Onekama Days in Manistee County

August 1-4, 2019

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, taking place downtown at the Village Park and 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.

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Here's what happened in 2018. Most events take part at the Manistee County Fairgrounds or downtown Village Park.


6pm-10pm - Bingo at the Lions Pavilion, fairgrounds.


2-7pm - Lions Arts & Crafts Fair, fairgrounds.
2-6pm - Onekama Farm & Flea.
3pm-7pm - PLA Craft Beer Tasting, village park.
5pm-7pm - PLS Pig Roast for scholarships, village park.
7-9pm - Free Concert with Feral Cats.
Dusk - Fireworks over Portage Lake.


Community-wide yard sale.
8am-12pm - Lions Breakfast, fairgrounds.
8:30am- 5k Run and 1Mile Fun Run, village park.
8:30am - Warren Vaughan Doubles Tennis Tournament (tennis courts).
9am-3pm - Trinity Lutheran farmers market, bake & craft sale.
9am-2:30pm - Classic Car Show, village park.
10am-2pm - Onekama Farm & Flea.
10am-7pm - Lions Arts & Crafts, fairgrounds.
11am-2pm - Trinity Lutheran Salad Social.
1-4pm - 1, Rocks Rock Painting, North Point Park.
12:30pm-4:30pm - Show Us Your Art & Sale, Yellow Dog.
2-3pm - Live Music with The Three Ds, fairgrounds.
2-4pm - M22 Grill Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt
3pm - Wiffle Ball, school lawn.
4-7pm - Lions Grilled Steak Dinner, fairgrounds.
7pm - Bump N Run & Demo Derby, fairgrounds.
9pm-12am - Midnight Lions Dance Party with The Ones, village park.


8am-11am - Lions Breakfast, fairgrounds.
9am-4pm - Lions Arts and Crafts Show, fairgrounds.
1pm - Grand Parade (from Village Park to Dyke Street).
1-3pm - Free Live Concert by John Pomeroy, fairgrounds.
1:30-2pm - 25th Anniversary Petunia Parade Celebration, fairgrounds.
4:30pm, 1, Rocks Rock Painting, fairgrounds.
3:30pm - Lions Raffle, fairgrounds.


7pm - Concert in the Village Park, Benzie Playboys.

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

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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 directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

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