51st Annual East Lansing Art Festival May 17 - 18, 2014

East Lansing Art Festival Information

Artists can apply online at zapplication.org between September and January each year.

The East Lansing Art Festival is a Non-Profit event which is made possible through generous financial support of community members and businesses.

These funds along with arts grant funding underwrite the programming at ELAF. Artist and vendor fees cover administration costs for the event. The city of East Lansing provides some in-kind city services and office space for the festival, however the East Lansing Art Festival is a stand-alone event responsible for raising ALL its own funding. Your financial support is critical to keep this traditional event alive. You can donate online or contact the festival office for more information at info@elartfest.com  The festival also relies on hundreds of volunteers to produce this event - please consider joining our volunteer team!

Established in 1964, the East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) is a two-day outdoor celebration of culture and the arts held in the downtown city streets of East Lansing, Michigan. The ELAF is mid-Michigan's first major art show of the spring and kicks off the summer festival season. Known for featuring the highest caliber fine art and fine craft, this highly anticipated festival attracts tens of thousands of art lovers from across the region and beyond. Ranked as one of the top 100 fine art festivals in the nation, this non-profit community event features:

  • More than 190 artists from across North America.
  • An Emerging Artist program highlighting the work of up-and-coming artists
  • Free live eclectic music on two outdoor stages
  • Free arts activities for children and families
  • A unique international-style food court offering flavors from around the world

East Lansing is a charming University town with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, galleries and the beautiful Michigan State University campus across the street. The East Lansing Art Festival is produced by the East Lansing Art Festival Board of Directors under the auspices of the East Lansing Arts Commission and the City of East Lansing.

The East Lansing Art Festival is held annually on the weekend preceding Memorial Day holiday weekend. The festival operates 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

The East Lansing Art Festival is a member of the following organizations:

GLFA - Greater Lansing Festival Alliance

GLCVB - Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

NAIA - National Association of Independent Artists

MFEA - Michigan Festival and Events Association


The MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show is held the same weekend on the campus of MSU but is not part of the East Lansing Art Festival - It is a separate event produced by the Michigan State University Activities Board (UAB). For more information call the MSU UAB at 517.355.3354 or e-mail at artsandcrafts@uabevents.com

Maps and Directions

2014 Festival Site Map will be available in the spring!

Greater Lansing Festival Alliance

The East Lansing Art Festival is a member of the Greater Lansing Festival Alliance (GLFA).

MFEA Michigan Fun!

Bike to the Festival


Volunteers will park and guard bicycles in the Bike Valet Parking Area located in the heart of the Festival at the lot on Abbot Rd. at Albert Ave. There is no charge for this service, donations accepted.

Valet Bike Parking is sponsored by Mid-MEAC (Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council)