Marquette West Rotary’s Annual HarborFest at Mattson Lower Harbor is Just a Week Away!

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Marquette, MI  –  August 15, 2019  –  We’re just one week away from the start of HarborFest 2019! Each year, this three day festival starts off with a ticketed gala event in Mattson Lower Harbor to help raise money that goes right back into the community. The Waterfront Gala, this year featured as “Luau on the Lake” is a Hawaii themed event on Thursday that will include dinner, an open bar, a silent auction, live auction, and lots of fun!

This crowd will only get better for Kashmir!

Friday, the public portion of the festival kicks off around 4:45pm with live music, food vendors, kids activities and more! Catch the live music roster starting with Beechgrove & Blacksmith on at 4:45pm. This husband and wife duo delivers an eclectic acoustic range of music including blues, folk, rock, country and even pop.  The Wayouts follows them at 6:45pm playing their rentro take on some of your favorite songs from the 80’s and 90’s.  For the third year in a row, Friday night will feature headlining band, Bumpus. The Chicago-based band has been a real hit with their powerful brand of soul music. Bumpus will be on from 9-11pm.

While there is a whole lot of music going on Friday, don’t forget to bring the kids as well. Double Trouble will have inflatables set up from 5-9 on Friday for the little ones. Kids can play as long as they want on the inflatables with a wrist bands for just 10 tokens.

Saturday, the music continues all day starting around 12:30pm with Strung Together. The Pit Crew will follow around 2:30pm with Tuesday Jones on at 4:30pm and Iron Daisy closing out the last of the local talent at 6:30pm. New this year, The Insiders, a Tom Petty tribute band will be bringing a wave of nostalgia as they play some of the greatest hits from rock and roll legend Tom Petty. Saturday’s activities also include a free classic car and motorcycle show featuring over 100 cars and bikes. The show will be open to the public 10am – 4pm. Cruise the aisles of classic cars while listening to some classic hits pumped in over the speaks from Good Time Oldies 97.5 GTO. There will also be U.P. Luge Club Demo rides. Kids can try out a 40ft wheel luge slide from 11am – 4pm or even more inflatables in the Double Trouble Kids Zone from 12-7pm. While at the Harbor, make sure to pay attention as the veterans come by for the South Shore Fishing Association Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day Boat Parade. Our local vets will show of their catch of the day while patriotic music plays in the Harbor.

Kids loved the Double Trouble inflatables.

As for food and drink, the festival will have a wide variety of options. Looking for some delicious bbq? Check out Rollin’ Smoke BBQ. Interested in a wood fired pizza? Smelted Wood Fired Pizza will be there too. Want a fresh made pretzel to go with your craft brew from the beer tent? Drop by DaH Pretzel Guys. Superior Mobile Koney, Outlanders, GigSnax, and Senors Food Truck will also be on site. The beer tent will feature several craft brews and some domestics for those who are 21 and old with wristbands.

Don’t miss this awesome local community event that is completely free to attend! Just purchase tokens for food/beer vendors and some of the kids’ zone. All of the money HarborFest raises goes right back into the community as grants for local organizations.

Want to find more information on HarborFest 2019? Visit the website or join the event page on Facebook!

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