2024 Event Schedule

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce is the host and coordinator of the Manistee National Forest Festival. Events are individually run and operated by local organizations and businesses.

This year’s festivities are still in the works! If your business or non-profit is hosting an event during the Festival (July 3 – July 7), please submit it and fill out the online form before June 8th to be included in the digital brochure. Any events submitted after June 8th will only be listed below.

Please check back for more information!

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

July 3 – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 3 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc. 

July 3 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

Cost: $5.00 per person

July 3 – Kick Off to the 4th of July Party 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wagoner Community Center, 260 St. Mary’s Parkway

Senior Center 4th of July Party, lunch, and dancing (Polka). Ticket’s on sale prior to event $15

July 3 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 3 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband (armbands are $30 on July 5th)

July 3 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 3 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 3 – 2nd Annual Wine on the River, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fricano’s Manistee River, 440 River St

2nd Annual Wine tasting event on our beautiful patio overlooking the river. This will be an event to remember with live music, great food and good friends.

Pre-sell tickets $20 Day of event $25 at the door.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

July 4 – Visit the Giant Sequoia 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Lake Bluff Farms, 2890 Lakeshore Road, Manistee

Walk the grounds of the beautiful Lake Bluff farms and see the “Son of Stag” The largest Redwood tree east of the Sierra Nevada’s. Our mission is conservation, and promoting the beauty of our local flora and fauna. Free admission.

July 4  – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 4 – Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony 9:45 AM

Division & River Street (prior to the parade)

Kick off your 4th of July celebration with a traditional Flag Raising event before the Forest Festival Parade. 

July 4 – Independence Day Parade 10:00 AM

Division | River Street

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! Proudly sponsored by Edward Jones: Financial Advisor – Team Reau and Spicer Group, Inc.

July 4 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 4 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc. 

July 4 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

July 4 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 4 – Roots on the River Kickoff Bash! 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jaycees Bandshell / Veterans Memorial Parking Lot

Join Music Sparks Meaning across Maple Street Bridge right after the Independence Day Parade for a day of live music, games, and family fun!

Activities will include a beer tent featuring local brews, lawn games, live music all day, food trucks, raffles, and more! Hosted by new nonprofit, Music Sparks Meaning, the aim is to have a day of community fun while fundraising for their summer programming.

This event will be the kickoff to the 2024 Roots on the River concert series and will feature several local favorite groups throughout the day.

Cost: free

July 4 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband (armbands are $30 on July 5th)

July 4 – Book Signing by Craig Bradley 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hoot & Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Craig Bradley will be at the Bookstore signing his Peter Polo books.

July 4 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 4 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 4 – Live Music Night: Sugartips Acoustic 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Manistee National Golf & Resort, 4797 Grant Highway, Manistee, MI

Come kick off your weekend at the Manistee National Golf & Resort for a night of fun! Enjoy fresh pizza, ice cold beverages, and a few games of cornhole while listening to music played by our special guest, Sugartips Acoustic.

July 4 – 4th of July Cruise 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

The Princess of Manistee, 428 River Street, Riverwalk – Behind the Elks Building

Celebrate the 4th with a special 2 Hour sunset cruise on the Manistee waterfront. While the main Fireworks will be displayed on the 5th, there will be plenty to see as the celebration gets started. Weather permitting the Princess will travel south towards Big Point Sable and view the shoreline fireworks along the way. Cash Bar. Complimentary 4th of July Swag for the party. Boarding begins at 7:45 and the princess leaves the dock at 8:30.

Cost: Adults $55, Children $30

Friday, July 5, 2024

July 5 – Free Morning Beach Meditation 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Rhythm and Flow Wellness, First Street Beach between the piers

Come welcome in the morning with a guided meditation by the water. Bring a towel and be prepared to start your day with mild stretching and mindful focus.

July 5  – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 5 – Cadillac-Manistee Ranger Station Open House, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cadillac-Manistee Ranger Station, 1170 Nursery Rd., Wellston 49689

Each program area (Wildlife, Botany, Fisheries, Timber, Recreation, Heritage, Silviculture, Fire) will have an educational table out with information and activities. We’ll have a fire engine out for kids to explore.
The Benzie County Conservation District will also have a table set up where their Aquatic Invasive Species division will be educating the public about AIS and proper boat washing. SEEDS will also have a table set up to demonstrate composting.

Free admission.

July 5 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 5 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc. 

July 5 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

July 5 – Tours and Open House at Guardian Angels Church 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Guardian Angels Historic Preservation Project, 371 5th Street Manistee

Self Guided Tours of the magnificent Guardian Angels Catholic Church, constructed in 1888. Committee members will be present to answer questions. Photography is encouraged! Tours available both July 5 & 6 from 11am to 2pm.

Cost: free

July 5 – Book Signings 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hoot and Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Book signing event featuring:
Joseph Stanley – Collective Vengeance 11:00am – 1:00pm
Shirley Buck – Sweet Freedom Whispered in my ear 1:00pm – 3:00pm

July 5 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 5 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 5 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $30 for a day-use armband (armbands are $25 all other days)

July 5 – 20 Years of Land Banking in Michigan Celebration 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Wagoner Community Center, 260 St. Mary’s Parkway, Manistee, MI 49660

Join the State Land Bank Authority and the Manistee County Land Bank Authority to celebrate 20 years of land banking in Michigan! Learn about the history of land banks and how they can benefit the community. A short presentation will be followed by a Dial-a-Ride tour of land bank sites around Manistee.

July 5 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 5 – “The Birds of America” Page Turning & Tea Party with Mayor Sullivan, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Manistee County Main Library – 95 Maple Street, Manistee

We’re donning our white gloves and opening up our display case to give you a closer look at a historical treasure- a giant, pre-Civil War copy of Audubon’s “The Birds of America.” Manistee’s Mayor Jermaine Sullivan will be the honorary page-turner for this event.

Following the page turning, take a walk through our century old Carnegie library and enjoy ice tea and light refreshments in our top floor meeting room.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

July 5 – Sip & Paint Party – Painting “First Street Beach”, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Join us for a Sip & Paint party to paint our beautiful “First Street Beach” canvas. Recently voted the best beach in Michigan! Reservations are required, seating is limited. Call/text Joann at 231-747-9430, or sign up on our website. We are Social District friendly, so don’t forget your beverages! See our website for more details.

Cost: $35

July 5 – Airborne or Aquatic? Concert 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Northern Natural Cider House & Winery, 7220 Chief Rd., Kaleva, MI 49645

Airborne or Aquatic? is a psychedelic roots-rock collective, spawned in the Manistee National Forest of Northern Michigan. From the depths of oceanic riff rock, to the skies of atmospheric ambience, AoA? takes listeners on a sonic voyage. 

Cost: Free

July 5 – Beach Jam 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

First Street Beach

Sink your toes in the sand and enjoy the live music brought to you by Manistee’s local band “The Downtowners “. B.Y.O.B and chairs

Cost: Free

July 5 – July 5th Fireworks and Sunset Cruise 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

The Princess of Manistee, 428 River Street, Riverwalk – Behind the Elks Building

This special 2.5 hour “Fireworks and Sunset” cruise puts you at the heart of Manistee waterfront Fireworks Display on July 5th. Cash Bar. Complimentary 4th of July Swag. Boarding begins at 7:45 and the Princess leaves the dock at 8:30.

Cost: Adults $65, Children $40

July 5 – Fireworks Over Lake Michigan sponsored by Little River Casino Resort 10:30 PM (Dusk)

First Street Beach | Douglas Park

Enjoy a traditional fireworks show located at First Street Beach! Tune in to the countdown and synced music on Eagle 101.5 FM. Fireworks will commence at dusk! RAIN DATE: In the event of inclement weather, the Fireworks show will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 6th. Proudly sponsored by Little River Casino Resort

Saturday, July 6, 2024

July 6 – Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk & 1K Fun Run 8:00 AM

Manistee Middle / High School (525 12th Street)

Competitive road race to raise funds for the Manistee Area Community Track. Races into a 5K run/walk and 1K fun run through Manistee.

Cost: $27 by June 24th, $32 afterward 
More Info

July 6 – Funky Junk and Artisan Market 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Redeemed Manistee, 172 Memorial Drive Manistee MI

Parking lot full of Funky Junk and Artisans displaying their treasures and creations.

July 6 – Manistee Arts and Crafts Show 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Armory Youth Project (555 First St.)

The Manistee Arts & Crafts show features artists, artisans, and gourmet food provisioners. Come and explore the art booths and meet the artisans. Enjoy live entertainment and more!
Stop by the Armory Youth Project’s Booth to learn more about FREE out-of-school youth programs and volunteer opportunities! Don’t miss two great days of fun. Join us on Saturday, July 6 from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, July 7 from 10 am – 3 pm!
For more information or vendor inquiries, please contact Dianna Wall at 231-299-1205 or funddevelopment@armoryyouthproject.com.

July 6 – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 6 – Family Day hosted by The Tabernacle 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 The Tabernacle Church (77 Hancock St.)

This is a FREE family friendly event. Please come enjoy games, prizes, hotdog lunch, cotton candy, snow cones, bounce houses and so much more. Yes, ALL FREE. See what some of our local businesses and agencies have to offer. You can expect to see experiments, games, arts and crafts, tug of war, and even a dunk tank! Keep your eyes open for Smoky The Bear. blow bubbles with “The Bubble Lady”, and even take a seat in a drag race car. Look forward to winning raffle prizes from some of our favorite downtown businesses. Family Day is all the fun that you can imagine.

Cost: Free 

July 6 – Bubble Party at Forest Fest Family Day 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Manistee County Library, 77 Hancock Street, Manistee, MI

Let’s get messy!

Visit the Manistee County Library Tent at Forest Fest Family Day, happening at The Tabernacle of Manistee! Wear something you don’t mind splashing around in while we make oodles of bubbles! We’ll create art and have hands-on bubbly fun for all of our youngest patrons. This program is best suited for preschool and school-age children. 🙂

July 6 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 6 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc. 

July 6 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

July 6 – Book Signing 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Hoot and Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Book signing event featuring:
Keri Kruspe – An Alien Exchange

July 6 – Tours and Open House at Guardian Angels Church 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Guardian Angels Historic Preservation Project, 371 5th Street Manistee

Self Guided Tours of the magnificent Guardian Angels Catholic Church, constructed in 1888. Committee members will be present to answer questions. Photography is encouraged! Tours available both July 5 & 6 from 11am to 2pm.

Cost: free

July 6 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 6 – Henna Tattoos – Half-Off Firing Fees 12:00 MP – 3:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Stop into The Purple Paintbrush to get a henna tattoo. We have many designs to choose from. Henna is a natural plant dye that is used to create designs on the skin that last for up to 7 days. Pain free and all natural. Cost: $5 – $20.

July 6 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 6 – 18th Annual 4th of July Cigar Event 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Surroundings Inc, 423 River Street

18th Annual Surroundings 4th of July Event. Featuring CLE and Asylum cigars. Special Guests Tom Lazuka, owner and operator of CLE and Asylum cigars and brand representative Lucas “Nook” Mercer. We will be offering event only specials and collectable cigar swag and stay for a smoke to visit with Tom. Must be 21 or older to attend.

July 6 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband

July 6 – The Little Big Shots Talent Show 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Lions Pavilion | First Street Beach

Children ages 4 – 16 will be on stage at the Ramsdell Theater displaying their talents of singing, dancing, gymnastics, playing the piano and other musical instruments, and even a stand-up comedy performance. This is such a heartwarming and uplifting event to see children allow their inner talents to shine. There are about 20 performances. Everyone will enjoy the Little Big Shots Talent Show.

July 6 – Bluey Party 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hoot and Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Bluey themed party featuring Bluey! Bluey will be available for pictures. There will also be face painting, games and a door prize. Must sign up and be present to win. Drawing will be held at 2:30 PM. Free admission.

July 6 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 6 – 28th Annual Little River Band Powwow, 1:00 PM – Dusk

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, 2596 Loon Drive Behind Trading Post (C-Store) at the powwow grounds

Family Friendly Event Open to all come and celebrate our Culture, at the 28th Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Powwow / Grand Entry 1 PM Sat July 6, Grand Entry Sat 6 PM, Grand Entry Sunday 1 PM July 7th All are welcome!

July 6 – i.am.james – Summer Sun Sets 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

First Street Beach Gazebo

Join Music Sparks Meaning for an evening of music while enjoying a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset! The Summer Sun Sets Concert Series will feature nationally touring artists while giving local students the opportunity to perform alongside and with them in the community.

i.am.james. is the project of Michigan grown singer-songwriter, Sierra Cassidy. An Interlochen Arts Academy graduate and Berklee College of Music alum, Sierra has become intertwined in distinct music communities over the last ten years; Michigan, Nashville, and most recently, Brooklyn, NY while touring under her moniker, i.am.james. Dancing around the edge of all things alternative, i.am.james. delivers captivating melodies and lyric with quick wit that’s met with both power-driven undertones of upbeat pop and modern-folk. Noted as “heartache to dance to,” i.am.james. brings themes of femininity, strength, and stories of being a nomadic twenty-something to crowds both large and small across the country. After releasing a string of feel-good singles in 2021, i.am.james. embarked on a lengthy summer tour in 2022 reaching audiences across the midwest. Since then she has been crafting songs for her first multi-track project. Currently in progress, the project will showcase a much different sound from what we’ve heard of i.am.james. in the past; less synth, more song. The project will be released in 2024 and accompanied by a summer tour.

Cost: free

July 6 – Full Cord Concert 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Northern Natural Cider House & Winery, 7220 Chief Rd., Kaleva, MI 49645

When it comes to movers and shakers in the bluegrass world, Full Cord is a super-group on the rise. Full Cord’s songwriting has reached a new “tipping point,” Katie Kirchner suggests, enhanced by the group’s vast repertoire and robust experience in numerous band projects over the years. And Oberlin insists the band is “just hitting its stride” – ready to follow in the footsteps of fellow Michigan bluegrass icons Billy Strings and Greensky Bluegrass as yet another star in the making.

Cost: $25. 12 and under are free. Tickets available here.

Sunday, July 7, 2024 

July 7 – MAPS Traditional Pancake Breakfast 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

MMHS Commons: 525 12th Street, Manistee MI

A pancake breakfast fundraiser. Proceeds go to benefit Manistee’s Paine Aquatic Center.

Cost: $8, Adults / $6, ages 5-12 / Free, Kids under 5

July 7 – Manistee Arts and Crafts 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Armory Youth Project (555 First St.)

The Manistee Arts & Crafts show features artists, artisans, and gourmet food provisioners. Come and explore the art booths and meet the artisans. Enjoy live entertainment and more!
Stop by the Armory Youth Project’s Booth to learn more about FREE out-of-school youth programs and volunteer opportunities! Don’t miss two great days of fun. Join us on Saturday, July 6 from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, July 7 from 10 am – 3 pm!
For more information or vendor inquiries, please contact Dianna Wall at 231-299-1205 or funddevelopment@armoryyouthproject.com.

July 7 – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 7 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 7 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband

July 7 – Scottville Clown Band Concert 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Lions Pavilion Manistee | First Street Beach

Bring your chair and refreshments to watch the humorous Clown Band perform. It is a must-see show! Proudly sponsored by Wyatt Chevrolet & Wyatt Ford. 

July 7 – USA Made Trunk Show 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Piping Plover, 385 River St.

Discover The Piping Plover’s collection of American Made garments and gifts, from brands like Revir, Kylie Paige, Ariella USA, NLT, Emerson & Oliver, Token Jewelry, Riley Ray Clay and Lief Design.

July 7 – Manistee Saints Baseball 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Reitz Park, 1010 Forest Ave, Manistee

Watch the baseball doubleheader, Manistee Saints vs Fulton Sultans

Cost: free

July 7 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 7 – 28th Annual Little River Band Powwow, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, 2596 Loon Drive Behind Trading Post (C-Store) at the powwow grounds

Family Friendly Event Open to all come and celebrate our Culture, at the 28th Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Powwow / Grand Entry 1 PM Sat July 6, Grand Entry Sat 6 PM, Grand Entry Sunday 1 PM July 7th All are welcome!

July 3 – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 3 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc. 

July 3 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

Cost: $5.00 per person

July 3 – Kick Off to the 4th of July Party 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wagoner Community Center, 260 St. Mary’s Parkway

Senior Center 4th of July Party, lunch, and dancing (Polka). Ticket’s on sale prior to event $15

July 3 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 3 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband (armbands are $30 on July 5th)

July 3 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 3 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 3 – 2nd Annual Wine on the River, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fricano’s Manistee River, 440 River St

2nd Annual Wine tasting event on our beautiful patio overlooking the river. This will be an event to remember with live music, great food and good friends.

Pre-sell tickets $20 Day of event $25 at the door.

July 4 – Visit the Giant Sequoia 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Lake Bluff Farms, 2890 Lakeshore Road, Manistee

Walk the grounds of the beautiful Lake Bluff farms and see the “Son of Stag” The largest Redwood tree east of the Sierra Nevada’s. Our mission is conservation, and promoting the beauty of our local flora and fauna. Free admission.

July 4  – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 4 – Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony 9:45 AM

Division & River Street (prior to the parade)

Kick off your 4th of July celebration with a traditional Flag Raising event before the Forest Festival Parade. 

July 4 – Independence Day Parade 10:00 AM

Division | River Street

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! Proudly sponsored by Edward Jones: Financial Advisor – Team Reau and Spicer Group, Inc.

July 4 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 4 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc. 

July 4 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

Cost: $5.00 per person

July 4 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 4 – Roots on the River Kickoff Bash! 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jaycees Bandshell / Veterans Memorial Parking Lot

Join Music Sparks Meaning across Maple Street Bridge right after the Independence Day Parade for a day of live music, games, and family fun!

Activities will include a beer tent featuring local brews, lawn games, live music all day, food trucks, raffles, and more! Hosted by new nonprofit, Music Sparks Meaning, the aim is to have a day of community fun while fundraising for their summer programming.

This event will be the kickoff to the 2024 Roots on the River concert series and will feature several local favorite groups throughout the day.

Cost: free

July 4 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband (armbands are $30 on July 5th)

July 4 – Book Signing by Craig Bradley 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hoot & Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Craig Bradley will be at the Bookstore signing his Peter Polo books.

July 4 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 4 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 4 – Live Music Night: Sugartips Acoustic 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Manistee National Golf & Resort, 4797 Grant Highway, Manistee, MI 

Come kick off your weekend at the Manistee National Golf & Resort for a night of fun! Enjoy fresh pizza, ice cold beverages, and a few games of cornhole while listening to music played by our special guest, Sugartips Acoustic.

July 4 – 4th of July Cruise 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

The Princess of Manistee, 428 River Street, Riverwalk – Behind the Elks Building

Celebrate the 4th with a special 2 Hour sunset cruise on the Manistee waterfront. While the main Fireworks will be displayed on the 5th, there will be plenty to see as the celebration gets started. Weather permitting the Princess will travel south towards Big Point Sable and view the shoreline fireworks along the way. Cash Bar. Complimentary 4th of July Swag for the party. Boarding begins at 7:45 and the princess leaves the dock at 8:30.

Cost: Adults $55, Children $30

July 5 – Free Morning Beach Meditation 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Rhythm and Flow Wellness, First Street Beach between the piers

Come welcome in the morning with a guided meditation by the water. Bring a towel and be prepared to start your day with mild stretching and mindful focus.

July 5 – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 5 – Cadillac-Manistee Ranger Station Open House, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cadillac-Manistee Ranger Station, 1170 Nursery Rd., Wellston 49689

Each program area (Wildlife, Botany, Fisheries, Timber, Recreation, Heritage, Silviculture, Fire) will have an educational table out with information and activities. We’ll have a fire engine out for kids to explore.
The Benzie County Conservation District will also have a table set up where their Aquatic Invasive Species division will be educating the public about AIS and proper boat washing. SEEDS will also have a table set up to demonstrate composting.

Free admission.

July 5 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 5 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc.

July 5 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

Cost: $5.00 per person

July 5 – Tours and Open House at Guardian Angels Church 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Guardian Angels Historic Preservation Project, 371 5th Street Manistee

Self Guided Tours of the magnificent Guardian Angels Catholic Church, constructed in 1888. Committee members will be present to answer questions. Photography is encouraged! Tours available both July 5 & 6 from 11am to 2pm.

Cost: free

July 5 – Book Signings 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hoot and Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Book signing event featuring:
Joseph Stanley – Collective Vengeance 11:00am – 1:00pm
Shirley Buck – Sweet Freedom Whispered in my ear 1:00pm – 3:00pm

July 5 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 5 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 5 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $30 for a day-use armband (armbands are $25 all other days)

July 5 – 20 Years of Land Banking in Michigan Celebration 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Wagoner Community Center, 260 St. Mary’s Parkway, Manistee, MI 49660

Join the State Land Bank Authority and the Manistee County Land Bank Authority to celebrate 20 years of land banking in Michigan! Learn about the history of land banks and how they can benefit the community. A short presentation will be followed by a Dial-a-Ride tour of land bank sites around Manistee.

July 5 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 5 – “The Birds of America” Page Turning & Tea Party with Mayor Sullivan, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Manistee County Main Library – 95 Maple Street, Manistee

We’re donning our white gloves and opening up our display case to give you a closer look at a historical treasure- a giant, pre-Civil War copy of Audubon’s “The Birds of America.” Manistee’s Mayor Jermaine Sullivan will be the honorary page-turner for this event.

Following the page turning, take a walk through our century old Carnegie library and enjoy ice tea and light refreshments in our top floor meeting room.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

July 5 – Sip & Paint Party – Painting “First Street Beach”, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Join us for a Sip & Paint party to paint our beautiful “First Street Beach” canvas. Recently voted the best beach in Michigan! Reservations are required, seating is limited. Call/text Joann at 231-747-9430, or sign up on our website. We are Social District friendly, so don’t forget your beverages! See our website for more details.

Cost: $35

July 5 – Airborne or Aquatic? Concert 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Northern Natural Cider House & Winery, 7220 Chief Rd., Kaleva, MI 49645

Airborne or Aquatic? is a psychedelic roots-rock collective, spawned in the Manistee National Forest of Northern Michigan. From the depths of oceanic riff rock, to the skies of atmospheric ambience, AoA? takes listeners on a sonic voyage. 

Cost: Free

July 5 – Beach Jam 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

First Street Beach

Sink your toes in the sand and enjoy the live music brought to you by Manistee’s local band “The Downtowners “. B.Y.O.B and chairs

Cost: Free

July 5 – July 5th Fireworks and Sunset Cruise 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

The Princess of Manistee, 428 River Street, Riverwalk – Behind the Elks Building

This special 2.5 hour “Fireworks and Sunset” cruise puts you at the heart of Manistee waterfront Fireworks Display on July 5th. Cash Bar. Complimentary 4th of July Swag. Boarding begins at 7:45 and the Princess leaves the dock at 8:30.

Cost: Adults $65, Children $40

July 5 – Fireworks Over Lake Michigan sponsored by Little River Casino Resort 10:30 PM (Dusk)

First Street Beach | Douglas Park

Enjoy a traditional fireworks show located at First Street Beach! Tune in to the countdown and synced music on Eagle 101.5 FM. Fireworks will commence at dusk! RAIN DATE: In the event of inclement weather, the Fireworks show will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 6th. Proudly sponsored by Little River Casino Resort

July 6Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk & 1K Fun Run 8:00 AM

Manistee Middle / High School (525 12th Street)

Competitive road race to raise funds for the Manistee Area Community Track. Races into a 5K run/walk and 1K fun run through Manistee.

Cost: $27 by June 24th, $32 afterward 
More Info

July 6 – Funky Junk and Artisan Market 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Redeemed Manistee, 172 Memorial Drive Manistee MI

Parking lot full of Funky Junk and Artisans displaying their treasures and creations.

July 6 – Manistee Arts and Crafts 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Armory Youth Project (555 First St.)

The Manistee Arts & Crafts show features artists, artisans, and gourmet food provisioners. Come and explore the art booths and meet the artisans. Enjoy live entertainment and more!
Stop by the Armory Youth Project’s Booth to learn more about FREE out-of-school youth programs and volunteer opportunities! Don’t miss two great days of fun. Join us on Saturday, July 6 from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, July 7 from 10 am – 3 pm!
For more information or vendor inquiries, please contact Dianna Wall at 231-299-1205 or funddevelopment@armoryyouthproject.com.

July 6 – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 6 – Family Day hosted by The Tabernacle 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 The Tabernacle Church, 77 Hancock Street, Manistee, MI

This is a FREE family friendly event. Please come enjoy games, prizes, hotdog lunch, cotton candy, snow cones, bounce houses and so much more. Yes, ALL FREE. See what some of our local businesses and agencies have to offer. You can expect to see experiments, games, arts and crafts, tug of war, and even a dunk tank! Keep your eyes open for Smoky The Bear. blow bubbles with “The Bubble Lady”, and even take a seat in a drag race car. Look forward to winning raffle prizes from some of our favorite downtown businesses. Family Day is all the fun that you can imagine.

Cost: Free

July 6 – Bubble Party at Forest Fest Family Day 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Manistee County Library, 77 Hancock Street, Manistee, MI

Let’s get messy!

Visit the Manistee County Library Tent at Forest Fest Family Day, happening at The Tabernacle of Manistee! Wear something you don’t mind splashing around in while we make oodles of bubbles! We’ll create art and have hands-on bubbly fun for all of our youngest patrons. This program is best suited for preschool and school-age children. 🙂

July 6 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 6 – Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo 10:00 AM – Dusk

Douglas Park | First Street Beach, Manistee

A mobile exhibit that has a variety of animals to view from around the world! It’s a fun experience for the whole family and it’s FREE. Proudly sponsored by Dr. Shrink, Inc. 

July 6 – Madkat Taggers Gel Ball 10:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Gel Ball- A family friendly low impact game. Gel balls do not stain and are made of mostly water. Each player will have 700-800 gel balls when stepping into the arena for epic battles.

Cost: $5.00 per person

July 6 – Book Signing 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Hoot and Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Book signing event featuring:
Keri Kruspe – An Alien Exchange

July 6 – Tours and Open House at Guardian Angels Church 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Guardian Angels Historic Preservation Project, 371 5th Street Manistee

Self Guided Tours of the magnificent Guardian Angels Catholic Church, constructed in 1888. Committee members will be present to answer questions. Photography is encouraged! Tours available both July 5 & 6 from 11am to 2pm.

Cost: free

July 6 – Drop in Pottery Painting – Half-Off Firing Fees 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Drop in for pottery painting and enjoy half off firing fees! Choose from our wide variety of pottery shapes and glazes. We also offer same-day acrylic painting options. Fun for all ages! Prices vary.

July 6 – Henna Tattoos – Half-Off Firing Fees 12:00 MP – 3:00 PM

The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street

Stop into The Purple Paintbrush to get a henna tattoo. We have many designs to choose from. Henna is a natural plant dye that is used to create designs on the skin that last for up to 7 days. Pain free and all natural. Cost: $5 – $20.

July 6 – Framed Digital Painting Giveaway 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

ruddiblush 321 River St

ruddiblush will be giving out chances to win a framed digital painting all week, running July 1 thru July 6. The drawing will occur at 4:00 PM on July 6, but no need to be present. Submitting your name to the drawing is complimentary, with one chance per person over 18.

July 6 – 18th Annual 4th of July Cigar Event 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Surroundings Inc, 423 River Street

18th Annual Surroundings 4th of July Event. Featuring CLE and Asylum cigars. Special Guests Tom Lazuka, owner and operator of CLE and Asylum cigars and brand representative Lucas “Nook” Mercer. We will be offering event only specials and collectable cigar swag and stay for a smoke to visit with Tom. Must be 21 or older to attend.

July 6 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband

July 6 – The Little Big Shots Talent Show 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Lions Pavilion | First Street Beach

Children ages 4 – 16 will be on stage at the Ramsdell Theater displaying their talents of singing, dancing, gymnastics, playing the piano and other musical instruments, and even a stand-up comedy performance. This is such a heartwarming and uplifting event to see children allow their inner talents to shine. There are about 20 performances. Everyone will enjoy the Little Big Shots Talent Show.

July 6 – Bluey Party 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hoot and Honey Bookstore, 358 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

Bluey themed party featuring Bluey! Bluey will be available for pictures. There will also be face painting, games and a door prize. Must sign up and be present to win. Drawing will be held at 2:30 PM. Free admission.

July 6 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 6 – 28th Annual Little River Band Powwow, 1:00 PM – Dusk

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, 2596 Loon Drive Behind Trading Post (C-Store) at the powwow grounds

Family Friendly Event Open to all come and celebrate our Culture, at the 28th Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Powwow / Grand Entry 1 PM Sat July 6, Grand Entry Sat 6 PM, Grand Entry Sunday 1 PM July 7th All are welcome!

July 6 – i.am.james – Summer Sun Sets 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

First Street Beach Gazebo

Join Music Sparks Meaning for an evening of music while enjoying a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset! The Summer Sun Sets Concert Series will feature nationally touring artists while giving local students the opportunity to perform alongside and with them in the community.

i.am.james. is the project of Michigan grown singer-songwriter, Sierra Cassidy. An Interlochen Arts Academy graduate and Berklee College of Music alum, Sierra has become intertwined in distinct music communities over the last ten years; Michigan, Nashville, and most recently, Brooklyn, NY while touring under her moniker, i.am.james. Dancing around the edge of all things alternative, i.am.james. delivers captivating melodies and lyric with quick wit that’s met with both power-driven undertones of upbeat pop and modern-folk. Noted as “heartache to dance to,” i.am.james. brings themes of femininity, strength, and stories of being a nomadic twenty-something to crowds both large and small across the country. After releasing a string of feel-good singles in 2021, i.am.james. embarked on a lengthy summer tour in 2022 reaching audiences across the midwest. Since then she has been crafting songs for her first multi-track project. Currently in progress, the project will showcase a much different sound from what we’ve heard of i.am.james. in the past; less synth, more song. The project will be released in 2024 and accompanied by a summer tour.

Cost: free

July 6 – Full Cord Concert 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Northern Natural Cider House & Winery, 7220 Chief Rd., Kaleva, MI 49645

When it comes to movers and shakers in the bluegrass world, Full Cord is a super-group on the rise. Full Cord’s songwriting has reached a new “tipping point,” Katie Kirchner suggests, enhanced by the group’s vast repertoire and robust experience in numerous band projects over the years. And Oberlin insists the band is “just hitting its stride” – ready to follow in the footsteps of fellow Michigan bluegrass icons Billy Strings and Greensky Bluegrass as yet another star in the making.

Cost: $25. 12 and under are free. Tickets available here.

July 7 – MAPS Traditional Pancake Breakfast 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

MMHS Commons: 525 12th Street, Manistee MI

A pancake breakfast fundraiser. Proceeds go to benefit Manistee’s Paine Aquatic Center.

Cost: $8, Adults / $6, ages 5-12 / Free, Kids under 5

July 7 – Manistee Arts and Crafts 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Armory Youth Project (555 First St.)

The Manistee Arts & Crafts show features artists, artisans, and gourmet food provisioners. Come and explore the art booths and meet the artisans. Enjoy live entertainment and more!
Stop by the Armory Youth Project’s Booth to learn more about FREE out-of-school youth programs and volunteer opportunities! Don’t miss two great days of fun. Join us on Saturday, July 6 from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, July 7 from 10 am – 3 pm!
For more information or vendor inquiries, please contact Dianna Wall at 231-299-1205 or funddevelopment@armoryyouthproject.com.

July 7 – Festival Marketplace 9:00 AM – Dusk

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Come shop for a variety of goods with over 30 Vendors that come from all across the state. Enjoy all the unique items that they bring for you to purchase!

July 7 – Christmas in July 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Riverside Toy, 390 River St. in the Riverstreet Marketplace

Sale July 4-July 7 during open business hours.
Hosted by Riverside Toys, where you’ll enjoy 25% off select toys including select Melissa & Doug and summer beach toys. Other participating Riverside Marketplace shops including Crafty Craft Creations will also have specials and sales. Come check out all the DEALS!! It’s like Christmas in July!!

July 7 – Anderson Midway Carnival 12:00 PM – Dusk 

First Street Beach / Douglas Park

Take the family to enjoy the rides, games, food and fun only the Carnival can provide!

Cost: $1.50 each ticket, $20 for 15, and $50 for 50, or $25 for a day-use armband

July 7 – Scottville Clown Band Concert 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Lions Pavilion Manistee | First Street Beach

Bring your chair and refreshments to watch the humorous Clown Band perform. It is a must-see show! Proudly sponsored by Wyatt Chevrolet & Wyatt Ford. 

July 7 – USA Made Trunk Show 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Piping Plover, 385 River St.

Discover The Piping Plover’s collection of American Made garments and gifts, from brands like Revir, Kylie Paige, Ariella USA, NLT, Emerson & Oliver, Token Jewelry, Riley Ray Clay and Lief Design.

July 7 – Manistee Saints Baseball 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Reitz Park, 1010 Forest Ave, Manistee

Watch the baseball doubleheader, Manistee Saints vs Fulton Sultans

Cost: free

July 7 – Walk-In Tattoo and Piercing Specials 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC. 336 River St. Manistee MI. 49660

Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC will be having a Forest Festival Flash Sale consisting of $50 minimalist flash tattoo and $40 select piercings special starting on July 3 2024 running through July 7 2024 on a walk-in basis only.

July 7 – 28th Annual Little River Band Powwow, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, 2596 Loon Drive Behind Trading Post (C-Store) at the powwow grounds

Family Friendly Event Open to all come and celebrate our Culture, at the 28th Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Powwow / Grand Entry 1 PM Sat July 6, Grand Entry Sat 6 PM, Grand Entry Sunday 1 PM July 7th All are welcome!