Thursday Nights at the Center

The weekend is almost here…Make Midland Center for the Arts your go-to spot for Thursday night fun and entertainment! Thursday Nights at the Center are a time to gather, hang out, discuss, and just have a good time together.


1st & 3rd Thursdays • 5:30 – 8 pm

Free admission
Location: Saints & Sinners Lounge

Unwind from an already too-long week with a fun happy hour in the Saints & Sinners Lounge. Special entertainment will include everything from mellow jazz music to energetic a cappella to trivia and holiday-themed celebrations. The bar will feature specialty drinks along with a great wine and beer selection.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

Piano Guys pre-show Rock & Pop Piano Show!

OCTOBER 6, 2016

Acapella Night featuring Fish N’ Chips!

OCTOBER 20, 2016


NOVEMBER 3, 2016

Movie Trivia Night!

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Holiday Handbells (& much more!) with Jubilaeus Handbell Ensemble!

DECEMBER 1, 2016

Caroling with the Choirs!

DECEMBER 15, 2016

Touch of Brass Christmas Concert & Ugly Sweater Contest!

JANUARY 5, 2017

Art Discussion with Armin Mersmann!

JANUARY 19, 2017

2nd Annual Potato Car Derby!

FEBRUARY 2, 2017

Science Café: Science & Sleep

FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Whiskey Tasting & Long Day’s Journey Into Night Discussion!

MARCH 2, 2017

Mad Men & Martinis!

MARCH 16, 2017

Sci-Fi Trivia & Star Wars Party!

APRIL 6, 2017

Spring Strings!

APRIL 20, 2017

Night at the Improv!

MAY 4, 2017

Bacon & Eggs!

MAY 18, 2017

Assassins Pre-Show Activities!


2nd Thursdays • 8 – 10 pm

Tickets: $10
Location: Saints & Sinners Lounge

Need a few laughs? Enjoy an evening of pure fun! Some months will feature stand-up comedians, other months will feature cabaret entertainment produced by our own Center Stage Theatre artists. Whatever the event, drinks will flow, light munchies will be provided, and a good time will be had!


Cabaret Night – Season Preview Cabaret!

OCTOBER 13, 2016

Comedy Night – Allen Trieu & Steve Iott

NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Cabaret Night

DECEMBER 8, 2016

Science Café: Bacon & Eggs


JANUARY 12, 2017

Naughty Cabaret Night!

FEBRUARY 9, 2017

Comedy Night – Gerrit Elzinga & Rico Bruce Wade

MARCH 9, 2017

Comedy Night – Jimmy Roberson & Matt Holt

MAY 11, 2017

Comedy Night – Mike Moses & Russ Williamson


4th Thursdays • 8 – 10 pm

Tickets: $10 (includes museum admission)
Location: Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Galleries

Why should the kids have all the fun? You can create your own rock band or be inspired on the digital painting wall or just wander through the galleries with a nice glass of wine. These events will feature food, drink and entertainment along with access to all of the fun and unique exhibits in the museum. Must be 21+ to attend.

OCTOBER 27, 2016

Sushi & Spirits Halloween Bash!

DECEMBER 22, 2016

The 12 Drinks of Christmas Celebration!

JANUARY 26, 2017

Adult Play Night in the Museum


5th Thursdays • 5 – 8 pm

Activities included with museum admission
Location: Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Galleries

Occasionally, the calendar gifts us with a 5th Thursday in the month, and those are special days where we encourage families to join us for a family-friendly evening activity that will have your kids reeling for days! From a magic show & balloon animal creations to a Kid’s Cabaret night (complete with youth performers) these are events for families to share.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Magic Show & Balloon Animals!

MARCH 23, 2017 (New Date)

Kid’s Cabaret & Kid’s Karaoke Night!