Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

The Thriving Arts Scene in Ludington Has Something for Everyone

Art can be complicated to explain, due to the diverse range of activities that are involved, including painting, photography, music, dance, theater, and more. Ludington is alive with an array of cultural events that take place throughout the year. Combined with the beauty of lake views and richly forested land, this area has emerged as a venue for those who truly love all kinds of art. There are additional opportunities to enjoy the arts throughout West Michigan, as well!

Ludington Area Center for the Arts

A group of local residents had a vision a few years back to create a “hub” in Ludington where all the arts could come together and the Ludington Area Center for the Arts was born. Housed in the former historic United Methodist Church building, it is now the home for theater presentations, concerts, writer’s forums, speakers, and gallery exhibitions. Arts and crafts studios are located on the second floor and in the lower level.

Music

Nothing brings people together more than music, and there is certainly no shortage of concerts and performances in the Ludington area. Summer music fills the air with events such as the Thursday night concert series in downtown Ludington, and live music during the Final Friday Experience events. Many of the local bars and restaurants host live music throughout the summer, as well. Not a week goes by that you can’t find a musical performance somewhere in Ludington. 

Plays & Theatre Performances

A movie is a nice escape from life, but a good live performance is hard to beat. The Ludington Area Center for the Arts  showcases local talent in their theater productions. Outdoor theatre performances of Shakespeare and other classical works come alive each summer during the Stratford on the Avenue Theatre Festival in downtown Ludington’s Rotary Park.

Instrumental Music & Sound

Downtown Ludington Art

While shopping or dining in downtown Ludington, look around and be amazed at the murals that adorn the outside walls of many area businesses. Painted by various artists, these murals tell the story of the people and events that made Ludington what it is today.

Just two blocks from downtown is the beautiful Waterfront Park. Nestled between two marinas, you’ll find a playground, tables, paved walkways, and nine bronzed sculptures. As you walk the park, stop and admire these works of art that depict Ludington’s maritime, farming, and lumbering history. 

Photography

Amateur and professional photographers love the beauty of the Ludington area and its spectacular scenery to create digital memories. Photo Workshops are held throughout the year by renowned local photographers, Todd & Brad Reed, to help people learn how to take the best possible picture. Our lighthouses, beaches, sunsets, and Ludington State Park provide the perfect backdrop for memorable vacation photos.

Summer Art Fairs

Small towns are known for arts and crafts fairs, and Ludington has two separate events during the summer. The first, the West Shore Art Fair, is a juried fine arts fair held in early July. The second event is the Gold Coast Artisan Fair held in mid-August. Pentwater has its Fine Arts Fair in mid-July on the Village Green, and other local communities such as Manistee also hold Art Fairs.

More Activities & Attractions in Ludington...

Power

The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant and Lakewinds Energy Park are the two main sources of energy that power Ludington! Check them out!

The Baby Badger

A children’s flotilla that’s a miniature replica of the historic S.S. Badger carferry. Children get to ride in one of many “cars”.

Mason County Barn Quilt Trail

The Barn Quilt Trail, highlighting the lost art of barn decor, is one of four trails that comprise the Mason County Cultural Trails.

Ludington Skate Plaza

The Ludington Skate Plaza is a popular spot for kids with skateboards or in-line skates, and also draws spectators to Stearns Park.

Pet Friendly Places

Your pet should feel right at home in Ludington. There are many businesses that allow pets and parks and beaches for them to play on.

Ludington Art Scene

Ludington is alive with an array of artistic events that take place throughout the year. There’s music, photography, art galleries, and more.

Charter Boat Fishing

No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.