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April 20 – 22

“Annie” the Musical
Presented by Friends of the Jackson Autism Support Network

Michigan Theatre of Jackson
Friday 4/20 and Saturday 4/21 at 7:30
Sunday, April 22 at 2:30
Enter by Donation
After the cost of the production, 100% of all funds collected will go directly to support families who have children with autism at the Jackson Autism Support Network
All individuals involved in the production of Annie volunteer their time to give service to support the JASN.
Click for more details

Saturday, April 21

Islands of Wellness: Mental Health Family Activity Day

11am-2pm | American 1 Events Center
Did you know? 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness.
Activities and challenges throughout the day will teach you how to take care of your mental health and beat stress in a fun and interactive way! Families will have the opportunity to complete challenges based on SAMSHA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness which boost mental health. Each attendee completes a passport and participates in an activity at each of the 8 Islands.
Don’t miss Resource Reef, featuring community resources and Serenity Point, featuring stress relief & coping skills activities such as pet, art and music therapy to beat stress!
This event is a collaboration with LifeWays, Baker College of Jackson and Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (JCSAPC) aka Most Teens Don’t.

Saturday, April 21

Hunger Huddle Breakfast

9:30am-11:30am | The Parlour of Jackson
1401 Daniel Rd.

A donation of $15 per person ($10 per person for families) will benefit Rivertree Church’s backpack program for da Vinci Schools.
We’ll provide a simple breakfast and more information on how to fight hunger in the Jackson community.
This event is sponsored by Prolific Family Chiropractic, so your entire donation will go to support the cause.


Saturday, April 21

Spring Craft Show

9am-3pm | Napoleon Middle School
The admission fee will be $1.00 per person, kids under 12 free. All proceeds from the craft show will be used in support of extracurricular middle school activities including: 8th grade class trip, 7th grade class trip, student activity nights, technology for hands-on learning, and library upgrades. Contact with any questions.

Saturday, April 21

Jackson County Honor Society Family Fun Day

11am-4pm | 3017 Wildwood, Jackson
The Honor Society offers a membership package for all Fire/EMS, Law Enforcement,and Military personnel as well as a special Associate Membership package for anyone who just wants to support our cause.

So come on out and meet your local heroes, as well as some better known superheroes, see emergency vehicles up close, enjoy free games for the kids and food and beverage specials for the whole family all while listening to your favorite tunes from our DJ.


Sunday, April 22

Free Earth Day Celebration

2pm-5pm | Eyry of the Eagle Farm | 1916 Norvell Rd., Grass Lake
Crafts, games, and wagon rides!
Kids activities!
3pm presentation: Sharon Hollow Native Grassland Restoration Program
Photo ops! Bring your camera!

Monday, April 23

Jackson County Animal Shelter Fundraiser

4pm-10pm | Texas Roadhouse
On Monday, April 23rd, Texas Roadhouse is providing RESCUE ME Jackson Area with 10% of all proceeds of the evening. The funds will go to the Jackson County Animal Shelter compliments of RESCUE ME Jackson Area. Your support funds medications, surgeries, spay/neutering, and housing needs for these loving animals.
1051 Boardman Rd., Jackson Texas Roadhouse Only



Thursday, April 26

Wine & Whiskers

Forty Nine South – 2527 Helena Avenue | 6pm-9pm
CHS is excited to announce the 1st Annual Wine & Whiskers fundraiser celebrating all things cats! Wine & Whiskers, hosted by Forty Nine South, is a wine and food ‘purring’ that will take place on Thursday, April 26th from 6-9pm. In addition to live entertainment and the company of fellow pet lovers and local wine connoisseurs, guests will enjoy local wine & food pairing stations, a silent auction, raffles, and more! Tickets are just $30 each and include a souvenir wine glass and six wine tasting & food ‘purrings’.
For more information, visit the official Wine & Whiskers website:

Thursday, April 26

Spring Rummage Sale

9am-3pm | 275 W. Michigan Ave.
United Methodist Women present their Spring Rummage Sale at First United Methodist Church downtown. For questions, call 783-3988


Thursday, April 26

Toastmasters International Open House

Hors D’oeuvres at 5pm, Celebration 5:30-6:45pm
320 West Bacon Street, Hillsdale
Looking to build confidence? Want to grow as a leader? Interested in improving your communication and public speaking skills? Come learn more
More info:



Saturday, April 28

Bark for Life

The Cascades Fishery Area
10am Registration | 11am Ceremonies Begin | 12pm Games & Contests Begin

Join the American Cancer Society as we celebrate Relay for Life with our fur babies!

Register for Bark for Life at
50/50 tickets available for $1.00
Drawing will be April 28 at 1pm and must be 18 to purchase. Do not need to be present to win.

Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29

11th Annual Fairy Festival

Saturday 11-4pm | Sunday 12-4pm
The 2 day weekend event is free and includes arts & crafts, vendors, Ye Ole Fairy Shoppe, the Cupcake Cafe, a Fairy Garden Contest, Tea with Miss Jackson Crossroads, Stories in the Forest with JDL, carriage rides, dancing fairies and performances by the Fairy Festival Players.  Walk through the Fairy Kingdom and explore the dark mountain.  Meet a Knight and travel to Neverland with Captain Hook on his ship.  Plan to stay all day and have lunch in the Fairy Bistro and don’t forget to dress up!



Thursday, May 3

National Day of Prayer

6pm | CP Federal City Square, Downtown Jackson
Hosted by Calvary Apostolic Church of Parma
The event will begin at 6:00pm and will feature multiple speakers saying prayers, and some live music.
This is a free event, open to the public.


May 3 – 5

Redeemer Lutheran Church Rummage Sale

Thursday & Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-2pm
3637 Spring Arbor Rd.
All proceeds benefit St. Luke’s Clinic of Jackson, a professionally staffed medical clinic where people without insurance can receive free medical attention.

May 4, 5, 6

Grass Lake Community Schools Present
Footloose – the Musical

@ Grass Lake Performing Arts Center
May 4 & 5 at 7:00pm, May 6 @ 2:00pm
Admission $5
For reservations, call 517-867-5695

Saturday, May 5

Family Service & Children’s Aid 5K Run for Fun

8:30am | Cascades Falls Park
Awards will be given to the overall female and male winners, plus the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Awards will also be given to the top three teams/families in both events. Packet pick-up is Friday, May 4th from 9am-3pm at Family Service & Children’s Aid at 33 W. Michigan Ave., and at 7:30am on Race Day. Register online at


Saturday, May 5

Pope Church Spring Sale

9am-2pm | 10025 N. Parma Rd.
Lunch, baked goods, rummage, bazaar and miscellaneous
Corner of N. Parma and Pope Church Roads
If questions, contact (517) 857-3655

Saturday, May 12

Around the Park for Autism

10am-12pm | Cascades Falls Park
Around the Park for Autism 5K – more than a race, it’s a family friendly happening you won’t want to miss! Come out and enjoy the morning at the newly renovated Cascades Falls Park.
Day before registration and packet pickup: Friday, May 11 from noon to 7 p.m. at Jackson Autism Support Network, 3105 Wildwood, Suite B, Jackson, MI 49202.
Individuals $20 ($25 after April 11, 2018, $30 day of event)
Family $60 (up to 5 people, $90 after April 11, 2018, $120 day of event)
Team $15 each (6 or more, $20 each after April 11, 2018, $25 each day of event)

Saturday, May 12

American Voices presented by the JSO

7:30-9:30pm | Jackson College Potter Center
The JSO presents two premieres. We open with a world premiere by Jonathan Bruce Brown, the JSO’s Composer-in-Residence, called Skyward! The work is a fanfare for orchestra commemorating the inaugural season of Matthew Aubin’s tenure as Music Director of the JSO. Cellist Julian chwarz joins the JSO to present the Michigan premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s 2017 Cello Concerto. Featuring Africian-American spirituals, Dvorak’s New World Symphony concludes the concert and our season.

May 17 – 19

Rummage Sale

Calvary United Methodist Church
925 Backus Street

May 17th & 18th – 9am-6pm
May 19th – Bag Day $1.00! 9am-11am
May 19th – 11am-Noon FREE
Plants Available

Saturday, May 19

Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk

8am-Noon | Cascades Falls, Jackson
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation was established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, whose mission is to honor and support first responders and the military. This 5K Run/Walk will honor and celebrate Jackson County, MI First responders – fire, police, EMTs, paramedics – as well as military service heroes who serve, sacrifice and protect us every day.
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Friday, May 25

Downtown Jackson Cruise In

6-9pm | Downtown Jackson
Join us for our family oriented event featuring classic cars on display throughout the Downtown Streets of Jackson. The event takes place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the beautiful new Michigan Ave. There will be a variety of vendors at this event including food trucks. Bring your family and friends to Downtown Jackson to enjoy summer evenings checking out classic cruisers! ATTENTION Cruisers: Please do not begin parking downtown until 5 p.m. Thank you!


May 31 – June 2

Jackson Blues Festival

All Day | Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The 17th Annual Jackson Blues Festival will be the weekend after Memorial Day May 31st through June 2nd (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) at the Jackson County Airport.
Thursday, May 31st gates open at 5pm and the first band goes on the stage on 6pm. On Thursday Admission  is only $5 and Veterans are Free (Thursday Only)
Friday, June 1st gates open 5 pm and admission is $10. The first 100 kids on Friday, June 1st will receive a free harmonica, t-shirt and sunglasses along with a mini harmonica lesson and the opportunity to perform with musicians.
Saturday, June 2nd gates open at 2pm and admission on Saturday is $10.

Sunday, June 3

Jackson County Rose Parade

“Celebrating 60 Years!”
Starting at 1PM at the corner of Greenwood and South Jackson Street, heading south down Greenwood to Fourth Street.  Ending at the Middle School at Parkside.  There will be no Picnic in the Park for 2018.

Click here for parade entry form



July 14 – 15, 2018

Gus Macker Tournament

Downtown Jackson
Team entry fee: $140
Mail-in deadline: June 22nd
Online deadline: June 25th
More details at


Saturday, July 21

Knights of Columbus Fr. Thomas A. Fitzgerald 30th Annual Golf Scramble

8:30am Shotgun Start
Lakeland Hills Golf Course
Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams Welcome. Come out for a fun, social and engaging community event.
If you would like to advertise, be a sponsor, food tent sponsor, or golfer, contact:
Pat 517-740-3839 or Jason 517-812-5923



July 20 – 22, 2018

Hot Air Jubilee

Ella Sharp Park
There is no admission fee for the Hot Air jubilee thanks to the generosity of sponsors. There is a $5 parking fee if you want to park inside of the park!
Details at

August 5 – 11, 2018

Jackson County Fair

August 5, 2018

Roots ‘N’ Boots Country Jam II

August 6, 2018

Darci Lynne Farmer 


Save the Date – October 20

CPCAN’s Annual Fundraiser Costume Ball

6pm-9pm | Cascades Manor House
Call Travis Barnett at 517-788=4239 or email for more information
$75 per couple or $40 per person
Hearty Hors d’oeuvres, dancing, cash bar, and prizes. Make sure to bring your loose change!

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