National Forest Festival
June 30-July 4, 2022
- 11 Cypress Street
Drawing thousands of tourists to the area along with many residents returning with ties to the community, this festival embodies the idea of "Community" that so many love about this area. Each year, the Forest Festival highlights events such as the Manistee World of Arts & Crafts, Independence Day Parade, Fireworks over Lake Michigan, Festival Marketplace, Carnival, and much more!
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On July 6, 1936 the first Manistee National Forest Festival was deemed a rousing success with over 50,000 people in attendance. The Forest Festival continued to be the city’s summer festival for the next several years but was later changed to the Sports Festival in the 1950s. After reverting back to the Forest Festival again, the summer fete was changed to the National Strawberry Festival in 1966. Finally, in 1977, it was switched once again to the Manistee National Forest Festival where it continues to be celebrated each Fourth of July holiday.