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Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival

Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival

The RagbirdsSaturday, April 16, 2016,
1–6 p.m.

Cost: Free For Everyone

Location: The Hagerty Conference Center
Great Lakes Campus — 715 E. Front St.

Spring 2016 marks the the 5th annual Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival.... Yes, it is the big number 5 and we couldn’t be more excited to share in the fun with you!

Sweet Earth Arts and Music Festival is an all inclusive Earth Day celebration for our dynamic Northern Michigan community. Through a dialogue with music, art and interactive activities, attendees learn about environmental issues of global importance and are connected with ways to take action locally .

Oh Brother Big SisterEach year we invite regionally based musicians to perform at the celebration. This year’s lineup includes Oh Brother Big Sister (Frederic), Charlie Millard (Alanson), The Drinkard Sisters (Detroit), Third Coast Kings (Detroit) and The Ragbirds (Ann Arbor). There will also be a special spoken word poetry performance by Maya James and a hip-hop performance by Mark Wilson!

In case you need a break from dancing, we also have a variety of hands-on activities for people and children of all ages including a science corner for kids, seed-ball making, a compost worm petting zoo, an arts and crafts table using recyclable materials, and more! And returning for the second year in a row is our Sweet Earth Artist Market featuring some of the many talented artisans in Northern Michigan.

Third Coast KingsSweet Earth is a celebration filled with creative expression that plants the seed of environmental consciousness and provides the resources to help it grow. Because of all of the amazing support in past years from the community, this year's festival will take place at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus where there will be more space for extra celebration and fun — and a huge bonus, it overlooks the beautiful West Bay!

Sweet Earth Silent Auction Items:

thank you sponsors

Music Schedule

  • 1 p.m. – Oh Brother Big Sister
  • 1:25 p.m. – Charlie Millard
  • 2 p.m. – Oh Brother Big Sister
  • 2:25 p.m. – Arianna Wasserman
  • 2:35 p.m. – Drinkard Sisters
  • 3:10 p.m. – Oh Brother Big Sister
  • 3:30 p.m. – Mark Wilson
  • 3:40 p.m. – Third Coast Kings
  • 4:25 p.m. – Maya James
  • 4:35 p.m. – Oh Brother Big Sister
  • 5 p.m. – The Ragbirds

How To Get Involved

Artist Market Vendors:

The applications deadline for the 2016 Sweet Earth Artist Market has passed.

Partnering Organizations:

We are almost at capacity for tabling and activities for the 2016 celebration!


Please send requests to


  • Inhabitect
  • Michigan Agency for Energy
  • NMC Student Government Association
  • NMC East Hall Council
  • Family First Magazine
  • McMillen's Creative Custom Framing
  • Einstein Cycles
  • Crystal Mountain
  • Daily Blend
  • Bricks and Brushes LLC
  • Great Lakes Bath and Body
  • Paperwork Studio
  • NO MI Forager

Local food from

  • Oryana Natural Food Coop
  • Daily Blend
  • The Redheads: Organic Hummus
  • Light of Day Tea
  • Higher Grounds Coffee
  • Morsels
  • Great Lakes Potato Chips
  • Fustini's Oils and Vinegars
  • Cherry Republic

Community Partners

  • Bay Area Recycling for Charities
  • Carter's Compost
  • Archangel Ancient Tree Archive
  • FLOW (For the Love of Water)
  • Edible Trails Project
  • Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC)
  • Little Artshram
  • Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
  • Citizen's Climate Lobby
  • Human Nature School
  • Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
  • Soul Springs Permaculture
  • Inland Seas Education Association
  • NW Michigan Food and Farming Network

NMC Partners

  • WNMC (90.7 FM)
  • NMC Staff and Student Green Teams
  • Grand Traverse Freshwater Society
  • NMC Black Student Union
  • NMC Student United for Gender Rights
  • NMC Horticulture Club (w/ MSU Extension)
  • NMC Construction Technology
  • NMC Osterlin Library