The Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Great Lakes Folk Festival
Courtesy of the MSU Museum
Courtesy of the MSU Museum

The Great Lakes Folk Festival showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation’s Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world. The festival encourages cross-cultural understanding of our diverse society through the presentation of musicians, dancers, cooks, storytellers, and craftspeople whose traditions are rooted in their communities.

Produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, the award-winning festival is a celebration of culture, tradition, and community.  An immense variety and vitality of art, skill, knowledge, and wisdom of folk music culture is showcased in a mix of music and dance performances, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, crafts artists, and many special activities for kids and their companions.  More than 300 volunteers staff help to make the event happen. This year, the festival has fifty performers scheduled to perform during the event. The musical events featured at the festival are often scheduled two to four times throughout the weekend.  This also includes a musicians’ jam, a community sing, and an opportunity to dance on the 2,400 foot dance stage! The Great Lakes Folk Festival is a rich and authentic experience for festival-goers of all ages.

Courtesy of the MSU Museum
Courtesy of the MSU Museum

The Great Lakes Folk Festival will be taking place on Friday, August 9, 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Saturday, August 10, 12:00pm – 10:30pm; Sunday, August 11, 12:00pm – 6:00pm.  For more information, please call the MSU Museum at (517) 432-4533 or visit the website at http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net.  You can also find information on Facebook and Twitter.

Abby Rudnicki, Communications and Marketing Intern, Great Lakes Folk Festival