Festival Map & Location
The Festival is located in downtown East Lansing, near the campus of Michigan State University. Click here for a festival map.
East Lansing, home of Michigan State University Museum and the Great Lakes Folk Festival, is easily accessible by bike, car, air, bus or train.
- By train: An Amtrak station is located less than two miles from the festival www.amtrak.com.
- By bus: Greyhound and Indian Trails buses serve the CATA Transportation Center in downtown Lansing where patrons can make easy transfers to CATA Route 1 buses to get to East Lansing. Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) provides excellent local transit. Click on www.cata.org for routes and schedules. There is a link on the home page to the Folk Festival route as well.
- By plane: Capitol City Airport (Lansing) is twelve miles from Lansing. Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids airports are within 90 miles. Carriers include Northwest, ATA Connection, Comair In./Delta Connection, Continental Express, United Express and U.S. Airways Express/Skyway Airlines. For more information click on www.capitalcityairport.com
- By car: East Lansing is only 4 hours by car from Chicago, 1-1/2 hours from Detroit/Windsor and 6 hours from Toronto.
- By bicycle: See "Bike to the Festival" below.
Click here for downloadable maps and directions to East Lansing and GLFF:
City of East Lansing: http://www.cityofeastlansing.com
MSU Campus & area map: http://www.msu.edu/dig/msumap
CATA maps: http://www.cata.org/route_info/index.html
Lansing Area Map: http://www.hfs.msu.edu/kellogg/areamap.html
Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau website for information on accommodations, or call them at (888) 2-LANSING.
Or, Check the Travel Michigan website for additional information on local campsites, lodging, attractions and more.
Park & Ride Program
Special thanks to CATA for providing free public bus service to and from festival parking areas, located on MSU's campus and in East Lansing.
Parking areas located on the Festival Green and Red routes:
- Lot 91, located on the corner of Hagadorn and Service Roads at MSU
- Abbott Center 1400-1500 Abbott Road (at Saginaw Rd.) and
- East Lansing Public High School located on Burcham St., between Division and Kedzie
Click here for a complete printable CATA Folk Festival Bus Routes Map
CATA's Great Lakes Folk Festival Bus Routes will operate:
Friday, Aug. 8, 4:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10, 11a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Buses will run approximately every 10 minutes. See map for bus stops and routing.
Service is provided to all -- not restricted to Festival patrons. The fare for this service is FREE and customers may ask for a free transfer ticket for other CATA routes.
Look for bike racks on CATA fixed route buses.
All buses are equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts.
Service Animals (such as guide dogs) accompanying our customers are welcome on all CATA vehicles.
Need more information?
Visit: http://www.cata.org/route_info/community_event_routes/grlakesfolkfest.html or call CATA Customer Information at 394-1000.
Parking for vehicles with wheelchair tags or cards will be reserved:
- next to St. Johns Student Parish, 327 M.A.C. Avenue
- on the east side of the Valley Court Community Center
- in designated areas
- in each Park & Ride parking area.
For more parking in the City of East Lansing and on campus, click on www.cityofeastlansing.com OR www.msu.edu
Bike to the Festival
Volunteers from the League of Michigan Bicyclists and Tri-County Bicycle Association park and guard bicycles for FREE in a special Bike Valet Parking Area located in the heart of the Festival, at the corner of Linden Street and Abbott Road, at the intersection of Albert Road.
Dont forget that state law requires a white headlight and red reflectors, visible to 600 feet, for after-dark cycling. Festival staff strongly recommends using a taillight and at all times, a helmet.
Also, look for bike racks on CATA fixed-route buses.