The annual Great Lakes Folk Festival, presented by the Michigan State University Museum, is an annual celebration of culture, tradition, and community. The Museum works all year to put together the festival’s one-of-a-kind mix of music, dance, storytelling, food, arts, and more!
The music presented at the Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) is an eclectic and exciting mix of contrasts – from Salsa to Klezmer, Blues to Bluegrass. Musicians come from around the country – and often around the world – to participate. Consequently, the festival offers a unique and wonderful experience for lovers of traditional music.
Best of all, audience members are often encouraged to join in with the singing, dancing, and even playing along! A few of the festival’s scheduled events are designed around that concept exclusively. The Ukulele Strum, Community Sing, and Old-time Jam are all intended as participatory events. Great fun!
Beyond the music, GLFF also hosts an exciting Marketplace. The Marketplace features recycled and upcycled green goods, including jewelry, fiber arts, and sculpture. You’ll also see showcases of master artists in textiles, basketry, and other traditional arts.
There will be lots on hand to distract and entertain the kiddies and, when it comes to food? Look out! Great Lakes Folk Festival food vendors are not messing around. You’ll think your taste buds have died and gone to heaven once you sample their unique, locally-sourced, and downright delicious offerings.
Great Lakes Folk Festival 2017 Performers
Anna & Elizabeth – Old-Time Ballads
Bandolero Durán – Voices and Colors of Latin America
Bryan Bowers – Autoharp
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Bluegrass
CommonWealth Dance Collective – Percussive Dance Ensemble
Connla – Irish Celtic
Duane Malinowski – Slovenian/German/Czech Polka
El Guero Estrada – Tejano
Guy Davis – Blues
Heartland Klezmorim – Klezmer
Joni Harms – Traditional Country Singer
Sam Gleaves – Appalachian Banjo
Steve Gibons Gypsy Rhythm Project – Balkan/Gypsy
T’Monde – Cajun
Orquesta Ritmo – Salsa
Great Lakes Folk Festival
August 11 – 13, 2017
Friday – 6pm to 10:30pm
Saturday – 12pm to 10:30pm
Sunday – 12pm to 6pm
MSU Museum, 409 W Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824
Visit the event’s Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates.
Great Lakes Folk Festival Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub, in Eaton Rapids, is less than a half hour’s drive from the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Our historic Inn and lush grounds are an experience on their own. So close to noise and hustle of Lansing and yet world’s apart. Come be transported by our delectable meals, old-world comforts, and top-tier amenities. Book your stay at the English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!