Say ‘goodbye’ to summer this Labor Day weekend with three Manistee County events

MANISTEE COUNTY – Labor Day weekend marks the end of peak summer season as the weather begins to cool before fall.

While the real Labor Day holiday that takes place Monday is meant to recognize workers and their contributions, for many this weekend represents one of the last chances to get out and enjoy all that the season has to offer. has to offer in northern Michigan.

To celebrate, here are some of the must-see events in and around Manistee.


People who want to enjoy family-friendly events over Labor Day weekend can find them at the annual Brothers’ Day celebration from September 3-5.

Events kick off Friday night at Dickson Township Park with a beer tent from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with live music by Manistee, Flat Broke.

Saturday morning begins with the return of two popular Brethren Days events: a pancake breakfast from 8am to 11am at the park, then at 9am, runners will compete in the 5K High Bridge Hustle. Participants can register for the Hustle at Brethren High School prior to the event.

Dickson Township Park will be filled with arts and crafts merchants from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On the baseball field, a slow pitch tournament will take place throughout the day, while at 1 p.m. the horseshoe tournament will begin.

Northern Michigan Dragway vehicles will be in the school parking lot for a car show taking place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Saturday’s music lineup begins with Andy Lynn and John G from noon to 2 p.m., and they will be followed by Fremont John from 2 to 4 p.m. Barefoot will take the stage from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the Feral Cats Deluxe is scheduled to perform from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The main entertainment on Saturday night is the return of Larry Bialik and the Ramblin ‘Band.

At dusk on Saturday, there will also be a fireworks display over Lake Elinor.

Sunday starts at 10 a.m. with a community church service at the kiosk and right after that the popular Cook Shack Pig Roast will return for $ 10 per plate for the first 150 meals with other options available from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cornhole tournament action begins at 1 p.m. in the park on Sunday with registration at noon and the arts and crafts will run from noon to 6 p.m.

Throughout the day, music will be in the spotlight in the park starting with The Nephews from noon to 2 p.m., followed by Chis Smith from 2 to 4 p.m. and The Downtowners until 8 p.m.

As always, the parade will take place at 4 p.m. and programming will take place at 3 p.m. at Brethren High School.

Related: Brother Days Celebrates 50th Anniversary


Salt City Rock & Blues hosts its annual LaborFest on September 4th

Is the headliner for this year’s event airborne or aquatic? Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Jake Kershaw and Group X de Manistee.

Other local bands scheduled include Headwind, Big Jer and Friends, Sufferin Succotash and the John and Angela duo.

Music starts at 1 p.m. and is free until 5 p.m. Those wishing to attend the evening musical performances that run until 11 p.m. will need a ticket.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $ 10 from the TJ Pub, area, Sports Ink, and the Manistee Visitors Bureau. They can also be purchased online at

There will be a limited number of tickets to be purchased at the door at a cost of $ 12. Participants will also be able to purchase food and drink throughout the day.

For nearly a decade, Salt City Rock and Blues, a nonprofit, raised funds to benefit a variety of local causes, including the Homeward Bound Animal Shelter and the restoration of the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse. His current plan is to lead efforts to build a state-of-the-art amphitheater on the shores of Lake Michigan at First Street Beach.

The full-day event will begin with a car show from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Street Beach. The Labor Day Parade will begin at noon in the Armory Youth Project parking lot and continue to the Lions Pavilion at First Street Beach.

Those wishing to display their classic car, volunteer to help out at Laborfest, or participate in the parade should call 231-690-2635 for more information. Those who need transportation to get to the event can use the Dial A Ride service, free of charge throughout the day.

Related: Strong Musical Line-Up For Manistee’s Laborfest


The Minnehaha Brewhaha Music Festival brings music, beers and food to Arcadia on September 3-4.

The two-day event begins Friday with Domestic Rock and Brews Night, where there is no cover charge to listen to the rock sounds of Vinyl Tap at 6 p.m., followed by Hurt Me Tommy at 8:30 p.m. at the Arcadia Marine, located at 17073 Northwood Highway in Arcadia. There will also be a beer tent format on Friday evening.

Saturday continues with music, food and over 80 varieties of national and local craft beers available throughout the day.

The music will start at 11 a.m. with Cross Cut Kings followed by Delilah DeWylde at 1 p.m. and New Reformation Band at 3 p.m. Melophobix will take the stage at 5 p.m., with Steppin ‘In It at 7:30 p.m. and Cousin Curtis closing things off at 9 p.m.

There will be an admission fee for the Saturday event. Music-only tickets cost $ 15, music and tasting costs $ 30 if purchased in advance and $ 35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

There will also be craft beer tastings later in the evening, which will transform into a beer tent atmosphere.

Other activities will be organized for children as well as a 5 km and 10 km race on Saturday.

Sponsored by Music Moves Me Inc., the festival raises funds for the Ron Stoops Memorial Chair at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and aims to showcase young musicians.

Related: Minnehaha Brewhaha Returns To Arcadia On September 3-4


It’s also important to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised unvaccinated people to avoid travel over the holiday weekend amid an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations brought on by the delta variant.

Although fully vaccinated people are still allowed to travel, they are advised to take care to consider the potential risks of COVID-19.

The CDC also recommends spending time outdoors with loved ones who have been vaccinated, and wearing a mask indoors, especially in public to reduce the risk of transmission.

Related: CDC Director Issues Travel Advisory for Labor Day

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