Music, food, arts, crafts, dance, storytelling...you name it, it's on display at the Great Lakes Folk Festival - pack your sunscreen.

Music, food, arts, crafts, dance, storytelling...you name it, it's on display at the Great Lakes Folk Festival - pack your sunscreen.

Summer is starting to slow down a little bit and we're seeing back to school commercials and football is starting up and, well, you know the rest. Don't fret summer lovers. It's not exactly time for fall leaves and apple cider just yet. One of the best Greater Lansing area summer festivals is still ahead of us. My favorite one, in fact. Get ready for the 2014 Great Lakes Folk Festival! Set in beautiful East Lansing, multiple stages will play host to numerous folk music acts from various genres over the beautiful summer days and nights of August 8-10th. It's a three-day celebration of music, food and world culture like no other. Unique cultural gifts like dance, storytelling, art, ethnic foods and various demonstrations are on display and this festival is just an awesome opportunity to both learn new things and expose your senses to the human experience. Want a few tips from someone who looks forward to this event every year? Wear summer clothes and shoes so you won't get too hot dancing. Second, come hungry. The food down at this event is amazing. Bring some cash because a lot of the acts are selling their CD's after their sets and trust me - you'll want them. I also encourage you to not only experience this fantastic festival and see all your favorite music types, but try something new as well! Go see a variety of music that you've never experienced before, or try a dish that you've never tasted. Broaden your horizons and become a person of the world without crossing the ocean. At the Folk Fest you can better understand other cultures by crossing the STREET and listening to music of the world's various cultures, tasting their foods and experiencing their music and art. Come to the hub of downtown East Lansing at the corner of MAC and Albert Avenue beginning with the festival opening on Friday August 8th at 6 p.m. and open your ears, heart and mind to the best things humanity has brought to the universe! Gifts like music, dance, unique foods, storytelling, art, laughter and community spirit. There is still plenty of summer weather left, take the time to experience Folk Fest and treat yourself to the best of what's around. Come enjoy this celebration of the best things humanity has created.