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Events and Festivals

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Photo by Cora Godwin

We revel at the thought of our hometown heritage and celebrate the unexpected in all that is art. Harbor Country fills a calendar with its many reasons for a festival or unique event.

Each year we look forward to winter activities including the HCPAI Birdhouse Auction in January and the February Chocolate Classic. In April we celebrate the arts and spring with the Art Attack tour. Summer kicks off with the Annual Flag Day Celebration, and Artigras, followed by Ship & Shore and Harvest Days.

Our website is updated regularly with activities and events held at the eclectic array of venues in Harbor Country. If the weekend seems way too quiet, you might not be looking hard enough.
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First Fridays @ 5

Jun 6 - Sep 5, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Region: Neighbor of Harbor Country
Location: Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd St. Michigan City
Contact: Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Phone: (219)874-4900

Enjoy art, music, refreshments and more at our popular after-hours event. Admission is free. Phone 219.874.4900 for more information or visit us online at lubeznikcenter.org. 6-9 PM or 5-8 Central time.

Singer Songwriter contest

Jul 31, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
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Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Last year's first annual singer songwriter contest at the Acorn was a huge success. The finals were one of the highlights of the 2013 season bringing in talent from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Come be a part of the excitement this year and participate in the audience vote for the winner of the 2014 Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition.

Winner will receive the following: 1) A cash prize. 2) open for Andrew Salgado at the Acorn, August 15th, and 3) studio time for winner's single to be produced.

Opening Reception: Two Exhibits,

Aug 1, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Location: 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City, IN

"Invasive Species…The Art of Upcycling " is a group show featuring creative use and the fine art of sustainability. Artist Jan Dean uses upcycled materials in her installation, "Transformations." Exhibits run thru October 18.  219-874-4900, 

Eugene O'Neill's Hughie

Aug 1 - 2, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside
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Phone: 866-811-4111

Eugene O’Neill’s classic two-character play is set in the lobby of a hotel early one morning in the late 1920s. Its characters are the hotel's gray and withdrawn night clerk, and "Erie" Smith, a penny-ante gambler who has spent most of his last 15 years at the hotel between periods of drunkenness. His most recent bender was prompted by the death of the title character, who was the night clerk's predecessor. Erie babbles through tales of his life's imaginary successes, as well as his panicky optimism for the future. The night clerk can only listen to this study in fraudulent glibness, which is touching, revealing and a telling measure of what is behind this man's delusions.

O'Neill renders a palpable journey into Erie's soul that both invites and compels us to join Erie in supportive community along his path of mourning to ultimate redemption. 

Two performances: Friday, August 1, 8:00pm ET & Saturday, August 2, 8:00pm ET

Company: Seanachaí Theatre Company 

Photo Exhibit, Lecture and Reception

Aug 1 - 31, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Tabula Rasa Gallery 8918 First St., Baroda, MI 49101
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Contact: Greta Hurst
Phone: 773-972-1786

Tabula Rasa Gallery is pleased to announce that fine art photographer Butch Welch will be exhibiting his stunning photographs of lighthouses, beaches, sky and water, taken in all seasons. These are absolutely gorgeous prints of our Lakes at their finest, many taken in and around St. Joseph. On August 2nd, 1-2pm, Butch will talk about his art and his meticulous techniques for capturing and printing his images, followed by an artists's reception from 3-5pm.

"Safety Last"

Aug 2, 2014
Time: 02:00 PM To 03:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
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Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Dennis Scott, a world renowned organist, accompanies the romantic yet funny silent film "Safety Last." 

Art & Music in the Vineyard

Aug 2 - 3, 2014
Time: 01:00 PM To 06:00 PM
Location: 10983 Hills Road, Baroda

Two-day fest features some of Michiana’s finest artists. Original works of art in the form of pottery, glass, metal sculptures, paintings, and much more. Now this sounds like a good combo...sipping on a glass of wine, beer, or spirits while shopping and listening to live music. 800-716-WINE

Children’s Art & Nature Camp

Aug 4 - 8, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Location: 16187 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier

Students create art projects based on exploration of nature. Class held on 53-acre farm with three instructors. 269-469-5332

Improv Games in the Lounge

Aug 7, 2014
Time: 07:30 PM To 10:30 PM
Location: Acorn Theater: New Leaf Lounge
Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Donna Blue hosts another monthly improv game night. Audience members are encouraged to participate. $10 tickets

Open Mic host David Lahm

Aug 12, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Come to the Acorn Theater for another open mic night. Hosted by David Lahm

Peacock Place Gallery & Gifts Artist Reception

Aug 16, 2014
Time: 02:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Peacock Place, 13436 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert
Phone: 269-329-8674

August 16, Sat, 2-5pm, Peacock Place Gallery & Gifts Artist Reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres.  Grand Opening Sale 50% off Pantara Designs, All-Recycled Neck-Tie Fashions:  www.pantara.us  Collecting donations for HELP4SWMI Advocacy Center of Union Pier.  Free Gift with Purchase.  13436 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, 269-329-8674, www.peacockplace.us

33rd Annual Lakefront Art Festival

Aug 16 - 17, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM To 06:00 PM
Region: Neighbor of Harbor Country
Location: Washington Park, Michigan City
Contact: Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Phone: (219)874-4900

 

Sat., Aug. 16, 10 am - 6 pm  & Sun., Aug.17, 10 am - 5 pm 

All times are Central Daylight Savings Time  

Admission: $4  | LCA Members & Children under 12: Free 

Active military personnel with CACDD1173 card: Free

FREE off-site parking and shuttle available

(parking $7 in Washington Park)

Featuring over 100 fine artists and crafts people from around the country. Artist demonstrations, beachfront food court, and a free children's activity tent. Proceeds of the festival benefit LCA exhibitions, programs, and education outreach across the region.

For updates and artists profiles that will be featured at the festival, like our LFAF facebook page.

Storytelling in the New Leaf Lounge

Aug 21, 2014
Time: 08:30 PM To 10:30 PM
Location: Acorn Theater: New Leaf Lounge
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Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Stories in the New Leaf Lounge hosted by Don Hall. Stories are personal adventures that are comedic or dramatic. Audience members encouraged to participate. 

Artist Reception

Aug 23, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: 16 S Elm St, Three Oaks

Established and emerging artists works in painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. 1574-276-6001

Michael Holmes performs The Judy Show!

Aug 23, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
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Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Michael Holmes has been producing and performing The Judy Show! For ten years, entertaining audiences from Maui to Manhattan, across the seas to Europe, and all with rave reviews! 

A Night of Art and Music

Aug 27, 2014
Time: 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
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Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

A special benefit for Harbor Arts, Tickets at $40 per person include: Art Exhibit from 5 to 7 pm; Reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres from 7 to 8 pm; Concert at 8 pm. Local artist Dave Knoebber will present water color in a new format. Also featuring the international tenor voice of Maurice LoMonaco. 

Harbor Arts, a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation, advocates for and establishes arts projects in Harbor Country. It operates Music in the Park, established and recommends WRHC-106.7fm(Radio Harbor Country) and works closely with for-profit arts endeavors.

Open Mic host Andrew Salgado

Sep 2, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Another open mic night with host Andrew Salgado, winner of the Pepsi Challenge.

Laura Freeman: Girls Like Us

Sep 6, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Location: Acorn Theater, 107 Generation Dr, Three Oaks
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Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Laura  sing Carole, Carly and Joni. Featuring Beckie Menzie, Laura Freeman, and Marianne Murphy Orland. Tix $25

Charles Troy Multimedia Program

Sep 7, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr, Three Oaks
Phone: 269-756-3879

Charles Troy Multimedia Program "The Creation of 'Oklahoma,'" Acorn Theater, 8pm, Musical theater historian and graphic designer tells a story in the most unique way.

Speech and Debate

Sep 11, 2014
Time: 07:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Directed by emerging, cutting edge Chicago director, Derek Herman. Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town.

Howie Mandel Live

Sep 12, 2014
Time: 09:00 PM
Location: Four Winds Silver Creek Event Center, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo
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Phone: 800-745-3000

Howie Mandel will perform at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center on Friday, September 12, at 9 p.m. Eastern.  Tickets for the event can be purchased beginning on Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800)745-3000.  Ticket prices start at $50 plus applicable fees.

Second Sunday Concert

Sep 14, 2014
Time: 04:00 PM
Region: Neighbor of Harbor Country
Location: Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Rd, Buchanan
Phone: 269-695-6491

Enjoy live music on the green. Bring a blanket and a friend. 

Charles Troy Multimedia Program

Sep 14, 2014
Time: 04:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater, Three Oaks
Phone: 269-756-3879

Charles Troy Multimedia Program "The Creation of 'West Side Story,'" Acorn Theater, 8pm, Musical theater historian and graphic designer tells a story in the most unique way

Open Mic host Andrew Salgado

Sep 16, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Another open mic Tuesday night! with host Andrew Salgado, winner of the Pepsi Challenge. 

Artist Reception

Sep 20, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Blue Gallery, 16 S. Elm St. Three Oaks
Phone: 574-276-6001

Meet the artists. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry

Autumn Air Fun

Sep 20 - 21, 2014
Time: 04:00 PM
Region: Neighbor of Harbor Country
Location: Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve,13988 Range Line Road, Niles
Phone: 269-695-6491

Join us for family fun as we celebrate the harvest and colors of fall during our eighth annual Autumn Air Festival. Autumn Air is a partnership between Fernwood and WNIT public television. Locally grown gourds and pumpkins are on display and available for purchase. Colorful blown glass gourds and pumpkins created by Water Street Glassworks in Benton Harbor will be on display and for sale. Kids can enjoy free children’s activities both days from 1:00–5:00 pm, including face painting by Robyn from 1:00–3:00 pm (nominal fee) or a ride through the gardens on Wither’s Choo Choo from 1:00–3:00 pm (nominal fee). Admission to Autumn Air is free for Fernwood and WNIT members. Regular admission prices apply to all others. 

Charles Troy Multimedia Program

Sep 21, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr, Three Oaks
Phone: 269-756-3879

"The Creation of 'The Sound of Music,'" Acorn Theater, 8pm, Musical theater historian and graphic designer tells a story in the most unique way. 

Johnny Mathis

Oct 4, 2014
Time: 09:00 PM
Location: Silver Creek Event Center @ Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo
Phone: 800-745-3000

Johnny Mathis will be at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 9 p.m. Eastern.  Tickets for the event can be purchased beginning on Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800)745-3000.  Ticket prices start at $60 plus applicable fees. 

I love My Rescue at Fritz Olsen

Oct 4 - 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Fritz Olsen Fine Arts Gallery, 6914 Holloway Dr, Sawyer
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Phone: 269-426-3003

Martha Cares' "My Rescue Dogs and Kitties" take shape in the form of sculpture, paintings, jewelry, notecards and more.  A portion of sales will directly benefit the local rescue organization of your choice

Charles Troy Multimedia Program

Oct 5, 2014
Time: 02:00 PM To 03:30 PM
Location: Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr, Three Oaks
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Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

"The Creation of 'Chicago,'" Acorn Theater, 8pm, Musical theater historian and graphic designer tells a story in the most unique way. Tix $15

Harvest Days Open House & Scarecrow Display at the Craig Smith Gallery

Oct 11, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 12:00 AM
Location: Craig Smith Gallery, 16220 Lakeshore Rd., Union Pier
Phone: 773-750-7528

Come see the scarecrow display(don't forget to vote in the Harvest Days Scarecrow Contest!) and enjoy the gallery reception at the Gordon Beach Inn in Union Pier.

Artist Reception

Oct 18, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Blue Gallery, 16 S. Elm St. Three Oaks
Phone: 574-276-6001

New works by gallery artists. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. 16 S Elm St, Three Oaks

Open Mic host David Lahm

Oct 28, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Location: Acorn Theater
Contact: Sandra Thompson
Phone: 269-756-3879

Another open Mic Tuesday night with host David Lahm. 

Opening Reception: Two Exhibits

Nov 7, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Location: Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Phone: 219-874-4900

"Comic & Codes," original works by contemporary comic artists in the Hyndman Gallery. "Anime: All the Way" features hand-drawn and computer animation. Exhibits run thru January 24, 2015.

Hours: 6-9pm Eastern Time (5-8pm Central)
 

Artist Reception

Nov 15, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Blue Gallery, 16 S. Elm St. Three Oaks
Phone: 574-276-6001

Meet the artists and enjoy new paintings, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry. 16 S Elm St

Fall Artisan Market

Nov 22 - 23, 2014
Location: Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Dr, Three Oaks
Contact: Tiffany
Phone: 269-820-2050

From olive oil to baked goods, clothing to wine racks, the vendors at the Artisan Market do it all! Over 50 vendors from across the Midwest on hand, with artwork, home furnishings and a variety of culinary items. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails while perusing hand-crafted items. Live music all day. Free Admission. 

 

Grand Party at Customs Imports

Dec 6, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Region: New Buffalo
Location: Customs Imports, New Buffalo
Phone: 269-469-9180

A sparkling holiday kick-off with food, wine, entertainment and shopping. Funky  Casual Cocktail Chic to Black Tie. Social and business networking. Delectable Food and Great Wine. Incredible Musical Talent, Karaoke with the Stars. Shop while you party. 

Giggle and Mingle with Santa

Dec 6, 2014
Time: 01:00 PM To 04:00 PM
Location: Round Barn Winery, 10983 Hills Rd., Baroda
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Phone: 800-716-WINE

Meet and greet the Man in Red at the Holiday Open House. Be the first to taste the nouveau wine from this year's harvest! Pick up holiday gifts for the whole gang while the kids take glamour shots with good ol' Santa. Cookie decorating, paper snowflakes, ornament decorating for kids. Holiday music adds to the festivities!

Winter Fest New Buffalo

Feb 7 - 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Region: New Buffalo
Location: downtown New Buffalo
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Phone: 888-660-6222

Celebrate the season at New Buffalo Winter Fest with lots of winter fun activities like free sleigh rides through town on Saturday, ice-skating all weekend, ice carving demonstrations and more! Dress up grab your dancing shoes for the Second Season Ball Saturday night, a silent auction with vacations and cruises to bid on and two chocolate fountains! The ice sculpting competition will be held on Sunday.

  • Ice skating and sledding at Oselka Park Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm.
  • Free horse drawn sleigh rides through town, noon - 5 pm on Saturday, Feb. 7
  • Ice Carving downtown at Noon on Saturday, Feb. 7
  • Bev's Second Season Ball on Saturday, Feb. 7 ~ Open Bar Hour, dinner, dancing, silent auction, chocolate fountain. Silver Creek Performance Center at Four Winds Casino
  • Sunday Breakfast Special at Michigan Thyme.

Art Attack 2015 Tour of Harbor Country

Apr 24 - 26, 2015
Location: Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, Three Oaks, New Buffalo
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Phone: 269-469-5409

Join the excitement of the Midwest's most eclectic, interactive celebration of "All that is Art". Enjoy a full palette of colorful activities featuring a weekend showcase of gallery receptions, artist’s demonstrations, exhibitions, theatre, music, wine tasting, open houses and an overall great time!

Download your own copy of the 2015 Art Attack brochure.(see above)