Fun Events and Activities Nearby
Here’s a list of events that occur annually around Manistee, Michigan. Please note that dates, locations, and occurrence of these events may change, so it’s always a good idea to check local listings or official websites for the most up-to-date information.
- Manistee National Forest Festival (Around Fourth of July) – A multi-day celebration featuring a parade, fireworks, and family activities.
- Manistee County Fair (Usually in August) – A traditional county fair in Onekama with rides, agricultural displays, and entertainment.
- Tight Lines for Troops (Typically in May) – A charity fishing event in Manistee honoring veterans.
- Bear Lake Days (Usually in July) – A community festival in Bear Lake with a parade, fireworks, and family fun.
- Onekama Days (Often in August) – Celebrations include parades, music, and activities for families in Onekama.
- Arcadia Daze (Usually in July) – Arcadia hosts a festival with a parade, arts and crafts, and more.
- Scottville Harvest Festival (Typically in September) – Scottville hosts parades, a carnival, and entertainment.
- Christmas in Onekama (Usually in December) – Festive activities and celebrations in Onekama.
- Manistee’s Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend (Generally in December) – A holiday event featuring horse-drawn sleighs and seasonal festivities in Manistee.
- Manistee Ghost Ship (Usually in October) – The S.S. City of Milwaukee transforms into a haunted attraction for Halloween.
- Manistee Hops & Props (Often in September) – A beer festival held on the Manistee Riverwalk.
- Frankfort’s Annual Fall Festival (Typically in September) – Frankfort hosts a festival with a parade, a mutt march, and arts & crafts.
- Kayaking and Fishing on the Manistee River: This river winds through the city, providing serene settings for water-based activities
- Explore Historical Sites: Visit the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse or the Historic Ramsdell Theatre for a glimpse into the area’s past
- Scenic Air Tours: Experience the beauty of Manistee County and Lake Michigan from above with Orchard Beach Aviation
- Beach Activities at First Street Beach and Douglas Park: Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and sandcastle building on these sandy beaches
- Stroll Along the Manistee Riverwalk: A completely accessible pathway along the scenic Manistee River in downtown
- Hiking in Huron Manistee National Forest: Miles of trails offer opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife photography
- Tour the SS City of Milwaukee Ghost Ship: A retired Great Lakes steamship that serves as a museum and seasonal bed and breakfast, with a haunted attraction in October
- Magoon Creek Natural Area: A spacious area with hiking and biking trails, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and picnics
- Outdoor Adventures on the Manistee River: Ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing
- Little River Casino Resort: Offers gaming, live performances, and dining options just outside Manistee
- Savor the Views at the Arcadia Overlook: Known for its panoramic view of Lake Michigan, located along the M-22 Scenic drive