Performing Arts & Events

The area is home to many art events, including performing arts. To see even more events in West Michigan, visit our Event Calendar.


A vibrant arts center located in the heart of downtown Holland, the Holland Area Arts Council plays a leadership role in enriching the cultural life of the lakeshore area. Through Saturday, January 12th, paintings and illustrations created by Jay and Patricia Constantine will be on display. The Holland Area Arts Council also offers The Studio program, which allows adults and children to create and learn together.

The Gilmore Rising Stars Series continues with pianist Nikita Mndoyants on Sunday, January 13th in Kalamazoo. Mr. Mndoyants won first prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2007 Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Exquisite storytelling through the time-honored art of dance, with the Russian National Ballet’s performance of Sleeping Beauty on Friday, January 18th at the Mendel Center in Benton Harbor. With a company boasting more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, the Russian National Ballet will deliver a performance demonstrating the best in ballet artistry during this stop on their coast-to-coast U.S. tour. Before you fall under the enchanted spell of Sleeping Beauty, gather for a kid-friendly pre-show dinner complete with charming surprises!

Grand Haven’s C2C Gallery is a venue for the Wine About Winter event on Friday, January 18th. Stone Peng will be their featured artist, with wine tasting on location during this fun event. The art continues with First Friday Art Hop on Friday, February 1st, where Peng will host a special artist talk.

Visit Muskegon on July 5th and 6th for the Lakeshore Art Festival, ranked #27 in the nation and 1st in the state for classic and contemporary craft shows by Sunshine Magazine. The event features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun, and attracts nearly 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors.

Arts Alive in Coldwater Country is a new initiative hosting gallery exhibitions and organizing art-related community events. In January, Coldwater’s Tibbits Opera House will host Beautiful Chaos, with more Arts Alive events scheduled throughout the year.