2018 Manistee National Forest Festival Event Schedule

The Forest Festival Planning Committee is working diligently on the 2018 schedule!  We would like to say thank you to our Committee, Sponsors and the Community on all their hard work to present this line up of events. Below you’ll find a list of Festival Favorites and some new comers to the Festival line up for 2018 as they are confirmed!

Do you have an event during the Forest Festival you would like promoted? Check out the Fair Share Policy and Form links below on how you could get it included in the Forest Festival Brochure and on this very website! Deadline for submissions are April 15th for the Brochure!
2018 Manistee National Forest Festival Fair Share Policy
2018 Manistee National Forest Festival Fair Share Contribution Form

Daily Events beginning on June 29th and ending on the final day (July 4th) unless otherwise noted:


Festival Market Place – June 29th, June 30th, July 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 10:00 am – Dusk; July 4th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
A festival favorite, the marketplace offers great bargains, unique merchandise and of course delicious festival food!
2018 Flea Market Contract
2018 Food Vendor Contract


Anderson Midway Carnival – June 29th, 2:00 pm – Dusk; June 30th, July 1st, 2nd & 3rd 12:00 pm – Dusk ; July 4th 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!
Location: 1st Street Beach, Manistee


Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom – July 1st & 2nd 10:00 am – Dusk, Free Event
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!
Location: 1st Street Beach, Manistee


Music on the Beach 
Enjoy a day at the beach while listening to some groovy summer tunes coming at you from local favorite DJ Cole Black!
Location: 1st Street Beach, Manistee

Little Big Shots Talent Show Auditions – 2 pm – 4 pm
A talent show for ages 3 – 12 to show off their talents! Contact Shirley Madden (313) 478-5347 for more information!
Location: Armory Youth Project, 555 First St. Manistee


 

47th Annual Manistee World of Arts & Crafts Show – 9 am – 5 pm
Enjoy over 90 select artists and craftsmen participating in this unique juried arts and craft show! See beautiful carvings, paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and more while enjoying delicious food and entertainment. Children can enjoy interactions with police and fire vehicles. Fun for the whole family.

Located at Red Szymarek Park on the corner of 5th Avenue and Monroe St.
47th Annual Summer Art Fair Application


Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom – July 1st & 2nd 10:00 am – Dusk, Free Event
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!
Location: 1st Street Beach, Manistee


Little Big Shots Talent Show Finals – 2 pm – 4 pm
A talent show for ages 3 – 12 to show off their talents! Contact Shirley Madden (313) 478-5347 for more information!
Location: Armory Youth Project, 555 First St. Manistee


 

Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom – July 1st & 2nd 10:00 am – Dusk, Free Event
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!
Location: 1st Street Beach, Manistee


47th Annual Manistee World of Arts & Crafts Show – 9 am – 5 pm
Enjoy over 90 select artists and craftsmen participating in this unique juried arts and craft show! See beautiful carvings, paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and more while enjoying delicious food and entertainment. Children can enjoy interactions with police and fire vehicles. Fun for the whole family.

Located at Red Szymarek Park on the corner of 5th Avenue and Monroe St.
47th Annual Summer Art Fair Application


Scottville Clown Band – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Free Event
A festival tradition! Enjoy a fun concert in the open air, so bring your beach chairs, blankets and be ready to dance at the Festival Entertainment Area!
Sponsored by Manistee Ford


 


Beach Buddies Kids Parade & Activities – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – FREE EVENT
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 Satellite Program, FREE ice cream from West Shore Bank while mingling with special guest mascots, gifts from the US Forest Service, face painting, duck pond, and a scavenger hunt!
At 1 pm, the Forest Festival Prince & Princess will be crowned at Lighthouse Park and will lead the parade immediately following. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, open to all children and fun for all!
Rain location: Manistee Area Public Schools Commons, 525 12th Street
Sponsored by: Filer Credit Union, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital, and Watson’s Manistee Chrysler


Prince & Princess Pageant Crowning Ceremony – 1:00 pm – FREE EVENT
The Forest Festival Prince and Princess will be crowned for all to see and the new royalty will then lead the parade immediately following around Lighthouse Park.


Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom – July 1st & 2nd 10:00 am – Dusk, Free Event
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!
Location: 1st Street Beach, Manistee

 

Friends of the Library Book Sale – 9 am – 5 pm FREE EVENT
Check out the giant indoor and outdoor used book sale. Books, DVDs, CDs, there’s something for all ages.
Located behind the Manistee County Library at 95 Maple Street.



Fireworks Over Lake Michigan – 10:30 pm
Enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks coloring the night sky over Lake Michigan! Best viewing from First Street Beach, Fifth Avenue Beach or from the Forest Festival Entertainment Area.


Flag Raising Ceremony – 9:45 am
Corner of Division Street & River Street Veterans will raise the flag as the National Anthem is sung. All Veterans and active duty are invited. Thank you for your service!



Independence Day Parade – 10:00 am

This fantastic one of a kind parade highlights our Veterans, Manistee County’s rich history, the Manistee National Forest and all the creative entries! Travels west on River Street from Division Street to First Street by the Armory Youth Project parking lot.
2018 Parade Application
Online Registration



Duck Race – 1:30 pm

Presented by the Chamber Ambassadors, the Manistee County Child Advocacy Center and the mascot Ducky. 100’s of ducks will be released into the river from the Maple Street Bridge  they race to the finish line by the Elk’s Lodge #250 and are scooped up by the Marine Patrol. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. 1st Place $650, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100, 4th Place $75 and last place $25. Tickets are available at: Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Manistee County Visitors Bureau, Knizacky Insurance Agency, the Outpost of Manistee, Snyder’s Shoes, Sports Ink.
Sponsored by the Manistee County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.


Port City Pet Pageant – 3 pm, Registration required FREE EVENT
Your pet has what it takes to be a champion! the 6th Annual Port City Pet Pageant will find out who’s the cutest, oldest, biggest, smallest, best dressed and most patriotic pets in Manistee. Also witness the best trick and see which pet and owner look alike!
Fun and free to attend as well as free to enter!
Location: Forest Festival Entertainment Area, 1st Street Beach
For more information contact Parkdale Animal Hospital at (231) 723-8998

Onekama Block Party  5 pm – 8 pm
Onekama will be holding a block party along Main Street with music, vendors and fun! Check back for more information!

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