This year’s Waterfront Art Festival will feature a kaleidoscopic array of art for sale at more than 50 booths—alongside a variety of music, food, learning, and more — Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ludington Park near the Karas Memorial Bandshell.
The festival, presented by the Bonifas Arts Center, is a “spectacular event,” said Aaron Deiter, Bonifas volunteer, fun for all ages, ideal for serious collectors seeking the “quality, professional art” and casual shoppers seeking “something unique” as well as curious browsers.
The festival will showcase new artists and returning favorites from across the Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin, including metalworking, soap products, jewelry, photography, paintings, white henna body art, and much more, said Christina Diment, Bonifas special events coordinator.
Attendees can take in a range of music, including the Remnants and Augie & Theresa, and a performance by Goddess Bellydance; sample food, including pasties from First United Methodist, We Be Poppin’ kettle corn, Matilda’s elephant ears, and Norm’s Famous French Fries, or try Red Barn Food or Ram and Pony; and perhaps win art by buying raffle tickets, said Diment.
The easily-accessible lakeshore location in the spacious park, with its majestic trees, helps make the event a “magical experience,” said Deiter, different from festivals in cities that, while wonderful, can feel overcrowded and “trapped in concrete.”
Additional booths—including the Friends of the Library and Public Health “tobacco free” tents—will offer the chance to learn, said Diment.
Bonifas instructors will demonstrate techniques and answer questions at another tent, including Heather Budkis with Ashtanga Yoga from 11 a.m. to noon, Diane Kribs-Mays with produce printing from 1 to 2 p.m., and Kate Oman with steampunk from 2 to 3 p.m., said Corinne Haberstich, Bonifas education coordinator.
The festival has drawn more than 3,000 attendees in past years, said Pasqua Warstler, Bonifas artistic director.
Waterfront sponsors include the City of Escanaba, Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau, Verso, Thrivent, U.P. State Credit Union, Northern Insurance, and FedEx.