Visit the Manistee Forest Festival in Manistee, Michigan!
July 2-6, 2014
The annual Manistee Forest Festival promises fun for the entire family. It's one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the state, presented by the Manistee Chamber of Commerce since 1936. It began as a way to celebrate and honor the Manistee National Forest, which encompasses over 480,000 acres.
Tens of thousands visit Manistee County for the Manistee Forest Festival, which features a Grand Parade, art exhibits, carnival rides, beach dances, tours, festival tent, fine arts/crafts show, and fireworks over Lake Michigan. The fun takes place in downtown Manistee and at the beach at both First Street and Fifth Avenue.
Forest Festival daily events include the T.J. Schmidt & Company Carnival, The Little Smilin' Choo Choo, Guided Tours of the Ramsdell Theater, and Festival Marketplace & Food Vendors. Below is a partial list of some of the festival's biggest events:
Manistee Art Institute Juried Art Show
Independence Day Parade
Annual Forest Festival Golf Outing
Manistee Library Book Sale, 9am-5pm, Manistee County Library.
Annual Manistee World of Arts & Crafts
Manistee Lions Club Fish Boil
Firecracker 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run
Forest Festival Kid's Parade
Annual Traditional Jiingtamok (Pow Wow)
Port City Pet Pageant
Customs-N-Classics Car Club Cruise Night
World Famous Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
Customs-N-Classics Car Club 22nd Annual Car Show, 8am-3pm, Douglas Park.
Lions Pig Roast
Scottville Clown Band Concert
Events are subject to change. For a detailed, up-to-date schedule, call (231) 723-2575 or visit the Manistee Chamber of Commerce Forest Festival Page
While you're in town for the Manistee Forest Festival, be sure to explore Manistee's 1.5 mile Manistee Riverwalk, the Historic Ramsdell Theatre, the Michigan Audubon Society Lake Bluff Center....plus all the great fishing, boating, and golfing you'll find in this area along Lake Michigan.
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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Take a tour at Historic White Pine Village or Amber Elk Ranch--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced West Michigan Business Directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.