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 a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  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

2017 Festival Music Line up


Tell Yo Mama

ELAFTER DARK CoNCERtS - Main stage Ann St Plaza, MAC & Albert Ave

A soul-groovin', rhythm-and-blues havin', funk rock band.

Friday, May 19
7:00 PM

Sponsored by the Responsible Hospitality Committee




The Hot Mess


Finalist In The Lansing City Pulse Top of The Town awards for Best Cover Band

Saturday, May 20
7:00 PM

Sponsored by The DMB

Sunday, May 21


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. 




Fiction 440 Event

sunday, May 21

2:00 PM - Fiction 440 brings its flash fiction reading to the Art Demo Area. 

This is a live performance event. Come enjoy listening to local writers read their flash fiction creations. Each story is just 440 words long, but you'll be amazed how much life each writer can pack into that little space! 
Fiction 440 is pleased to announce that the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company will be joining them to perform three Fiction 440 stories, taken from their archives, live!


Poetry Events

Saturday, May 20

1:15 PM - Poetry Chalking with members of the MSU Center for poetry.

2:00 PM - Poetry Reading: Grace Carras, Joseph Harris, Cindy Hunter-Morgan, Leonora Smith, Evergreen Haiku Collaborative

Introducing the Lansing Poet Laureate: Dennis Hinrichsen

Haiku workshop, immediately following reading
Conducted by Michele Root-Berstein, former editor of the Haiku Society of America’s journal, Frog Pond.


Sunday, may 21

MSU Summer Circle Theater teaser

Saturday, May 20

Riverwalk Theatre
12:30 PM

#LSJMEETS-located on Abbot Rd & Albert Av.

Sat May 20

12 - 2 PM – #LSJMeets
2-4 PM – Meet the leadership: Steph Angel, Executive Editor and Rebecca Poynter, President
4-6 PM – Join LSJ photo/videographers, Julia Nagy and Matthew Dae Smith, for an iPhone photography tutorial and tips for catching newsworthy images. Located at the #LSJMeets tent.

The LSJ staffers will host small tours around the festival (space is limited!) and offer their skills and knowledge at the booth. Reserve your space at