52nd Annual Buckley Old Engine Show: August 15-18. Over 1,000 antique steam, gas & diesel tractors, 400 lot flee market, 600+ antique gas & oil engines, 1800's sawmill, 1918 steam train rides, 1948 Spirit of Traverse City steam train rides, arts & crafts, wood shop & wood crafts, tractor games, farm exhibits & much more.
Paint Grand Traverse: Free Painting Demos: Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long plein air painting festival & competition featuring artists from across the country. Watch live as they paint their way around the bays & shorelines; through the vineyards & orchards; & around the historic villages & vibrant downtowns. The event will take place August 12-18. Visit paintgrandtraverse.com to discover where to find artists each day.
"Impressions Small Works Showcase": Presented by the American Impressionist Society. Nearly 200 original paintings from artists across the nation will be on display for this showcase. Runs through Aug. CTAC will host a four-day Impressionist plein air paint out in the Petoskey area on June 5–8, which will culminate with a “wet paint sale” & opening reception from 5-8pm on Sat., June 8. There will also be live painting demonstrations ...
"Small Works, Big Impact: Community College Project": Over 100 community members, ages 3 to 80+ created work for this exhibition. It is a fundraiser & as the work sells, it is taken off the wall. Runs through Aug. 16.
32nd Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: Aug. 12-18. Featuring the Bay Area Big Band, Community Paddle Event, Commission on Aging Picnic & Car Show, Duck & Glow 5k Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kiddie Dash, Grass River’s “Riverfest & Auction,” Dominic Fortuna, Corn Hole Tournament, Rubber Ducky Parade & Race, Woodstock 2, Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge XC, & much more.
The Magic Thursday Artists Summer Show & Sale: Runs July 1 - Aug. 31. Enjoy over 100 works of original art in oil, pastel, acrylic & watercolor. Hours are weekdays from 10am-5pm. The opening reception is on July 10 from 5-7pm. A special feature this year is “Art Takes Flight," a nod to the beauty of birds in northern MI.
"Sea to Sky" : Solo show of MI artist Edward Duff. Featuring recognizable scenes of the region & beyond. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5-8pm. Show runs during gallery hours through Sept. 1.
Capitol Women: Pioneering Women at Work Under the Dome: Presented by Michigan State Capitol Historian & Curator Valerie Marvin. Optional lunch served at noon for a $3 suggested donation for 60+; $5 all others. Register: 922-2080.
"Minglings: The Migration": Featuring internationally recognized fiber artist Gerhardt Knodel. Inspired by a 17th century Ming dynasty textile fragment that traveled in its day from China to Portugal. Runs June 9 - Sept. 8. Open daily 10am-5pm & Sundays from 1-5pm.
Paint Grand Traverse 2019 Quick Draw Competition: Two-hour competition for plein air painters working on location at Crystal Mountain & Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville. 100 artists will compete for cash awards, followed by the chance to purchase original works of art celebrating the northern MI landscape by area artists as well as artists from across the country. Stop by for food, drinks, live music & a celebration of creativity.
17th Annual Festival on the Bay: Aug. 15-17. Featuring live music, The BIG Art Show, kayak rides, Jiimaan Canoe rides on the Bay, Petoskey Great Duck Drop, Petoskey Cardboard Boat Race, Celebration of the Sunset, Million Dollar Sunset, & more.
Small Plates: A progressive dinner along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Enjoy a glass of wine paired with a gourmet tapas dish in the tasting rooms of up to three wineries. Many wineries partner with local chefs to prepare & serve each pairing. Seatings at 6pm, 7:10pm & 8:20pm.
Bob James, David Sanborn & Marcus Miller: SOLD OUT: These three jazz greats bring their Grammy-winning smooth jazz album "Double Vision." They are joined by drummer Billy Kilson & vocalist Larry Braggs & will perform classic songs like "Since I Fell For You" & "Maputo."
Mustard's Retreat: This house concert is part of WNMC's developing Orchard concert series. Folk music that is "for real people about real things." Tickets available at Oryana Food Cooperative, Brilliant Books, or call: 231-421-5079.
Great Lakes Leadership Forum: Join Bill Cobb, chairman of Frontdoor, Inc. & retired CEO of H&R Block as he moderates this talk-show style event featuring a panel of influential speakers: Les Garland, co-founder of MTV; Mike Rawlings, former mayor of Dallas; & Brian Swette, president of Sweet Earth Foods.