Marquette Events Calendar

With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Marquette, Michigan, the Landmark Inn offers effortless access to the top events in and around the city. From concerts and outdoor music festivals to art shows, colorful holiday celebrations, unique sporting and seasonal food and wine expos, there’s something fun taking place no matter what time 

of year you visit. View our Marquette events calendar and start planning your stay.

  • New Year's Eve Ball Drop

    This year will mark the 29th anniversary of the Downtown Marquette New Year’s Eve Ball Drop! Don’t miss it!

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  • Halloween Spectacle

    On Saturday, October 28, the City of Marquette and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community…
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  • Baraga Fest

    The fifth annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest, will take place on Saturday, October 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 100 block of Baraga…
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  • Fresh Coast Film Festival

    The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich…
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  • Northern Michigan University Spring Commencement

    Congratulations to the upcoming graduating class. The May 2017 graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.…
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  • Downtown Spring Twisted Tee Off

    Teams of four ($25/per person) will compete for cash and prizes as they travel from hole to hole throughout the Downtown District…
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  • Angry Bear Festival

    Each year in April as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts its thaw, Festival of the Angry Bear comes out of hibernation…
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  • SmartPrize 2017

    Science Fair meets Shark Tank’ in this ten-day competition staged  March 31st – April 9th, 2017  in downtown Marquette, Michigan.…
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  • Blueberry Festival

    The  16th annual Blueberry Festival , is set for  Friday, July 28, 2017  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. Washington…
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  • Art on the Rocks

    Every July, up to 200 regional and national artists descend on Mattson Lower Harbor Park for an enormous juried art show. Artists…
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  • Harbor Fest

    The Marquette West Rotary plans the biggest party in town when it throws Harbor Fest every summer. This annual fundraiser has provided…
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  • Blues Fest

    Labor Day brings the crowd-pleasing Blues Fest, sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society, back to the people. This event offers…
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  • Beer Fest

    The U.P. Fall Beer Festival is a favorite event for anyone who loves craft beer: the festival features more than 100 different Michigan-crafted…
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  • Ore 2 Shore

    From a 48-mile “Hard Rock” race to a 1-mile “Littlest Rock” race, hundreds of mountain bikers love to participate in this muddy, rugged…
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  • 4th of July

    Celebrate the nation’s independence in the heartland, Marquette-style! The Kiwanis club sponsors a fun-filled, noon parade featuring…
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  • Hiawatha Music Festival

    July 21 marks the start of the three-day Hiawatha Music Festival, a celebration of traditional American, acoustic music. The lineup…
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  • Marquette Trails Festival

    Bikers, runners and hikers who love the Noquemanon Trail Network will come out to raise funds for and celebrate these treasured paths.…
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  • Blues Fest

    05/01/2015
    Labor Day brings the crowd-pleasing Blues Fest, sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society, back…
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  • Art on the Rocks

    06/25/2015
    Every July, up to 200 regional and national artists descend on Mattson Lower Harbor Park for an enormous…
  • Marquette Trails Festival

    06/26/2015
    Bikers, runners and hikers who love the Noquemanon Trail Network will come out to raise funds for and…
  • Hiawatha Music Festival

    07/17/2015
    July 21 marks the start of the three-day Hiawatha Music Festival, a celebration of traditional American,…
  • Ore 2 Shore

    08/08/2015
    From a 48-mile “Hard Rock” race to a 1-mile “Littlest Rock” race, hundreds of mountain bikers love to…
  • Harbor Fest

    08/28/2015
    The Marquette West Rotary plans the biggest party in town when it throws Harbor Fest every summer. This…
  • Blues Fest

    09/04/2015
    Labor Day brings the crowd-pleasing Blues Fest, sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society, back…
  • Beer Fest

    09/12/2015
    The U.P. Fall Beer Festival is a favorite event for anyone who loves craft beer: the festival features…
  • SmartPrize 2017

    04/01/2017
    Science Fair meets Shark Tank’ in this ten-day competition staged  March 31st – April 9th, 2017  in…
  • Angry Bear Festival

    04/08/2017
    Each year in April as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts its thaw, Festival of the…
  • Downtown Spring Twisted Tee Off

    04/22/2017
    Teams of four ($25/per person) will compete for cash and prizes as they travel from hole to hole throughout…
  • Northern Michigan University Spring Commencement

    05/06/2017
    Congratulations to the upcoming graduating class. The May 2017 graduation ceremony will take place on…
  • Marquette Trails Festival

    06/23/2017
    Bikers, runners and hikers who love the Noquemanon Trail Network will come out to raise funds for and…
  • 4th of July

    07/04/2017
    Celebrate the nation’s independence in the heartland, Marquette-style! The Kiwanis club sponsors a fun-filled,…
  • Hiawatha Music Festival

    07/22/2017
    July 21 marks the start of the three-day Hiawatha Music Festival, a celebration of traditional American,…
  • Blueberry Festival

    07/28/2017
    The  16th annual Blueberry Festival , is set for  Friday, July 28, 2017  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown…
  • Art on the Rocks

    07/29/2017
    Every July, up to 200 regional and national artists descend on Mattson Lower Harbor Park for an enormous…
  • Ore 2 Shore

    08/12/2017
    From a 48-mile “Hard Rock” race to a 1-mile “Littlest Rock” race, hundreds of mountain bikers love to…
  • Harbor Fest

    08/25/2017
    The Marquette West Rotary plans the biggest party in town when it throws Harbor Fest every summer. This…
  • Blues Fest

    09/01/2017
    Labor Day brings the crowd-pleasing Blues Fest, sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society, back…
  • Beer Fest

    09/09/2017
    The U.P. Fall Beer Festival is a favorite event for anyone who loves craft beer: the festival features…
  • Baraga Fest

    10/07/2017
    The fifth annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest, will take place on Saturday, October 7, from 3 p.m. to…
  • Fresh Coast Film Festival

    10/19/2017
    The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the…
  • Halloween Spectacle

    10/28/2017
    On Saturday, October 28, the City of Marquette and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will…
  • New Year's Eve Ball Drop

    12/30/2017
    This year will mark the 29th anniversary of the Downtown Marquette New Year’s Eve Ball Drop! Don’t miss…
  • Blues Fest

    05/01/2015

    Labor Day brings the crowd-pleasing Blues Fest, sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society, back to the people. This event offers live blues music, free workshops, food, vendors and more. One of the most popular blues festivals in the Midwest, it draws music lovers from all over. You can get discounted tickets online before you go, and lodging packages are available on the web site.

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    06/25/2015

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  • Art on the Rocks

    06/25/2015

    Every July, up to 200 regional and national artists descend on Mattson Lower Harbor Park for an enormous juried art show. Artists include photographers, jewelry makers, painters, sculptors, ceramic artists and many more. The crowds can swell, but it’s always a festive atmosphere and most patrons leave with a unique treasure tucked under their arms.

  • Marquette Trails Festival

    06/26/2015

    Bikers, runners and hikers who love the Noquemanon Trail Network will come out to raise funds for and celebrate these treasured paths. There are races for all ages and skill levels, bonfires, s’mores and hotdogs on Friday night and a party and awards on Saturday and Sunday. Online registration gets you a less-expensive ticket, and ticket proceeds go right to helping the trails. It’s a win/win!

  • Hiawatha Music Festival

    07/17/2015

    July 21 marks the start of the three-day Hiawatha Music Festival, a celebration of traditional American, acoustic music. The lineup will please visitors who love bluegrass or Cajun music as well as those looking for some Gospel tunes or Celtic melodies. There are arts and crafts for kids and special activities for teens, including a henna booth and a chance to meet the bands. Camping during the festival is quite popular and up to 1,000 camping sites are available to festival-goers. If you like music and you’re in Marquette, settle in for an excellent experience.

  • Ore 2 Shore

    08/08/2015

    From a 48-mile “Hard Rock” race to a 1-mile “Littlest Rock” race, hundreds of mountain bikers love to participate in this muddy, rugged bike race that ends on the shore of Lake Superior. You can register the whole family to take part in an epic ride, or you can plan to spend the day cheering on the (really, really) muddy bikers from the clean comfort of the sidewalk.

  • Harbor Fest

    08/28/2015

    The Marquette West Rotary plans the biggest party in town when it throws Harbor Fest every summer. This annual fundraiser has provided more than $500,000 to meet the needs of the Marquette community! There’s a classic car and motorcycle show, a fishing derby, a beer tent, food vendors and live music. 

  • Blues Fest

    09/04/2015

    Labor Day brings the crowd-pleasing Blues Fest, sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society, back to the people. This event offers live blues music, free workshops, food, vendors and more. One of the most popular blues festivals in the Midwest, it draws music lovers from all over. You can get discounted tickets online before you go, and lodging packages are available on the web site.

  • Beer Fest

    09/12/2015

    The U.P. Fall Beer Festival is a favorite event for anyone who loves craft beer: the festival features more than 100 different Michigan-crafted beers. Local restaurants provide the nibbles, and there’s live entertainment to accompany the imbibing. Tickets are less expensive if purchased online (and more certain, as the event sells out) and include 15 drink tokens, each redeemable for a three-ounce sample of beer. Designated driver tickets are really inexpensive but those patrons aren’t allowed to sample the hops. Last tip? Get a babysitter; this is strictly a 21-and-over event.

  • SmartPrize 2017

    04/01/2017

    Science Fair meets Shark Tank’ in this ten-day competition staged March 31st – April 9th, 2017 in downtown Marquette, Michigan. Entrepreneurs and innovators put their innovation, start-up or expansion ideas on display in venues throughout Marquette’s Downtown District. In addition to juried prizes, a Crowd Favorite category allows onlookers to vote for their top choice.

    Categories Include:

    Concept, Start-Up, Growth, Technology, Tourism, & Crowd Favorite

    New for 2017, Smartprize Jr. invites our littlest inventors to showcase their big ideas or inventions at the UP Children’s Museum on April 2nd, 2017.  Kids ages 6-12 years old can enter to win over $1000 in prizes.

  • Angry Bear Festival

    04/08/2017

    Each year in April as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts its thaw, Festival of the Angry Bear comes out of hibernation and takes over Spring Street in downtown Marquette. Modeled after some of the great beer festivals of Europe, the festival is a showcase of barrel aged beer, live music, delicious food and community involvement. It truly is a celebration of spring.

  • Downtown Spring Twisted Tee Off

    04/22/2017

    Teams of four ($25/per person) will compete for cash and prizes as they travel from hole to hole throughout the Downtown District in this indoor miniature golf tournament. All tournament participants must be 21 years of age or older. Registration and payments will be accepted online starting Wednesday, March 15, and are nonrefundable. Space is limited!

    Proceeds from this event benefit the Janzen House, a transitional housing facility for men in Downtown Marquette.

  • Northern Michigan University Spring Commencement

    05/06/2017

    Congratulations to the upcoming graduating class. The May 2017 graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Superior Dome. 

  • Marquette Trails Festival

    06/23/2017

    Bikers, runners and hikers who love the Noquemanon Trail Network will come out to raise funds for and celebrate these treasured paths. There are races for all ages and skill levels, bonfires, s’mores and hotdogs on Friday night and a party and awards on Saturday and Sunday. Online registration gets you a less-expensive ticket, and ticket proceeds go right to helping the trails. It’s a win/win!

  • 4th of July

    07/04/2017

    Celebrate the nation’s independence in the heartland, Marquette-style! The Kiwanis club sponsors a fun-filled, noon parade featuring more than eighty participants and miles of colorful floats. At dusk, head to Lower Elwood Mattson Park for a spectacular fireworks display funded almost entirely by donations. The day also features a food festival, bike rodeos, baseball games and live entertainment.   

  • Hiawatha Music Festival

    07/22/2017

    July 21 marks the start of the three-day Hiawatha Music Festival, a celebration of traditional American, acoustic music. The lineup will please visitors who love bluegrass or Cajun music as well as those looking for some Gospel tunes or Celtic melodies. There are arts and crafts for kids and special activities for teens, including a henna booth and a chance to meet the bands. Camping during the festival is quite popular and up to 1,000 camping sites are available to festival-goers. If you like music and you’re in Marquette, settle in for an excellent experience.

  • Blueberry Festival

    07/28/2017

    The 16th annual Blueberry Festival, is set for Friday, July 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food vendors, artists, demonstrations, pony rides, inflatable arcade games, and activities for children and families. Downtown restaurants will satisfy your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, while many downtown shops offer will offer “blue” specials. Local farmers will be on-hand throughout the day selling fresh produce, including mounds of plump blueberries and music fills the streets as live musicians perform throughout the day.

  • Art on the Rocks

    07/29/2017

    Every July, up to 200 regional and national artists descend on Mattson Lower Harbor Park for an enormous juried art show. Artists include photographers, jewelry makers, painters, sculptors, ceramic artists and many more. The crowds can swell, but it’s always a festive atmosphere and most patrons leave with a unique treasure tucked under their arms.

  • Ore 2 Shore

    08/12/2017

    From a 48-mile “Hard Rock” race to a 1-mile “Littlest Rock” race, hundreds of mountain bikers love to participate in this muddy, rugged bike race that ends on the shore of Lake Superior. You can register the whole family to take part in an epic ride, or you can plan to spend the day cheering on the (really, really) muddy bikers from the clean comfort of the sidewalk.

  • Harbor Fest

    08/25/2017

    The Marquette West Rotary plans the biggest party in town when it throws Harbor Fest every summer. This annual fundraiser has provided more than $500,000 to meet the needs of the Marquette community! There’s a classic car and motorcycle show, a fishing derby, a beer tent, food vendors and live music. 

  • Blues Fest

    09/01/2017

    Labor Day brings the crowd-pleasing Blues Fest, sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society, back to the people. This event offers live blues music, free workshops, food, vendors and more. One of the most popular blues festivals in the Midwest, it draws music lovers from all over. You can get discounted tickets online before you go, and lodging packages are available on the web site.

  • Beer Fest

    09/09/2017

    The U.P. Fall Beer Festival is a favorite event for anyone who loves craft beer: the festival features more than 100 different Michigan-crafted beers. Local restaurants provide the nibbles, and there’s live entertainment to accompany the imbibing. Tickets are less expensive if purchased online (and more certain, as the event sells out) and include 15 drink tokens, each redeemable for a three-ounce sample of beer. Designated driver tickets are really inexpensive but those patrons aren’t allowed to sample the hops. Last tip? Get a babysitter; this is strictly a 21-and-over event.

  • Baraga Fest

    10/07/2017

    The fifth annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest, will take place on Saturday, October 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 100 block of Baraga Avenue in Downtown Marquette. It is Bustling with harvest-themed activities for all ages, the festival features food and drink, live music, street dance, children’s activities and much more. Returning this year is the popular pasty eating contest. Downtown district businesses will highlight their offerings with sales and information booths. The younger set is invited to explore large equipment, emergency response vehicles and construction trucks at the “big truck petting zoo”, while the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum will once again sponsor a chalk art exhibition and contest featuring street-canvas harvest-themed paintings by local artists, individuals and groups. For more information on the chalk painting or to sponsor a square, visit www.upchildrensmuseum.com. The return of past favorites will be complemented by new additions to this year’s festival. The big truck petting zoo will be joined by a live animal petting zoo, bounce house and miniature golf course, and the adventurous of heart can even ride a mechanical bull. Come celebrate fall and its bountiful beauty at the Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest. For more information, contact the DDA at 906-228-9475.

  • Fresh Coast Film Festival

    10/19/2017

    The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The festival will gather the best in adventure cinema from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling

  • Halloween Spectacle

    10/28/2017

    On Saturday, October 28, the City of Marquette and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance.  As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in the celebration on the 100 Block of W. Washington Street in Downtown Marquette.

    For more information or questions on the Halloween Spectacle, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.

  • New Year's Eve Ball Drop

    12/30/2017

    This year will mark the 29th anniversary of the Downtown Marquette New Year’s Eve Ball Drop! Don’t miss it!