Here's what's on the schedule for the 2022 Manistee National Forest Festival

Here’s what’s on the schedule for the 2022 Manistee National Forest Festival | Pro Club Bd



For more details on events visit manisteeforestfestival.com/

June 29th

  • 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Classic Film “Dirty Dancing” at the Historic Vogue Theater of Manistee, 383 River St. Cost: $2

June 30th

  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Trolley Historical Tour, departs from Manistee County Transportation, 180 Memorial Drive. Cost: $6 or $3 for seniors 65+, children, or disabled. Tour historic downtown Manistee as trams depart every hour until the last tour of the day at 4:00 PM
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fourth of July Kickoff Party at Manistee County Council on Aging’s Wagoner Community Center, 260 St. Mary’s Parkway. Tickets available at the senior center. Cost: $15 per person. Jerry Zupin will provide the catering, while Butch Baker & Just 4 Fun Band will provide the music. Dinner, dancing, drawing.
  • Noon to Dusk Anderson Midway Carnival at First Street Beach/Douglas Park
  • 1-5 p.m. Enchanted Forest Exhibit, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St. FREE. The exhibit reflects the beauty and magic of the Manistee National Forest and all of Michigan’s forests.
  • 5:30pm RC Sand Drags at First Street Beach. Sand drag competition for RC cars and trucks. FREE to view. Cost: $5 to walk. Ribbons presented at the race.
  • 18:30-20:30 Live music at the Iron Fish Distillery with Bob Keel, 14234 Dzuibanek Road in Thompsonville. FREE

July 1


  • 8am to 12pm Forest Festival Golf Outing at Manistee National Golf & Resort, 120 County Line Road in Manistee. Enjoy playing 18 holes of golf during this four-person scrambling. Registration: ManisteeChamber.com
  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Trolley Historical Tour, departs from Manistee County Transportation, 180 Memorial Drive. Cost: $6 or $3 for seniors 65+, children, or disabled. Tour historic downtown Manistee as trams depart every hour until the last tour of the day at 4:00 PM
  • 10am-4pm Friends of the Library Book Sale in the parking lot behind the Manistee Library, 95 Maple St. Huge sale of used books, DVDs, CDs and recorded books for all ages.
  • 10 a.m. to dusk Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. A mobile exhibit featuring a variety of animals from around the world. FREE
  • 11:00 AM US Forest Service Forest Bus Tour, meeting at Manistee County Transportation (Dial-A-Ride), 180 Memorial Drive. The tour travels through some of the national forest areas including a stop at Spirit of the Woods for lunch. Pack your own lunch and plenty of fluids in hot weather. Pre-registration: 231-848-7090. FREE
  • Noon to Dusk Anderson Midway Carnival at First Street Beach/Douglas Park
  • Noon to night Festival Marketplace at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. Shop a variety of merchandise from over 30 vendors across the state.
  • 1-5 p.m. Enchanted Forest Exhibit, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St. FREE. The exhibit reflects the beauty and magic of the Manistee National Forest and all of Michigan’s forests.
  • 16:30-19:00 Lion Club Famous Fish Cookout at the Lions Pavilion, Douglas Park/First Street Beach. Dinner consists of locally caught fish, boiled potatoes, onions, coleslaw, and bread rolls. There are hot dogs for the kids. Desserts and drinks are available at an additional cost. Proceeds will be donated to the community, with half going to the Armory Youth Project and Habitat for Humanity. Cost: $14 for adults, $6 for children
  • 6:00 pm Canvas Painting Party at Purple Paintbrush, 338 River St. Paint Lighthouse at Sunset. Cost: $35 per painter, reservations required. Register: Purple Paintbrush Facebook event page or call/SMS 231-747-9430
  • 6-9 pm Summer Crush at Armory Youth Project, 555 First St. Middle School Dance on Armory Youth Project side lawn. FREE
  • 6:30-8:30pm Live Music at the Iron Fish Distillery with Chris Sterr, 14234 Dzuibanek Road in Thompsonville. FREE
  • 7pm-11pm Jaycees Beach Jam on First Street Beach. Good tunes by local musicians. BYOB (no glass bottles) and bring a chair. FREE

2nd July

  • 8:00 am (Arrival early) Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run from Manistee Middle/High School, 525 12th St. Event supports the Manistee Community Track. Trophies/plaques for overall winners and age group winners. Cost: $25 pre-registration or $30 race day. Register: runmanistee.blogspot.com/ or michianatiming.com/registration/enter1.php?raceid=303
  • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Rosie Solberg Memorial Bake Sale, corner of Fifth Avenue and Hastings Street. Enjoy a selection of biscuits, breads and more from the bakers in the community. All proceeds from donations go to local missions.
  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Friends of the Library book sale in the parking lot behind the Manistee Library, 95 Maple St. Large sale of used books, DVDs, CDs and pre-recorded books for all ages.
  • 9am to 3pm Funky Junk Market in the parking lot in front of Redeemed Furniture Art and Decor, 172 Memorial Drive
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Manistee World of Arts and Crafts at Red Szymarek Park on Fifth Avenue. Artists from across the United States compete in the juried show to sell their wares.
  • 10:00 am 25 cent Saturday Family Matinee at the Historic Vogue Theater of Manistee, 383 River St. Cost: 25 cents per person
  • 10am-2pm Family Day hosted by The Tabernacle in the Armory Youth Project parking lot. Family-centric activities including a costume contest, scavenger hunt, community booths, and family contest (potato sack races, tug of war, cake eating). FREE lunch for children 16 and under.
  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Trolley Historical Tour, departs from Manistee County Transportation, 180 Memorial Drive. Cost: $6 or $3 for seniors 65+, children, or disabled. Tour historic downtown Manistee as trams depart every hour until the last tour of the day at 4:00 PM
  • 10 a.m. to dusk Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. A mobile exhibit featuring a variety of animals from around the world. FREE
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet Pete the Cat at the Happy Owl Bookshop, 358 River St. FREE
  • 11 am to 5 pm Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest at RuddiBlush, 321 River St. Decorate a 2′ x 2′ paving square for all to see. Chalk will be provided. Limited to the first 30 artists. The judges will select a winner for FREE at 4:45pm
  • 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Ceramic Painting Walkthrough at Purple Paintbrush, 338 River St. Come in anytime throughout the day for a quiet atmosphere and ceramic painting.
  • 12:00pm to 3:00pm Enchanted Forest Exhibit, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St. FREE. The exhibit reflects the beauty and magic of the Manistee National Forest and all of Michigan’s forests.
  • Noon to Dusk Anderson Midway Carnival at First Street Beach/Douglas Park
  • Noon to night Festival Marketplace at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. Shop a variety of merchandise from over 30 vendors across the state.
  • 1-3pm Little Big Shots – Talent Show Lion’s Pavilion on First Street Beach. This is a non-competitive talent show where children aged 3-16 can show their talents in any venue with full audience acceptance and appreciation. Sign up: manisteelilbigshots@gmail.com or 313-478-5347
  • 3-6pm Live Music at Iron Fish Distillery with DJ Batz, 14234 Dzuibanek Road in Thompsonville. FREE
  • 5-9pm Full Cord Bluegrass – Summer Sunset Series at 352 W. Forest Trail Road in Free Soil. Kanin Elizabeth will open the stage at 5pm followed by a silent auction to raise funds for the 3rd Annual Forest Trail Music Festival. Info: foresttrailmusic.com/summer-concert-series
  • 6:30-8:30pm Live Music at the Iron Fish Distillery with Ethan Bott, 14234 Dzuibanek Road in Thompsonville. FREE

3rd of July

  • 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pancake Breakfast at the Manistee Area Public Schools, 525 12th St., use the Tamarack Street entrance. Cost: $7 for adults; $5 for children under 12; free for children under 5 years. All proceeds benefit the Manistee Community Track Project.
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Manistee World of Arts and Crafts at Red Szymarek Park on Fifth Avenue. Artists from across the United States compete in the juried show to sell their wares.
  • 10 a.m. to dusk Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. A mobile exhibit featuring a variety of animals from around the world. FREE
  • Noon to Dusk Anderson Midway Carnival at First Street Beach/Douglas Park
  • Noon to night Festival Marketplace at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. Shop a variety of merchandise from over 30 vendors across the state.
  • 1:00 pm Ice Cream Eating Contest at Downtown Delights, 457 River St. See who can eat the most ice cream in seven minutes. The competition consists of three age categories. Info: Downtown Delights Facebook Events Page FREE
  • 1pm Scottville Clown Band concert in the Lions Pavilion area, Douglas Park. Bring a chair and refreshments to see the humorous Clown Band perform. FREE
  • 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Wissner’s Wizards present the 6th Annual Charity Magic Show at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St. Sawn in Half and More. Cost: $15 for adults/seniors, $10 for under 17s, free for children under 2 years
  • 6:30-8:30pm Live Music at the Iron Fish Distillery with Cousin Curtiss, 14234 Dzuibanek Road in Thompsonville. FREE

July 4th

  • 09:45 Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Division and River Streets
  • 10am Independence Day Parade on Division Street and River Street – travels west on River Street from Division Street to the Armory Youth Project parking lot
  • 10 a.m. to dusk Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. A mobile exhibit featuring a variety of animals from around the world. FREE
  • Noon to Dusk Anderson Midway Carnival at First Street Beach/Douglas Park
  • Noon to night Festival Marketplace at First Street Beach/Douglas Park. Shop a variety of merchandise from over 30 vendors across the state.
  • Dusk (approximately 10:30 p.m.) Fireworks over Lake Michigan at First Street Beach. Turn on The Eagle 101.5 for synced music.

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