Travel & Transportation

Festival Map & Location

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

The MSU campus has some summer construction work ongoing. Check out these maps (with detour routes) and updates.

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.

Parking in the City of East Lansing and on Campus

City of East Lansing website- Parking page  we suggest parking in the City Center Ramp- enter on Charles between Grand River and Albert;  or the Colorful Ramp enter on Division between Grand River Ave and Albert or the Grove Street Ramp on Grove Street just East of City Hall.
Michigan State University website- note- Most Faculty/Staff spaces are available for free parking after 6pm on Friday, Aug 8 through the end of the Festival.
This includes the Grand River Ramp ( ramp #6) just across the street (south) of Student Book Store in East Lansing


By Bus

Take CATA Route 1.

NOTE- There will NOT be a CATA shuttle bus from either of the remote parking lots the festival has used in previous years.   The Festival staff suggests parking in a paid ramp in East Lansing or parking in the north part of MSU's campus (the Grand River Ramp would be a good choice) - which will be free parking after 6pm on Friday evening and throughout the weekend.

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

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

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By Bicycle
Volunteers from MidMEAC, MSU Bikes, League of Michigan Bicyclists and Tri-County Bicycle Association park and guard bicycles in a special Bike Valet Parking Area located just West of the intersection of Albert Street and Abbot Road. Mid-MEAC is the coordinator for Valet Bike Parking in the Greater Lansing area. There is no charge for this service, but your donation is appreciated.

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 please wear a helmet at all times.

Also, look for bike racks on CATA fixed-route buses.

By Plane
Capitol City Airport (Lansing) is twelve miles from East Lansing. Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids airports are within 90 miles. Carriers include Delta, United and Sun Country. For more information, visit http://www.flylansing.com/

By Train
An Amtrak station is located less than two miles from the festival www.amtrak.com.

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.