Summer's almost over... you've been meaning to get out and do something! Here are some fun things happening within a couple hours' drive of Lansing this weekend.

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Summer Dance Festival

Grand Rapids Ballet hosts a free, outdoor summer dance festival Friday and Saturday (August 26-27) outside the Peter Martin Wege Theater. Ballet and beer. This combination doesn't happen just everywhere, you know. In addition to world-class dance, there'll be plenty of food and other live entertainment available as well.


Michigan Made Fest 2022

This arts-and-crafts festival happens Friday through Sunday (August 26-28) at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion. Lots of Michigan-made food and drink will be available, artisans from all around the state will be peddling their wares, and entertainment includes a monster truck "car smash" and monster truck rides for the kids.

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Novi Taco Fest

Who doesn't like tacos? The fun at the Novi Taco Fest comes in threes, with three stages of live entertainment and three fully stocked bars over the course of three days (Friday through Sunday, August 26th through 28th). Oh, and tacos. Plenty of tacos. Not to mention Lucha Libre wrestling and salsa dancing too.


Burning Foot Beer Festival

You'll find this beer festival on the shores of Lake Michigan at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon this Saturday, August 27. More than 70 Michigan craft brewers will be on-site, and there'll be live entertainment all day from local, regional and national acts like Plain White T's, Filter and Lit. How many beer festivals feature a shoe check-in so you can go barefoot? This one does.


Civil War Muster

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Enjoy a Civil War reenactment at Jackson's Cascade Falls on Saturday and Sunday (August 27-28). Attendees will witness battalion drills, medical scenarios, cavalry demonstrations, band performances and more.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

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The Michigan Renaissance Festival continues every weekend through October 2 in Holly. Travel back in time to the 16th century and enjoy the fun, including more than 100 artisans, 17 entertainment stages, and all the mead you could ever want. And turkey legs. Let's not leave those out.

Genesee County Fair

The Genesee County Fair is underway through Sunday, August 28 in Mt. Morris. Events still to come include Tyler Farr in concert Thursday evening; Nelly in concert Friday evening; rodeo on Saturday; and a truck and tractor pull on Sunday. Midway rides, food and fun galore await you.


28th Street Metro Cruise

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The coolest cars will be in the Grand Rapids area this weekend (August 27-28) for the 28th Street Metro Cruise. The event promises 13 miles of car displays, live entertainment, food and fun with "Main Event" sites at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming and Woodland Mall in Kentwood.

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LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.