A small town is incomplete without its charm. The small stature and waterside location of Traverse City are its foremost ingredients for charm. However, the performing arts and music communities are equally as important to the essence of this small town. Musical theater, opera, jazz, or modern dance are within a short drive or walk from main visitor attractions and resorts.

Interlochen Arts Academy
is a renowned national-ranking boarding high school for the arts. Distinguished students attend a school year-long program for creative writing, dance, visual, and the performing arts. During the summer students from the age of nine to adults attend Interlochen Arts Camp, formerly known as The National Music Camp. Since 1920, Interlochen has drawn well-known performers such as B.B. King, Jewel (a graduate of the Academy), Peter, Paul and Mary, The Chicago Symphony and Van Cliburn. Adult classes and over 600 performances per year are open to the public.
The greater public in Traverse City participates in the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Traverse City Association's numerous events. Art Walks through the city and Friday night "Live" performances are recent examples of downtown entertainment. The Old Town Playhouse has produced quality community theater for 50 years, additionally there are other theatre performances throughout the area by many talented groups. A plethora of live music venues offer visitors a taste of music with their meals.
Jazz, celtic and classical music are particularly prominent in Traverse City. National headliners often appear at the Grand Traverse Resort and Casino, a major arena setting. Don't forget The National Cherry Festival every year, the first full week after 4th of July. Fun for all ages with concerts at the Open Space. Later in the month is The Traverse City Film Festival. Started by Michael Moore and others in the area, the Film Festival brings not only films, but directors, producers and actors to discuss films. In February be sure to come back for the Traverse Comedy Festival, started in 2010. There's always quality entertainment in the Grand Traverse Area!