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Call for Artists: East Lansing Art Festival

May 16 & 17 
East Lansing, Michigan
Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm
200 Exhibitors
Deadline:  January 31

Established in 1964, the East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) kicks off the festival season each spring in the beautiful streets of downtown East Lansing.  The popular festival attracts 80,000-70,000 attendees.  In addition to the 200 juried exhibitors, the ELAF encourages future artists through the Emerging Artist Program.

This non-profit event is beloved in the greater Lansing area and attracts devoted art buyers from across the state of Michigan as well as Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Informally known as the "City of the Arts," East Lansing welcomes the finest artists in North America to exhibit at this highly promoted event.

East Lansing is a charming university town with a variety of shops, restaurants and galleries. The beautiful Michigan State University campus is right across the street, which is now home to the renowned Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum.

The combination of the University and the State Capitol nearby brings a well-educated population to attend and appreciate the handmade work.

At the ELAF---ranked #54 by Sunshine Artist magazine---exhibitors can expect:

  • well-educated visitors, including professional people
    from state government and the university
  • friendly volunteers who welcome artists and make load-in and load-out run smoothly
  • perks such as booth sitting services and Friday set-up as well as free artist parking, coffee and break area
  • affiliation with local public TV and radio---bringing the right people to you
  • eclectic live music that enhances the art rather than distracts from it
  • international flavors in a unique food court
  • a hand-on area for children
  • a festive mood---this is the kickoff of the local festival season!

Apply today:


For more information please contact:

Michelle Carlson, Art Festival Director

East Lansing Art Festival

410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 319-6804

e mail: 


The festival is presented by the East Lansing Art Festival Board in cooperation with the Arts Commission/City of East Lansing.


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