Summer is here, and the area’s largest and longest running art festival–Waterfront Art Festival–will once again set up in beautiful Ludington Park near the Karas Band Shell. Artists from all over the Upper Peninsula and just beyond will display their artwork at this fabulous art festival on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything from jewelry, photography, pottery, artwork in any media, and much more will be available for purchase.
This juried Art Festival normally attracts more than 3,000 people each year, giving patrons the valuable opportunity to view and purchase art by talented artists, have a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors present at the festival, and engage in conversations with peers and viewers from across the region, all while enjoying a summer day in Escanaba’s beautiful Ludington Park. Artists and art patrons can also enjoy the festival itself, with its live music, entertainment, delicious food, and activities, according to Bonifas Arts Center Executive Director Sue Roll.
Waterfront provides a great opportunity for people to do some shopping for hard-to-buy-for friends and family, or to pick up something special for themselves or their home.
Waterfront will again be hosting the Young Artists’ Market (under the signature blue and white tent), featuring original works by area young people (ages 18 and under). The Kid’s Art/Activity Tent will be back, too. The kids will be able to Blow Paint Monsters on canvas with straws and do Painting With Bubbles—they’ll love it. Another staple of the Waterfront Art Festival this year will be the used book sale, organized every year by the League of Women Voters.
Talented bands and entertainment are sure to entertain at the band shell stage all day long during the festival. The entertainment line-up for the day includes: The Remnants Barbershop Chorus, the Escanaba City Band, Casey Chouinard, Niikah Hatfield, Theresa Klein and Augie Peters, Steven Hooper and Jim Finlan.