Established in 1964, the East Lansing Art Festival is an evolving outdoor celebration of fine art and fine craft which has grown to include two music stages, children's hands-on art activities, an artist demonstration area, a poetry reading, and a Friday evening kick-off concert.
The festival opens on Saturday morning and runs through Sunday afternoon. This highly anticipated mid-Michigan festival attracts over 70,000 knowledgeable art patrons from around the region, and is ranked 9th in Sunshine Artist Magazine's annual best 100 shows listing. For more informaiton email info@elartfest or call (517) 319-6804.
The mission of the ELAF is to enhance the sense of community and appreciation of art, culture and creativity in East Lansing and the greater Lansing region. The East Lansing Art Festival debuted in 1963 as Greenwich Village Days, a sidewalk art sale designed as a project for a student advertising club at Michigan State University. Later, the ELAF was presented as an event to spark interest in downtown East Lansing as a premier place to shop. In the 57 years since its inception, the Festival has morphed into a major community undertaking that presents hundreds of artists and craftspeople and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.