The 56th Annual East Lansing Art Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 in downtown East Lansing.
The art festival promotes art education within the greater East Lansing community, the festival's website said. The event will showcase artists creating art in real-time, and many local artists will participate in an art demonstration. Within the artist demonstration areas, artists will showcase their expertise in glass, metal, ceramics, woven art, mixed media and painting.
"The mission of the ELAF (East Lansing Art Festival) is to enhance the sense of community and appreciation of art, culture and creativity in East Lansing and the greater Lansing region," the art festival's website said.
There will be art activities, workshops and live demonstrations open to all ages to instill art appreciation for future generations.
Kid-friendly events will be held at Ann Street Plaza at the corner of Albert Avenue and M.A.C. Avenue. The Family Stage will start off with MSU Community Music School’s Suzuki Program at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Live music will be at southeast corner of Albert Avenue and Bailey Street. To kick off the event, the East Lansing High School Jazz band will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday. The main stage will also welcome a collaborative fiction reading hosted by Fiction 440 at 3 p.m. on Saturday, which will give writers a chance to share their stories with the public.
A poetry reading will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m.
There is a wide range of transportation options for festival goers. A $5 flat rate parking is available in the Charles Street garage and the Division street garage.
Free bike parking will be available adjacent to the Albert-Charles intersection, and the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) will provide an East Lansing Art Festival bus route from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 and from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Those attending the festival can catch the shuttle at MSU’s commuter lot 89.