Michigan’s largest free festival celebrating 120 years with music, food and rides

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LAPEER, MI — Michigan’s largest free festival returns for its 120th year this weekend.

The Lapeer Days festival will feature an arts and crafts show, helicopter rides, talent showcase and many other family-friendly activities.

The three-day event runs from Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21 along Nepessing Street in the city’s downtown core. Free entry.

The first day of the event will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 19. The opening ceremonies of the Lapeer Days festival will take place at noon. The Jason Charles Band, Lanco and Kali Indiana & KC Cameron will perform during the evening on the main stage.

A second day of events will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20. The Lapeer Days Festival Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the east end of Nepessing Street. The theme for the parade is Celebrating 120 Years!

Miss Lapeer Days Tea Party will immediately follow the parade.

Soul Asylum, Kougaran and Teddy Petty and the Refugees will perform on the main stage on Saturday evening.

Sunday August 21 marks the third and final day of Lapeer Days. Morning events will begin at 9 a.m. with the annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.

The 36th Annual John Monteleone Memorial Classic Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lapeer Days Festival will conclude with the Lapeer Days Talent Showcase Finale which will take place on the main stage from 4-5:30 p.m.

Carnival rides take place daily in the parking lot behind Choice One Bank, from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Here is a full schedule of Lapeer Days events:

Friday August 19

– Public Safety Zone (City of Lapeer Police, Lapeer City Fire & Rescue, and Lapeer County EMS. Kids can take pictures with Andy the ambulance and Sparky the fire dog), east of Nepessing Street, during festival hours

– Michigan National Guard Humvee Exhibit, Nepessing and Pine Streets, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-Arts & Crafts, Anrook Park along the river, 10am-9pm

– Helicopter rides ($40 per person, minimum 2 people per flight), East Anrook Park, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-Inflatables on the courthouse lawn, 11 a.m.-dusk

-Opening ceremonies of the Lapeer Days festival, noon

-Giant Sandbox, Court Street, 12-6pm

-Lapeer Days Dunk Tank, Court Street, 12-8pm

-Tina’s Party Ponies, Clay Street, Noon-Dusk

-Optimist beer tent, next to Rogers Pharmacy, noon-midnight

-Carnival rides, parking lot behind Choice One Bank, noon-midnight

-Free face painting and balloon art, courthouse lawn, 1-4 p.m.

The Jason Charles Band, main stage, 6-7:30 p.m.

Kali Indiana & KC Cameron, main stage, 8-9:30 p.m.

Lanco, main stage, 10:30 p.m.-midnight

Saturday August 20

– Public Safety Zone (City of Lapeer Police, Lapeer City Fire & Rescue, and Lapeer County EMS. Kids can take pictures with Andy the ambulance and Sparky the fire dog), east of Nepessing Street, during festival hours

– Michigan National Guard Humvee Exhibit, Nepessing and Pine Streets, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-Arts & Crafts, Anrook Park along the river, 10am-9pm

-Optimist Beer Tent, next to Rogers Pharmacy, 10 a.m. to midnight

-Lapeer Days Festival Parade, east end of Nepessing Street, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

-Inflatables, courthouse lawn, 11 a.m.-dusk

-Giant Sandbox, Court Street, 12-6pm

-Lapeer Days Dunk Tank, Court Street, 12-8pm

-Helicopter tours, East Anrook Park, 12pm-9pm

-Tina’s Party Ponies, Clay Street, Noon-Dusk

-Carnival rides, parking lot behind Choice One Bank, noon-midnight

-Free face painting and balloon art, courthouse lawn, 1-5 p.m.

-Teddy Petty & The Refugees, main stage, 6:30-8pm

-Kougaran, main stage, 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

-Soul Asylum, main stage, 10:30 p.m.-midnight

Sunday August 21

– Public Safety Zone (City of Lapeer Police, Lapeer City Fire & Rescue, and Lapeer County EMS. Kids can take pictures with Andy the ambulance and Sparky the fire dog), east of Nepessing Street, during festival hours

-36th Annual John Monteleone Memorial Classic Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-Arts & Crafts, Anrook Park along the river, 10am-5pm

– Michigan National Guard Humvee Exhibit, Nepessing and Pine Streets, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-Inflatables, courthouse lawn, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

-Helicopter tours, East Anrook Park, 11am-6pm

-Faith Christian Family Church, main stage, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

-Free face painting and balloon art, courthouse lawn, 12-3 p.m.

-Tina’s Party Ponies, Clay Street, 12pm-5pm

-Lapeer Days Dunk Tank, Court Street, 12-5 p.m.

-Optimist Beer Tent, next to Rogers Pharmacy, 12-6 p.m.

-Giant Sandbox, Court Street, 12-6pm

-Carnival rides, parking lot behind Choice One Bank, 12-6 p.m.

-Lapeer Days Talent Showcase Finals, main stage, 4-5:30 p.m.

More information on each day’s events is available on the Lapeer Days website.

Free parking is available all weekend in downtown Lapeer. Auxiliary parking with a free shuttle will be available at Lapeer High School, 933 S. Saginaw St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Shuttle pickup will be every 20 minutes, with a drop off at the corner of Saginaw and Nepessing streets.

A Lapeer County EMS station will be located at the east end of Nepessing Street in the Public Safety Zone during festival hours.

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