East Lansing Art Festival Performance Program

The East Lansing Art Festival offers an eclectic mix of original and traditional live music. Preference is given to local performers with a focus on a wide range of diverse musical styles including Folk, Original Rock, Jazz, Blues, Celtic and more. The East Lansing Art Festival is a non-profit arts and cultural event that presents these live performances free of charge to the public thanks to generous sponsorships from area businesses and grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Arts & Humanities Touring Grants, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on how you can contribute to this program contact us at or visit our get involved page.

Performer Information

The East Lansing Art Festival Highlights Local Talent!

There is limited availability to participate as a performer at the East Lansing Art Festival. Submissions are evaluated based on type of performance, content, quality, diversity, and potential audience appeal. Priority is given to local performers at this non-profit event. Performers are chosen between the months of September and January by the East Lansing Art Festival Board of Directors and Festival Stage Host.

Interested performers may send materials between the months of August and November to: East Lansing Art Festival Performance Program, 410 Abbot Rd., East Lansing MI 48823. (Please note materials mailed to the festival cannot be returned). Or email info to the Festival at:

Due to the large number of inquiries only those performers chosen to perform at the festival will be contacted by the end of January.


Line Up


Line Up

2016 Festival Line up

Festival Kick-Off
fRIDAY, mAY 20 - 7PM

Huckleberry Groove - Main stage
Friday, May 20

7:00 PM

Huckleberry Groove is a fun band, with horns, playing your favorite covers and Huckleberry originals.

Sponsored by the Responsible Hospitality Committee



Sunday, May 22


Art Demonstrations


Art Demonstrations

Artist Demonstration area

The Artist Demonstration Area promotes art inquiry and supplements community art education by providing festival visitors with an opportunity to ask questions and chat with artists at work. The Artist Demonstration Area presents artists working with glass, metal, collage, prints, paint, assemblage, ceramics, fiber and computers.  The Artist Demonstration Area also showcases poetry and theater, in an effort to broaden the festival’s artistic scope and range of experience. 


Greater Lansing Potter’s Guild members
East Lansing Parks & Rec Ceramics Studio
Woven Art
Lino Pretto, glass artist
Manny Lopez, sculptor
Steve Baibak, multimedia
Bradon Badeau, painter 
Grove Street Gallery members
Randi Richards, prints
Mid Michigan Artist Guild members
Teresa Petersen
Kimberly Lavon, prints
Marissa Thaler, 2D mixed media
Laura Gajewski, drawing
Ana Holguin, painter

The Summer Circle Theater will present a teaser of their upcoming world premier production of the musical
Mount Olympus Junior High


Join us for Riverwalk Thearter's  teaser of their upcoming production of the musical Rent.


Poetry Chalking with members of the MSU Center for Poetry

Poetry Reading featuring:  Joyce Benvenuto, Rose Cooper, Brian Gilmore, Sareem Poems, Anita Skeen, Ruelaine Stokes, Angela Vasquez-Giroux, Diane Wakoski


Michelle Root-Berstein, former editor of the Haiku Society of America's Journal, Frog Pond, will be leading an interactive workshop on haiku writing.