Galleries, Performances, & Festivals

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

The concerts and performances that distinguish Glen Arbor are clearly disrupted in 2020. Still joining us in Glen Arbor? Individual galleries and artisans are often open. Best to click on those websites and Facebook posts. Then share with us the hope that the spirited, first-class concerts and performances return next summer.

Find rich and varied creative arts in many places.

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. 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 Art Center, and the Mountain Top Concerts hosted by The Homestead Resort at one of the most stunning venues in the Midwest on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan at sunset, are presented many nights in June, July and August.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.Too, our “Hit Parade” of festivals …you know, the ones you don’t want to miss…

All the joyful, memorable festivals of the Leelanau and Traverse City are not to be in 2020. May the memories of recent years keep us smiling and oh so hopeful for 2021.

Empire Asparagus Festival. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-king community event full of spear-ited asparagus fun! Under the tent on Front Street for food, drinks, aspara-swag, live music, a parade, and even a poetry contest.

Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival, a celebration of galas, a big carnival, races, concerts, contests, and the Air & Water Show.

Glen Arbor’s own parade drawing more than 4,000 spectators and taking more than 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.

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.”

Traverse City Film Festival, founded by filmmaker and TC resident Michael Moore, presents more than 100 independent films and documentaries at seven venues over six days. Draws actors, directors, producers, critics and fans from across the country and around the globe to our fabulous small town. Ticket office is open in person and online beginning, most likely, Sunday, July 6th.

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.

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.

Empire Hops & Harvest Festival, returns, celebrating the newest commodity crop in the region. As breweries and distilleries thrive, fields of hops appear. Brew tents – of course – food, parades and other fun events.

Glen Arbor Pumpkin Fest, at the peak of color season, brings fun for all with pumpkin carving, costume parade, games, pie eating, beer garden, food and frolic for all ages. 12-3 in the Township Park.