At the center of Mackinaw City’s performing arts scene, located in
, is the Mackinaw Theater. Open over eight decades, the venue seats over 800, providing visitors with music and plays, most all of which are tinctured with heavy doses of nostalgia. Running from May to October with two daily performances six days a week, theater-goers are encouraged to dine and shop within the surrounding district before and after the show(s).
In addition, free musical concerts are offered in Mackinaw City practically all summer, with the list of guests rather varied, though old standards stable the schedule. Guest this year have included the Pierre Schryer Band, a Canadian group showcasing the award-winning fiddling of their Schryer namesake, as well as the 5th Michigan Regiment Band, a military musical organization replete with color guard, support personnel, Civil War instruments and reenactments, and a repertoire of martial musical favorites (think “Battle Hymn of the Republic”). These two guests attest to the diversity of the musical scene, while old favorites such as the Straits Area Concert Band lay anchor to what would be an otherwise turbulent concert series.
Starting in early July and continuing through to late August, Mackinaw City’s free concert series is a tradition that keeps tourists coming to the area throughout the summer.