Libby’s Picks: Can’t-Miss Northern Michigan Events July 28–August 3

Northern Michigan’s largest event calendar, the MyNorth Calendar, highlights amazing things going on across the North—from Thompsonville and Northport to Traverse City, Boyne City and Mackinac Island. Each week, we pick our favorite events to share with you. Curated by MyNorth’s Calendar Editor, Libby Stallman, here’s what’s happening Up North!


Traverse City Film Festival continues through July 30! Check the movie schedule.

July 28 | Summer Sounds at Michigan Legacy Art Park: Nessa
Bring family and friends for a wonderful night of entertainment at an Art Park concert this summer. Guests are welcome to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets. Art Park folding chairs will be available to rent or purchase. To purchase your custom picnic dinner-for-two delivered to you at the concert, call Crystal Mountain at (231) 378-2000 ext. 5000. Food and drink will be available to purchase at this concert. Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville. Concert tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

July 28 | Stroll the Streets
Live music and fun on the streets of Boyne City every Friday night from 6–9 p.m. Music ranges from traditional folk, bluegrass and jazz to rock. Special activities include magicians, caricature artists, face-painters and balloon-twisters. In its 14th year, Stroll the Streets has grown to become the signature event for downtown Boyne City. 231.582.6222.

July 28 | Music in the Park: RFD Boys (Folk/Bluegrass)
Enjoy free, lively music and beautiful views of Northport Bay at G.M. Dame Marina Park. Bring chairs, blankets and a basket full of your favorite local goodies for the full experience. Socialize, picnic and mingle while live music comes your way from some of the most loved talent in the region. 7–9 p.m.

July 28 | Walloon Lake Antique-Tractor Engine & Craft Show
Enjoy activities for all ages! Part of the Flywheelers 30th Anniversary Celebration Show.

July 28–29 | AuSable River Festival Arts & Crafts Show
Jewelry, photography, wood crafts, clothing, homemade bath and body and more.

July 28–29 | Bay Harbor Arts Festival
Live music, interactive elements, “Make & Take Tent” for kids and more.

July 29 | Crooked Tree Art Center Outdoor Art Fair
Over 100 artists and artisans from across the country will be on hand, displaying and selling pieces in a variety of media, including paintings and other 2-D art, jewelry, fibers, glass, pottery, metalwork, and much more at Northwestern Michigan College.

July 30 + August 3 | Concerts at Fountain Point Resort
Shows will take place on the lawn of the historic hotel by the lake. Come by boat or car, bring a picnic and a friend to experience a night of music like never before. Lake Leelanau. 231.256.9800. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.
July 30: Nik Carman and the True Falsettos
August 3: Abigail Stauffer

August 1 | 45th Annual Sault Summer Arts Fest
Walker Cisler University Center at Lake Superior State University, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

August 2 | Music in the Park 
The Swift Brothers perform on Mackinac Island. Music in the Park concerts are every Thursday at 7 p.m.

August 2, 3–6 | Interlochen Summer Arts Festival
Aug. 2 Nathan Gunn, baritone & Julie Gunn, piano; Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall
Aug. 3–6 Evita, High School Musical Theatre Co.; Corson Auditorium. Interlochen, 800.681.5920

August 3 | Adventures on the Pigeon
This preserve offers some of the most remote and unique views in Northern Michigan. Hike to a gorgeous lookout and splash your way back as we get up close and personal with the spectacular Pigeon River. If tromping through the woods and playing along a river sounds like fun, then this is the program for you! Dress for hiking and clothes you won’t mind getting wet. Indian River. Ages 9–12, call 231.344.1018 to register.

August 3 | Music on the Mountain: Jill Jack
Transportation via chair lift or six-passenger golf cart begins at 6 p.m. Cash bar and snacks are available for purchase. Chairs provided. Please, no coolers. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Mountain Flowers Lodge. One, 15-minute intermission at approximately 8 p.m. The Homestead, Glen Arbor. Show starts at 7 p.m.; $15. 231.334.5000. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com. 

August 3 | Jazz at Sunset
Join The Jeff Haas Trio and special guests for a wonderful evening of music, wine and stunning sunsets. Lisa Flahive’s work is featured again as the Artist-in-Residence for the 24th anniversary season. You can watch Flahive create this impressive artwork live every Thursday evening this summer at Chateau Chantal during Jazz at Sunset with the Jeff Haas Trio. 7–9:30 p.m. Traverse City, 231.223.4110.


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