For all of its small-town charm, Traverse City possesses plenty of big-city sophistication – thanks in large part to its established and thriving arts community. In addition to performing arts, the area is overflowing with fine artists and artisans -- many of whom display their work at local shops and museums, and at local art fairs throughout the region.
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra -- often performing in the beautifully restored City Opera House -- is easily on par with orchestras from large metropolitan areas. The renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts attracts internationally acclaimed artists; each summer concert-goers can enjoy concerts with artists like Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Josh Groban in the Center’s open-air 4,000-seat amphitheatre overlooking Green Lake. The ever-changing exhibits at the Dennos Museum Center feature historical and contemporary work by artists of national and international stature, and its permanent display of artwork by the Inuit people of the Canadian arctic is one of the largest and most complete in the world.