Parking & Directions

The Festival is located in downtown East Lansing, near the campus of Michigan State University.

Travel Information

East Lansing, home of Michigan State University Museum and the Great Lakes Folk Festival, is easily accessible by bike, car, plane, bus or train.

Festival Parking

Parking in downtown East Lansing GLFF staff suggest parking in the Charles Street Garage– enter on Charles between Grand River and Albert; or the Division Street Garage enter on Division between Grand River Ave and Albert or the Grove Street Ramp on Grove Street just East of City Hall.

Parking at Michigan State University – GLFF staff suggest parking in the Grand River Ramp (ramp #6) just across the street (south) of Student Book Store in East Lansing. Due to summer construction projects on campus, check out these maps (with detour routes) and updates.

Handicap Parking

  • M.A.C Avenue west side of the road north of the Marriott Hotel
  • East Lansing City Hall north lot
  • Grove Street Parking Garage

Bus Route

The GLFF is easily accessible from CATA Route 1, which travels between the CATA Transportation Center in Downtown Lansing and the Meridian Mall in Okemos via Michigan and Grand River avenues. The GLFF is steps away from Route 1 bus stops on Grand River Avenue.

By Bicycle

Volunteers coordinated by Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council provide free valet bicycle parking.

By Plane

Capitol City Airport (Lansing) is twelve miles from East Lansing. Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids airports are within 90 miles.

By Train

An Amtrak station is located less than two miles from the festival.  Capitol Area Transportation Authority public buses can move festival goers to within a block of the event

Plan Your Visit

Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau website for information on accommodations.

Check the Travel Michigan website for additional information on local campsites, lodging, attractions and more.