August 7-9, 2009

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Information: Travel & Transportation
Festival Map & Location  |  Travel Information  |  Park & Ride  |  Bike to the Festival  |  What to Bring  |  Road Closures

Festival Map & Location

The Festival is located in downtown East Lansing, near the campus of Michigan State University. Click here for a Map of the 2008 Festival Site.

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Travel Information

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 Car
East Lansing is only 4 hours by car from Chicago, 1-1/2 hours from Detroit/Windsor and 6 hours from Toronto.

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By Bicycle
Volunteers from MSU Bikes, 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 Northwest corner of Albert Street and Abbott Road.

By Plane
Capitol City Airport (Lansing) is twelve miles from East 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, visit

By Train
An Amtrak station is located less than two miles from the festival

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. Visit for routes and schedules. Around festival time, there will be a link on CATA's home page to the Folk Festival route.

Downloadable Maps and Directions to East Lansing and GLFF

City of East Lansing Map

from Google Maps, includes zoom in and out capabilities

MSU Campus & Area Map


Lansing Area Map

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.

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Park & Ride Program


The Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing will have a park and ride program on the days of the festival, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8 - 10. Additionally, some East Lansing streets will be blocked off for the weekend of the festival.

Ride for just .50 cents round trip fare when you board a Great Lakes Folk Festival bus or use your CATA fixed-route bus pass. Children 42" or less ride for free. If you pay with cash, you must use exact change. Board and deboard at any CATA bus stop along the routes. Try the convenient park and ride lot on Service Road, just west of Hagadorn, on MSU's campus.
or park at the Abbott Center lot, just north of Saginaw and Abbot Rd in East Lansing.

Buses run approximately every 10 minutes. CATA service is open to all and transfers are free to other CATA routes.
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.

CATA service is open to all and transfers are free to other CATA routes. Additionally, bike racks are available on all CATA buses for those who wish to bike to the festival and ride the bus home, and all buses are equipped with lifts and ramps. The Great Lakes Folk Festival bus route schedule is available on CATA's web site,, at the MSU Museum, East Lansing City Hall and various business locations.

Buses run approximately every 10 minutes.  This service allows festival-goers to arrive early and stay until the end and still have a ride back to their vehicle.

Parking Areas Located on the Festival Green and Red Routes

    Green Route
    Lot 91, located on the corner of Hagadorn and Service Roads at MSU

    Red Route
    Abbott Center 1400-1500 Abbott Road (at Saginaw Rd.)
Complete Printable Map of CATA Folk Festival Bus Routes

CATA Folk Festival Bus Routes Operating Times
    Friday, Aug. 7, 4:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Aug. 9, 11a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

    Buses will run approximately every 10 minutes.
    See CATA Map for bus stops and routing.
Service is Provided to All -- Not Restricted to Festival Patrons
Ride for a low priced round trip fare (price to be determined).  Patrons may requset a transfer ticket to other routes in the CATA system.

Bus Capabilities
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.

CATA's Entertainment Express Trolley
The Express is a new option connecting Lansing-East Lansing. The trolley runs Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m., with routes down Michigan Ave., from Washington Square in downtown Lansing to East Lansing's Marriott.

Need More Information?
Visit the CATA website or call CATA Customer Information at (517)394-1000.

Parking Areas for Vehicles With Wheelchair Tags or Cards Will Be Reserved

  • Next to St. John's 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
Parking in the City of East Lansing and on Campus
    City of East Lansing website- use the drop down menu at the top of the page for "Dept/Divisions", click on the link to Parking-downtown.
    Michigan State University website- note- Most Faculty/Staff spaces are available for free parking after 6pm on Friday, Aug 7 through the end of the Festival.

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Bike to the Festival

Volunteers from MSU Bikes, 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 Northwest corner of Albert Street and Abbott Road.

Don't 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.

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What to Bring

Most of the stages and activity areas are under tents to protect visitors from rain or too much sun but visitors are encouraged to bring sunscreen, wear a hat, and bring an umbrella. Collapsible chairs and blankets are handy for seating on the ground at the Valley Court Park Stage.  A designated "blanket only" area will be marked on the Valley Court lawn, separate from lawn chairs.

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Road Closures

The following roads will be closed for festival pedestrian traffic from Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10: Evergreen Road (from East Grand River Avenue to Oakhill Avenue); Albert Avenue (corner of Albert Avenue and M.A.C. Avenue West); Grove Street (corner of Grove Street and Albert Avenue); Abbott Road (from Grand River Avenue to Linden Avenue); Valley Court Drive (closed entirely); MAC (from Albert to Linden); and Delta (from Grand River Avenue to Valley Court Drive).  Motorists are advised to please find alternate routes for these roads on the days of the festival.

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is produced by the Michigan State University Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, with major support from the MSU Office of the Provost, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, the MSU Office of Outreach and Engagement, the City of East Lansing, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. For more information on the Great Lakes Folk Festival, contact the MSU Museum at  (517) 432-GLFF.

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