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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!

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The Painted Lady

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

The Manistee Forest Festival began as a way to celebrate and honor the Manistee Forest, which encompasses over 480,000 acres. It’s one of the largest July 4th celebrations in the state.

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

One notable highlight of the Halloween season in Manistee is the popular Ghost Ship, otherwise known throughout the year as the S.S. City of Milwaukee, docked off Arthur Street in Manistee.

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 Music

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

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.

Traverse City Opera House

The Traverse City Opera House has a 700-seat theater which offers a place for quality arts and cultural entertainment.

Lake Michigan Water Temperatures

Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.


Who doesn’t appreciate really good food? Whether you’re a visitor to West Michigan or a resident, there’s great food or beverages to be had.