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About the Hiawatha Festival

                                                      2017 Dates – July 21, 22, and 23

The Hiawatha Festival is the only event of its size and scope in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Without Hiawatha, local performers and fans would have to travel between four and six hours to the nearest festivals of its size and type.

The Festival is held the next-to-last FULL weekend in July, at the Marquette, Mich., Tourist Park.

Each year’s event features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk – including singer/songwriters – and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites.

The Festival also has special areas for young children, ‘tweeners’ and  teens with organized activities and performances designed for those age groups.  


The Hiawatha Music Co-op 2016 Festival Children’s Area is support in part by the Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation. 

Festival Rules

Everyone MUST wear a wristband on his/her wrist in plain sight at all times – people on festival grounds will be ticketed with trespassing and issued a citation.

***NEW****2017 Tourist Park has given our Festival notice that we are NO LONGER able to bring in our own firewood due to bug infestation.  Please follow these rules and plan to purchase wood at the office at Tourist Park.  

No above-ground fires! All fires must be in the Tourist Park fire rings. PLEASE BURN ONLY WOOD OR PAPER – NO PLASTICS, SYNTHETICS, ETC.
****Absolutely no pets allowed****
Camping is only allowed in designated areas. You must have a tag for each camping unit, tent, trailer, screen house, etc.
Campers must maintain at least four feet between camping shelters
Camping shelters should be at least 10 feet from fires
Absolutely no bicycles, scooters,skateboards or rollerblade allowed in the concession area or on the adjacent road
Drumming after sunset is allowed in Area D only. No drumming after 1am local time
A curfew of midnight is in effect for children under the age of 18. Disruptive people, including teens and their parents will be removed from the Festival and wristbands will be confiscated
Underage drinking as well as any person engaged in illegal activities risk arrest by the Marquette City Police and permanent removal of the Festival
Camping tags must be attached to each camping unit and you must camp in the designated area for which you have registered
Small chairs (those that have a seat that touches the ground) are permitted on the “Blanket Side” of the Main Stage. No other chairs are permitted on this side.
NO laser pointers, frisbees or balls are allowed in any stage or workshop area
Playing of recorded or amplified music is not allowed
Tokens should be used to purchase items from contracted vendors only
All vehicles, cars, bikes, skateboards, scooters should limit speed to a slow walking pace for safety
Animals are allowed under ADA are animals that are trained to perform a task for the owner. These animals are allowed on Festival grounds
Festival Volunteers engaged in consuming alcohol before or during a Volunteer Shift will be released from their duty and forego compensation for that shift
Any vehicle parked on Festival grounds without a Parking Pass will be towed at owners expense
Please refrain from smoking in seating area at Main Stage and immediately around Second Stage
Please GO GREEN and take care of your trash and recycling. DO NOT LEAVE trash or recycling items behind when you leave!! Leave no trace! 


Hiawatha loves and needs our Volunteers!  

Please visit our Festival Volunteer page to sign up!  Receive a Festival T-shirt and your entire advanced ticket price refund!  Sign up early! Bring a friend!