Marketfest 2024 Is Nearly Here

by | May 2024


Photo: Lisa Beecroft

Theme weeks bring a unique element to Marketfest.

Marketfest is nearly here! Starting in early June, each Thursday will bring a dazzling display of vendors, activities and entertainment to downtown White Bear Lake—with a unique thematic twist on Fourth Street.

“There are sponsorship opportunities to have a dedicated theme on Fourth Street during Marketfest each week,” says Marketfest director Lisa Beecroft. “You plan whatever is happening on the street that night. It can be demonstrations; it can be booths; it can be entertainment.”

The theme weeks activate Fourth Street and help create a cohesive sense of celebration through all of downtown, Beecroft adds.

Take a peek into this year’s theme weeks:

Marketfest begins on June 13 with Ave for the Arts, Manitou Days Kickoff and Kiddie Parade. Ave for the Arts is sponsored by Lakeshore Players Theatre and Children’s Performing Arts and includes performances, live demonstrations and giveaways.

June 20 brings White Bear History Night with exhibits and carnival games, and on June 27, White Bear Lake Area Schools will host its first ever theme week.

Public Health & Safety Night is back on July 11, hosted by local fire and police departments. “They usually do the jaws of life at the intersection of Fourth [Street] and Banning [Avenue] … that always pulls a huge crowd,” Beecroft says.

Then, Marketfest wraps up with two beloved theme weeks: the third annual Science and Agriculture Night (sponsored by AFSA K–12) on July 18 with kid-centered activities and booths, and the Environmental Resource Expo (run by the City of White Bear Lake) on July 25. “It’s a great resource,” Beecroft says of the expo. “They’ve been with us for 20 years.”

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