Arts & Culture
orange city arts council
Orange City has a thriving arts sector. Not only are there regular performances from Northwestern College’s Music and Theatre departments, Orange City Arts brings world class artists and performers right here to our doorstep.
Each summer, enjoy free performances every Wednesday evening from June-August in downtown’s Windmill Square. Or register for an art class, anytime — Orange City Arts provides an eclectic mix of art classes and workshops for all ages. Or tour occasional art exhibits, featuring professional and semi-professional artists from a 350-mile radius. During the school year, become a season ticket holder and attend nationally and internationally acclaimed performances in dance, music, and theatre.
You can join the local theatre troupe, SchoolHouse Company, and belt it out onstage. Or pick up your trumpet or drumsticks and be a part of the Orange City Area Community Band! Whatever your talent is, Orange City has a place for you.
Orange City Arts: Celebrating 40 Years of Connecting People Through Art.
Check out this summer’s lineup below or visit orangecityarts.net for more info.
June 7: Summer Suites
Beautiful gardens. Inspiring performances. A treat for the senses and a balm for the soul.
Sponsor: Quatro Composites
June 14: Community Band
Dan Mangold leads this troupe of local musicians in an evening of musical exploration.
June 21: Ghost Town Blues Band
Living Blues Magazine calls them “21st Century blues at its best!” and the International Blues Challenge awarded them silver in 2014. These guys make having the blues feel just right.
Sponsors: Diamond Vogel Paints, Orange City Area Health System & Quatro Composites
June 28: Festival Latino
Let your Latin side shine! Bring the family to celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture with fabulous food, games, and the ultra-danceable music of Orquesta Alto Maiz.
Sponsors: Joe’s TV and Appliance, State Farm: Matt Weg Agency, Center Fresh Eggs, Natural Food Holdings & CASA
July 5: Comic Magician Tom Burgoon
Hilarious and astonishing, Tom keeps the audience guessing and giggling. Fun for all ages. Bring the family for root beer floats!
July 12: Community Band
The area’s best musicians return for a night of musical favorites. Come early for the Orange City community appreciation picnic!
Sponsor: Long Lines Broadband
July 19: Marbin
Critics call them “sizzling,” “mind-blowing,” “relentlessly vibrant,” and “infectiously melodic.” This jazz-rock fusion band with Israeli roots burst out of Chicago with a style uniquely their own — and the music scene is still feeling the reverb.
Sponsors: D&L Plumbing & Heating, & Quatro Composites
July 26: Community Band
The music is nonstop with another great evening of community-led artistry.
Sponsor: CIVCO Medical Solutions
August 2: SchoolHouse Company
They’re back! Always a favorite, our own talented local theatre troupe returns with a musical sure to have you humming show tunes under your breath the rest of the week.
Sponsors: Pizza Ranch & Quatro Composites
August 9: Whitesidewalls
Legendary in the Twin Cities, these guys have been rocking the oldies for decades and really know how it’s done. Come hear all your favorites the way you want them played.
Spons0rs: Diamond Vogel Paints, Iowa State Bank & Siouxland Travel, and Tours
August 16: The Led Farmers
“The new standard in Irish music” and “face-meltingly good,” these folk rockers rock, folks. Masters of their craft, they are melting the faces of folk fans all over the world. Enjoy a motorcycle show and food in the evening, and at dusk, Orange City Recreation presents family film, Moana.
Sponsors: Northwestern Bank & Van Engelenhoven Agency
August 23: Arts on Central
Our annual interactive street art festival! We’re blocking Central Ave downtown and filling it with local art, food and fun from 5-7pm, then at 7:30 we’re bringing you Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul just to trip the night fantastic.
Sponsors: American State Bank, Huizenga Law Firm & Town Square Coffeehouse
northwestern college performing arts
Orange City is home to one of the best small college theatre programs in the country. The students and professors regularly win acting, directing and stagecraft awards for productions of classic, contemporary and original plays. The Northwestern College Theatre season includes three to four faculty-directed shows and an annual Children’s Theatre production as well as a World Premiere Festival of student-scripted plays and RUSH dance exhibition.
tulip festival night show
Each year a musical production is chosen and performed during Orange City’s annual Tulip Festival. The show performs four times during the festival—Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights—to the delight of visitors and community members alike. The annual production produced, directed, cast, and supported by volunteers.
For more information on tickets visit octulipfestival.com or call 712-707-4510.