Manitou Days and Marketfest Bring Fun and Frolic

Manitou Days and Marketfest bring fun and frolic to White Bear Lake.
Libby and Bella Butters and their dog, Jasmine, take a break after winning last year's Pet Parade.

All year long, residents and visitors alike anticipate the summer festivals that bring thousands to the streets of downtown White Bear Lake.

Manitou Days
With more than 50 events, including a beach dance, parade, golf tournament, carnival, live music, children’s fishing contest, sandcastle building and more, this is summertime fun you won’t want to miss. “Manitou” is a Native American word for “spirit,” and true to the event’s name, you’ll find a sense of spirit here you’ll never forget. With as many as 8,000 people attending the parade, this is the extravaganza that defines the community. As Bill Foussard, Manitou Days coordinator,  puts it, “Everyone is coming together and showcasing the town.”

You stroll through Marketfest and enjoy live music, vendors, crafts, local businesses with booths, a classic car show, art contest, petting zoo, shopping and much more. Starting June 13, every Thursday evening for seven weeks.

Sampling of events:
June 13 6 p.m. First Marketfest of the season
June 14 6:30 p.m. Manitou Days kicks off with the Grande Parade
June 22  Classic and vintage boat show and nautical swap
June 27  Family fun night in Lions Park
July 4 8 p.m. Fireworks at Memorial Beach