Waterfront Art Festival returns Saturday

Dennis Grall | Daily Press The annual Waterfront Art Festival was held Saturday in Ludington Park. Above, Terrie Brader of Addison, Ill., left, and Kathy Maynard of Gladstone check out some yard figurines made from recycled material at the event. The event features artists selling their work, music and other attractions.

ESCANABA — The area’s largest and longest running art festival – Waterfront Art Festival – will once again be in Ludington Park near the Karas Bandshell Saturday. This art festival, approaching its 50th year at Escanaba’s Ludington Park, features over 40 exhibitors and vendors from all over the Upper Peninsula and beyond. Artists and vendors will display their artwork from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything from jewelry, photography and pottery to artwork in any media, and much more will be available for purchase.

This juried art festival normally attracts more than 3,000 people annually, giving patrons the opportunity to view and purchase art by participating artists, have a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors present at the festival, and engage in conversations with peers and viewers from across the region, all while enjoying a summer day in Escanaba’s Ludington Park. Artists and art patrons can also enjoy the festival itself, with its live music, entertainment, art raffle tent, delicious food, and activities.

Waterfront provides a great opportunity for people to do some shopping for hard-to-buy-for friends and family, or to pick up something special for themselves or their home.

“Come down to the Waterfront Art Festival this year, where you will see many of the same artists you have come to know and love, and even a few new ones,” Bonifas Events Coordinator Paula Jordan said.

In addition, Waterfront Art Festival will again be hosting the Young Artists’ Market (under the signature blue and white tent), featuring original works by area young people (ages 18 and under). The Kid’s Art/Activity Tent will be back this year too. Another staple of Waterfront Art Festival this year will be the used book sale, organized by the League of Women Voters.

Bands and entertainment on the bandshell stage will perform all day long during the festival.

For more information, visit www.bonifasarts.org, or stop by the Bonifas Arts Center, located at 700 First Ave. South.


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