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AN ARTFUL SUMMER IN MARQUETTE COUNTY—
MARQUETTE, MI – An abundance of natural beauty offers plenty of inspiration in Marquette County. Much like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the options to enjoy an art-filled event run the gamut. From beads and beats to paintings and pottery, there are opportunities to stroll through parks, streets and museums to meet the artists who share their talents in so many ways. Upcoming events occurring this summer include:
Marquette Art Week is a celebration of rich and diverse culture that takes place June 25 – July 1 and features exhibits, artist receptions, concerts, workshops, demonstrations, and live performances. New events this year include the Fairy Garden Festival of Marquette, the Fresh Coast Plein Aire Painting Festival with over $2,000 in prize money, and a special concert by legendary folk musician Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary. In addition, Thursday evening’s Art Stroll has expanded to feature more than 30 artist receptions.
Each summer an eclectic mix of local musicians line the sidewalks of Third Street in Marquette’s Downtown District from 6 pm to 8 pm as part of the Music on Third summer concert series. Held the third Thursday of the month, June through September. Music on Third encourages the community to get out to enjoy local music and visit the more than 100 unique shops and restaurants that line the Third Street district.
The 16th annual Blueberry Festival, is set for Friday, July 28 from 10 am to 7 pm in Downtown Marquette. Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food vendors, artists, demonstrations, pony rides, inflatable arcade games, and activities for children and families. Downtown restaurants will satisfy cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, while many downtown shops offer will offer “blue” specials. Local farmers will be on-hand throughout the day selling fresh produce, including mounds of plump blueberries and music fills the streets as live musicians perform throughout the day.
Artisans from across the region will gather to share their traditional metalworking, woodworking, textiles and other crafts of the iron ranges at the Iron Ore History Museum in Negaunee August 5 and 6 for the Artisans of the Forge event that will take place at the historic Carp River Forge Site on the Museum grounds, which operated from 1857 to 1855. Period music, old-fashioned children’s games and guided tours of the historic site will round out the weekend.
Located in beautiful downtown Marquette right along the multi-use path and in view of Lake Superior, locals and visitors alike enjoy browsing among the variety of goods and products for sale set in a festive atmosphere at the Marquette Farmer’s Market. Each Saturday from May through October, more than 50 vendors gather at the Marquette Commons to sell produce, food and artisan goods set to live music.