Schedule of Coming Events
Our schedule is filling up with exciting performances including a variety of musical styles, plays, poetry, benefit concerts, more jam sessions and much more! Become a part of our growing audience as we increase the entertainment options in Downtown Petoskey and bring more local, regional and national talent to our stage
Thursday - Friday - Saturday October 18-20 Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat
Join harmonica players and enthusiasts from all over for three exciting days right here at Red Sky Stage in beautiful Petoskey, Michigan for informative harmonica workshops, live performances, jam sessions and much more harmonica FUN! This weekend event features entertainment and seminars guaranteed to make you a better and happier harp player.
Instructor/performers include nationally recognized harmonica all-stars including Madcat Ruth, Todd Parrott, Ronnie Shellist and Petoskey's own Steve August.
Beginners and advanced players are all welcome.
If we are reasonably lucky, the retreat should take place right in the middle of Northern Michigan's breathtaking fall color season.
Early Bird Registration $175 available right now and for a limited time. The full price will then be $199. To register or for more details stop by the retreat website, greatlakesharmonica.com
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Sunday, July 1, 8pm Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)
Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey
They are back to their highly popular run of monthly performances at Red Sky Stage as the uniquely Petoskey comedy show.
Dean Tahtinen and Sally McCoy (from Laugh and Disorder, Petoskey's long standing improv troupe that performed from 2004 through 2009 at the City Park Grill, Blissfest and the Perry Hotel), Julie Stoppel (who taught improv performance to dozens of school kids through her group Acting Up), Carol Balouse . (one of those kids parents), Mara Klco (creator of the Dread Pirate Improv Troupe with her high school classmates) and friendly newbie Aaron Steppe.
Petoskey now officially has its own improv comedy troupe! Of course it is home grown and home style comedy created just for Petoskey. And of course, in true Petoskey comic fashion, they call themselves the PIT -- the Petoskey Improv Troupe.
Don't miss the Petoskey Improv Troupe's next performance at Petoskey's perfect place for family friendly comedy.
Tickets: $6 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $10, students $8, Kids 12 and under $5.
Monday, July 2, 6 pm Petoskey Poets
Join our very supportive poetry reading group, hosted and organized by Dar Charlebois on the first Monday of every month. Bring something you wrote, a poem, a story, a skit or anything else original and creative. Get up in front of the group and receive thunderous applause. Not ready for that yet? Just show up and get inspired by the other talented writers. Had fun? Come back next month with something to read. We are building a talented, creative, fun-loving and supportive collection of folks. As wThe Petoskey Stars & Stripes Committee, run by the Petoskey Area Jaycees, is a group responsible for fundraising and organizing for the Petoskey Fourth of July festivities. The Stars and Stripes Committee is 100% volunteer and the Fourth of July festivities are funded 100% by donations from our community.e gain experience and explore creative writing and reading.
Admission Free, Snacks available.
Wednesday July 4 Fourth of July
Stars and Stripes Fourth of July Celebration
The Petoskey Stars & Stripes Committee, run by the Petoskey Area Jaycees, is a group responsible for fundraising and organizing for the Petoskey Fourth of July festivities. The Stars and Stripes Committee is 100% volunteer and the Fourth of July festivities are funded 100% by donations from our community.Event Schedule –
Event Schedule: The Parade will step off from the Petoskey High School at 6 pm, winding through downtown Petoskey. Parade entries will include many traditional entries, such as the Petoskey High School Marching Band, the Odawa Casino, many antique trucks, and tractors, as well as organizations and businesses from throughout the area. Also, look for the bucket brigade so that you can donate to the event. Immediately following the parade, join in the fun at Bayfront Park where family and friends will gather to listen to music provided by the winners of the Festival on the Bay Battle of the Bands. Look for glow necklace sales by the Stars and Stripes Team throughout the waterfront. All proceeds from glow necklace and cotton candy sales go to the Stars and Stripes event. Fireworks will be set off over beautiful Little Traverse Bay beginning at Dusk (approximately 10 pm).
Here is a short overview – Parade at 6 pm, entertainment at the waterfront 7 pm to 10 pm, fireworks at 10 pm (approximately).
Thursday, July 5 and every Thursday, 7-10 pm Fun Blues Harmonica Class
Instructor: Steve August
It may be a tiny instrument but the Blues Harmonica is BIG on sound and style! Practice the basic moves and patterns that bring your harmonica to life, including sweet single note melodies, foot tapping rhythms, blues scales and riffs and bending note secrets. Get an intro to major harmonica players and their styles, from the early originators to the contemporary players. Small class size insures that you get lots of individual attention.
No prior musical experience is needed. Any harmonica in the key of "C" is acceptable for class. Open to ALL harmonica players from raw beginners to legendary bluesmen.
Cost for six sessions, $145. For more information or to register, call Steve August at 231-838-6419. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday July 11 and Every Wednesday through August 15th 4-6 pm Art Walk
Participating galleries, including the Northern Michigan Artists Market, will have special events like artist meet and greets, artist demos, music, appetizers, friendly conversation, frivolity and, of course, great art!
Friday - Sunday, July 13 - 15 38th Annual Blissfest Folk and Roots Festival
Monday, July 16, 7pm Nathan and Jessie
Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series
A night of all original gypsy blues music, dancing, and story-telling by California troubadours Nathan & Jessie. Hailing from Temecula, CA, Nathan & Jessie travel the world picking up influences along the way. With two resonator guitars, accordion, clarinet, and an interplay between harmonized vocals in English, Spanish, and French.
Their sound is Bob Dylan hanging out with Bruno Mars in a Parisienne cafe. Upbeat tunes rooted in the spirit of jazz, improvisation, storytelling, and humor.
Tickets: $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under $5.
Saturday July 21 33rd Annual Art in The Park
Sponsored by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
Artists from all over the United States will descend upon Downtown Petoskey to show off their wares. For the 32nd year, approximately 130 booths will grace Pennsylvania Park, with items ranging from pottery to jewelry, from paintings to photographs, and much more.
Wander through the hostas to find everything from that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for someone special to that jaw-dropping focal piece for the office. Items range in size from small, intricate pieces of jewelry, to functional wearable art, and so much more. You'll find something for everyone, even if they're a budding art-lover or a seasoned collector of the fine things in life.
The show is rain or shine, so come prepared to shop.
For more information, see the Petoskey Chamber website here.
Friday and Saturday July 27-28 Downtown Petoskey Sidewalk Sales
The 53rd Annual Sidewalk Sales provides our Downtown merchants with the opportunity to move their stores into the streets, and present their wares in a traditional, old-fashioned sidewalk sales venue. As always, streets in Downtown Petoskey will be closed off to everything but foot traffic and sidewalk dining options in our fabulous restaurants are available.
Sales are Friday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Because artists always do things a little differently (and because they like to keep their art inside), our friends at the Northern Michigan Artists Market will turn things around a bit and change Sidewalk Sales to Walk Inside Sales
In addition to the lure of great bargains in an outdoor festival environment, Sidewalk Sales will also provide entertainment for the entire family with the Farmers Market on Friday on Howard Street between Mitchell and Michigan Streets from 8:30 a.m. to mid-afternoon. In Pennsylvania Park, the Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park will feature music at noon on Friday.
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