Ludington is alive with an array of artistic events that take place throughout the year. There’s music, photography, art galleries, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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...
The Mason County Sculpture Trail was launched in 2012 and includes nine sculptures in Ludington, Scottville, and Fountain.
The bronzed sculptures in Ludington’s 5-acre Waterfront Park sets it apart from other parks. The park is situated on the Lake Michigan inlet.
Disc golf is a big deal here in the Ludington area, with up to 20,000 people per year visiting one of our six courses.
Discover all of the different trails and tours that Ludington has to offer! Discover a water path, hiking trail, or an art work stop!
West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.
Arrive in Ludington by boat and dock at one of three marinas: Ludington Municipal Marina, Harbor View Marina, & Pere Pointe Village Marina.
Mason County is home to several trails that tell stories with fascinating histories. Explore these self-guided tours to learn about each one!
Farm Markets & U-Pick farms offer locally grown and organic produce, flowers, plants, seeds, and more in West Michigan.
Step back in the past and learn about Ludington’s rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.