Manistee National Forest Festival

Photo by Manistee National Forest Festival

July 1st-5th, 2021

The Manistee National Forest Festival began as a way to celebrate and honor the Manistee National Forest, which encompasses over 480,000 acres. This is truly a “don’t-miss” event for the entire family, and a great venue for making some wonderful summer memories.

The annual Manistee National 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.

Due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the festival was canceled in 2020 but will return on July 1st-5th in 2021.

The schedule of events for 2021 will be lighter than in previous years to follow safety protocols of the Covid-19 virus, and some usual events will not be held this year. Events and activities will include:

The Painted Lady
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Here is a complete list of events that are traditionally included in the Manistee National Forest Festival:
  • Festival Marketplace & Food Vendors
  • Anderson Midway Carnival
  • Independence Day Parade
  • Fireworks Over Lake Michigan
  • Timber Art
  • Pony Rides
  • Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo
  • Annual Manistee World of Arts & Crafts Show
  • Forest Festival Book Sale
  • Little Big Shots Talent Show
  • Lions Fish Boil
  • Polka Party
  • Jaycees Beach Bash
  • Youth Concert
  • Summer Sound Waves Concert
  • Port City Pet Pageant
  • Performance by the Scottville Clown Band
  • Bed Races
  • Beach Buddies Kid
  • Parade & Activities
  • Prince & Princess Pageant Crowning Ceremony
  • Duck Race
Nu 2 U Resale Shop
Ertie's Forest Trail

Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this event. Check back for more updated information.

For more information on the Manistee Forest Festival, please contact the event organizer:

Manistee Chamber of Commerce

11 Cypress St., Manistee, MI 49660