Photograph courtesy of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Muskegon’s coastal lifestyle offers an eclectic mix of restaurants and cultural venues in unique settings. The community offers so much variety that Forbes magazine ranks Muskegon as number 10 nationwide for culture and leisure activities among cities its size.
The beautiful Frauenthal Center, a versatile and artistic venue, offers performances and is rented for weddings and receptions, parties on the stage, business meetings, and speaking engagements.
Grand Valley State University offers many performances, lectures, and concerts that are open to the public in Allendale and Grand Rapids.
While you visit USS Silversides Submarine Museum, climb aboard and immerse yourself into the past aboard USS SILVERSIDES – a WWII submarine, and USCGC McLANE – a 1927 Coast Guard Cutter. Explore the decks and compartments and experience firsthand what it was like to serve on board these military vessels.
West Michigan Symphony serves a regional audience with eight concerts annually at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, plus they provide dozens of educational and outreach activities for children and adults.
With performances that range from jazz, to chamber, to cabaret-style vocals, The Block hosts over a dozen shows per season and is available as a rental hall for special events.
The Holton Historical Society Museum allows space to display photos, oral histories, and documentation of families and farms, and maps of the Holton area collected by members and donated by citizens.
Formerly the Muskegon County Museum, the Lakeshore Museum Center is made up of multiple sites and buildings. In addition to the natural and cultural history museum, it offers the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, the Archives and much more.
Muskegon Civic Theatre is the only community theatre in Muskegon County, and utilizes volunteers in all aspects of the performing arts.
The Muskegon County Museum of African American Historyprovides local historical African American legacy information that will instill pride and motivation for young African Americans.
The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.
The Taste of Muskegon is a celebration of the area’s best restaurants, bakeries, and more serving up their specialties.
For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline. The Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.