As if you haven't heard! Like a regional flash mob, ArtWave is bringing extraordinary to the ordinary this summer! Sweeping the Great Lakes Bay Region with galas to get-downs, mind-opening museum events, art fairs, festivals and more, if you thought you had to go far to be immersed in culture, think again. 

Right in our Go Great Lakes Bay backyard, ArtWave will be splashing color and creativity throughout Midland this June! Get ready - this summer is all about #ArtWaveMI, and the time is NOW to dive in! 


Before we fill your calendars with all-things ArtWave Midland

  • ArtWave will make a splash in Bay County in September, and an "encore ArtWave" may be coming in October! (Which county, what events? Stay tuned at Go Great!)
  • Need a place to stay after catching the ArtWave and all the great events that come along with?  Just call our toll-free ArtWave Hotel Package Hotline at 855-520-5291 and we'll help you book the perfect place to stay during your ArtWave experience!

Now on with the show: Join in ArtWave Midland in June!

"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure." -Albert Einstein

One-Stop-Yes! When you're good, you're good, right? With musicians to cirque crews coming throughout June for MATRIX: MIDLAND Festival and the two day, eye-candy-galore Summer Art Fair, too, Midland Center for the Arts is alive with opportunity to catch the ArtWave. Don't miss MATRIX: MIDLAND Festival 2016 - Kristen Chenoweth, June 3, 8 p.m. (She's described as a "stick of blonde dynamite"!) 

We'll Drink to That: Speaking of festivals, cheers! Tapped: Craft Beer Festival pours into Downtown Midland from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. on June 18. Musicians bring the tunes and Michigan breweries bring the beers to this this free, outdoor street festival which also includes tap takeovers at bars, restaurants and "watering holes" throughout Midland

Tapped Craft Beer Festival 

Get Crafty: Midland's Creative 360 - Stage, Studios & Gallery sets the stage during ArtWave for everything from a guided day of mindful movement at  "Environmental Expressions Seasonal Dances-Growth", 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on June 25, to "John Pratt Mosaic House Tour", 2 - 4 p.m. on June 26, an opportunity to discover twists and turns of the muralist's life.  

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."  -Thomas Merton

Tune In: Let loose for free on Thursdays, 7 - 9 p.m., at Tunes by the Tridge! Bring lawn chairs or blankets, grab a bite from food vendors on-site, and get down to acts including Ike Beehr & the Blues Guise, June 2, and 80's rock band, Slick Jimmy, June 23! 

Tunes By The Tridge 

Venture Out: From celebrating National Trails Day on The Great Nature Race-Going Geocaching, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on June 4, to recognizing both the Full Moon and Summer Solstice Celebration (and live music and s'mores), 6 - 8 p.m. on June 20, Chippewa Nature Center is 1,200 acres of opportunity to experience more during ArtWave


Need a bite to eat before "riding" the ArtWave, or looking for a cocktail afterwards? Samples are ample at these 60 restaurant options in Midland

  • Thinking ribs, chicken, burgers and wings? Think Bone Daddy's BBQ for award-winning sauces and food. 
  • You could travel far and wide and still not find the unique combination of casual upscale right in Downtown Midland: Café Zinc and Bar Oxygen O2.
  • Locally famous, The Creek Grille is sure to please the palette with comfort foods, as would handmade "pie" fired in a brick oven at Pizza Dude.  

Cafe Zinc Midland 

Staying overnight, or for the weekend, to catch more ArtWave experiences? (Smart cookie.) Peruse places to rest in Midland here, and consider this place art in and of itself with over 30 acres of accommodations including two indoor pools, bowling, billiards and miniature golf!

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." -President Barack Obama 

Parents know what June (actually) means: Schools out, and boredom/bugging for more screen-time begins! No worries - there's no need for iPads when you're riding the ArtWave!

Be Creative: Sound easy enough, and exciting, and a lot like a parent-child paint fest at "Painting With Your Peanut", 2 - 3 p.m. on June 4, or "Kids & Canvas-Spout the Whale", 12:30 - 2 p.m. on June 18 at Midland's Creative 360-Stage, Studio & Galleries.  

Go a Little "Loony" Together: At a Great Lakes Loons baseball game, that is, June 1 - 5 16 - 19 and 27 - 30 at Dow Diamond! (Psst! Parents, June 4 and 18th are "Loontaculars", meaning free fireworks shows after the games.)

Great Lakes Loons Baseball 

Once you've picked your favorite ways to catch the ArtWave in Midland this June, call our toll-free ArtWave Hotel Package Hotline at 855-520-5291 to book the perfect place to stay at a special ArtWave-exclusive discounted hotel rate!

And, whether your family dives in, literally, at Plymouth Pool's Open Swim, or makes up silly new words while at The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective Exhibition, or maybe even recognizes wise ones at ArtFest 55: A Festival of Celebrating the Creativity of People 55 and Older, remember:

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on." -Albert Einstein