Arts, History & Entertainment in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan may be a place where many travel to because of our great outdoor activities, but there is more here than a kayak tour a day of skiing. Our arts, history and many types of entertainment mean visitors can spend the day on the golf course and then enjoy fabulous music or theatre.

The arts are an important part of the year 'round culture of Northern Michigan but in the summer months, art opportunities galore await visitors and residents. The wonderfully talented dinner theatre hosted by the Young Americans, Bliss Fest, endless opportunities for music and drama at Bay View Music Festival, and Street Musique every Thursday night in Harbor Springs are just some of the offerings available.

The galleries of the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey and the many fabulous art galleries in Northern Michigan provide days and days of art to view. Art has a significant presence in Northern Michigan and many fundraisers such as D'Art for Art focus on the arts. Art fairs? Oh, yes! July 4th boasts a spectacular art fair in downtown Harbor Springs. Petoskey's Art in the Park and arts and crafts fairs bring art lovers from around the state. The Women's Club of Northern Michigan's annual art fair at Nub's Nob is a rite of summer for many.

History? Yes! The Little Traverse History Museum and the Harbor Springs History Museum celebrate the many reasons that Northern Michigan has such a rich past. Lumbering, water, Native Americans, railroads, tourists, Chautauquas--just a few of the pieces that make the quilt of history in Northern Michigan.

Want more information on the arts, entertainment and history in Northern Michigan? Northern Michigan is rich in natural resources, history, arts, and entertainment. From dawn to dusk, there is much to do here!

There are Art Fairs and Festivals galore in Northern Michigan: Art Fairs & Festivals

Harbor Springs history? Right here: History Abounds In Harbor Springs

The Harbor Springs History Museum celebrate the past: Harbor Springs History Museum

Walk through Petoskey's history: Walk Through Petoskey's History

Learn about Chief Petosega and Ernest Hemingway and the Petoskey Area History at the Little Traverse History Museum.

Chief Andrew J. Blackbird was the first postmaster of Harbor Springs. Visit his home and post office at the Andrew J. Blackbird Museum in Harbor Springs.

Charlevoix has two museums, The Harsha House and Charlevoix Depot Museum.

Castle Farms in Charlevoix has history, museums, and garden tours plus is a spectacular setting for art fairs and celebrations.

The Bay View Association is filled with history, music and theatre: The Bay View Association's Chautauqua Summer Theatre

The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is a year 'round cultural center: The Crooked Tree Arts Center

The Cheboygan Opera House provides music, theatre, and the arts as it has since 1877.

Ernest Hemingway loved Northern Michigan and his footsteps can still be traced here as this is Hemingway Country.

St. Ignatius Church just outside Good Hart in Middle Village dates back to the 1740's.

The Cross in the Woods in Indian River is visited by more than 300,000 visitors each year.

Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City is a reconstructed fort. Daily activities and special events take place throughout the summer months.

Harris Gardens at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, features 22 sculptures in a beautifully landscaped setting.
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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in Northern Michigan:

Harbor Springs, Michigan -- Harbor Springs is the place to try new things! Rent a bike or a kayak, go snow tubing, attend a concert or an art fair, or play a round of golf with friends.
Petoskey -- There's so much to do in Petoskey from the Bear River Valley Recreation Area, to Petoskey State Park, to biking, golfing, hiking, and more.
Charlevoix, Michigan -- Visiting Charlevoix in Northern Michigan is a fun-filled vacation with great beaches, boating, skiing, fishing and year 'round family fun.
Things to Do in Boyne City, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like Boyne City in Northern Michigan with camping, boating, skiing, year 'round outdoor activities, and of course, the morel mushroom!
Lots of Activities in Mackinaw City, Michigan -- Explore Mackinaw City in Northern Michigan for history, the International Dark Sky Park, and outdoor activities.
Mackinac Island -- Take a step back in time and find lots of things to do when you visit Mackinac Island by horseback or bike--no cars allowed!
Northern Michigan Activities & Things to Do -- Northern Michigan offers many fun things to do for the entire family whatever the season, whatever the reason!

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