Friday, August 17, 2012

Performing Arts in West Michigan

There is something magical about watching a live performance, whether it be a ballet, theatrical performance, musical, dramatic play, or an 80’s cover band, West Michigan is home to all these different types of performances, and more! If you are one who enjoys a traditional theatre performance, be it a play, musical, concert or ballet, we recommend you check out these fantastic options on your next trip to West Michigan.

Barn Theatre
, Augusta
Broadway Grand Rapids
, Grand Rapids
Interlochen Center for the Arts
, Interlochen
Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage
, Benton Harbor
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
, Saugatuck
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra
, St. Joseph

Perhaps the traditional theatre setting isn’t necessarily your scene, West Michigan is home to plenty of non-traditional theaters that will leave you wanting more. For example,
Cornwell's Turkeyville USA in Marshall has a year round dinner theater located right inside the restaurant. Each year the plays are different and always have a unique and funny twist.

For those who enjoy a summer on the water, the
Port City Princess in Muskegon is known for its concerts aboard the ship while out sailing the great Lake Michigan. If you’re ready to rock (literally and figuratively), this is the venue for you.

If you haven’t heard, the 80’s are making a comeback and the
Mega 80’s will make you feel like they never left. Enjoy this all-too-real cover band at a local West Michigan venue or you can catch them at venues all throughout the state.

If you’re feeling lucky on your next trip to West Michigan, try one of the many Casinos that also have great concerts and shows on a regular basis.

Kewadin Casino's DreamMaker Theater
, Sault Ste. Marie
Blue Chip Casino
, Michigan City, IN
Little River Casino Resort
, Manistee
Odawa Casino Resort
, Petoskey
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
, Mt. Pleasant
There are also quite a few summer festivals that focus on Music and the arts. Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids takes place the first weekend in June every summer and features local talent acts. The Ionia Free Fair takes place every July and features big name headliners and the Allegan County Fair happens every September and also features national top acts.

One of our favorite summertime venues is
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. These botanical gardens come alive in the summer. Dozens of hot musical acts come to the outdoor amphitheater and wow audiences. Bring a low chair or blanket and a snack and you have yourself a perfect night with one of your favorite performers.

And how is this for some fun, the
Grand Haven Waterfront / Musical Fountain is the world’s largest Musical Fountain and shows every night in the summer. Enjoy classic tunes accompanied by dancing fountains- cool, huh?

Lastly, if you want a true musical experience, the
Music House Museum just outside of Traverse City has it for you. This unique museum presents an extensive collection of some of the world's most fascinating & beautiful automated musical instruments. Guests enjoy docent guided tours that include demonstration of instruments in period settings and galleries for a 90 minute tour of memorable musical entertainment. Throughout the season, the museum also offers silent films accompanied with music from a Mighty Wurlitzer organ.


Jill said...

And also check out Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for concerts and other events during the summertime, including visits from international orchestras and choirs. Plus in Whitehall there is the Howmet Theater, a venue for local and regional talent on stage, special showings of interesting movies and documentaries, as well as other performing artists throughout the year.

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