Annual Arts & Crafts Show

UAB is excited to host the 60th Annual MSU Winter Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, May 18th (9AM - 6PM) and Sunday, May 19th (10AM - 5PM). 

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Interested in becoming an Artist/Crafter at our event?

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What is the Annual MSU Arts and Crafts Show?

The Annual MSU Arts and Crafts Show is a seasonal tradition and beloved community event. The Winter and Spring Arts and Crafts Shows are fundraisers for the University Activities Board (UAB). All vendor booth fees proceeds go directly to the UAB. UAB is a group of student members and part time student coordinators that design and implement events, most free of charge, for MSU students to connect and build community.

Our show focuses on high quality "handmade" arts and crafts - no resell or wholesale - and is the perfect place to pick up a heartfelt gift for the upcoming holiday or bring some seasonal cheer to a loved one, all while supporting small business owners and MSU students. 

Our Winter Arts and Crafts Show is located in the MSU Union, with over 125 vendors and 8,000 patrons over the weekend. 

Our Spring Arts and Crafts Show is located on the MSU Union Grounds, with around 330 vendors and 40,000 patrons over the weekend. 

When is the MSU Arts and Crafts Show? 

The Winter Arts and Crafts Show is always the first weekend in December. 

The Spring Arts and Crafts Show is in late May, scheduled to run concurrently with the East Lansing Art Festival. 

More information can be found below on our Arts and Crafts Patron and Vendor pages. 

Where is the MSU Annual Arts and Crafts Show located?

MSU Union (49 Abbot Rd, East Lansing Michigan, 48824)

Is there a fee to attend the MSU Arts and Crafts Show?

Patrons are welcome to come and enjoy our artists/crafts free of charge. 

Where can I park?

We have added 700+ free spots near the MSU Arts and Craft Show for 2024!

We are anticipating a high volume of patrons at our event. More information on parking on campus can be found at MSU Visitor Parking or by using the MSU Parking Map.


  • The closest parking is located at RAMP 6 on Grand River Avenue.
  • Please note that Ramp 6 is now pay-by-plate 24/7. However, Ramp 6 parking will be free during the MSU Arts and Crafts Show. 
  • Patrons should not park in reserved areas (handicap, leased, employee only) and should look for signage at the entrance of each parking area


  • Employee parking lots, unless otherwise noted on signage, are free on weekends. Lot 7 is the next closest parking (8 minute walk)
  • Complimentary Parking is located in Lot 15, 83, 91.


  • In collaboration with the East Lansing Arts Festival and Capital Area Transportation Authority, we offer additional parking in lot 89, located on the South East side of campus, and a reduced fare shuttle service. Fare is $0.50 round trip. It will run every 10-15 minutes and require exact change. Children under 42" ride free with an adult. 


  • Accessible Parking can be found in front of the MSU Union on Abbot Rd, Lot 4 (behind Human Ecology along Grand River), and along West Circle Drive near Cowles House. RAMP 6 has elevators on each level. 
    • Please note that accessible parking may be used more frequently than typical. The meters along Abbot Rd will be designated for accessible parking. 
    • Should you struggle to find accessible parking, please notify Show Staff at any Information Booth (517-884-2244) and we will work with MSU PD to provide more accessible parking.


  • Lot 5 & Lot 4 are reserved for staff.
  • Lot 63 is reserved for vendors. 

Who will be at the show?

Our Winter Arts and Crafts Show generally supports 125+ artists and Crafters. Our Spring Arts and Crafts Show generally supports 330+ artists and crafters.

Upcoming Show - Spring 2024

  • Artists/Crafter List - Coming Soon!
  • Booth Map - Coming Soon!

Will there be food available?

Yes! The Sparty's Marketplace in the MSU Union will be open during show hours. 

The Spring Arts and Crafts Show also provides food trucks and a dining area located near Parking RAMP 6. Our list off typical food trucks is below:

  • THE STADIUM GRILL — Nachos, Bratwurst, Pretzels, Hot Dogs, and more!
  • FUN FOODS — Kettle Corn, Roasted Almonds, Cotton Candy & more!

What accessible resources are available? 

Physical Accessibility

  • Restrooms and Portable Toilets are available at the event.
    • Restrooms are located in the MSU Union.
    • Portable Toilets are located near Ramp 6, along West Circle Drive. Portable Toilets are only offered at the Spring Arts and Crafts Show. 
  • Accessible Parking information can be found under Parking Information on this page. 
  • Please note that the MSU Union is historic and has several flights of stairs.
    • There is a short flight of stairs to every entrance to the MSU Union. An accessibility ramp is located on the South West side of the MSU Union, near Abbot Rd. 
    • Elevators are available on every floor.
    • Accessibility ramps are located near any short flight of stairs within the buildings. 
  • Female and Male restrooms are located on the east side of the building on every floor. 
    • Family/Unisex restrooms are located on the Ground Floor and 4th Floor
    • Accessible stalls are located in every restroom.
    • Please note that at this time, our restrooms do not have accessible door openers. Please contact show staff at our information booths if you need additional assistance.
  • Information Booths are located on every zone/floor of the show and can assist with additional needs.

Nursing Mothers

The MSU Union has two private personal health rooms, as well as a lounge within the women’s restroom on the first floor. A key for the private nursing rooms can be checked out at the Welcome Desk on the first floor of the MSU Union.

If you have other concerns or needs, please feel free to email 

Where can I provide feedback about my experience at the MSU Arts and Crafts Show?

We pride ourselves on having a fun, safe, and organized show. We are happy to hear any feedback you have, positive or negative. 

  • You can provide feedback to any information booth during the show.
  • You can email the Show Coordinator at 

How can I be safe at the MSU Arts and Crafts Show?


  • Current MSU regulations do not require the public to wear masks or show proof of vaccines to attend events. 
  • The most up to date COVID information for MSU can be found at Together We Will.


  • We highly recommend that guardians have a recent photo of their child/dependent and note the clothing they are wearing in case of emergency.
  • Children/dependents should be able to recite their guardians contact information or guardians may consider having the child/dependent wear a wristband with their emergency contact information. Emergency contact wristbands will be provided at all information booths upon request. 

Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather, patrons should follow the directions of emergency personnel and event staff. Our shelter in place for this event is the Union Ground and First Floor interior hallways.

We highly encourage all patrons to sign up for the MSU PD warning system at MSU Alert – MSU Alert Notifications. 


On behalf of UAB and the students we serve, thank you to our sponsors for supporting the MSU Arts and Crafts Show!