Great Lakes Center For The Arts
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The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission to inspire, entertain, and educate residents and visitors to Northern Michigan with year-round programming across all genres of the performing arts. Designed by renowned theater designers Fisher Dachs Associates and architects TowerPinkster, The Center is centrally located in Northern Michigan, just outside of Petoskey on US31, near Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, and Boyne City.

After the curtain rose for the first time in July of 2018, The Center began a year-round line-up of events across all performing arts genres. Visiting artists, intellectual dialogue, movies and film, and educational programming will accompany music, theater, dance, and comedy in bringing exceptional, world-class opportunities to the shores of Lake Michigan. The Center is dedicated to affordable ticket pricing for year-round and seasonal residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy and benefit from the Center’s resources.

Located near many historic, destination towns, the Center welcomes patrons to experience all that Northern Michigan has to offer. There is no shortage of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, unique dining experiences and lodging, as well as stunning views, any time of the year.

For more information, please contact Property Sales Manager, Eric Leister at  231.439.2603 or

The Center’s mission is to inspire, entertain, educate, and serve all in Northern Michigan year-round by presenting exceptional experiences across the full spectrum of the performing arts and offering impactful educational opportunities.

Planning information

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts has six unique spaces available for rent, perfect for private and business events, weddings, and social events

High-speed wifi throughout 
Catering / staging kitchen on Main Level
Ample parking on site
Porte cochère
State-of-the-art features throughout

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Community Engagement Room
  • 4,000 square feet for versatile use 
  • Variety of configurations for table and chairs seating, chair seating only or mix 
    • Tables and chairs: 256 capacity 
    • Chairs only, lecture: 246 capacity
Donor Lounge
  • 800 square feet of intimate space ideal for board meetings, private dining, or receptions 
  • Adjacent and connected to Rooftop Terrace 
  • Equipped with a flat-screen, high-definition television with presentation ability 
  • Portable bar service available
Main or Upper Level Lobby
  • Host elegant receptions in the open Main or Upper Level Lobby 
  • Portable bar service available
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  • 525 seats, including box seating
  • State-of-the-art acoustics and equipment, including a 45-foot wide cinema screen
  • Large stage: 35 feet deep x 78 feet total width, including wing space, plus 9 feet additional stage thrust with the removal of the first two rows of seats
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Main Level Patio & Rooftop Terrace
  • 700 square feet 
  • Comfortable seating for 60 
  • Beautifully landscaped
Rooftop Terrace
  • 4,200 square feet 
  • Accommodates 180 seated and 280 standing 
  • Overlooking Lake Michigan and Bay Harbor Village 
  • Portable bar service available
Exterior Space
  • Space for up to 40’ by 60’ tent on the south lawn 
  • Electricity available
Michael Murphy IV Photography

Host your next event on the shores of Lake Michigan at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Your venue rental supports the arts and the mission of the Center and keeps ticket pricing affordable. 

  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Intellectual Dialogue
  • Movies & Film
  • Education