EAST LANSING, Mich. — The 55th Annual East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) will bring 168 artists and tens of thousands of visitors to downtown East Lansing next weekend, May 19-20. To accommodate the festival, there will be a number of street, and parking lot closures in the downtown from Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20.
Parking Lot & Plaza Closures
- Closing at 2 a.m. on Friday, May 18 and re-opening on Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m.:
City Hall West Lot, 415 Abbot Road
Bailey Parking Lot, 139 Bailey Street
- Closing at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 18 and re-opening on Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m.:
Ann Street Plaza (northwest corner of Albert & M.A.C. avenues)
Fountain Square (northeast corner of Albert & M.A.C. avenues)
East Plaza @ University Place (northwest corner of Albert Avenue & Charles Street)
- Closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and re-opening on Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m.:
Albert Avenue, from Grove Street to Bailey Street
M.A.C. Avenue, from Grand River Avenue to the driveway entrance of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Please also note that Albert Avenue, between Abbot Road and Grove Street, will be closed throughout the weekend due to ongoing Center City District infrastructure work. All businesses will remain open and accessible to pedestrians in the area and the Grove Street Garage, 330 Grove Street, can still be accessed by taking Abbot Road to Linden Street to Grove Street.
Getting To the Festival
The festival can be accessed by vehicle, bike and foot. Community members interested in biking to the festival can take advantage of free bike valet parking offered by the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. If traveling to the festival by vehicle, there will be $5 flat rate parking available in the Charles Street Garage, 121 Charles St., and Division Street Garage, 181 Division St. Both of these garages will only be accessible from Grand River Avenue. These garages are located adjacent to the festival site and parking ambassadors will be stationed at them, making entering and exiting quick and easy. Standard rates will apply at all other downtown parking locations. Additional downtown parking locations can be viewed here: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/335/Parking-Locations. The Grove Street Garage, 330 Grove Street, can be accessed by taking Abbot Road to Linden Street to Grove Street.
There will be an area reserved for accessible, barrier-free parking in the Bailey Parking Lot, 139 Bailey Street. There are also designated barrier-free parking spaces in all other downtown East Lansing parking locations: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/324/Accessible-Barrier-Free-Parking.
There will not be CATA shuttle service from the MSU commuter lots this year; however, CATA will be providing additional “tripper” buses on Route 1 during the hours of the festival. Route 1 travels between downtown Lansing and the Meridian Mall via Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue. For additional information, visit https://www.cata.org/.
Community members can learn more about the festival at www.elartfest.com. A map of the festival site can be found here: http://www.elartfest.com/map/.