Harbor Fest offers wide variety of music, food, fun

MARQUETTE – Tickets will be available at the gate for Friday’s Marquette Rotary West Harbor Fest 2013 in Mattson Lower Harbor Park with fabulous summer weather in the forecast: highs 72 to 77 and lows of 50 to 55.

“It looks like our forecast order is in and Friday night looks to be a beautiful night for a wonderful concert,” said Jamie Tomczyk, event co-chair along with Matthew Bero. “There will be a fish boil, beer and some great tunes.

“People should come on down to enjoy some wonderful music.”

Friday’s featured event is the Bob Dylan Tribute Band; Highway 61 Revisited concert which begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the gate for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. A family ticket (two adults, two children) is $45.

The Black Rocks House Band opens the musical portion of the evening at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket holders will be able to purchase on the grounds items from food vendors from 5 to 9:30 p.m. as well as craft beer and wine from 5 to 10:30 p.m. in the Rotary tent.

For $15, concert attendees can purchase any remaining tickets for the Marquette Breakfast Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner: Farm to Fork Traditional Fish Boil, which takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meal includes a traditional Lake Superior fish boil or a chicken filet along with potatoes, salad, dessert and a soft drink. Beer and wine will be available for an additional charge.

Harbor Fest continues Saturday with Family Day and Reunion Night, with no admission charge. Events include a car show and all sorts of activities related to boats and boating, including: Wooden watercraft will be on display; free demonstrations on boat building and paddling styles, among other topics, will be offered; children’s hands-on workshops will take place; and noted singer, songwriter and tall ship captain Tom Kastle will take to the stage from 1 to 3 p.m.

Music will be a big part of Saturday, as well, with local rock band Drive hitting the stage at 6 p.m., followed by performances by Tret Fure and the reunited Walrus.

Tomcyzk said Harbor Fest – which formerly was called Seafood Fest and has raised more than $600,000 for local charity through the years – receives great support from a number of businesses.

“Harbor Fest would not be possible without the support of our sponsors,” she said. “That includes Lundin Mining, The Landmark Inn, The Point, The Bay, The Eagle, Biolife, Frei Chevy, JP Electric and Vangos.”

For more information, visit marquetterotarywest.org online.