Cultural Attractions & Entertainment
The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to a number of entertainment outlets spanning the arts and sciences. At The Dow Event Center you’ll find concerts, Saginaw Spirit hockey games and Broadway shows throughout the year. The Midland Center for the Arts provides a number of cultural opportunities, from comedy shows and concerts to art exhibits and lectures. You can attend a top-notch musical at Temple Theatre in Saginaw, and at the State Street Theater in Bay City you'll find an art-deco venue from the 1930s where you can watch the symphony, see a jazz concert, or catch classic movies on the silver screen. Theater-goers are entertained by local theater groups such as Pit & Balcony and the Bay City Players, Michigan's oldest community theater group.
Science lovers will appreciate the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center, an $8.5 million NASA-funded facility in Bay City, and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, which is inside the Midland Center for the Arts and houses more than 7,000 square feet of gallery space featuring changing visual art and science exhibitions throughout the year.
Other attractions you’ll find include the beautifully manicured grounds of the Dow Gardens and the Bay City Historical Society Museum which features a gallery dedicated to the city’s rich maritime history. A little further you can visit the world famous Frankenmuth, a German town full of culture, quaint shopping, a local brewery, horse and carriage rides, and more.
For a unique cultural experience, you can explore the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House, one of only five authentic Japanese teahouses in the country, while exploring hands-on exhibits.