Onekama Days

August 3-6, 2018

Photo by Marion Riedl
Onekama serves as the southern gateway for the M22 Scenic Heritage Route. Since 1973 this "Two Lake Town"(Lake Michigan and Portage Lake) has been entertaining its residents, both year-round and seasonal, as well as thousands of guests from the surrounding areas with the annual Onekama Days Celebration. Always on the first full weekend of August, Onekama Days includes a wide range of activities, taking place downtown and at the Manistee County Fairgrounds. Among them are arts & crafts, 5k run and walk, tennis tournament, classic car show, church bazaars and luncheons, hospitality tent, kids activities, dances, Friday night fireworks and Sunday parade.

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Below were the highlights from 2017. All events take part at the Manistee County Fairgrounds unless noted otherwise. Details for 2018 will be posted as they become available.


7am-3pm - Township Fire Department tours
6pm-10pm - Bingo


8am - Township Fire Department tours
2pm-7pm - M22 Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt
4pm-9pm - Pickleball Round Robin Tournament (school basketball court)
5pm-7pm - Pig Roast
7pm-10pm - Cousin Curtiss concert
8pm - Stock Car Races
Dusk - Fireworks


8am-12pm - Breakfast
8:30am- 1Mile Fun Run
8:30am - Warren Vaughn Doubles Tennis Tournament (tennis courts)
9am- 5k run & Walk (Village Park)
9am-3pm - Classic Car Show (Village Park)
10am-7pm - Arts and Crafts Show
5pm-8pm - Grilled Steak Dinner
8pm - Demolition Derby
9pm-12am - Dance Party with music by Lou Thunder & the Rainmakers (Village Park)


8am-11am - Breakfast
10am-5pm - Arts and Crafts Show
1pm - Grand Parade (from Village Park to Dyke Street)
2pm - Belle Suite Concert
3:30pm - Lions Raffle
3:30pm - Big Fish contest winners


7pm - Concert in the Park (Village Park)

Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this story. The schedule is subject to change. For more information, go to

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
Last Updated: 01-29-2018 01:57 PM ID: 1097