What started as a jazz jam by the bay a decade ago has turned into Petoskeys biggest summer bash.
Nine years ago, it was suggested to the chamber that Petoskey develop a signature festival, explains Kathy Bardins, Festival Coordinator. Festival on the Bay was the result, and began as a jazz festival for the first two years. It developed into a regional/local music festival in the third year, with the goal to provide our visitors as well as our residents with a great three-day event.
THREE DAYS OF FUN
A great three-day event is an understatement where Festival on the Bay is concerned. The event has grown exponentially since its inception, and in the past five years has brought in more than 7,000 attendees, Bardins says.
The wide range of events is likely the reason; in addition to plenty of live music, Festival on the Bay offers sporting and water events and a concession midway.
The entertainment tent, which has an admission fee of $2, has a full schedule, and will be featuring such local favorites as Larry McCray, the Jelly Roll Blues Band, Charlies Root Fusion, Brent James and the Contraband, and the always-popular Steel Drum Band from Petoskey High School.
Even though $2 is a steal for all that music, Bardin explains that theres an even more economical way to take part in all that the festival has to offer.
We will also be selling Festival on the Bay buttons for $5, she says, those will cover both the entertainment tent admission and the kids area admission for the weekend.