Creative Galleries, Performances and Festivals
Galleries? Performances? Festivals? 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…
Will You Join Us?
May 17th & 18th: 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.
June 29th-July 6th: Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival, a celebration of galas, a big carnival, races, concerts, contests, and the Air & Water Show.
July 4th: 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.
July 17th: 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.”
July 30th -August 6th: 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.
August 1st – 3rd: 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 4th & 5th: 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.
October 5th: 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.
October 19th: 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.