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Keep The Music Going, Festival Recovery Campaign

We were expecting $150,000 in income for ticket sales, camping tags, and parking passes from our 2020 Festival. In 2019, we had nearly 4,000 in attendance at our Festival, with the majority of that number being adults. With our 2020… read more


Hiawatha is so very thankful for our viewers who are able to make a contribution to these wonderful musicians and the Co-op.  We sincerely appreciate and value each dollar that is given.  We can’t thank you enough!   Please join… read more

42nd Festival has been cancelled

Dear Hiawatha Family, We are all bearing witness to unexpected times and to an unprecedented shutdown of many segments of our society due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Just a few weeks ago, it would have seemed unbelievable that Hiawatha… read more

Hiawatha purchases flatbed trailer for Festival Dance Stage

      The Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival has benefitted from the Meyer Yamaha, Inc. generosity for many, many years.  This generosity came in the form of their flatbed trailer that they used to transport the rented golf carts to… read more

FOLK ALLIANCE REGION MIDWEST (FARM) Announces their 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to Hiawatha founder

Please join us in congratulating our very own Susan Bertram on receiving this prestigious FARM award!  We are so very thankful for her persistence, presence and dedication to the Co-op over the past 41 years and are so proud to… read more

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Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette

festivalThe Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, Michigan is held each year during the next-to-last full weekend of July and features traditional, acoustic, American music. Each year’s main-stage line-up can include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues, Gospel, etc. The line-up includes national, regional and local performers, and singer/songwriters are often featured.

The Festival also includes music and activities throughout the weekend designed for teens, tweens and young children. An arts and craft show sponsored by The Hiawatha Music Co-op is held in conjunction with the Festival. Many of the art and craft vendors sell earth-friendly items. The Hiawatha Festival began in 1979 in Champion, Michigan.

Since 1984, the Festival venue has been the city-owned Marquette Tourist Park, where camping (up to 1,000 units) is available for Festival-goers.

Our regular office hours during September – December are are Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 to 5pm. Hours increase as we near the Festival. 

Take a walk down memory lane – click here to see the complete list of Main Stage bands and performers from the very first Festival through 2019.  Let us know who you would like to see again!  Send us your top 5 bands!  Main Stage Performers


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