Saginaw County and the Great Lakes Bay Region provide many unique arts & cultural opportunities. Built in 1927, the historic Temple Theatre in Downtown Saginaw features a classic Barton pipe organ and shows the best in classic movies, art films, concerts and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. Every year, Saginaw’s Pit and Balcony hosts a series of plays in its own 289-seat theater.
The area has a number of additional cultural attractions including the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea Garden, and local artists display their work at the Andersen Enrichment Center. In Frankenmuth, Michigan’s #3 tourist destination, visitors enjoy the German atmosphere found year round in the downtown shops and restaurants.
TheDow Event Center’s 7,600 seat Wendler Arena is home to the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club (a member of the Ontario Hockey League) and its 2,200 plus seat Heritage Theater has hosted entertainers from Sesame Street Live to Jerry Seinfeld. Summer would not be complete without outdoor concerts on Ojibway Island and the Saginaw Fireworks and ArtSaginaw is an online resource for Saginaw art programs.
Saginaw County celebrates its past and culture through its museums and galleries. Saginaw Valley State University houses the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Gallery, a permanent collection of more than 200 works by the world famous sculptor. The gallery also hosts monthly art exhibits by students, faculty and guest artists.
The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History contains artifacts from the area, as well as traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution. The newly renovated Saginaw Art Museum is another Saginaw County treasure that display everything from Ancient Near Eastern ceramics to contemporary paintings. The Military and Space Museum in Frankenmuth has a tank and F-4 jet on display, as well as military uniforms and information on Michigan war veterans.