Arts and Culture
Gaze at locally crafted art while walking through one of our galleries, stroll through time at one of our museums, or take a class and make your own art! Plan your trip around seeing some live music at one of our many events. We have some of the best venues for catching a live show!
Visit this museum of work created by found material artist, Ritch Branstrom. His Rapid River location is covered from floor to ceiling with unique art pieces that he has created over the years. Most of his pieces are inspired by a single found item that resembles something else. There are large scale outdoor pieces that he has created throughout Delta County. Take a peek into the gallery through the windows or contact him on Facebook to arrange a commission art piece. To get the full feel of his art, you need to see them in person.
The local college has three different galleries to view the art created by students and locals.
The Besse Center South Gallery
Located at the Learning Resource Center entrance, this gallery houses the college’s permanent art collection and exhibits of local and national artists. Each semester a student exhibit features a wide variety of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and mixed media.
The Hartwig Art Gallery
Opened in January 2000, in conjunction with the new art wing, which houses the college’s art studios for ceramics, painting, and drawing. This gallery shows feature the best artists from the upper Midwest region and changes throughout the year.
The Bay College West Gallery
Located in the Upper Commons. For more information, contact Email Kristine Granger or call 906-217-4252.
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center
The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center is a regional center that focuses on art, music, theater, and art classes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are located close to downtown Escanaba inside, what used to be, a church. You can take fun classes here, catch live music, or just take a free stroll through the art gallery. There are always new exhibits on display from all ages and abilities.
East Ludington Gallery
Whether your taste is eccentric or functional, the East Ludington Gallery of Upper Michigan will surely have a piece to enhance the beauty of your home, office, or cabin. The East Ludington Gallery is in a large historic building in downtown Escanaba. With many rooms throughout the establishment, there is a wide variety of art displayed here. You will truly enjoy walking through the facility and meeting some of our Working Artists. Our Upper Peninsula Artists offer the collector works of creativity on both a small or large scale, but always immense in quality and value.
Ten Mile Creek Forge & Gift Shop
Located in Bark River, this art gallery has an outstanding array of beautiful art and unusual items. You will be amazed by this wonderful collection of artwork, mostly created by residents of the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Visitors can sometimes see George at work in his forge! These demonstrations are free of charge. George also demonstrates his blacksmith techniques at many events throughout the year. He heads up the U. P. Steam and Gas Engine Antique Village Blacksmith Shop located on the State Fairgrounds at Escanaba.
Village Artisans of Garden
This quaint art gallery lets you take a peek into the lives of locals living in rural places. In 1983, a group of people interested in promoting arts and crafts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan purchased a 100-year-old building to serve as a center for meeting and displaying artwork created by those living in and around the village Garden. In 1985, Village Artisans of Garden opened the Garden Gallery.
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center
The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center is a regional center that also holds music events! Check out their Facebook to see what events they have going on currently!
Fayette Historic State Park
This abandoned smelting community has some beautiful architecture with a gorgeous limestone bluff in the background. They host live music here a couple of times a year, along with other seasonal events. Listen or dance to music as it echos through this amazing State Park. Check out their Facebook to see what upcoming music events they have lined up!
Ludington Park Band Shell
These open-air concerts are one of the dreamiest scenes during the summertime. The bandshell lets music ring far and near for those wanting to just listen or take part in some dancing. It’s hard to miss any live music here because you’re sure to see it as you drive past during your Ludington Park drive.
Nahma Inn/ General Store
Open year-round; the Inn is a great place for those looking to unwind and relax in the quaint town of Nahma, MI. The town is situated on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc and is a playground for various recreation activities. The General Store has live music multiple times throughout the year. It is rigged with top-notch audio equipment and is decorated with antiques of all kinds. Check out their Facebook to learn more!
Northern Sun Winery
Relax with some scenic views of vineyards and a perfect charcuterie plate paired with a wine that is grown on-site. Northern Sun Winery holds a couple of live music events each year to help local non-profits raise funds. Lush green vines frame every view you have, and the spirits are always high. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events!
Terrace Bay Hotel
Rock out with plenty of room to dance! The huge ballroom at Terrace Bay Hotel is a great place to catch live music. If you are traveling to the area for music, you can hunker down at the Terrace Bay with a cozy room after watching music all night. Check their Facebook page to see what events are happening!
U.P. State Fairgrounds
Travel to see some of your favorite bands on the big stage. One of the best nights to watch music from the grandstands is during the U.P. State Fair, the most attended event in the Upper Peninsula. This is a great music venue for those hoping to sit with a great view or shake a leg on the main floor. Check our events page for more information on upcoming music events.
Upper Hand Brewery
With a couple of different locations on-site to host live music, you can tour the brewing facility while listening to fresh tunes. They host many music events each year, along with other non-music related events. Their taproom makes you feel like you’re truly up north in someone’s cabin or cottage. Check out their Facebook page to see what events are happening now!
Delta County Historical Society
The Delta County Historical Society was founded in 1948. The primary objective of this newly formed non-profit organization was to collect local historical materials, preserve them, and present this information to the citizens of Delta County to make them more fully aware of the area’s rich past. Today the Delta County Historical Society is proud to operate its museum, archives, and Sand Point Lighthouse for locals and visitors alike.
Upper Peninsula Veterans Museum
This is the first time that a space is dedicated to recounting stories of veterans from across the entire Upper Peninsula. For nearly two centuries, U.P. men and women have served our nation. They have made sacrifices to ensure our freedom and have shaped communities throughout the U.P. This museum helps visitors understand the military experience. It tells stories of uncommon valor displayed by U.P. soldiers. And through artifacts, honors, letters home, diaries, and other materials, help us all remember and understand our veterans’ enduring contribution.
Webster Marble Inventing the Outdoors Museum
Come meet the inventor of outdoor recreation products that were trusted by outdoorsmen like Teddy Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh. This museum takes you to a time where Americans started to appreciate the outdoors as a means of enjoyment. This museum is a must for anyone who loves the outdoors!