All across Michigan, antique treasures, arts and crafts, sculpture galleries, flea markets as well as art fairs and festivals are just waiting for the chance to enrich our lives. Find collectibles for your personal appreciation, as well as gifts, jewelry and furniture.
In the rolling country southwest of Ann Arbor, you’ll discover tiny shops, as well as warehouse-size malls packed to the rafters with collectibles. Grab a map, and follow US-12 and intersecting roads to Clinton (about 20 miles southwest of Ann Arbor) and other Irish Hills towns, including Brooklyn, Tecumseh and Somerset. For more information, contact the Brooklyn/Irish Hills Chamber, or the Tecumseh Area Chamber.
In the historic community of Allegan, you’ll find some 400 dealers at the Allegan Antiques Market on the last Sunday of the month, April through September. The town also boasts two antiques malls with 30-plus booths.
Located in the city’s old Montgomery Ward’s building, the Four Flags Antique Mall in Niles has two floors full of treasures and over sixty dealers to serve you.
In Michigan’s River Country, you’ll find antique treasures in Sturgis and nearby Centerville, where more than 500 dealers set up shop five times a year for the renowned Centreville Antiques Market.
You’ll find collectibles galore around the small farming community of Williamston. The Williamston Antique Market welcomes visitors to over 75 shops and area back roads take you to over 300 more within 20 miles.
Spring is a good time to check out some of the art festivals and events taking place around Michigan. Below, we’ve provided a sampling to help you get started on your Pure Michigan spring art festival trek.
April 5, 2013, Ann Arbor--Foolmoon is a street party filled with luminous sculptures and shadowy figures. It is an extension of ‘Festifools’ party taking place on Sunday, April 7. The event takes place from dusk to midnight.
Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience
April 10-14, 2013, Detroit--Midtown Detroit, Inc. is pleased to announce the return of the extraordinary arts event, Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience, happening in more than a dozen venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. This five-day arts celebration presents works created by the 38 Kresge Eminent Artists and Kresge Artist Fellowship Awardees.
Great Lakes Art Fair 2013
April 12-14, 2013, Novi--The Great Lakes Art Fair offers fine artists and their patrons an expansive marketplace that brings fresh energy to the regional artistic community. Artists are responsible for providing all booth structures, racks, tables, chairs, display units, lighting, or other fixtures. Educational demonstrations, art based entertainment and community outreach efforts.
April 26, 2013, Tecumseh--During the evening, downtown merchants will partner with area artists to bring art into downtown businesses. Merchants will offer extended hours and refreshments for the public to enjoy. Local artists will be on hand to greet people and talk about their work, which will range from pottery to photography to jewelry and more.
Antiques on the Bluff
May 5, 2013, Saint Joseph--On the first Sunday of every month, May – October, dealers and private parties sell antiques and collectibles.
Antiques & Collectibles Outdoor Show
May 18, 2013, Gaylord--More than 20 antiques and collectibles, dealers showcase furniture, primitives, textiles and vintage fabrics, glass, pottery, post cards, toys and much more at this annual show.
Circus Maximus Antique Toy Show
May 18, 2013, Kalamazoo--Sale of antique, vintage and collectible toys such as pedal cars, toy tractors, wind-up & battery operated toys, Disney, sci-fi toys, Tonka trucks, Japanese pressed tin robots & cars, Hot Wheels, action figures & dolls, movie & TV memorabilia and much more.
East Lansing Art Festival
May 18-19, 2013, East Lansing--Fine Art Festival in downtown East Lansing featuring an art exhibition and marketplace - ranked 55th in the nation’s top 100 fine art festivals. This art exhibition and marketplace features original works by more than 200 invited fine artists and traditional craft artisans from across North America. This event is free to the public with live music and children's arts activities all weekend long.
Indian Artifact Show
May, 20, 2013, Kalamazoo--Buy and sell beautiful pieces from over 80 dealers of authentic Native American artifacts and take advantage of the opportunity to have your artifacts evaluated on site.
Mayfaire Renaissance Festival
May 25-27, 2013, Marshall--The Mayfaire Renaissance Festival offering patrons unique artisan wares as well as sword fighting, comedy, jugglers and musicians in a beautiful wooded setting.
Be sure to visit michigan.org for a complete list of art and crafts venues as well as a comprehensive round-up of art fairs and festivals.