The Harbor Beach Maritime Festival was created in 2001 as a celebration for the Lighthouse transfer of ownership from the U.S. Government to the City of Harbor Beach. Now in its 15th year, the Maritime Festival has expanded from just a celebration of our local beacon to a 3-day live music venue, numerous family events and some of the best fireworks display in the Midwest.
With the entire festival just feet from Lake Huron, "Maritime" as it's commonly referred as, offers a venue unlike any other. With over 24 hours of free, live music being played on the beach by some of the finest up-and-coming bands, Maritime stands by itself in quality entertainment. No cover charge, the ability to roam the entire festival grounds, viewing the World's Greatest Man-Made Harbor from the Trescott Street Pier and all while enjoying your favorite beverage (that you can bring in!), it is a festival-goer's dream come true.
The entire Maritime Festival kicks off with a Bocce Tournament on the beachfront Thursday evening. With an average tournament size of 60+ teams of four (4), it is believed to be the largest Bocce Tournament in the state of Michigan. Enjoy some of the best food, beverages and desserts from our local vendors, including the Zion Lutheran Concessions.
Don't miss out on the action of the annual Cornhole (or "bags") tournament Friday evening. You’ll want to see the first ever Maritime Lighted Boat Parade at dusk and enjoy the Friday night fireworks, also a first this year! All events and activities take place on the lawn directly next to the beach, on the beach or on the actual water.