Manitou Days
June 16 - July 4, 2016

Manitou Days

White Bear Lake's spectacular summer festival of 70+ events

2016 Theme: Musical Bears

Come to beautiful White Bear Lake to celebrate Manitou Days, a three-week summer festival showcasing some of the greatest things about this lakeside community.  For 49 years this annual summer ritual has been a favorite of locals and visitors.

This year's theme is Musical Bears. The fun kicks-off with Marketfest and ends on the Fourth of July with a spectacular fireworks display to music over the lake. One of festival highlights is the Grand Parade, which travels through the scenic downtown and along Lake Avenue, ending at Memorial Beach where the Free and Easy Band will perform at the Beach Dance following the parade.

Ride your bike. Build a sand castle. Enter a fishing contest. Go for a pontoon ride. Shop Downtown White Bear Lake. Do yoga on the beach. Hunt for a medallion. Dance under the stars. There is something for everyone!

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Traffic Update

There is a significant amount of local road construction this season. Plan for longer then normal commute times during events, and allow extra time to get to your destination. On Friday, June 17 at 9 pm, 35E will be shut down in both directions from 694 to Forest Lake. At the same time, Highway 96 will be shut down completely between White Bear Parkway and Centerville Road to demo the bridge. Roads are scheduled to reopen at 5 am on Monday, June 20. Expect serious traffic congestion on Highway 61 during this time period. Learn more.