Leland and nearby cultural and entertainment venues thrive in our inspiring surroundings! Fishtown Preservation Society: Stories, history, preservation – Leelanau Historical Society: Museum and resources – Leelanau Community Cultural Center: Arts (exhibits and classes), films, music and theatre events – Leland Township Library: literature, family entertainment and community classes – The Bay Theatre: Events, daily films (blockbuster, independent, foreign).
Fishtown is a historic district comprised of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, overhanging docks, commercial fishing vessels and charter boats along the Leland River, where it feeds into Lake Michigan. Visitors can enjoy the shanty shops and eateries of this working waterfront April-October, though Fishtown itself is open 365 days a year.
Many generations have formed a lasting bond with Fishtown, enjoying its authentic and continued connection to Great Lakes commercial fishing and maritime traditions. This was manifested more than 10-years ago when a handful of locals had the foresight to create Fishtown Preservation – a not-for-profit organization that thru community support purchased Fishtown’s core historic elements and now maintains, preserves and manages this historic site.
We welcome you to stop by the new Fishtown Welcome Center spring through fall, and to visit our website anytime – to see how you can help keep Fishtown thriving for future generations!
The Leland Report is an online diary for those that love the Leelanau peninsula!
Beginning as a family email, the Leland Report quickly grew to an online source where family, friends and visitors could go to get a taste of 'everyday' Leland – EVERYDAY! As talented artist Keith Burnham and his faithful dog Biscuit adventure around Leland and Leelanau county, they take amazing photos and have shared a photo-a-day, everyday – with very few missed, since 2001. Keith also shares the weather forecast, and links to local businesses and events.
We invite you to:
• Visit the website
• Check out the online store for
- custom prints, t-shirts, hats and yearly calendar
• Like Us on Facebook
...and enjoy this special connection to Keith & Biscuit's favorite place in the world – Leland!
The Leelanau Community Cultural Center's mission is to promote cultural enrichment programs and events, to provide a gathering place for the community, and to ensure the preservation of the Old Art Building as a significant part of Leelanau history.
Come out for an event, art exhibit, adult or children's class, exercise or yoga class – including:
• Children’s Summer Program
• Coffeehouse Performance Series
• Movie Nights
• Leland Air ~ plein air event
• Artist in Residence program
• Young Michigan Filmmakers Festival
• Artist's Market
• Annual Art Leelanau Benefit Exhibition
• Fiber Festival
• Holiday Artist's Market
Leelanau Summinars is a community of shared learning – providing a series of educational seminars in July and August each year. We welcome Leelanau residents and visitors of any age who are interested in creating, participating, and/or leading a discussion.
Visit website for schedule, information and to register!
The Leelanau Historical Society Museum inspires locals and visitors to explore the past, understand the present, and envision the future of the diverse cultures in the Leelanau Peninsula and it's islands.
• Traditional Arts of the Anishnabek
• Travel to Leelanau and Life on the Islands
• Manitou Passage Shipwrecks
Find handmade gifts, jewelry, cards and local topic books in the Museum shop. Located on the Leland River, behind the Old Art Building, next to the Leland Library.
Museum & Shop Hours– June-Oct: Wed-Fri 10-4, Sat 12-3
Admission– $2, Members & Children Free
Tours and Research– By appointment
The Library offers a broad mix of community services, including: WiFi, weekly family programs, community events, computer/social media training courses, free tax preparation, The Pronunciator online language program, e-books and Kids e-Reading through OverDrive, digital media, movies, large selection of books, magazines, office-equipment, and an online catalog search.
Library partnerships help to expand services to young families and offer community teaching and learning opportunities. Parenting Communities of Leelanau County helps to coordinate the weekly Wigglers Stories program. The second partnership, with Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center, offers CARES backpacks to children for developmentally appropriate learning.
Open year round.