Great Lakes Folk Festival takes over East Lansing
The Michigan State University Museum presents the Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing Aug. 10-12. A weekend full of music, dance and culture from across America and around the world.
The award winning festival which is produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. The weekend will display a great deal of immense variety and vitality of art, skill, knowledge, and wisdom of cultural heritage.
Great Lakes Folk Festival offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.
Special festival programming notes: It’s helpful to know these time blocks where there are special programming:
-GLFF Marketplace: Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon - 6 p.m.
-Children's Activities: Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon - 6 p.m.
-New MSU Museum/Smithsonian "Campus and Community" presentations and sessions on the Legacy Stage, Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon - 6 p.m.
-Taste of Traditions: open all festival hours
The festival includes nearly 100 musicians or dancers in groups, who perform at least twice and sometimes as many as four times over the weekend. Also featured are traditional and other food vendors, craft vendors and many other individual artists/demonstrators. There are four performance stages (including one with a 2,400 sq. ft. dance floor), children's hands-on activities, crafts demonstrations, and Folk Festival marketplace- featuring unique handmade crafts.