Programs

Food

Michigan Foodways We are what we eat! For Michiganders this means pasties, muskrat dinners, coneys, fish fries, cherry pie, and much more. What makes these Michigan foods? After all there is nothing that all Michiganders and only they eat. Michigan...

Marketplace

The marketplace at the Great Lakes Folk Festival features hand-made goods with folk wisdom and functionality. Juried by the MSU Museum staff, the marketplace showcases vendors who specialize in traditional/folk or green arts.  Folk or traditional ...

Anshu Varma - Henna by Design

Anshu Varma was born in north India and grew up in Calcutta and New Delhi. As a child she was fascinated by the tradition of meh'ndi, a paste of henna used to decorate the hands and feet with ornate patterns, the result being like a temporary tattoo. Greatly...

Capital Area Lace Makers (CALM)

CALM is an organization for those who enjoy the art of bobbin lace making. Members of the organization come from several states and countries. Those who live close to East Lansing, Michigan enjoy spending time together during the week making lace, sharing...

Campus & Community

Campus and Community: A Celebration of the Land-Grant University Tradition of Community Engaged Action The Campus and Community program features exemplary collaborative projects where MSU faculty and staff have co-created partnerships that respond...

Special Programs

Arts and Health Arts and health are intertwined in many ways. The arts contribute to good health and healing and situations affecting health inspire art. Art is used for patient care, therapeutic environments, caregiver support, personal and community...

For Kids

Kidlore: hands-on traditions and fun children's activities Passing on traditions is the focus of the Kidlore activities area at the MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 12 & 13, in downtown East Lansing. The Kidlore area is open from noo...