Each April, as the crisp spring air meets the thawing shores of Lake Superior, the Festival of the Angry Bear emerges from hibernation and takes over Spring Street in downtown Marquette for a year-round outdoor celebration. daytime.
Inspired by some of Europe’s great beer festivals with an Upper Peninsular twist, the festival is a showcase of craft beer and community, with a focus on barrel-aged beers, live music, delicious food and large spaces. The 7th Annual Angry Bear Festival kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.
“After an unimaginable three-year hibernation, we are thrilled to awaken the angry bear and restore the roar to Marquette,” says festival director Kris Wierenga, “as our community emerges from its collective winter hibernation – not to mention from the past two years of pandemic-induced cabin fever – there’s no better time for a street festival to bask in the sun and celebrate what makes our city so special.
The Barrel-Aged Spring Awakening will feature 4 bars with over 30 taps of premium craft beer, hard seltzer and soda to complement the arsenal of barrel-aged beers and limited releases that highlight the festival.
Entertainment for this year’s festival will include four live music stages and performances from top Midwestern acts – Them Coulee Boys (WI), Lalo Cura (IN) and The Brothers Quinn (WI), as well as favorites from the Upper Peninsula – Outlaw’d, Who Dat Brass, Ramble Tamble and Blanco Suave.
Participants are encouraged to get “wild” and dress up for the Woodland Creature Costume Contest with prizes sponsored by nearby businesses.
Additionally, there will be local artwork from the Culture of Cult art series, as well as a live chainsaw, bear carving demonstration, and food truck feast including Smelted Pizza, Digs, Island Coney and the season debut of Dia De Los Tacos and the Burger Bus. Find out more about Festival of the Angry Bear at Oredockbrewing.com
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 8 and until 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Spring Street will be closed to motor vehicles between Front Street and Third Street for the Festival of the Angry Bear sponsored by Ore Dock Brewing Company. The MarqTran drive exit and the Marquette History Museum will be available at the west end of Spring Street.