On the second weekend of June, the Nor-East’r Music & Art Festival takes place at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds: three straight days of eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, and some of the greatest parkin’ lot pickin’ in the state. Three stages host continuous music morning to night, ranging from blues to bluegrass, country to new age, jam bands, old-time, Celtic, folk, and even a little rock.
If you’re a fan of music, you will want to check out the national, regional, and Michigan acts performing on our stages. The huge main stage is the centerpiece of the grounds, surrounded by great shade trees and in close proximity to food and art vendors, campsites, and bathrooms. The Parlor Stage is an intimate indoor venue adjoined to an eatery where you can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just come to enjoy the premium live music. The Barn Stage has everything from dances to children’s song writing to full bands. On Saturday and Sunday, workshops for musicians from beginner to advanced level are hosted in workshop areas around the grounds.
A juried art fair features artisans and their own original art and craftsmanship. Artists also host workshops, inviting you to come and learn how to make and create, so you can be the artist too. Artists offer varied original work from woodcarving to glasswork, jewelry to stonework, basket-making, fiber art, photography, and of course, the indispensable festival tie-dye. All this and more makes Nor-East’r one of Michigan’s best festival experiences.
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