Arts and entertainment are alive and well in Traverse City. The local community is filled with talented artists, writers, film makers, performers, musicians and supporters of the arts. Working with business leaders and countless volunteers, Traverse City has developed a diverse calendar of festivals draw visitors from throughout the country and beyond.

festivalTraverse City has long been known as the “Cherry Capital of the World,” thanks in large part to the renowned National Cherry Festival which draws visitors by the thousands each July. Michael Moore’s grassroots renovation of the State Theatre brought to life the Traverse City Film Festival, attracting actors, directors and film enthusiasts from across the nation. We celebrate the fruits of the vine at wine festivals throughout the region. And as our reputation for craft beer grows so do our opportunities to gather and enjoy it. The popular MicroBrew & Music Festival is now a bi-annual event. Even comedy takes the stage with a downtown celebration at the Winter Comedy Arts Festival.

Performing Arts are not only celebrated, but taught, at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Famous graduates of the school including Jewel and Josh Groban have returned to perform during the Summer Arts Festival series. After a massive $8.5 million renovation the City Opera House reopened it’s doors to become the host for a vast array of performances. They are also home to the National Writers Series, where you can see world-class authors on stage discussing their books and experience. Whether you want to catch a local play, get tickets to the orchestra, or just sit and enjoy some live music in a small venue, you can find it in Traverse City.

cherryA day at the museum will open your eyes to experiences new, and old. The Dennos Museum, located on the campus of Northwestern Community College, hosts year round exhibitions and a renowned Inuit Gallery. Learn about the history of our town at the History Center and in the Music House Museum. Don’t forget the kids! There’s something for the little ones too at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum. If you’re feeling lucky, you’ll be glad to know there are several casinos in the region where you can roll the dice, play the slots or sit down for a game of poker.

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