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Bear Lake Days

July 12th-14th, 2024

Each mid-July, the Village of Bear Lake bustles with a variety of activities for the annual Bear Lake Days. The Village is located in the northern part of Manistee County, about 15 miles north of Manistee on US 31. Activities of the 3-day festival typically include an adults and kids fishing contest, pig roast, kids games, entertainment tent, boat and pontoon parade, classic car show, arts/crafts fair, summer fun run, bike tour, Saturday night parade and fireworks.

Here's the Typical List of Events:

  • Pre-pre Karaoke Party at Rosie’s Place- 9567 Chippewa Hwy, Bear Lake
  • Lego Challenge at Keddie Norconk Library- 12325 Virginia St., Bear Lake
  • Kick-Off Party at Grille 44- 12951 Pleasanton Hwy, Bear Lake, includes entertainment
  • Pot Pals Kids Craft at Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses- 14758 Pleasanton Hwy, Bear Lake, Cost is $10
  • Detroit Coney Guy on the deck at Maggie’s- 7710 Lake St., Bear Lake
  • Pre-registration for the golf scramble. Wolf River Golf Park- 11685 Chippewa Hwy, Bear Lake
  • Golf Scramble at Wolf River Golf Park. (Pre-registration on Thursday, July 6th, 2023 from 4-5pm at the course)
  • Pig Roast & Bake Sale at Bear Lake Methodist Church- 7861 Main St., Bear Lake.
  • Horse Pull at Correct Compression- 11903 Chippewa Hwy., Bear Lake. Bring your own chairs. Concessions available.
  • Boat Parade beginning at Hopkins Lake Boat Launch- 7798 Hopkins Dr., Bear Lake
  • Teen Dance under the tent
  • “Light Up Bear Lake Days”– light up the shoreline with lights, lanterns, etc.
  • 5k Walk/Run beginning at Hopkins Park- Hopkins Dr., Bear Lake, registration begins at 7am
  • Car Show at corner of US-31 and Maple St.
  • Arts & Crafts and Vendor Booths on Main St.
  • “What makes Bear Lake, Bear Lake?” Adult Essay Contest – Short stories/paragraphs may be submitted to the Bear Lake Historical Museum- 7750 Main St., Bear Lake
  • Loop the Lake Bike Ride starting north of the Bear on US-31
  • Food trucks open on Lynn St.
  • Dunk tank, Face Painting by Debbie Tiefenthal, and popcorn at Filer Credit Union- 7685 Lake St., Bear Lake
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale at Keddie Norconk Library-12325 Virginia St., Bear Lake
  • Kids Activities & Fire trucks on display at Bear Lake Township Fire Department- 7771 Lake St., Bear Lake
  • Lumberjack Show at Bear Lake Museum Parking Lot- 7750 Main St., Bear Lake, Bring a chair
  • Kids Games behind Bear Lake Soap Co.- 7717 Lake St., Bear Lake
  • DJ Beats on the deck at Maggie’s
  • Free carriage rides provided by Fantail Farm, LLC. Meet by the Bear Lake Post Office- 7777 Main St., Bear Lake.
  • Show by Magician John Russell under the tent
  • Cornhole Tournament at Bear Lake Fire Department. $40 per team. Call (231) 864-3517 for more information or to register.
  • Rock decorating under the tent
  • Scottville Clown Band performance at Blarney Warehouse Parking Lot- 12218 West St., Bear Lake. Bring your own chairs.
  • Bear Lake Days Parade beginning at Bear Lake High School- 7748 Cody St., Bear Lake. Line-up beginning at 7pm.
  • Live music under the tent
  • Fireworks over Bear Lake
  • Bear Lake Pancake Breakfast at Lakeside Cafe-7833 Lake St., Bear Lake
  • First Baptist Church Service with live music under the tent

These Activities Typically Happen on Multiple Days

  • Kid’s Fishing Contest, Check-in fish at Bear Lake Hopkins Park Boat Launch- 12376 Virginia St., Bear Lake
  • Photo Contest
  • “Why I Love Bear Lake” Artwork Event at Saddle Up Gas & Grocery- 12991 Pleasanton Hwy., Bear Lake. Kids who drop off artwork about why they love Bear Lake will receive a free small slushy.
  • Bear Lake Days Hard Cash at Absolute Auto Repair & Auto- 7530 Chippewa Hwy., Kaleva.
  • Promoters Booth T-shirt Sales under the tent.
  • Triginta Club Silent Auction at Bear Lake Township Hall- 777 Lake St., Bear Lake.

For more information on Bear Lake Days, please contact:

Bear Lake Days Committee

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