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Top Events in Manistee
All year long, there are activities, festivals, and special events happening in Manistee County, located along the West Michigan lakeshore.
Here we’ve condensed the most popular annual happenings, so you can see at a glance which time of year you may want to visit our wonderful area. Welcome to Manistee!
Tight Lines for Troops
Tight Lines for Troops is a charity fishing tournament for Michigan’s disabled veterans, held every May from the port of Manistee, Michigan.
Manistee Forest Festival
Hops and Props on the River
The Annual Hops & Props on the River focuses on the city’s rich boating history, plus the popularity of Michigan craft beer, cider and wine. The wooden boat parade is the highlight of the event.
Manistee's Ghost Ship
Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend
The highlight of the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend is the Belgian draft horses that pulls a 30′ Christmas tree down River Street in downtown Manistee.
Summer means outdoor music events, which include Concerts in the Village Park in Onekama, Roots on the River in Manistee, Music on Bear Lake, and more.
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West Michigan Activities & Attractions
The spring/fall runs of steelhead and salmon, the resident brown trout and “brookies” make the PM River extremely popular for fishing.
The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.
The Traverse City area has several arts and crafts fairs scheduled throughout the year, offering many unique handcrafted items.
Dune Rides in your ATV or ORV are popular at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan, but many rules and regulations apply.
Scottville Riverside Park, along the Pere Marquette River, has over 50 modern sites and is popular for camping and fishing.
Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!
The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.
Set in the heart of downtown Ludington is the Todd & Brad Reed Photo Gallery, and it’s a must-see for anyone who appreciates true beauty.
Standing tall and proud along the shores of Lake Michigan, Point Betsie marks the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage.
The Pentwater River provides opportunities to experience a paddle sport for the first time or take on a challenge for those more experienced.