As the Arts and Culture Alliance of Manistee County, we invite you to check out what's happening in our area. There are many historical museums and markers to see, along with informational, self-guided tours.  Our area is rich with musical culture, and in the summer there are many opportunities to check out live music all week long. These concerts take place in beautiful settings like 1st Street Beach in Manistee, the Asiala Log Cabin in Kaleva, the Jaycees Bandshell on the river in Manistee and in the serenely wooded Dickson Township Park. Check out everything we have to offer!

The majority of these events are not owned or hosted by the Arts & Culture Alliance.

The ACA supports these activities and is happy to promote events of our members.

If you would like your event here, please contact us or join as a member today.

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DECEMBER EVENTS 2022 - View Flyer

The Bottle House Museum will be open all Saturdays, before Christmas, 12-4 p.m.

with traditional decorations and Finnish heaven.


December 3 - Light the trees on Wuoksi Boulevard and at Bottle House at dusk. Hot chocolate served at Bottle House 12-5 pm.


December 3 - Join us at Kaleva Art Gallery for the following classes: Please call to register 231-362-2749.

Paper Cutting Ornament Class $10 - 10am - 2pm - Learn how to make beautiful paper cut ornaments. Space is limited to 8 people. Click for more info

Silhouette Painting Class $35 - 1:30pm - Finished - Learn how to paint a silhouette with 3 main colors. Space is limited to 10 people. Click for more info


December 10 - Visit from Santa with gifts for children accompanied by an adult. Carol singing. Cookies & refreshments                                        served. 12-4pm

December 10 & 11 - Kaleva Art Gallery celebrates 25 years. Open Sat. 10-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm - Click for details.

December 17 - Taste of Finland at the Bottle House, 12-4 pm. Nissua, pannukukku, and other Finnish treats

December 21 - Winter Solstice-Light up the Maple Grove Cemetery. Meet at 4pm to put out hundreds of luminaries on

The "New" Maple Grove Township Community Center will also be decorated for the season with special events to be announced.


Arcadia Historical Museum

3340 Lake Street

Arcadia MI

231-889-3389 - or - 231-864-3185


Opens June 20th

Thursday through Saturdays

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Bear Lake Museum

7750 Main Street

Bear Lake MI, 49614


1:00pm - 4:00pm
Through October
Located on the corner of Main and Virginia Streets.

Benzie Area Museum 

and The Drake House

6941 Traverse Ave

Benzonia MI, 



Museum Hours:
Tuesday , Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – 11:00am - 5:00pm
Drake House Summer Hours:
Saturday - Sunday; 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The Bottle House Museum

14551 Wuoski Street

Kaleva MI


12:00p - 4:00pm
Saturdays Only

Memorial Day Weekend - Christmas 2022


Brethren Heritage Museum Complex

17955 Coates Highway

Brethren MI , 49619


Opens July 29th
Saturdays – 1:00p - 4:00pm
Exhibits are available in three buildings: The original museum building, formerly the store at Christy’s Landing east of Brethren, The Tool Shed featuring lumbering equipment and early Brethren memorabilia and The Cabin, representing a typical home in the early 1900’s. The Brethren Heritage Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Located at the corner of Cart and Amick Streets.

Kaleva Art Gallery

The Kaleva Art Gallery is a cooperative gallery that supports many local crafters and artists. If you are looking for momentos or functional gifts, this is the spot. We carry hand-woven items along with hand sewn quilts and throws, mittens and scarves, plus paintings and local photography.
There are many hand made craft items, soy candles, many types of jewelry and artistic pieces.  Kaleva Michigan apparel and Finnish souvenirs can also be purchased here. 

14449 Wuoski Avenue

Kaleva MI 



Friday 12p - 4p
Saturday 10a - 4p
Sunday 12p - 4p

Kaleva Depot

Walta Street

Kaleva MI 


Memorial Day - Labor Day 2022
12:00p - 4:00pm

Manistee County Museum

425 River Street

Manistee MI 



10:00am - 5:00pm 

January - March: Thursday through Saturday

April - May: Tuesday through Saturday

June - August: Monday through Saturday 

September - December: Tuesday through Saturday

Manistee County Museum -

Water Works

540 River Street

Manistee MI 



1:00pm - 4:00pm 

July & August: 

Thursday through Saturday

Marilla Museum & Pioneer Place

9991 Marilla Road 

Copemish MI, 49625


May - October 2022
Tuesdays & Saturdays
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Mesick Museum

117 Mesick Avenue

Mesick MI



10:00am - 4:00pm 

Old Kirke Museum

304 Walnut Street

Manistee MI


Thursdays - Before & after the speakers Series@ 10am
(July & August and when volunteers are present working on the Restoration and rehabilitation).
For more info or to schedule a visit at other times
email or visit our Facebook page

July-October - First Two Saturdays - 
11:00am - 2:00pm 

Open by appointment by calling John Hansen @ 231.723.2744

Exhibits 2022
• The Madsen Lumbering Dioramas - ON-GOING
• July - October Exhibit: The Museums of the Manistee River Valley

• December Exhibit: Tiny Towns and Trains II