Things to Do at the Howell Opera House

Contrary to its name, the Howell Opera House isn’t just a place for opera performances. The Howell Opera House has been a fixture of the downtown Howell area since 1881 and over the years, people such as Henry Ford and presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan have made appearances at the theater. Currently, it is owned by the Livingston Arts Council and is home to many live musical performances and other fun events.

Learn to Dance

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced dancer, you’re welcome to bring your dancing shoes over to the Howell Opera House. There is a swing dancing club that meets there on the second and last Tuesday of every month from 7:30-11:00 PM. Admission is just $2 and there’s no need to register in advance. If ballroom dancing is more your style, there are ballroom dancing classes every Tuesday from 5:30-7:15 PM. Ballroom dancing classes are $10 at the door.

Get in Touch With Your Creative Side

Want to create a painting of your own? Sign up for one of their Paint Along classes on March 9th. The class is led by local artist Carole Skog and there is an afternoon session from 1:00-4:00 PM and an evening session from 6:00-9:00 PM. Be sure to register in advance as each class only has 10 available slots. The class is $30 in advance or $35 at the door and $20 in advance and $25 for seniors 62 and up or students between 10 and 18. The cost includes the price of supplies and a 16”x20” canvas.

Listen to Some Music

If you enjoy live music, drop by on a Friday night for their Acoustic Cafe to hear some music performed by local musicians. The genre of music changes each week; bluegrass on March 6, classic rock on March 13. Doors for Acoustic Cafe open at 7:00 PM and performances begin at 7:30. Admission is $8.

Have Something to Eat

If you don’t have any lunch plans for March 11, why not come over for the Pop Up Bistro with culinary expert Renee Chodkowski and Chef Adam from Diamonds restaurant. Not only can you have a great meal, you’ll also get cooking tips, recipes, and a cooking demonstration. This event runs from noon through 1:00 PM.

See Work by Local Artists

From March 17-29, the Howell Opera House will be featuring an exhibit of artwork created by students throughout Livingston County. The hours for this exhibit are 4:00 PM through 8:00 PM. On March 15, there will be a Howell Winter Market from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM featuring artwork, jewelry, baked goods, and more, all created by local artisans.

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