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).
North Manitou Light Keepers (NMLK) is a team of stewards dedicated to rehabilitating, maintaining, and appreciating the North Manitou Shoal Light. This offshore lighthouse, known locally as “The Crib,” is an important piece of Lake Michigan maritime history. The lighthouse was completed in 1935 to mark the shoal off the southern tip of North Manitou Island for ships navigating the Manitou Passage. In 1980 the light and fog signal were automated and remain an active aid to navigation maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. NMLK purchased the structure in 2016 to stop further deterioration, restore it to its former glory, and make it available to the public for viewing and appreciation.
Visit our website to learn more about the lighthouse rehabilitation, and/or how to be a part of our mission!
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
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.
Stop by the Fishtown Welcome Center spring through fall, and/or visit our website anytime to see how you can help keep Fishtown thriving for future generations!
The Leelanau Historical Society Museum was launched in 1957 to preserve and share the history of Leelanau County to inspire others to explore and interpret the past for future generations to learn and appreciate.
• Leelanau Weddings through the Decades
• You are Here: Mapping Leelanau ~ Coming June 2019
• The Shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage & Beyond
• Traditional Anishinabek Arts Collection
• Great Lakes Fur Trade and the Voyageur
• Wild Ride on the Steamer Manitou
• Lighthouses of Leelanau
• Wood Boats of Leelanau – Back by popular demand!
Find handmade gifts, jewelry, cards and local topic books in the Museum shop.
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 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.