Indian River SummerFest

Returning July 21-24, 2022!

Indian River SummerFest is one of the highlights of the summer season, a weekend of fun, food and camaraderie. Organized by the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, the 2022 SummerFest is scheduled for July 20-24.

SummerFest kicks off Wednesday, July 20 with the Friends of Inland Lakes Schools (FOILS) LobsterFest dinner at the skating pavilion in Cooperation Park. The LobsterFest is a fundraising dinner with proceeds funding enhanced educational opportunities for Inland Lakes School students. Last year’s LobsterFest donation went to the school’s visual arts department to help purchase a mobile art/supply station, 3D printer, drawing tables and other equipment.

Thursday’s events downtown include a carnival as well as entertainment at the festival stage.

A two-day Craft Show begins on Friday and continues on Saturday. Friday’s events also include Kid Zone children’s activities for children organized by the Indian River Baptist Church and a Northern Michigan Rods ‘n Rides Cruise Night. There is also another night of entertainment at the festival stage.

Saturday events begin with the Indian River Kiwanis Club’s 5K run. The run starts and finishes downtown, on the recreation trail next to Martha Street. Registration and the awards ceremony are in front of the Tuscarora Township Hall.

Early in the afternoon there will be an ice cream social. The Craft Show will continue and there will also be a Car Show. In the evening there will be entertainment in the festival area.

The biathlon takes place on Sunday morning. It begins at DeVoe Beach where 80 to 100 competitors run to kayaks waiting on the shoreline, jump in and then paddle out to the end of the pier and into the Indian River. When the kayakers race into the Indian River, it creates one of the most colorful scenes of the summer. Kayakers race to a point just past the Indian River bridge and then come back to DeVoe Beach where they hop on bikes and race approximately 11 miles, traveling north on the North Central Recreation Trail to Topinabee and then back to the finish line between Marina Park and the Indian River Chamber of Commerce building.