Great Lakes Folk Festival Starts Tonight

Friday, August 12, 2016, 11:00 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

Photo courtesy of MSU.

East Lansing will again play host to the Great Lakes Folk Festival this weekend. The Festival is produced by MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program and features live music, dance, artwork of many types, storytelling, children’s activities, and many food options.

The Festival kicks off tonight at about 6:15 with live music and dancing. The schedule can be viewed online and is also posted at the festival. A tradition among many festival goers is to begin the weekend’s festivities by grabbing dinner from the vendors just before the first show or between acts.

The Festival is held in downtown East Lansing, centered on Albert Street between M.A.C. Avenue and Abbot Road. (Road closures for the Festival divert traffic around the area.) Parking is available on nearby streets as well as in the City’s parking garages.

The Folk Festival is free of charge, although the organizers suggest a $10 per day donation. Volunteers wander the festival with buckets into which cash donations can be put.

While today’s weather is going to be a bit steamy, the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is milder, with highs in the low 80’s.