waterfront art festival

The Waterfront Art Festival

waterfront fesival 2The 2013 Waterfront Festival was held on a beautiful sunny day this August in Escanaba’s Ludington Park. The festival may be less popular than Marquette’s Art on the Rocks, but the quality of the work on display is comparable and the turnout was terrific.

A Great Collection of Art, Food and Fun in Escanaba, MI

Several thousand people attended this year’s festival, where dozens of artists had their work on display. In addition to the more established artists, a cool little “kids art tent” provided a spot for some of the area’s young artists to sell their artwork.

Photo by Jesse Land
Photo by Jesse Land

A few local bands played live music throughout the festival, which kept the atmosphere lively. And a group of belly dancers even performed occasionally between the bands.

Food trucks serving up some of the Escanaba area’s favorite food (think D&M subs) were on hand, which made it easy for festivalgoers to grab a convenient lunch. Besides, Ludington Park makes a great picnic destination on any day.

My Experience at the Waterfront Festival

Neither my wife nor I had heard of the festival before but we were anxious to check it out. And are we ever glad we did. Situated on the end of Ludington Park between the historic homes of Lakeshore Avenue and the shimmering waters of Little Bay de Noc, you might say that the scenery around the festival is just as good as the artwork within it.

This gem of a festival has been going on for quite a while but, because I wasn’t able to find much about it online, I was a little hesitant to plan our day around it. As I mentioned, I’m glad we did! From awesome metal lawn art to funky jewelry and paintings to super cool birdhouses, there was quite a range of high quality work on display.

waterfront art festival
Photo by Jesse Land

This definitely seems to be a popular event, though were did overhear more than a few other people say it was their first time at the festival, too. Maybe it’s still growing in popularity?

So, if you’re looking for something to do in the Upper Peninsula on the first Saturday of August, consider the annual Waterfront Art Festival in Escanaba’s Ludington Park. I have a feeling you’ll be glad you did.

– Written by Jesse Land on behalf of the Bays de Noc Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau.

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