Balloons Over Bay Harbor : Sept. 20-22. Today includes Balloon Flight #2 Over Bay Harbor Area, Autumn Glory Color Run & Walk (3K), Pilot Meet & Greet, Balloon Flight #3 Over Bay Harbor Area, VIP "Afterglow" Reception Viewing Night from the LOFT, Night Glow & more.
Backpacks Stuffing: Presented by the Michigan Alumni Spirit Group of Little Traverse Bay. All welcome. The team will help assemble backpacks of food & nutritional items for school age children to take home. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Fiber Without Borders: A juried exhibition of 2D & 3D work exploring fiber materials in fresh, original ways. A reception to launch the exhibition is Fri., Sept. 13, 6-8pm. Runs through Nov 7. Hours: Mon. - Fri.: 9am-4pm. Sat. & Sun.: 12-4pm.
“Friends & Fine Editions” Used Book Sale: Runs Sept. 18-28. Reduced pricing begins Sept. 25 with a "bag sale." Fill a bag with books & pay $5 a bag. Pay only $1 per bag on Sept. 28. Held on Mondays from 9am-8pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9am-5:30pm; & Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
"Chasing Color - Catching Light": Artists Jacquie Auch, Dorothy McGrath Grossman & Janet Wilson Oliver blend their styles & techniques to share how color influences & dominates their work. An artists reception will be held on Weds., Sept. 18 from 5-7pm.
"Michigan Now: Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition": Artists throughout the state of Michigan were invited to submit work of all media & subject matter. A total of 58 artists are represented in the exhibition of 79 works of art. A reception will be held on Sat., Sept. 21 from 2-4pm. Runs through Nov. 9.
Annual All Media Juried Exhibition: Runs Sept. 6 - Oct. 4. Local & regional artists will compete for Gold ($1,000), Silver ($700) & Bronze ($300) awards. The opening reception takes place on Fri., Sept. 6 from 5-7pm. Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10am-4:30pm. Sat.: 10am-4pm. Sun.: 12-4pm.
ORIGINAL: Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Prints: Featuring all forms of printmaking by artists from across the U.S. An opening reception will be held on Sat., Sept. 7 from 2-4pm. Exhibit runs through Nov. 14.
Peterson Rd. Beach Clean Up: Help clean up Peterson Road Beach on International Coastal Clean Up Day. Help track the trash through the Alliance for the Great Lakes reporting system. Register by contacting the Benzie Conservation District: 231-882-4391.
The Floating World: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Prints: A select assortment of prints by Japanese artists of the Edo & Meiji periods, including Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) & Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), will be on display. On loan from Purdue University's permanent collection. Runs Sept. 7, beginning at 2pm, through Nov. 14.
"Harbor Springs: Then & Now": Each piece of art from this exhibition is a snapshot of the people, events & landscapes which make up the heritage of Harbor Springs. Open on Fridays & Saturdays from 11am-3pm, July 26 - Oct. 12.
"Still Life With Soup": This juried show celebrates artist interpretations of the prompt, "Still Life With Soup." Over 20 works will be on display along with a selection of handmade Soup Bowls by area potters. An opening reception will be held on Fri., Sept. 13 from 5-7pm, featuring wine from Cherry Republic & light fare from John Cross Fishery. Exhibit runs through Nov. 2.
Modern Female Archetypes-Group Show: Featuring more than 20 female artists in a variety of mediums exploring the idea of archetypes & how they connect us all, often regardless of age, geography & social status. Runs from Sept. 6 - Oct. 6. An opening reception will coincide with the Downtown Fall Art Walk on Sept. 6 from 5-9pm. Hours: Wed.-Sat.: 11am-6pm; Sun.: 11am-4pm. Closed on Tues. Call on Mon. (sometimes closed).
“The CTAC Instructors Show”: This exhibit highlights the creative work of CTAC visual arts instructors. Course instructors for both CTAC-Petoskey & CTAC-Traverse City locations were invited to participate. A variety of styles & media will be on display, including watercolor, oil, pastel, photography & fibers. Runs Sept. 21 - Oct. 26.
25th Annual Taste of Harbor Springs: Tickets include a commemorative glass & unlimited "tastes" from local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from this fundraiser go to Culinary Scholarships for aspiring local chefs.
Betsie Valley Ride for Reading: Join fellow motorcycle enthusiasts for a scenic fall ride from Geno's Sports Bar and Grill in Thompsonville to Empire Beach & back. Includes a post event party with food, music, auction, raffles & more. Register by Aug. 30 for discounted rate. Register: SignMeUp.com. Benefits the Betsie Valley District Library.
"Chasing Light": An exhibit dedicated to glass. Featuring all forms of art glass including blown, fused, stained glass, cast, torched & more. An artist reception will be held on Sun., Sept. 15 from 1-4pm. Exhibit runs through Oct. 4. Open daily from 1-4pm.
3rd Annual Blocktoberfest: Enjoy live music by Virgil Baker & the Just for Fun Band & the Kari Lynch Band, dancing, cornhole, kids games, food & world class beer. Prizes will be awarded for beard & mustache contests & beer stein holding contest. The beer garden will serve craft beers & wine from northern MI breweries including Snowbelt Brewing Co., Big Buck Brewery, Rolling Oak & Cheboygan Brewing Co. ...
3rd Annual Zumba Event: Energetic dance workout led by 4 certified Zumba instructors. Donations encouraged for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers. Bring workout clothes, water bottle & towel. Hosted by Zumba Fitness w/ Brad Jones - find on Facebook.
The Violet Viola Concerto: The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra welcomes composer David Lockington to the podium, conducting the world premiere, "The Violet Viola Concerto." Pre-concert talk with GLCO Music Director Libor Ondras & Lockington at 5:45pm. Tickets: $25-$50; 18 & under, free; special pricing for veterans.
"The Importance of Being Earnest": Two bachelors create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome social obligations. When they attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men named Ernest, confusion reigns.
"Find Your Park" After Dark Star Party: Highlights: Jupiter, Saturn, summer Milky Way. At the Dune Climb, please park in the row furthest from the dunes with your headlights facing M-109. Free; participants need to only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle. 231-326-4700, ext. 5005.