Baraga Avenue Harvest Festival this weekend

An exciting new event hits the community Saturday thanks to the efforts of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

The event is the inaugural Baraga Avenue Harvest Festival, which will take place in the 100 block of that street. This celebration of autumn and its harvest will feature food by Marquette’s Eastside Originals, live music, a street dance, children’s activities, a “big wheels petting zoo” and more.

The event is scheduled to take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and will also include things like a chef’s stage featuring live cooking demonstrations; bobbing for apples, cookies and candy; a bean bag toss; corn husk doll making; a truck/heavy equipment “petting zoo”; and old-time cartoon movie shorts projected on the Marquette Regional History Center.

Children’s activities will be hosted by the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum and the Marquette Regional History Center.

In addition to the Eastside Originals Food Tent, there will be beer and wine tastings by Everyday Wines; an outdoor beer and liquor garden at Breakers Roadhouse; and a tea and dessert tent hosted by Marquette Baking Company, Dead River Coffee and Garden Bouquet and Design.

Music will come from the Plaid Billy Goats and State 51.

For more information, call 228-9475; visit; or check out the event’s Facebook page at

We thank the Marquette DDA for launching this new event which offers fun for the whole family, adding to the community’s tradition of being a great place to live.