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Upcoming Events

Brrs, Beards and Brews-A Lumberjack Festival!

Saturday, February 24th

Old Town's newest festival celebrates all things cold!  This day-long event in the great outdoors (otherwise known as Turner Street in February) features feats of strength, wood carving, log rolling, tug-o-war, whiskey, beards and flannel! Interested in catering to a rowdy group of Lumberjacks and janes? Sign up to be a vendor for Old Town Association's first ever Brrs, Beards, & Brews Lumberjack Festival on February 24th! Our "old school" vendors will keep everyone full ...

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Taste & Tour of Old Town

Saturday, April 7th

More than 400 people of all ages have the chance to tour Old Town’s lofts and townhouses while having samples of food and beverages at businesses throughout the district! As a result of this tour, we’ve welcomed in great businesses like Katalyst Gallery and its owner who subsequently purchased the building, moved into the neighborhood and volunteers as an OTCA board member! We’re excited to see new faces (and neighbors) every year!

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Chalk of the Town

Saturday, June 2nd

Held in conjunction with Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, which welcomes thousands of people from Greater Lansing, this free, family-friendly event features incredible artists from around Michigan creating amazing drawings on Old Town’s wide sidewalks and the Busby Bridge. Kids of all ages are encouraged to create their own art in several areas, as well as vote for their favorite chalk drawing.

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Old Town Garden & Patio Tour

Saturday, July 7th

Participants of all ages tour Old Town’s public and hidden gardens and patios, hearing the stories behind them and getting a glimpse of beautiful areas you’d never know existed in an urban neighborhood!

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Scrapfest

Friday, July 13th

Scrapfest celebrates artists who create amazing works of art from scrap metal.

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Old Town offers unique experiences through special events, incredible people, eclectic shops and a rich history.

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The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Lansing’s Old Town through socioeconomic development, promoting Old Town and its businesses, historic preservation, business recruitment, community outreach, and educating the public through our exciting walking tours. Rich and vibrant streetscapes provide a gateway to our livable, walkable and family-friendly community. Residents of Old Town and surrounding neighborhoods are invested and engaged in the success of the Old Town community.

News

December 22, 2017

Save the Date!

Save the date!!  The Old Town Commercial Association Annual Meeting will be on Jan. 31.  Please come and join us as we honor our amazing volunteers during a party that involves food, laughter and, of course, booze! More details to come soon.

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December 21, 2017

Show Your Love for Old Town by Becoming a Board Member

The Old Town Commercial Association is looking for Board members!  If you are interested in finding out more information, there will be an informal meeting that will outline what the job entails on Jan. 3 at the OTCA office.  Please call 517.485.4283 with any questions.

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December 14, 2017

Get Outside and Count Some Birds This Christmas!

Want to spend a little more time outside this holiday season? Maybe even start a new family tradition? Instead of ugly Christmas sweaters, why not don some binoculars and take part in the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count instead! (Don't worry. This is not strictly for scientists and expert birders.) Many Michigan birders are loyal [...]

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December 13, 2017

11th Annual Scrooge Scramble Scores Big Again

With unseasonably warm December weather, and lots of holiday cheer, about 200 runners and walkers headed down to Old Town earlier this month for the 11th annual Scrooge Scramble 5K. The course took participants along the Lansing River Trail starting and finishing near the Brenke Fish ladder. Kyle Tucker took first place for overall male [...]

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December 13, 2017

December Volunteer of the Month

Old Town volunteer Kristina Kauffman is always ready to pitch in to help make Old Town great -- and she does it with a smile on her face. At Old Town’s most recent event, Kristina, donned her “Smiling’s my favorite” cap from the movie “Elf,” and helped bring holiday cheer during the Scrooge Scramble and [...]

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