Arts & Entertainment in Northern Michigan

Enjoy live music, observe local artwork, and even take some of it home with you. Up North is the place to immerse yourself in a rich culture that is both inviting and exciting.

Aurora Borealis Designs Studio
Overlooking the Leland Harbor, specializing in jewelry made from frosted beach glass and other local materials.

Becky Thatcher Designs
Featuring her signature work from necklaces to bracelets and earrings using polished stones found on local beaches.

Benjamin Maier Ceramics
Contemporary pottery and ceramic art by local artist Benjamin Maier.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater
Previosuly known as “The Honor”, this historic drive-in theater is located off US-31.

City Opera House in Traverse CityCity Opera House
Full schedule of performances each year. Many tickets available at the Opera House website.

Dennos Museum Center
Hands on discovery is popular with children. Located on Northwestern Michigan’s campus.

Empire Area Museum
Turn-of-the-century saloon, parlor, kitchen, blacksmith shop, and one-room school preserved from the town’s heyday as a Lake Michigan port.

Eyaawing Musem & Cultural Center
Sharing the history, culture, and language of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Natives.

Sunny View of Historic FishtownFishtown
Gift shops and galleries now occupy the fishing shanties on the boardwalk of historic Fishtown. Kids love watching the boats come and go through the busy waterways.

Gallery 50
Fine arts, crafts, and handmade jewelry from all 50 states.

Glen Arbor Art Center
Well-lit gallery featuring local artwork. HQ for the Glen Arbor Art Association.

Good Harbor Gallery & Pottery Studio
Pottery and photography along with paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and baskets from local artists.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
This historic lighthouse is over 150 years old, making it one of the lake’s oldest lighthouses.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum
Hands on exhibits for children to play and explore.

Guntzviller Taxidermy
The area’s animals on display, along with many Native American artists.

Hosmer Woodmere Gallery
Home, studio, and gallery of W. Truman Hosmer. Dedicated to the art of Plein-Air painting.

Interlochen Center for the Arts
750 concerts, visual art exhibits, and theater and dance productions annually. Over 500 performances in the summer concert series.

Leelanau Historical Museum
Riverside museum in Leland with extensive exhibits about the settlement and development of the Leelanau Peninsula.

L. Saile Jewelry & Duck to Swan Gallery
Wearable art with gems native to Michigan and from all around the world. Decorative artwork by Michelle Hart Jahraus.

Main Street Gallery
Original fine artwork by many of Leelanau’s top artists.

Mary Fuscaldo Rimwalk Studio & Gallery
Currently specializing in pastel landscapes of the countryside around Traverse City.

The Painted Bird
Jewelry, wearables, and functional art for the home.

Paradiso Gallery
Artist Kristin Hurlin and furniture maker Paul May display their creations in a quaint gallery in downtown Glen Arbor.

Reflections Art Gallery
Located in the historic Fishtown, Reflections is Leland’s oldest art gallery and nautical store.

Rollings Art Studio
Various works of art located in the town of Leland.

Ruth Conklin Gallery
Ruth is inspired by the natural beauty of Lake Michigan’s landscape, from the hills and dunes to the blue waters of Lake Michigan. The gallery features her work as well as other local artists.

Synchronicity Gallery
Original work of 98 Michigan artists in a wide variety of media.

The Secret Garden
Contemporary and affordable fine art and handcrafts by over 200 different artists. Paintings, wood, glass, mobiles, pottery, jewelry, wearables, photography, and more.

Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum
Displays about the history of the US Life Saving Service and live demonstrations of some of the equipment used in rescue operations.

Underbark Furniture Workshop
Paul Czamanske’s working studio and a gallery featuring handmade furniture in cherry and leather and work from other local artists.