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From concerts to conferences, Marquette is home to a wonderful assortment of creative events
City of Marquette Art Week
Last full week of June
A weeklong celebration of Marquette’s creative community, featuring a wide variety of performances, art installations and displays, workshops, and other events in conventional and unconventional spaces.
City of Marquette Annual Art Awards
An evening of honoring and celebrating Marquette’s finest creatives and advocates with an awards show featuring performances by past and present award winners.
The awards began in 1997 as a way to honor those in the community who consistently donated their time and talents to the Arts in the City of Marquette.
Revolve Creative Conference
Revolve’s goal is to promote the creative class in the Midwest and support collaboration, cross-discipline works, and creative business. This annual conference brings creative industry leaders from our community as well as around the country for a series of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking.
Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference
The U.P. Nonprofit Conference, hosted by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development, provides an exciting opportunity for nonprofit leaders, board members, staff, and volunteers from throughout the U.P. to come together to learn, discuss, and share common concerns and ideas that influence our communities. The conference features workshops and keynote speakers along the topics of fund development, operations, commutations, and more.
The Connect Conference, hosted by Connect Marquette, is an event geared toward professionals looking to develop new skills and gain inspiration from other professionals. Traditionally hosted at Northern Michigan University, the event consists of panels and workshops to provide new learning opportunities for workers in any industry.
Michigan Museums Association Annual Conference
Each fall, the Michigan Museums Association and local partners host museum professionals, volunteers, board members, and supporters from throughout the state. The conference includes engaging sessions, fantastic events, fabulous speakers, and many wonderful opportunities to gather with others working toward similar goals.
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
For more than 50 years, Americans for the Arts has been convening an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts.
Art on the Rocks
Last full weekend in July
A juried fine art fair at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, featuring over 130 artists from around the country representing a wide variety of media.
Artist applications are open January 1-March 31 each year for the following summer.
OutBack Art Fair
Last full weekend in July
An arts and high-end crafts fair at Picnic Rocks.
Fresh Coast Film Festival
A documentary film festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment, and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest.
Holiday Art Sale
A juried artist and artisan market hosted by the Marquette Regional History Center.
Artist applications typically open in August and are due in September.
Last full weekend in August
Harborfest is a fundraising event for Marquette West Rotary and the Marquette West Rotary Foundation that includes two days of activities for the whole family, including food, musical entertainment, libations, inflatables, and more! Since 1984, over $700,000 in grants for local non-profits has been raised.
Lakenenland Music Fest
Lakenenland Music Festival is a free music festival at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, featuring an eclectic mix of local music.
Hiawatha Music Festival
Second-to-last full weekend in July
The Hiawatha Festival, hosted at Marquette’s Tourist Park, is the only event of its size and scope in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Each year’s event features traditional music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk – including singer/songwriters – and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites.
Marquette Area Blues Festival
Labor Day Weekend
The Marquette Area Blues Fest features an amazing array of world-class blues musicians and offers a wide variety of food vendors, a beer and wine tent, free workshops, a large dance floor, and assorted arts and crafts booths.
It’s okay to ask for help! Check out all of the wonderful organizations just a phone call away that exist to support our creative community.
City of Marquette Office of Arts & Culture
The City of Marquette Office of Arts & Culture serves to encourage, develop, and facilitate a rich environment of artistic, creative, and cultural activity in Marquette.
Upper Peninsula Arts & Culture Alliance
The U.P. Arts & Culture Alliance fosters and promotes creativity by encouraging connections between individuals, organizations, artists, performers, and audiences throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The UPACA is a 15-county affinity group comprised of artisan and art organizations, historians and culture bearers, as well as allies in related sectors such as tourism and recreation, local and regional government, and economic development.
Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching peoples’ lives. Arts Midwest offers a variety of invaluable services to artists and organizations residing and working in the Midwestern United States, including but not limited to specialized programs such as ArtsLab and Creating Connection, grant opportunities, and resources.
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
The MCACA is the State of Michigan’s key conduit for arts and cultural information, grant funding, and more.
Michigan Art Education Association
The Michigan Art Education Association promotes quality visual arts education through leadership, service and professional development. Among the services offered by the MAEA are scholarship opportunities for students seeking careers in art education, conferences, and awards for outstanding art educators.
Michigan Film & Digital Media Office
The Michigan Film & Digital Media Office serves to assist and attract incoming production companies and to promote the growth of our indigenous industry and position the state as a worldwide production destination.
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network recognizes and preserves Michigan’s cultural and architectural heritage.
Michigan Historical Society
The Michigan Historical Society connects Michigan’s past to students, educators, historical organizations and the public through educational programs, conferences, publications and more.
Michigan Humanities connects people and communities by fostering and supporting quality cultural programs, including the Arts & Humanities Touring Program in partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Great Michigan Read, and Poetry Out Loud. They also provide grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, community groups, libraries and schools.
Michigan Museums Association
The Michigan Museums Association shares expertise and resources to promote standards and practices that make the Michigan museum community thrive.
Michigan Library Association
The Michigan Library Association leads the advancement of all Michigan libraries through advocacy, education, and engagement.
Michigan Festivals and Events Association
The Michigan Festivals and Events Association supports and promotes festivals, fairs, events, attractions, suppliers and tourism through education, marketing, and networking.
Michigan Presenters Network
Michigan Presenters Network nurtures organizational leadership, professional development, and knowledge exchange in the performing arts.
Community Theatre Association of Michigan
The Community Theatre Association of Michigan helps community theatre thrive in Michigan through statewide conferences, master classes, and resource sharing.
Michigan Arts Education Instruction & Assessment
MAEIA resources and tools help districts and schools strengthen their systems and advance arts as a core element of a public education.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts supports exemplary arts projects in communities nationwide through grantmaking, initiatives, partnerships, and events.
Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and leads, serves, and advances the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.
Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development (GLCYD)
GLCYD provides regional nonprofit organizations with expertise, training, and resources so that all youth can thrive in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
The DDA is responsible for the planning and implementation of economic development, historic preservation, and prevention of deterioration in the downtown business district.
Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP)
The LSCP is Marquette County’s leading resource for economic development, providing a wide variety of affordable and effective development services.
The LSCP helps partners make connections that matter – between businesses, organizations, leaders and legislators, and provides a powerful legislative voice for programs and policies that strengthen our regional economy.