The grandest festivities on the island are none other but the Fudge Festival, The Lilac Festival and the Taste of Mackinac, but for the more contemporary crowd, the Mackinac Arts Council has a show for you. Founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Mackinac Art Council serves as the island’s largest non-profit arts agency. For the past fifteen years, the group has worked to provide tourists and members of the community with a diversity of cultural and artistic initiatives and programming abilities.
As a key staple for the island’s arts community, they dabble in a bit of event planning for the summer season. From spring to autumn, enjoy activities such as plays, music ensembles, and operas at a variety of venues in town. On the museum side of things, browse through curated art exhibits at the Center for the Arts gallery in the Mission Point Theater lobby overlooking Lake Huron.
Even more artistically speaking, local artists are offering up their expertise to community members through workshops ranging in difficulty and content. Workshops will take place on most Mondays and Wednesdays and are mainly cost effective. Whether it’s watercolor painting, photography lessons, hand lettering or paper marbling, there are so many ways to expand your skillset while having fun.
To tie the days to an end, the Mackinac Arts Council puts on a spectacular performance of sorts on Marquette Park. Every Thursday at 7PM, you can expect to see this area’s best artists and bands perform until dusk featuring happy vibes for you and your friends. The council suggests bringing a blanket or some lawn chairs and tune into the sweet sound of live music.