Isabella County

The Center of It All this August!

August warms up the fun in Isabella County! There are lots of cool things to do in the summer heat. Check out all the family-focused fun.

Get $20 off your hotel stay! Use the code “ARTWAVE” at the following Mt. Pleasant hotels and enjoy $20 off your hotel room during August: Baymont Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Super 8.

Art Reach of Mid-Michigan
Art Walk Central

August 20 - September 10, 2016
City of Mt. Pleasant

Art Reach of Mid-Michigan’s annual ArtWalk Central fills the Mt. Pleasant community with art and cultural events for people of all ages – community murals, chalk art, native art, plein air, street painting, music concerts and more – all to inspire your “inner artist.”

Movies by Moonlight – Aladdin

August 6, 2016
Mt. Pleasant City Hall

Movies by Moonlight is a free outdoor movies series in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Bring a blanket. Movies will begin at dusk.

Painting on Driftwood

August 8 & 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Art Reach Classroom

Capture a scene of the beauty of Michigan's Great Lakes on driftwood. Learn techniques for painting with acrylic paints on driftwood. Registration required.

Rock Painting

August 11, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Art Reach Classroom

Come and paint on rocks with Acrylic Paint. Learn how to make natural rock forms into figures. Registration required.

Movies by Moonlight – Star Wars – The Force Awakens

August 13, 2016
Mt. Pleasant City Hall

Movies by Moonlight is a free outdoor movies series in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Bring a blanket. Movies will begin at dusk.

Don Henley

August 17, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Don Henley has been one of the most recognizable voices in the world of music for over 30 years, both as a member of the Eagles and as a solo artist.

Darius Rucker

August 19, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Darius Rucker first attained multi-platinum status in the music industry as former lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. With special guests Dan + Shay and Michael Ray.

Street Studio

August 20, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Broadway St. (from University to Main)

Come and see local artists at work!

Movies by Moonlight – Zootopia

August 20, 2016
Mt. Pleasant City Hall

Movies by Moonlight is a free outdoor movies series in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Bring a blanket. Movies will begin at dusk.

Paint the Crosswalks

August 20, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Intersection of Main and Broadway

Come and help us paint the intersection of Main and Broadway! Free and open to the public.

Kids and Culture at the Discovery Museum

August 20, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Discovery Museum

Free and open to the public.

Native Treaties – Shared Rights

August 20, 2016
Exhibit open during regular hours.
Central Michigan University - Clarke Historical Library

Take a walk through history and explore how land, rights and education were affected when the Europeans who came to the United States and the Native Americans signed treaties.

Anishinabe Culture

August 22, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Town Center on Broadway St.

Come and learn about Anishinabe culture. There will be dancing, music and vendors.

Plein Air: Landscape Oil Painting

August 22 & 23, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Art Reach

Paint with oils surrounded by the beauty of nature. In this two day class, local artist Rex Tower will share his knowledge of landscape painting. Registration required.

Sidewalk Pastel Class

August 23, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Art Reach

Laura Clift will show some techniques that can be utilized in the sidewalk pastel event this year. Registration required.

Glass Bead Demo

August 24, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Art Reach Classroom

Lavana Shurtliff will be giving a demonstration on blowing glass beads.

Storytelling for Kids

August 24, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Art Reach

Join Mid Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST) for stories that will tickle your giggle, wiggle your smile and warm your heart. This event is free and for anyone who enjoys stories.

Sidewalk Pastel Art

August 25 - 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Isabella Bank

Sign up to create some beautiful pastel art on the sidewalk in front of Isabella Bank. Artist registration required.

Art Battle

August 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Broadway St.

Artists will have exactly 2 hours to complete a work of art from start to finish. The public will get to see this happen and vote for their favorite work! Artist registration required.

CMU Marching Band Stadium Performance

August 28, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Kelly Shorts Stadium

Enjoy the energy of the CMU Marching Band's pre-season performance.

Color, Texture & Design – Art of W. R. Horning

August 29, 2016
Exhibit open during regular hours.
Baber Room - Park Library - Central Michigan University

Fine artist, CMU and Parsons School of Design alum W. R. Horning describes his landscape paintings as “investigations of the properties of geometric shapes and the exploration of textures."

Kid’s Collage Class

August 29, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Art Reach Classroom

Come and experiment with paint, stencils, and found materials! Kids will get to create unique pieces of art by painting, cutting and gluing.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

August 29, 2016
Exhibit open during regular hours.
Park Library - Central Michigan University – Third Floor Exhibit Area

The exhibit explores the enduring power of the Frankenstein story to expose hidden fears of science and technology.

Screen Printing

August 30, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Art Reach Courtyard

Come and stop by Art Reach to create a screen print. Printing can be done on articles of clothing, bags, paper, or almost any flat surface – get creative!

Poetry Slam

August 31, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Mountain Town Brewing Co.

Free and open to the public.