Hiawatha Music Festival kicks off another year

MARQUETTE — A beloved local tradition is back for another year.

The Hiawatha Music Festival officially kicked off on Friday in Marquette. Over the course of this three-day long event, over 10,000 people are expected to stop by. At the festival, you can find local artists selling their work, food, and of course live music.

This is the 39th year the festival has occurred, starting out in an open field in Champion and working its way to Tourist Park in Marquette, the festival has become a tradition for many locals.

“My first Hiawatha was 36 years ago, I came with a friend and I didn’t know anything about it but I couldn’t believe the amount of people that I knew that were here. I think people just really look forward to coming to Hiawatha to see people that they might not see, except once a year,” said Hiawatha Music Festival Information Coordinator, Bobby Glenn Brown.

There are still some camping spots available but they are filling up fast, it’s recommended to request a site as soon as possible. Tickets are available every day of the event and people of all ages are invited to participate.

Due to current construction near the park, it’s encouraged to come down Fourth Street or Presque Isle when heading to the park rather than Wright Street.