August 2017 – Press Release


MARQUETTE, MI (August 8, 2017) – Even with a little less daylight on the horizon and cooler temperatures in the evening air, summer is far from over in Marquette County. Great festivals continue in August and even more occur into the fall, so take a moment to check out some of these great highlights which include:

HarborFest will take place in Marquette’s Lower Harbor August 25 – 26. The annual event organized by the Marquette West Rotary Club is recognized as one of the best free music festivals in Upper Michigan. Beyond the bands that will perform, comprised of popular local and major acts from Chicago, playing country, folk, blues and rock, there are activities for all ages. Consider HarborFest to be a family-oriented event with a party atmosphere at night. Kids can enjoy the inflatable bounce houses, try a luge test track or browse the classic car and motorcycle show with parents. In addition, there are a host of food tents as well as a wine and beer tent with an emphasis on craft beer.

The Marquette Area Blues Society rings in Labor Day with its 14th annual Blues Fest taking place September 1 – 3. This event is also in Lower Harbor and features a full weekend of some of the best blues in the best setting along the shore of Lake Superior. Top acts come from Austin, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and all points in between with tickets on sale now. Experience workshops, a wide selection of food vendors, a beer and wine tent featuring some Upper Michigan’s finest microbrews and more!

The 9th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival takes place on Saturday, September 9 from 1 – 6 p.m. Also held in Lower Harbor, the festival features more than 60 Michigan breweries with hundreds of beers and hard ciders to sample. Tickets are $40 and include 15 beer tokens with a variety of favorite food vendors that are always on site.

The Fresh Coast Film Festival returns for its second year October 19 – 22. This unique documentary festival celebrates the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The goal of the festival is to gather the best in environmental and cultural filmmaking from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling. However, the weekend is not only about watching films but getting out to explore in one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation hubs around. Guided hiking, biking, climbing, running, and yoga classes are offered and included with a festival pass.