HarborFest: a music festival for everyone


Marquette residents from all walks of life will attend the fourth annual, two day event, Harbor Fest on August 24 and 25. HarborFest is not just for music, either. A classic car and motorcycle show, fishing competition and more will take place. Photo courtesy of Marquette West Rotary

Sophie Hillmeyer

Lower Harbor Park will be

bustling with all different members of Marquette’s community

gathering food, drink and entertainment for HarborFest, one

of the U.P.’s best two-day music
festivals held at the end of the

The event will feature more
than just music, it strives to get

everyone in the involved with activities for kids, a classic car and

motorcycle show, a fishing competition and more. The festival

will take place at Mattson Lower
Harbor Park on August 24 and
25 and the cost is free and open

to all ages. There are a few optional fees, such as a corn hole

tournament and donations for a

21+ wristband, said Rick Orr, a
co-chair of HarborFest.

Musical performances will feature local bands as well as groups

from as far away as Chicago and
genres ranging from country, folk

to blues with an emphasis on
rock. Each evening will end with

a headlining group such as Bumpus, a Chicago blues band with

lots of energy, that will close out
Friday night’s set.

Headlining Saturday will be
Live Bullet Detroit which is a
Michigan tribute band covering
rock hits from Bob Seger and the
Silver Bullet Band.

Looking beyond the fun and

games, Harbor Festival is a fundraiser for Marquette’s West Rotary. In the past, this event has

yielded over $35,000 and over

$25,000 has benefitted 25 different foundations and committees

in Marquette County, Orr said.

The fund allocations are determined by a committee of rotary members and independent

leaders based on grants written
from different organizations, he

“This is our primary fundraiser and because of it we get to

support [many] organizations,”
Orr said.

For a full music lineup and
more on HarborFest events, visit