2019 Manistee National Forest Festival Event Schedule

 

 

Daily Events beginning on July 4th – July 7th  

 

Festival Market Place – July 3rd – 6th, 12:00 pm – Dusk;

 

July 7th 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

This annual Festival favorite brings a variety of goods to check out as you enjoy the warm weather and festivities along First Street Beach! There is bound to be something for everyone at the Marketplace!
2019 Flea Market Contract
2019 Food Vendor Contract 

 

Anderson Midway Carnival – July 3rd, 2:00 pm – Dusk;

 

July 4th – 6th 12:00 pm – Dusk ; July 7th 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

A family owned and operated traveling carnival serving the state of Michigan. Traveling Theme Park with thrilling rides, tasty carnival fare and games of skill combine with superior customer amenities! Ride the rides and play the games during your days out in the sunshine! Armbands $20; tickets $1.25 each, 10 for $10 or 20 for $20.  Rides take 3-4 tickets.
Location: 1st Street Beach, Manistee
 

 

NEW! Live Spray Paint Art , 10 am – DUSK

 Watch Artists Brandon Calson create unique works of art, which are available for purchase.  Douglas Park, First Street Beach

 

NEW! The Forest Fest Food Court 10 am – Dusk

Enjoy a nice view of Lake Michigan while eating delicious food from a variety of food trucks. Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

 

NEW! Pony Rides 10 am – 7 pm

Enjoy a pony ride at the beach! $5 per person. Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

 

NEW! Timber Art 10 am – Dusk

Watch master chainsaw carver Lonnie Glines great works of art, which are available for purchase.  Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

 

 

 

 

 


Flag Raising Ceremony – 9:45 am

Held prior to the Independence Day Parade a tribute to  remember those who have served and are currently serving our country. On the corner of Division Street & River Street Veterans will raise the flag as the National Anthem is sung. Thank you for your service!


Independence Day Parade – 10:00 am

Travels west on River Street from Division Street to the Armory Youth Project parking lot, providing a view of  all of the floats, marchers and other fun parade participants as we recognize our Independence as a nation! The theme this year is Manistee by the Decade to coincide with the City of Manistee celebrating 150 years. Entry forms available at ManisteeChamber.com. Proudly Sponsored by Snyder’s Shoes and The Tabernacle – Manistee.

Moments in Manistee’s History 10 am – 5 pm

A photo exhibit that explores moments for the city’s last 150 years. $1 per student, $3 per adult, $8 per family (parents and their minor children). Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River St.


Fireworks Over Lake Michigan – 10:30 pm

The Little River Casino Resort and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Proudly Present the 2019 Fireworks Show. Watch the fantastic display of fireworks at First Street Beach or Fifth Avenue Beach for the best views along with DJs! The show will be synced to music, so tune in to The Eagle 101.5.

 

 

Manistee World of Arts & Crafts, 9 am – 5 pm

This FREE event features a juried art and craft show, with a variety of art pieces for viewing and purchasing. Food and entertainment available. Red Szymarek Park, Fifth Avenue Manistee.

Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9 am – 5 pm

Huge indoor/outdoor book sale featuring books, DVD’s and CD’s.  There is something for everyone! Parking lot behind Manistee County Library, 95 Maple St. Proudly Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Forest Service Bus Tour, 10 am – 1 pm

This annual tour of the Manistee Forest makes multiple stops throughout for you to explore. Bring a sack lunch and drink for the lunch stop at Spirit of the Woods Conservation. The tour is free, call 231-723-2211 to reserve your seat. Meet at Manistee County Transportation, 180 Memorial Dr.

Moments in Manistee’s History, 10 am – 5 pm

 A photo exhibit that explores moments for the city’s last 150 years. $1 per student, $3 per adult, $8 per family (parents and their minor children). Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River St.

Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo , 10 am – Dusk 

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals from around the world. From farm animals to exotic animals – it’s a zoo on wheels that’s fun for everyone and did we mention it’s FREE! Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

Trolley Tours, 11 am – 5 pm

Last trip leaves at 4 pm.  $6 per adult, $3 per child & senior 65 years and disabled.  Manistee County Transportation, 180 Memorial Dr.

 

Beach Buddies Kids Day, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Calling all kiddos, dress up as your favorite beach buddy character (anything beach related) and meet at Lighthouse Park! FREE lunch provided by Manistee Area Public Schools Summer Feeding Program.  Mingle with special guests, your favorite mascots, gifts from the U.S. Forest Service, face painting and a scavenger hunt! At 1 pm, the Forest Festival Prince & Princess will be crowned at Lighthouse Park and will lead the kids’ parade immediately following. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, open to all children! Rain location: Manistee Area Public Schools Commons, 425 12th Street. Proudly Sponsored by Filer Credit Union, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital, Watson’s Manistee Chrysler, The Tabernacle – Manistee.

 

Lions Fish Boil, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Manistee Lions Club invites you to enjoy their famous fish boil at the Festival Tent at the Lions Pavilion First Street Beach. Advance Adult Tickets $9 at various businesses. At the door $10 for Adults and $5 for Children. Menu: Boiled fish, potatoes and onions topped with hot butter, coleslaw, rolls, lemonade and coffee. Hot dogs available for children.  Proudly Sponsored by BOS Manufacturing, supported by Lion Al Mahler and Riemer Eye Center.

 

NEW! Polka Party, 7 pm- 11 pm

Featuring Virgil Baker and the Just 4 Fun Boys.  $3 per person or $5 per couple, proceeds benefit the new Wagoner Center (the new Manistee Senior Center). Festival Tent at the Lions Pavilion, Douglas Park, First Street Beach.  

 

NEW! Jaycees Beach Bash, 7 pm – 11:59 pm

Featuring DJ Music, a traditional Polynesian dance and fire show by Alba Chicago followed by music from Clear Heels.  Soak your toes in the sand with a cup in your hand with drinks from North Channel Brewing Company and Iron Fish Distillery. Must be 21 years, admission $20 per person. Douglas Park, First Street Beach. 

 

NEW! Youth Concert, 8 pm – 11 pm

 -FREE concert for youth 6th – 12th grade. Armory Youth Project, 555 First Street. Proudly Presented by the Armory Youth Project

 

 


 

 

Manistee Firecracker, 8 am 5K Run/Walk + 1K Fun Run

$25 by June 29; $30 on race day.  Cost includes specially designed T-Shirt, proceeds benefit the Manistee Area Track. Manistee High School, 525 12th Street. Sign up online at runmanistee.blogspot.com

Manistee World of Arts & Crafts, 9 am – 5 pm 

This FREE event features a juried art and craft show, with a variety of art pieces for viewing and purchasing. Food and Entertainment available. Red Szymarek Park, Fifth Avenue Manistee.

Moments in Manistee’s History, 10 am – 5 pm

A photo exhibit that explores moments for the city’s last 150 years. $1 per student, $3 per adult, $8 per family (parents and their minor children). Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River St.

Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo, 10 am – Dusk

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals from around the world. From farm animals to exotic animals – it’s a zoo on wheels that’s fun for everyone and did we mention it’s FREE! Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

NEW! Caricature Artist, 10 am – Dusk

Looking for something fun and unique? Get your portrait done by Caricature Artist Nicole Stevensen. Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

Trolley Tours, 11 am – 5 pm

Last trip leaves at 4 pm.  $6 per adult, $3 per child & senior 65 years and disabled.  Manistee County Transportation, 180 Memorial Dr.

Lil Big Shots Talent Show, 1 pm – 3 pm 

Manistee’s Lil Big Shots Talent Show highlights the talents of children ages 3 – 13 and will be on the Festival Stage at First Street Beach. (Auditions will be held on 6/22/19 from 12 pm – 2 pm and Rehearsal is 6/29/19 from 12pm-2 pm at Manistee Inn & Marina, 378 River Street). FREE Admission, but donations are welcome, proceeds benefit the Blue Tigers Scholarship Fund.  

Duck Race 1:30 pm 

Duck Race 1:30 pm  – This Festival favorite dumps over a 1,500 yellow rubber ducks off the Maple Street Bridge.  They plunge into the water to race down the river to the finish line by the Elk’s Lodge #250, where members of the Manistee County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol will scoop them up! Prizes: 1st:$650, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100, 4th: $75 and Last Place $25! License #R52232. Purchase your tickets now at ManisteeChamber.com or at one of the following locations: Knizacky Insurance Agency, Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Manistee County Visitors Bureau, Outpost of Manistee, Snyder’s Shoes, Sports Ink, Sunrise Fabric.  Proudly Sponsored by Watson’s Manistee Chrysler.

 

Summer Sound Waves Concert 6 pm – 12:30 am

Proudly Presented by West Shore Bank, this concert brings you great music down on the beach! Featuring Melissa Lee and Bobby Randall(Bobby is a former member of Sawyer Brown), with their 5-piece band playing popular country songs, a few original songs and fiddle tunes At 9 pm enjoy the sounds of the headliner, The Lucas Paul Band, an Ann Arbor, Michigan based Pop/Rock band that enjoys rocking people’s socks off! Attendees must be 21 and over beginning at 9 pm, admission is $10 per person. Free bus service available, call Manistee County Transportation before 5 pm to make your reservation, 231-723-6525. Festival Stage, Douglas Park, First Street Beach. RSVP ManisteeChamber.com.

 

 

Traditional Pancake Breakfast  8 am – 1 pm

“You’ll Flip over This!” You, your family, friends and neighbors are invited to start your day with this “Forest Festival Flapjack Feast!” We’re serving stacks of flapjacks and other yummy and delicious items. Service with a smile and a promise that you won’t walk away hungry! All proceeds will benefit the Manistee Community Track Project. Advance Tickets are $6 for Adults, $4 for ages 5 – 12, ages 5 and under FREE, tickets at the door are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5 – 12, ages 5 and under FREE. Tickets available at the MMHS Office, MAPS Board of Education Office and through The Friends of the Manistee Community Track Members. The Commons at Manistee Middle/High School, 525 12th Street

Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo 10 am – Dusk

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals from around the world. From farm animals to exotic animals – it’s a zoo on wheels that’s fun for everyone and did we mention it’s FREE! Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

 

NEW! Caricature Artist 10 am – Dusk

Looking for something fun and unique? Get your portrait done by Caricature Artist Nicole Stevensen. Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

Port City Pet Pageant 1 pm – 3 pm

Your pet has what it takes to be a champion! Is your pet the cutest? The biggest? The smallest? The oldest? Thes best dressed? The most patriotic? Have the best trick? Do you look like your pet – twins! From all the winners we’ll crown the grand champion.  Enter as many categories as you like. Every winner gets a medal and the event is FREE to enter and attend. Festival Stage, Douglas Park, First Street Beach.

 

Live Music on the Porch 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

FREE to attend! Enjoy live music outside on the porch, with Onekama native Cousin Curtis. His one man band, ceaselessly energized performance is designed to move people! Wine, hard cider tasting and wine by the glass. Douglas Valley Winery, 5375 Douglas Valley Drive.

Scottville Clown Band 4 pm

The Clown Band is back again bringing their humor and musical stylings down at the Festival Stage at First Street Beach! This popular event is FREE to the public, so bring a chair and enjoy! Proudly Sponsored by Manistee Ford.

 

Bed Races 6:30 pm

Gather your friends, families, cheer squads and super fans as you assemble your team and race! Racers push beds that have been converted to push carts down the street. Each team has four “pushers” and one “driver”.  Teams compete on behalf of a charity of their choice. 1st place and 2nd place win the most cash for their charity. Race takes place on Division Street between First and Filer Streets. Proudly Presented by the Manistee Jaycees.

2019 FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Presenting and Fireworks Sponsors

 

The Little River Casino Resort and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians are the Presenting and Firework Sponsors for the Manistee National Forest Festival. Without their generous support the organizers and volunteers would not be able to bring in the attractions, events and continue the signature events that have made this Manistee County's premier festival for 83 years. This year their contribution will triple the Fireworks show and has it synchronized to music!  

 

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Festival Supporters:

Bob's Roofing

Top Line Electric