Top Ten Summer Festivals

The start of summer signifies the beginning of festival season—which means from now until September—both your schedule and glass will be full. Here’s the ten best summer fests.


Marquette Trails Fest | June 22-24

Gear up for Marquette Trails Festival – a weekend of mountain biking/trail running races and socials. Get out and experience the scenery and rec culture in Marquette County while supporting trail building and sustainability.


Fresh Coast Plein Aire Painting Festival | June 29-30

Fresh air.  Fresh water.  Fresh paint. The third annual Fresh Coast Plein Aire features artists and easels stationed along the shoreline, creating works inspired by the Great Gitche Gumme.

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International Food Festival | July 2-4

One of the best parts of vacation is dining out; and as if downtown Marquette didn’t have enough options, the International Food Fest pairs three full days of food (12pm-10:30pm) with live entertainment, and Superior views in Mattson Lower Harbor Park.

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Forestville | July 13-14

Forestville features the best of the best in Marquette—Live music, craft beer, and food trucks—all rolled into one rad two-day fest. Whether you pitch a tent in the woods or book a room in town, all that matters is you came to get down. (21+ to attend)

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**All proceeds go to trail building/maintaining

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Hiawatha Music Festival | July 20-22

A weekend full of family-friendly packed fun, featuring tons of traditional music, arts, workshops, informal jam sessions, and more.

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Blueberry Festival | July 27

One of the sweetest events of Summer dedicated to one of North America’s favorited fruits. Friday, July 27, Washington/Front St. will be buzzing with everything from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer.

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Art on the Rocks | July 28-29

Art on the Rocks returns for its 60th show on the shores of Superior. This annual, family-friendly event features work from tons of talented/traveling artists and tasty food trucks/vendors.

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Harbor Fest | August 24-25

End summer on a high note at Harbor Fest. Bring the whole family or invite some friends for a little bit of live music, craft beer, local food, and more in Mattson Lower Harbor Park. 

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Blues Fest | August 31-September 2

Blues Fest is back on the Fresh Coast for its 15th year of blues, food, and booze in Mattson Lower Harbor Park. This three-day festival is family-friendly and fun for all ages. Tickets on sale soon.

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📷 UP Rainbow Pride

UP Pride Fest | September 15

The 5th annual Pride Fest takes place at Tourist Park 12pm-10pm, following the Pride Parade in downtown Marquette. This event is super fun and super family-friendly with tons of entertainment, speakers, vendors, and more. Come out and show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community!

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Plan your summer fun in Marquette County, Mi