Great Lakes Center for the Arts

The Center

When the curtain rose for the first time at the Grand Opening on July 7, 2018, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts became a cultural and social hub in Northern Michigan offering year-round events across all genres—music, dance, theater, movies and film, intellectual dialogue, education—making it a regional and national performing arts destination. As an architectural landmark designed by renowned theater designers Fisher Dachs Associates and architects TowerPinkster, the Center is centrally located in Northern Michigan, just outside of Petoskey on US31, near Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, and Boyne City. The Center includes a beautifully crafted, intimate 527-seat theater housing a large stage with state-of-the-art features that meet the demands of internationally acclaimed artists and companies. The Center’s spaces such as the Community Engagement Room, Rooftop Terrace, Main Level Patio, and Donor Lounge allow patrons to gather, enjoy conversations, a beverage, and views of Lake Michigan prior to events. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with an independent Board of Directors.  

Color Tours

Color tour drives make great day trips, but fall in Emmet County is worth a full weekend. Here are a few insider tips for your autumn getaway.


There is nothing like a day on the lake or river fishing.  We have the best of the best right here at Crooked River RV Park.  With access to Crooked and Pickerel Lake to the south and Burt Lake to the north, we have fishing heaven waiting for you.

For more information check out the links below.

Northern Michigan Fly Fishing Guide



Snowmobiles are in their element in northern Michigan. Choose from more than 140 miles of forested pathways that’ll take you through some of the area’s most breathtaking winter scenery. If you don’t have your own sled, rent one – the dealer will take care of the details for you! Spanky’s Powersports, located across the river here in Alanson, is your source for everything you need for your sled.

Statewide snowmobile trail maps are available here.

Petoskey Snowmobile Club

Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club


Together, our three ski areas have over 160 downhill runs and terrific terrain parks for snowboarders.

Inland Waterway Museum

The Inland Water Route Historical Society was founded in August of 2004.

Summer Hours of Operation are: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm M-W-F-Sa-Su.

We are dedicated to maintaining and preserving the History of the Inland Water Route of northern Michigan. We have nice displays that include photos and artifacts on each community along the entire water route, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Alanson, Indian River, Topinabee, and Cheboygan.


There are 25 plus golf courses in the area. There’s no shortage of great golf in northern Michigan. Visit the Petoskey Area and you could play a different course every day for more than two weeks – and never have to travel more than 30 miles!

Area Restaurants

When it comes to dining out, Alanson has two of the best restaurants in the area. Alanson Depot is located in the historic depot that dates back to the 1880s and Bob’s Place has been a staple in Alanson for 30 plus years. Both are located across the river in Alanson.  If you are looking to venture a little farther, our area has many great places to dine.

Mushroom hunting

Elusive and delicious, morel mushrooms are a wonderful spring time delicacy in Pure Michigan. When you add hiking and the recent opening of trout fishing, you have more than a weekend of outdoor fun awaiting you.

Boyne City hosts the National Morel Mushroom Festival which includes a carnival, music, seminars on morels, food and much more.