One of Northern Michigan’s most highly anticipated festivals is making a comeback in 2021. View the events calendar for this year’s Interlochen Arts Festival, featuring live performances by Harry Connick, Jr., Chicago, Jake Owen and more.

The Interlochen Arts Festival has brought world-class performing artists to Northern Michigan since 1964, and this year is no different. The limited 2021 season taking place Aug. 3–29 will see Harry Connick, Jr., Chicago and Jake Owen headlining the event, which marks the return of in-person public performances at Interlochen’s Kresge Auditorium.

The six-concert series will also include performances by best-selling rock band Foreigner, two-time Grammy Award winners Old Crow Medicine Show with special guest Molly Tuttle and blues icons Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph. Tickets go on sale June 22 and can be purchased at Proceeds from ticket sales fund scholarships for young artists to attend Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy.

While the festival traditionally includes concerts, plays and musicals by top ensembles of Interlochen Arts Camp, the summer 2021 Arts Festival will consist entirely of concerts, all but one of which will take place after the conclusion of Interlochen Arts Camp. Arts Camp 2021 student performances are closed to the public, though many are live-streamed at And, as always, concerts by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra are broadcast live on Interlochen Public Radio.

The 2021 Interlochen Arts Festival Lineup


Tuesday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets starting at $57

Harry Connick, Jr. and his Band Time to Play!

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets starting at $69 

The Greatest Hits of Foreigner

Saturday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets starting at $41

Jake Owen

Thursday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets starting at $37

Old Crow Medicine Show with special guest Molly Tuttle

Saturday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets starting at $29

Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Sunday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. | Tickets starting at $32