We anticipate thousands of visitors to Michigan State University for the Science Festival. Parking can be a bit confusing on campus but it isn't as daunting as you might expect in the evenings and on the weekends. The information below will help you navigate your way around. We recommend you review your schedule for the days you will be on campus, find the buildings you will be visiting and consult the map and parking recommendations. We do not anticipate that visitors will require to drive between most events as many of the events are clustered within walking distance of the Festival's two main presentation centers.
Please note, most Science Festival events take place after 6 pm on weekdays and on the weekend when parking is generally open to visitors and free of charge (with the exception of special event parking). Special events such as athletics, Wharton or Breslin performances designate event lots and are marked as such. A special event fee may be charged at those lot entrances.
Please also check back for updates.
During the day on weekdays, visitors are responsible for any parking fees required in lots and meters. Festival visitors may park in the visitor pay-to-exit lots (cash only) and meters (note hours of operation – ramp meters are U.S. coin operated only, most others accept credit card and U.S. coin). In addition, Lots 89 and 91 have been designated free parking for festival visitor use during the week.
Go to www.maps.msu.edu or this websites map and directions tab for lot numbers and locations. Due to the heavy traffic and use of campus meters and pay-to-exit lots on central campus when classes are in session, the areas below are more likely to have available parking:
● Lot 89 – northwest corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road
● Lot 91 – northwest corner of Service and Hagadorn Roads
● Visitor pay-to-exit lots: 62W, 79, 100 and Ramp 3 (Wharton Center off Shaw Lane) –
(all cash only - 80 cents per ½-hour or portion thereof )
● Meters in Ramp 5 – at Trowbridge and Red Cedar Roads
● Meters in Ramp 6 – off Grand River Avenue, west of Olin Health Center
Parking during the day on a weekday is tricky due to classes being in session. We encourage taking a bus or, weather permitting traveling by bicycle. DPPS is waiving bicycle registration during the festival and will not impound unregistered bicycles during the festival as long as they were parked and locked to a bicycle rack and in working order.
After 6:00 PM and Weekends*
We have consolidated evening events in buildings with easy access to parking ramps and lots. You may park in general spaces or at meters in the following easy to find parking ramps after 6:00 PM on weekdays or during the weekend. To view additional lot numbers and locations closest to your event site, go to www.maps.msu.edu .
Ramp 1 (Shaw Lane Ramp)
Ramp 5 (Trowbridge Road Ramp)
Ramp 6 (Grand River Avenue Ramp)
Park in pay-to-exit lots (there is no charge to park in them
on weekends if there is not a special event).
*Please note: There may be spaces within these lots that are designated for other use (i.e. lease spaces, University vehicle spaces). Do not park in them as a violation may be written and you may be towed. Special events may require a fee to enter a lot (only one scheduled during the festival is at the Breslin Center). Handicap spaces require a valid placard or plate. If you have accessible parking questions, please contact the MSU Parking Office at 517-355-8440, Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM.
School Bus Parking- Please click on schools and follow link to Tips for Transportation and Navigation
- View off-campus parking options (Link takes you to the City of East Lansing website; please select Parking to view the various parking options)