Concerts & Live Music

Marquette is home to an eclectic mix of artists and performers, creating a spectrum of music events to check out during your stay. Exploring the local music scene is a great way to engage with the local culture here in Marquette. Here is your one-stop guide to the key festivals you do not want to miss this year.

Live Music

Throughout the year, many local restaurants and venues feature a variety of regional and local musicians and performers. Ore Dock Brewing Co. hosts live music nights and comedy shows throughout the week. 

If you are visiting Marquette in the summer, catch a performance by the historic Marquette City Band. The band has been performing since 1887. Each season, the band hosts music performances at Presque Isle Park and Mattson Lower Harbor Park. 

Marquette Area Blues Fest

Hosted annually during Labor Day weekend, the Marquette Area Blues Fest is a fun music and arts festival for the whole family. The festival includes live performances, local food and beverages, craft breweries, art workshops, dancing, and more. The event is hosted at Mattson Lower Harbor Park and helps support blues music and culture in Marquette. 

Hiawatha Music Festival

A celebration of traditional American music, the Hiawatha Music Festival not only highlights the various local musicians in Marquette but aims to educate the community on traditional American art. The music festival is hosted in July and includes a variety of dance and musical performances. The Hiawatha Music Festival is one of the many great opportunities to acknowledge the local heritage here in Marquette.

Music on Third

Every summer the sidewalks of Third Street in Downtown Marquette erupt into a festive mix of local musicians. Music on Third occurs every third Thursday, from July through September. The music fest features over 15 local bands and helps promote local businesses and the community downtown. The event is free and offers fun for all ages.