Onekama Days Begin August 5

August 5-7, 2016

Photo by Marion Riedl
Onekama serves as the southern gateway for the M22 Scenic Heritage Route. Since 1973 this "Two Lake Town"(Lake Michigan and Portage Lake) has been entertaining its residents, both year-round and seasonal, as well as thousands of guests from the surrounding areas with the annual Onekama Days Celebration. Always on the first full weekend of August, Onekama Days includes a wide range of activities, most of them occurring at the Manistee County Fairgrounds. Among them are arts & crafts, 5k run and walk, tennis tournament, classic car show, church bazaars and luncheons, hospitality tent, kids activities, dances, Friday night fireworks and Sunday parade.

Here's the schedule for 2016:

Thursday, August 4
7am-3pm - Township Fire Department Tours.
6pm - Bingo, fairgrounds.

Friday, August 5
8am - Township Fire Department Tours.
2pm-7pm - M22 Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt.
3pm-7pm - PLA craft beer tasting, Village Park.
4pm-9pm - Pickleball Round Robin Tournament, school basketball court.
5pm-7pm - PLA Pig Out for Scholarship Pig Roast, Village Park.
6pm-11pm - Food wagon and beer tent, fairgrounds.
7pm-10pm - Cousin Curtiss concert, Village Park.
8pm - Stock Car Races & Lightning Sprints, fairgrounds.
Dusk - Portage Lake fireworks.

Saturday, August 6
9am-noon - Free shuttle from Village Park to Fairgrounds.
7am-4pm - Doughnuts and coffee, Village Park.
8am-noon - Breakfast all you can eat, featuring children's vision screening, fairgrounds.
8:30am - 1 mile fun run.
9am - 5k run & walk, Village Park.
8:30am - Warren Vaughan Doubles Tennis Tournament, school courts.
9am-1pm - Paddleboard demo, Village Park.
9am-2pm - Portage Lake Garden Club trinkets & treasures sale, Farr Center.
9am-noon - Congregational Church bake sale.
9am-1pm - Trinity Lutheran farmers market, bake sale & craft sale.
9am-3pm - Classic car show, Village Park.
10am-7pm - Arts & Crafts Show, fairgrounds.
11am-1pm - Trinity Lutheran salad luncheon.
11:30am-2:30pm - Onekama Parks Appreciation Day, North Point Park.
11:30am-1:30pm - Sharks in the Park, Onekama parks.
1pm-3pm - Boat wash, DNR launch site.
2pm-11pm - Food Wagon & Beer Tent, fairgrounds.
3pm - Live Music, fairgrounds.
3pm - Wiffle Ball games for all ages, school field.
5pm-7pm - Grilled steak dinner, fairgrounds.
8pm-10pm - Demolition Derby, fairgrounds.
9pm-midnight - Dance with Lou Thunder Band, Village Park.

Sunday, August 7
8am-11am - Breakfast, fairgrounds.
10am-5pm - Arts & Crafts Show, fairgrounds.
1pm - Grand Parade, from Village Park to Dyke Street.
1pm-4pm - Food Wagon & Beer Tent, fairgrounds.
2pm - Belle Suite Concert, fairgrounds.
3:30pm - Lions Raffle after party, fairgrounds.
3:30pm - Big Fish contest winners, fairgrounds.

Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this story. The schedule is subject to change. For more information, go to

More Manistee County Information...

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--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 for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
Last Updated: 07-25-2016 09:20 AM ID: 1097