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2023 Bass Festival Schedule

Friday, May 22, 2023


7:00 p.m. Miss Mancelona Pageant. Mancelona Elementary School. Join us as we crown the 2023 Miss Mancelona and her court. An evening of pageantry and enjoyment. Admission is by donation.


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

6:00 p.m. Mancelona Kids and Pet Parade. Meet at the Mancelona Middle School at 6:00 p.m. Encourage kids to decorate their bicycles, wagons, scooters. Bring your pets, dress them in costumes. Prizes awarded in several different categories. Fun for all ages. Sponsored by Township Ambulance Authority.

6:30 p.m. Mancelona Kids and Pet Parade leaves Mancelona Middle School and everyone marches down State Street and will
end at the Dairy Delite.


Thursday, June 1, 2023

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  TJ. Schmidt Carnival Opens. New rides and attractions. Join the fun on the midway. Games, food, and thrilling rides for all.
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Crafters Market opens. Check out the new craft booths that have joined the Mancelona Bass Festival
this year. Bargains and unique items throughout

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Beverage and Entertainment Tent opens. Budweiser and Cox Distributors.  Join us for a relaxing beverage and mingle with friends and family. Bass Festival Button required for entry.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Entertainment by Kenny Thompson. Beverage and Entertainment Tent. Join us for an evening of music from Blues, Ballads, Country and Rock. Kenny will get you moving on the dance floor, have your toes tapping and your hands clapping. Join the fun as this show is for all ages. Bass Festival Button required for entry.


Friday, June 2, 2023

5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. T.J. Schmidt Carnival opens. Join the fun on the midway. Ride the Ferris wheel or take a spin on the bumper cars.
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Crafters Market Opens. Check out the specials and try some of the new food vendors that have joined this year’s Festival.
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Beverage and Entertainment tent opens. It’s Friday and the end of the week. Come on down to the Bass Festival and relax and have a beverage or two. Bass Festival Button required for entry.

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Entertainment by by DJ Ed McCarty! Come join us in the tent for a beverage and great music! Request all of your
favorite dance tunes, County, Rock, Pop, Blues! You name it, Ed can play it!! Bass Fest Bass Festival Button required for entry.

Saturday, June 3, 2023


11:00 a.m. Mancelona Bass Festival Grand Parade. Come enjoy the 67th annual Bass Festival parade with floats, cars, businesses, and much more! The parade route will be: Mancelona High School to M-88. Right on M-88. Through downtown, turning left and parading in front of the Dairy Delite. Parade will end at the corner by the Methodist Church.

11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Mancelona Rotary Chicken BBQ Dinner. After the parade join the Mancelona Rotary as they prepare a delicious Chicken BBQ with all the fixings. Dinner will be served in the Beverage Entertainment Tent located at Palmer Park. 

11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. TJ Schmidt and the Carnival Rides open for the Day. Enjoy the kiddie Rides as well as Rides that will take your breath away.


12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mancelona Bass Festival Annual Classic Car and Bike Show sponsored by Polar Equator Napa. Relive the dreams of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 80’s as cars from all over Northern Michigan come for the day and have a chance to win prizes and trophies in several classes. Register by getting forms online at or you can register the day of the event. Sponsored by Polar Equator Napa in Mancelona

12:00 P.M. Corn Hole Tournament begins Register on the Scoreholio app, or by contacting Steve at 231-676-0248 Check in is 1 hour before start time. Sponsored by the Mancelona Moose Lodge.
12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Entertainment and Beverage Tent opens. Join your friends and family for a refreshing beverage.

12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Crafters Market opens. Special sales go on throughout the day as the Mancelona Bass Festival
showcases some of its new vendors to this year’s festival.

12:00 noon. Corn Hole (Bean Bag Toss Tournament) Sponsored by Mancelona Moose Lodge


1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social. Free with Bass Festival Button. Located in front of Entertainment Tent

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Entertainment by Down-N-Out! Come join the fun! Have a beverage and listen to Down-N-Out! Just a few guys doing what they love playing Blues and Classic Rock. Get up on the dance floor and party the night away. Entertainment is in the Beverage and Entertainment Tent. Mancelona Bass Festival Button required for entry.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Free Pancake Breakfast for the entire community of Mancelona. Sausage, eggs, pancakes, and beverage will be served. Please join your friends and family as the Bass Festival Committee would like to say thank you Mancelona for a great Bass Festival! 
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. TJ Schmidt Carnival opens for the day
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Crafters Market Opens. Enjoy all of the booths at the festival! Maybe you will find that special something for someone, or for yourself!
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Grand raffle. Last chance to get your raffle tickets to win the Playhouse and other great prizes that the Bass Festival will be giving away. 

Raffle tickets available until 2:00 Sunday at the Entertainment Tent for the Playhouse and other prizes. $1.00 each or 6/$5.00





Bass Festival Pins are on sale at various businesses throughout Mancelona until Friday afternoon and at the festival grounds in front of the Entertainment Tent for $3.00 each!

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