Boyne Area Chamber
28 South Lake St. (Map)
Boyne City, MI 49712
Ph: (231) 582-6222
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Boyne City Harvest Festival

rainfall festival logoSaturday, October 4, 2014

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Photos from past years

WEATHER UPDATE:Because there is  a 60% chance of rain:
* We are moving the kids games (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) such as pumpkin painting to the Library Red Barn (on Park Street, home of the winter Farmers Market).
* Some crafters will also move to the Red Barn.
* The Farmers Market will be on the 100 and 200 blocks of Water Street.
* Depending on the weather, we may or may not have horse-drawn hay rides from the Red Barn.
* Outdoor music from noon to 4 p.m. will probably be cancelled.
* CONTINUING RAIN OR SHINE: the Humane Society 5k walk/run starting at 8 a.m.; the Empty Bowls luncheon at the library at noon; Octoberfest music, food and beverages at Cafe Sante; free wine tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Wine Emporium; Steve Poltz concert at Freshwater Gallery at 8 p.m.; the Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder race at Rotary Park.
* Remember, it doesn't usually rain ALL day long.
* We are considering changing the name to the Rainfall Festival. We will recruit vendors showing how to construct rain gardens, rain barrels, creative umbrellas, artsy raincoats, ice-fishing shanties, etc. Please let us know how you feel about this!

The Harvest Festival is held in Boyne City's downtown with music, crafts and fall produce, and is jointly organized by Boyne City Main Street and the Boyne Area Chamber. The entire Boyne City Farmers Market will move to Water and Lake Streets from 8 a.m. to noon. The farm market booths will sell a variety of apples and other harvest items including pumpkins, squash, apple butter, jam, honey and cider. Portions of Water Street will be closed to traffic during the festival to make room for the Farmers Market, music and more than 30 arts and craft vendors.

The festival will also include folk art demonstrations, children's games, hay rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a scarecrow-making contest (application) for residents and businesses. Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Local churches and non-profit organizations that would like to participate by organizing children's games or harvest crafts are encouraged to contact the Boyne Area Chamber at 582-6222. Arts & Crafts Vendor Application.

Continuing this year - a fall color version of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society's 5k walk/run with your dog, called the Great Pumpkin Run. Details & registration form.


> MUSIC - 12 noon to 2 p.m.

  • 45 North
  • Spectrum

> MUSIC - 2 to 4 p.m. 

  • Full Circle
  • Straight Forward Bluegrass Band


  • Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and many will stay until 4 p.m.
  • Charlevoix Area Humane Society's 5k walk/run with your dog. Register at 7 a.m., run at 8. Registration form.
  • Empty Bowls Luncheon at Boyne District Library
  • Arts and crafts vendors plus folk art demonstrations
  • Scarecrow displays (make one yourself!)
  • Hay Rides - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $1 per person
  • Kids' games and pumpkin painting, 200 block of Water Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., organized by the Boyne District Library.
  • Oktoberfest German food, music and beverages at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.
  • Wine Emporium and Boyne Country Provisions beer tasting 1 to 4 p.m. and wine/cheese tasting 4 to 7 p.m., 127 Water St.
  • Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder road race at Rotary Park.

Freshwater Art Gallery kicks off its concert season at 8 p.m. Saturday with a performance by singer-songwriter Steve Poltz. Poltz hails from San Diego and co-wrote with his former girlfriend Jewel the 1997 mega-hit "You Were Meant For Me." Freshwater is located at 217 S. Lake St., Boyne City, phone 231-582-2588.

 Sponsored by Boyne City Main Street Program and Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce * 231-582-6222