Crooked Tree Arts Center
The Little Traverse Region has long been a haven for artists—and in Petoskey, the heart of that community is Crooked Tree Arts Center. Housed in an 1890-built Methodist church (in itself a work of art, with incredible architectural details and original stained glass), the center is a vibrant hub for creative and cultural happenings—from exhibits to live music to classes in art, music and dance. After wandering through the galleries, catch a performance in the 235seat theater or peruse the Art Tree Gallery, a year-round shop with jewelry, pottery, paintings and other works for sale by local artists. This summer brings a special salon-style exhibit from Oil Painters of America, featuring lectures, workshops, and more than 400 works from some of the best oil painters in the nation. A must-stop on Petoskey’s annual Gallery Walk, held this year on June 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 461 E. Mitchell St., 231.347.4337, crookedtree.org.
Bay View Music Festival
Since its founding in 1875 as a Methodist retreat camp, the Bay View community has always had its roots in the fine arts and education. Each summer brings nine full weeks of entertainment—nearly a performance every single night—ranging from live music to theater arts to comedy. Visit Bay View online for performance dates and ticket information, and to learn more this season’s visiting artists series. bayviewfestival.org.
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art and culture is a highlight of the summer for its tight community of long-time attendees. Known for showcasing American roots and world music, the festival also features art and music workshops, a plethora of activities for kids, a juried arts and crafts show, rustic camping, and lots more. Cross Village, July 12-14, blissfest.org. MyNorth.com/vg-pm
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MUSIC AL FRESCO Four spots to enjoy free outdoor concerts all summer long: Street Musique: Every Thursday night through Labor Day, the sidewalks of Harbor Springs’ downtown are turned into stages for regional musicians. Kids can participate in face painting, magic shows, sidewalk-chalk art and more. HARBORSPRINGSCHAMBER.COM.
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Evenings at the Gazebo: This free concert series brings live music to Boyne City’s Old City Park, at the corner of Park and River Streets, every Wednesday night from June 19 through August 14. A local pizzeria is on hand, too, selling soft drinks and pizza by the slice for picnickers. BOYNECHAMBER.COM. Concerts in the Park: The Charlotte Ross Lee concert series has been a Petoskey tradition for more than 30 years. Located along a historic former railroad corridor in Pennsylvania Park, on Lake Street between Howard and Division Streets. Schedule online. PETOSKEY.COM. Petoskey Rocks!: Friday nights in the summer from 6 to 9 p.m. Street music, carriage rides, trolley rides, movie in the park, special store events and more. Full schedule at PETOSKEYDOWNTOWN.COM.
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