Since its humble beginnings three decades ago, Marketfest has established itself as one of White Bear Lake’s most popular annual events with fun and entertainment for all ages. Starting on June 16 in conjunction with Manitou Days, it will return to downtown White Bear Lake every Thursday from 6–9 p.m. through July 28, featuring live music, pony rides, a classic car show and more than 180 vendors. Weekly educational features, including White Bear Lake History Night and Environmental Expo, will take place on Fourth Street.
“Marketfest kicked off in 1991 with the goal of bringing people to downtown White Bear Lake,” says event director Lisa Beecroft. “Many downtown businesses and restaurants join in on the festivities by showcasing their goods and services at Marketfest.”
Thanks to the effort of volunteers and local businesses, the event has become a beloved summer tradition for residents and out-of-town visitors alike.
Marketfest is hosted by White Bear Lake Main Street, Inc., a nonprofit committed to the promotion of small community businesses in downtown White Bear Lake. For more information about Marketfest, visit marketfestwbl.com. —Emily Deutscher
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