Indian River SummerFest
Returning in 2021!
Due to COVID-19 related issues, the 40th Annual Indian River Summerfest, scheduled to take place from Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19 in downtown Indian River will be limited to a craft show.
NEXT YEAR: Marina Park will be the host site for many festival activities including the 2021 LobsterFest, which traditionally kicks off the festival on Thursday. The LobsterFest is a fundraising dinner with proceeds funding enhanced educational opportunities for Inland Lakes School students. In recent years, LobsterFest proceeds have helped purchase band instruments, computer stations, library materials, a pottery kiln, materials for math, reading and writing centers, a hands-on learning lab, fine arts materials and also helped fund the school's First Robotics team. The 2019 Lobsterfest raised more than $20,000, with $12,000 going to the school's First Robotics team, which hosted a tournament in October of 2019, and $10,000 going toward the purchase of a new school security radio system.
Other traditional SummerFest activities include: Thursday evening Beach Bash at DeVoe Beach with sandcastle building contests, Hula Hoop contests, sack races and a variety of children's activities.
During the day on Friday, a downtown Craft Fair includes crafters from throughout Michigan as well as Kids' Zone activities. In the evening, the Rods 'n Rides Car Club leads a car cruise and there will also be Family Fun Night at Marina Park featuring a Rubber Duck Race on the Little Sturgeon River and an ice cream social.
Saturday's events begin first thing in the morning with the Indian River Kiwanis Club's 5k Foot Race. The craft show continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with a car show.
On both Friday and Saturday evenings there is entertainment in the entertainment tent at Marina Park.
Sunday's major event will be the Annual Kayak and Bike Biathlon. The race begins at DeVoe Beach, where 80 to 100 competitors run to kayaks waiting at the shoreline, jump in and start paddling. As the kayakers paddle into the Indian River, it creates a colorful spectacle. The kayak portion of the race travels along the Indian River to just past the bridge on Straits Highway. The kayakers then turn and come back to DeVoe Beach where they hop on bikes for a ride of approximately 11 miles. The bicycling portion of the race goes over to the North Central Trail, north to Topinabee and then back to the finish line between Marina Park and the Chamber of Commerce building.