2023 Season

The Essence of the Artist season brings over 30 unforgettable events to Ironwood, MI

The Emberlight Festival’s annual celebration of world-class art kicks off on July 1 and runs through August 26. Centered around the theme, “Essence of the Artist,” more than 150 local, regional and international artists will spark imaginations and ignite learning through a dazzling array of music, film, theater, and visual art in the beautiful natural surroundings and historic halls of Ironwood, Michigan. 

Emberlight Essence of the Artist

The season features Main Stage guest headliner, powerhouse soprano Ann Toomey, back by popular demand. Additional highlights include concerts with stars of classical music and Broadway stages; an International Film Festival with more than 800 submissions from 70 countries; free Behind the Curtain talkbacks with visiting artists; and five weekends of dynamic Performance Infusions by artists from across the region. Also featured are 17 Art in the Park installations, two commissioned visual artworks, and Buyer and Cellar, Emberlight’s first theatrical production. It’s an exciting season with something for everyone!

2023 ticket passes go on sale February 15, and individual ticket sales begin April 1. To sponsor an event or make a donation, please contact donate@emberlight.org.

We look forward to welcoming you to Emberlight this summer!

Event Calendar

All Events

ART IN THE PARK
Emberlight's large-installation outdoor art show
Saturday, July 1, 2023, 12:00PM
Free
ART IN THE PARK GRAND OPENING
Join the artists and celebrate Art in the Park '23
Saturday, July 1, 2023, 12:00PM
PORTRAITS OF A PLACE: IRONWOOD
An original creation for Emberlight
Friday, July 7, 2023, 4:00PM
Free
EMBERLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Discover the uncommon vistas of the U.P.
Friday, July 7, 2023, 4:00PM
Free
HERITAGE FLAGS
A striking representation of the people of Emberlight
Friday, July 7, 2023, 4:00PM
Free
DEPOT ART SHOWS GRAND OPENING
Be the first to experience Emberlight's art shows
Friday, July 7, 2023, 4:00PM
Free
WOOL TO WAULKING
Performance Infusion
Saturday, July 8, 2023, 1:00PM
Free
BUYER & CELLAR OPEN REHEARSAL
Behind the Curtain
Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 6:00PM
BUYER & CELLAR
Miles Mykkanen stars in the first play of his career
Friday, July 14, 2023, 7:30PM
from $20
BUYER & CELLAR
Miles Mykkanen stars in the first play of his career
Thursday, July 20, 2023, 7:30PM
from $20
BUYER & CELLAR
Miles Mykkanen stars in the first play of his career
Friday, July 21, 2023, 7:30PM
from $20
MINERS' TRIBUTE
Performance Infusion
Saturday, July 22, 2023, 1:00PM
Free
BUYER & CELLAR
Miles Mykkanen stars in the first play of his career
Saturday, July 22, 2023, 7:30PM
from $20
BECOMING TINKER SCHUMAN
Behind the Curtain
Sunday, July 23, 2023, 2:00PM
NATURE CRAFTING
Performance Infusion
Saturday, July 29, 2023, 1:00PM
Free
CHARACTERS
Mykkanen & Rothenberg bring you an unforgettable night of music
Thursday, August 3, 2023, 7:30PM
($25 – $45)
THE ESSENCE OF STORY
From Story to Writing
Saturday, August 5, 2023, 1:00PM
Free
CHARACTERS
Mykkanen & Rothenberg bring you an unforgettable night of music
Saturday, August 5, 2023, 7:30PM
($25 – $45)
CELEBRATING THE CULINARY ARTS
Performance Infusion
Saturday, August 12, 2023, 1:00PM
Free
CLOSE UP: ANN AND MADELINE
Behind the Curtain
Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 6:00PM
SCREENING #1
Film Screening
Friday, August 18, 2023, 6:00PM
from $10
SCREENING #2
Film Screening
Friday, August 18, 2023, 7:30PM
from $10
ANN TOOMEY IN RECITAL
The world-class soprano returns to Emberlight
Saturday, August 19, 2023, 7:30PM
($20 – $30)
SCREENING #3
Film Screening
Sunday, August 20, 2023, 2:00PM
from $10
SCREENING #4
Film Screening
Sunday, August 20, 2023, 4:00PM
from $10
SCREENING #5
Film Screening
Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 7:30PM
from $10
SCREENING #6
Film Screening
Thursday, August 24, 2023, 6:00PM
from $10
SCREENING #7
Film Screening
Thursday, August 24, 2023, 7:30PM
from $10
SCREENING #8
Film Screening
Friday, August 25, 2023, 4:00PM
from $10
SCREENING #9
Film Screening
Friday, August 25, 2023, 6:00PM
from $10
SCREENING #10
Film Screening
Friday, August 25, 2023, 7:30PM
from $10
ART IN THE PARK
Emberlight's large-installation outdoor art show
Saturday, August 26, 2023, 9:00AM
Free
PORTRAITS OF A PLACE: IRONWOOD
An original creation for Emberlight
Saturday, August 26, 2023, 11:00AM
Free
EMBERLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Discover the uncommon vistas of the U.P.
Saturday, August 26, 2023, 11:00AM
Free
HERITAGE FLAGS
A striking representation of the people of Emberlight
Saturday, August 26, 2023, 11:00AM
Free
SHOWSTOPPERS
The Emberlight Grand Finale
Saturday, August 26, 2023, 7:30PM
($15 – $45)