Galleries, Performances, & Festivals

Galleries? Performances? Festivals? Find rich and varied creative arts in many places!

The concerts and performances that distinguish Glen Arbor are slowly returning after the 2020 disruption. Individual galleries and artisans in this Creative Community may be found along Western Avenue and Lake Street (on both sides of Western Avenue), on M22 headed south, and at the GA Arts Center on Pine Street.

Jewelers, ceramicists, sculptors, potters, art glass and wood artisans, painters and photographers exhibit at many galleries and fairs. Ruth Conklin’s and Synchronicity Galleries are down the street on M109. The Lake Street Studios on – what else – Lake Street are around the corner; and the Glen Arbor Artisans Gallery, featuring Kristin Hurlin, is on M22 across from the Town Park.


The Manitou Music Festival, presented by the Glen Arbor Arts Center, are presented many nights in June, July and August. Even occasional Sunday night events at Glen Arbor Wines and Foothills Cafe. And don’t overlook the world-renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, only 30 minutes away, presents headliner performances in the great amphitheater throughout the summer. Just look around.

The joyful, memorable festivals of the Leelanau and Traverse City are reemerging in 2021:

July 3rd-10th: Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival, a celebration of galas, a big carnival, races, concerts, contests, and the Air & Water Show. With fascinating adaptations, it's back! Ten days of fun, fun, fun.

4th of July, Glen Arbor’s own "Anything Goes Parade" will once again draw more than 4,000 spectators, after a one-year hiatus to keep everyone safe. It will take nearly an hour to pass the main corner at the Inn with every imaginable red-white-and-blue decorated vehicle, band, and costumed celebrants. 12:00 sharp beginning in Glen Haven.

July 21st: Glen Arbor Women’s Club Art Fair, featuring more than 100 talented artists and crafters in many media. All day at the Town Hall, including around the circle in the “backyard.”

August 6th & 7th: Glen Arbor Art Center’s Plein Air Weekend, one of Michigan’s most popular Paint Outs. Participating artists are challenged to “capture the moment”. Find artists in fields, on river banks, beaches, woods, and roadsides “capturing the moment”. The challenge: all works must be completed on the same day, rain or shine, with judging and sale in the evening.

August 7th & 8th: Suttons Bay Art Festival, features a wide range of exhibitors in the town’s waterfront park. We’ve brought striking jewelry, clothing and wall pieces home.