Nordic Pineapple is situated prominently on the parade route, allowing you to easily enjoy the festivities from our front porch. Plus, we're within walking distance of all the best the festival has to offer, making your stay with us even more convenient and enjoyable.

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Dewitt Ox Roast (Aug)
Event Dates: Fri, 08/16/2024 - Sun, 08/18/2024

Ox Fest is an exciting celebration featuring our beloved traditions such as the parade and carnival, alongside thrilling new additions like Funday Sunday at Riverside, a Street Social experience, our biggest Arts Festival yet, and exciting live entertainment.

Fun for all ages awaits at Ox Fest, where you can immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, enjoy a variety of activities, and create lasting memories with family and friends.

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ArtFeast (Aug)
Event Dates: Sat, 08/17/2024

The Old Town ArtFeast is a fantastic event that celebrates some of the best things in life: beautiful art and delicious food! Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and more, alongside our neighborhood's unique boutiques, bars, and restaurants. ArtFeast is the perfect opportunity to explore and appreciate the vibrant local art scene while indulging in a variety of culinary delights. Join us for a delightful celebration of creativity and flavor!

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Old US 27 Motor Tour (Aug)
Event Dates: Mon, 08/19/2024 - Sun, 08/25/2024

Every 3rd week of August, join us for the Old US 27 Motor Tour, a 13-city, 6-day adventure along Historic Old U.S. 27 in Michigan. This fun event invites you to take your vacation in your cruiser and explore the rich history and scenic beauty of Old U.S. 27. As long as your cruiser has wheels, you're welcome to join the cruise!

The tour stops in St. Johns on Thursday morning, offering a sight to see just blocks away from The Nordic Pineapple. We hope you can be a part of this exciting journey, discovering charming towns and making new memories along the way.

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Frontier Days (Sept)
Event Dates: Wed, 09/04/2024 - Sun, 09/08/2024

Since 1970, Charlotte Frontier Days has been a beloved tradition in the heart of Charlotte, drawing thousands annually from Michigan and beyond. This community festival features a parade, queen's contest, outdoor club rodeo, and arts and crafts show, offering fun for all ages.

Proceeds from Frontier Days have supported local projects like bleachers for Charlotte High School and contributions to the public library and parks, enhancing the city's infrastructure and community spirit.

Join us for unlimited activities and experience the vibrant atmosphere of Frontier Days. Explore arts and crafts vendors, enjoy the parade, and discover more exciting events. Check our website for daily schedules and celebrate with us!

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Fall FEASTival (Sept)
Event Dates: Sat, 09/21/2024

Join us for the 5th annual Fall FEASTival in beautiful downtown St. Johns! This exciting event celebrates Michigan-made food producers, farms, and food trucks, offering a feast for the senses. Bring your appetites to sample and shop a variety of delicious offerings.

Enjoy live entertainment, including music and performances throughout the day. Dive into the fun with carnival games, face painting, and bounce houses for the kids. This free, family-friendly outdoor event is conveniently walkable from The Nordic Pineapple, making it easy for you to enjoy all the festivities.

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Grand Ledge Fall Festival (Oct)
Event Dates: Sat, 10/05/2024

Join us for the Grand Ledge Fall Festival, where three parks come alive with crafters and vendors offering pottery, woodwork, candles, handmade crafts, and more. Explore and shop while enjoying free pumpkins for kids and capturing fun moments at the fall photo booth.

Entertain the family with pony rides and a petting zoo, and savor a variety of delicious options from food trucks. Experience live demonstrations by re-enactors and artists showcasing their talents, adding a touch of history and creativity to the festival atmosphere.

Don't miss this vibrant celebration of fall in Grand Ledge, filled with community spirit and activities for all ages!

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Michigan Nordic Fire Festival (Feb)
Event Dates: Fri, 02/21/2025 - Sun, 02/23/2025

Founded in 2016, the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival was created to embrace the spirit of winter, fire, family, and fun. As the days gradually lengthen and temperatures start to warm, this festival provides an exciting outdoor escape where visitors can participate in activities like spear throwing, axe throwing, and archery.

Beyond the thrill of traditional Norse games, attendees can indulge in the rich flavors of local beers and meads crafted by talented brewers in the area. Live music, storytelling by firelight, and demonstrations of ancient Nordic crafts add to the festival's immersive atmosphere, making it a memorable experience for all ages.

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Maple Syrup Festival (Mar)
Event Dates: Thu, 04/24/2025 - Sun, 04/27/2025

Experience the charm of the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, held annually on the last full weekend in April in the Village of Shepherd! This cherished family weekend offers a delightful array of activities for all ages to enjoy.

Join the excitement with lively parades showcasing local talent and community spirit. Explore a classic car display featuring vintage automobiles that capture the essence of nostalgia. Cheer on competitors at the thrilling tractor and horse pulls, or try your luck at bingo for a chance to win exciting prizes.

Browse through arts and crafts booths featuring handmade treasures, perfect for finding unique gifts or souvenirs. And don't miss the highlight of the festival: pancake meals served throughout the weekend, generously drizzled with locally-produced maple syrup that's sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Whether you're indulging in delicious pancakes, enjoying the sights and sounds of the parade, or discovering handmade crafts, the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival promises a weekend of family-friendly fun and community celebration.

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Summer Solstice Jazz Fest (June)
Event Dates: Fri, 06/20/2025 - Sat, 06/21/2025

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) is a celebration of jazz music, featuring performances by nationally recognized and regional jazz artists, as well as youth and community education for residents and visitors of East Lansing. For twenty-four years, the SSJF has saluted jazz—one of the truly original American art forms—by offering a free, multiple-stage, live outdoor music event in a lively setting.

The festival features two stages. The Founders' Stage, named after the festival's founders, Al and Beth Cafagna, showcases a range of artists from Grammy-nominated professionals to beloved local performers. Join us for this free two-day event and immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of jazz, enjoy the lively atmosphere, and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of this timeless music genre.