August 2-4 Mount Mancelona Music Festival Relishing In The Local Harvest Called Pick-A-Chew Feastival Featuring Multi-Stages and Headlined By Bluegrass Legends Yonder Mountain String Band & Nature.

 Join the historic revival! Mount Mancelona after two years of work to save the historic 1952 then closed in 1984 community ski mountain is thrilled to announce our first of many annual festivals, fundraisers and community events with a purpose.


August 2nd- 4th Mt Mancelona Pick-a-Chew Feastival–Proceeds benefit our historic T-Bar repair and a special scholarship only for Youth 12-17 in age to attend our weekend kickoff Aug. 2-4 with rare behind the scenes access, and more to learn about the music and festival industry and to raise support for an annual Music, Empowerment, Outdoor Recreation, NO CELL PHONE Summer Camp call or email for our free youth ticket and “keep it weird with purpose” application 231-499-4968 MountMancelona@gmail.com


After 22 Microbrew and Music Festivals and hundreds of concerts and events over 20 years our growing team and Mancelona community members are thrilled to share this new Mountain venue and home for all arts, festivals, outdoor recreation and race events, family events, retreats and rentals and music with a long term sustainable in nature purpose to revive the historic 1952 built Mount Mancelona, and support the community developing this future four-season festival and event outdoor recreation paradise.


 “This is a celebratory gathering for all, especially families, to come and witness the amazing natural festival site and for our new friends, volunteers and local Mancelona community that helped us be here today.  Proceeds support our mission for the youth scholarship only Summer Camp, talented musicians, local economy and our developing purpose programs. This is a dream we have had for years with our award-winning food and music Festivals and now with Mount Mancelona, we can build it together.” – Sam Porter


Bluegrass, Rock, Jam, Funk, Drum & Bass, DJs, Americana, Country, Beatboxing, Blues, Kids Bands and Michigan bands all weekend with Saturday as the main event. The current growing music lineup includes:

•  Saturday headliner Yonder Mountain String Band (Bluegrass/Jam). For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.

•  Heatbox (Beatbox Funk Loop Master)

•  Arkansauce (Bluegrass)

•  Harper & The Midwest Kind (Didgeridoo Blues Rock)

•  Appleseed Collective (Washboard Progressive String Swing) 

•  Birds Of Prey (Bluegrass)

•  Les Older and The Ganga Gang 

•  Honorable Spirits

•  Loftteez (Folk, Indie, World),

•  Trent Breithaupt & Flower Island,

•  Pete Schumann (Folk, Rock, Country & Beatles to Prince)

•  Mt Mancelona Lodge Band (Surprise)

•  Silent Disco DJ Tent with 3 DJ channels for open DJ Mic led by DJ Dominate, DJ Ladybird, and many more playing 70s, 80s, 90s to today top Dance hits as well as EDM, Dub and original mash-ups on 3 DJ channels,

•  Acoustic & Open Mic Mountain Top Fire Stage for Sunsets and Rise

•  Kids Stage

•  Drum Kiva

•  Health and Wellness workshops with Shannon and Mother Firefly’s Healing offering Water Workshop (Release • Heal • Quantum Leap), Mitchel Doherty (Mens Group Gathering Workshop with Justin True offering Yin Yoga & Gong Bath Savasana, Suzy Adra PhD offering Yoga Flow & Shamanic Breath Work Class & Live Painting Energy Work, and more from Silent Disco Dance Meditation Technique Instruction to quiet sacred space at our Yoga/Mother Tree! 

•  Inside Lodge VIP Friends Of The Mountain Of Dreams Stage For Late Night Jams and Sessions

•  Music in the campsites and outdoor nature inspired activities in and around the historic Mount Mancelona 75 acres.

•  Enjoy hiking to the highest peak in the valley and to Joe's Bench for a sunset toast

•  Visit the Pond where you can catch frogs and crawfish in the artesian pond with a swim and future saunas and wood-fired hot tubs.

•  Sunday Blessing Of The Mountain Brunch with Music and regional Local Spiritual Leaders and bands with jam sessions.  

Activities & Transformational Experience In Nature Each Day:

•  Build your friends and family camps and explore!

•  Mountain Biking, Trail Running

•  Kids Zone with games, bouncy house, hay mountain, crawfish and frog hunt in the artesian pond, root beer tent, art & crafts from stained glass to friendship bracelets and fort to tipi construction.

•  Feast from our local fueled “Super Kitchen” Paella Chefs, BBQ, Ethiopian, Breakfast Of Champions, Vegan Chef Jamie Finerman with Monster Foods -Monster Foods strives to be conscious in regard to environmental, community, and individual health needs. There is a focus on local pesticide-free ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free options are always available. Inedible portions of vegetables are repurposed into a composting system and the cutlery is 100% biodegradable.. 

•  Join all the mountain outdoor recreation activities!

•  Arts and Vending and Local Farmers Market (NO VENDOR FEES and Join us!)

•  Yoga Tree that is near Lodge and our oldest Mother Tree where we will host health and wellness Programs

•  Workshops as well as Yoga, Tai Chi, Music, Meditation, H2O PH Workshops, Flow & Trance Silent Disco and more! 

•  Hiking All Over Mountain visiting the Fox Dens, Porcupine Tree, Pond, Mushroom Willows, Forests, Lichen Trails & Little Kids Maple Climbing Tree, Yoga Tree and Classes, Kids Game Zone, Mountain Top, Butterfly Valley, Mud Pie Pond, Collect Flowers and berries

•  Multiple Stages with our new Lodge Stage overlooking the mountain

•  Fortnite Dome led by local Mancelona Youth with Twitch Live Feed and “Camp-In” Movie Theater

•  Silent Disco DJ Tent

•  Historic Lodge Tours and Nature Guided Hikes

•  Roll Up Yer Sleeves and help the Ski Run Clearing Team (Free tickets for volunteers)

•  Poi & Fire Dancers & Performers (Free Tickets for Fire Performers!)

•  Outdoor Game Zone and competitions (Giant Connect Four, Horseshoes, Axe Throwing, Kan Jam, Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Croquet, Billiards, Ping Pong. Croquet)

•  Celebrate supporting our nonprofit The Good Work Collective reviving the “Mountain of Dreams”.Youth and Purpose Programs

•  RV, Camping, and Aerial Tentsile Tree Tents part of our future "Tip Toe Camps" protecting the forest floor and natural ecosystem and tents are available for rent or buy with training

•  All Ages activities and family walkabout adventures

•  Nature Hikes and Mountain Membership Tours for future Tree House, Yurts and Tiny House villages opportunities

•  Outdoor Recreation Adventures!

Nature! Wood Fired Hot Tub, Pond Swimming in Award-Winning Best Tasting Water In State and always Best in Region! 

•  Kids Music Mash-Up with the Birds Of Prey Band

•  ATV and trails galore around the region.

•  Regional Day Trips bike riding to local ice cream, parks and playground, Woods Of Mancelona for Root Beer and massive board game selection (Rentable) coffee gift and artist shop, Rapid River Butt Bumping, Jordan River Canoeing, Shanty Creek Golfing, and Hotel Rooms, Short Brewery and more all within 15 minutes of Mount Mancelona!


For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. YMSB—guitarist Adam Aijala, bassist Dave Johnston, banjo player Ben Kaufmann, Jacob Joliff on mandolin and violinist Allie Kral–has always played music of their own design, in the process attracting a devout following of fans that often resembles a tight-knit family on an epic musical journey as Yonder traverses the country with an ambitious tour schedule. Yonder is a quintessential ensemble honing its craft night after night on the road, and the fans are there to experience it in real time. The result is music that doesn’t stand still, it’s always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.

Yonder Mountain String Band’s last new album, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE (2017) is undeniably the Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit’s most surprising, creative and energetic studio excursion (of their 12 studio offerings) to date. Songs like “Chasing My Tail” and “Alison” are rooted in tradition but as current as tomorrow, animated by electrifying performance, vivid production, and the modernist power that has made Yonder one of the most popular live bands of their generation. Melding sophisticated songcraft, an irrepressible spirit, and remarkable instrumental ability, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE is a testament to Yonder Mountain String Band’s organic, dynamic, and intensely personal brand of contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana. Of the album, Rolling Stone said it’s “modern bluegrass and punctuated by genre-jumping excursions into world music, reggae and all points in between.” And having logged well over 2100 shows together, the band has amassed devoted fans and critical acclaim along the road, with Glide Magazine hailing them as “a cast of likable characters that let their joyous spirits and ace instrumental capabilities do the talking.”

The band has hit the road in 2019 armed with new material that will first get road-tested, and get the studio treatment later this year. This material will undoubtedly be in line with the what you’d expect from Yonder Mountain String Band: edgy and genre-defying music without boundaries.

Tickets include access to music, food, incredible nature and trails and all game and sporting activities. All can go for free with volunteering or contact us for scholarships. Camping sites are chosen by first tickets buyer holders and all sites are amazing with plenty of shade options, woods, open fields, power, car camping, family camping, mountain view and close to the music.

Tickets Overview

If you love good music, good food and good times then you have come to the right place! It's the perfect place to spend quality family time together this summer. Make sure you don't miss out on getting your tickets to our three-day extravaganza, jam-packed with incredible artists, delicious food and amazing chefs and plenty of live entertainment for the big & little festival-goers.

Tickets: FREE for volunteers or get tickets early to save!  Check out our Volunteer Spot Signup or Call 231-499-4968


  • 12 and under free, 12-18 $1/2 off Weekend does not include VIP.

  • Discounts for Locals Only with 49659 Area Code proof


General Admission

  • GA Camping Weekend Ticket $60  (first come first pick of many amazing camping villages)-

  • VIP Limited $150  (Friends of the Mountain with access to Lodge and special food and music sessions)

  • RV Pass $130 with power for any 20ft or over (does not include tickets)

  • GA Friday Ticket $20

  • GA Saturday $40

  • GA Sunday Blessing Of The Mountain $10 or $20 with Paella Brunch to save $.


“Trail Breaker” Races and Additional At Event Tickets

  •  “Trail Breaker” Mountain Bike Race - Free for youth under 12 under/$20 per rider donation (prizes include season ski pass)





The following items are strictly prohibited on Mt. Mancelona Property.

We reserve the right to search any vehicle and person upon entry, and thorough searches are conducted.

  • Weapons or violence of any kind

    • Either will result in immediate ejection from the property.

    • Mount Mancelona does not acknowledge open carry.  Contact 231-499-4968 with questions.

    • You are not permitted to bring in guns, knives or any other weapons.​

  • Illegal substances, drug use of any kind is strictly prohibited

  • Glass containers or glass beer bottles

  • Rage sticks, signs on poles—call them what you will—please refrain from bringing them into the main venue

    • They are potentially dangerous to surrounding attendees and block already compromised views for shorter folks. Remember, we’re all in this together.

  • Charcoal grills

    • Propane camp stoves are fine.

  • Campfires or open flame heaters

    • We will have multiple controlled large and small bonfires so bring smores! 

  • Paper lanterns

    • These are serious fire hazards in the national forest and any person caught doing so will be ejected. There have been charges of arson related to causes such as this.

  • Fireworks

  • Smoking – Please refrain from smoking around venue using the designated areas.  Please do not smoke in front of kids and help us make it a healthy atmosphere for all.

  • Drumming after midnight

    • Out of respect for the neighbors in our community and your neighboring campers who may want to sleep.

  • Unauthorized vending

  • Solicitation for petition signatures of any affiliation

    • These are not allowed along the entrance driveway, in the main venue or vendor village. You may, however, serenade attendees with songs of hope, protest, and kindness at will.

  • Laser pens or similar focused light devices

  • Loud recorded music

    • Because seriously, we’ve got you covered in the music department.

  • Generators

    • Except from noon to 10 p.m.

  • Motorized vehicles

    • Golf carts, ATVs, etc.—this applies to all areas: camping, parking, and the concert venue.  If you want to bring a golf cart for handicap reasons or to ride the surrounding Mancelona Trails please contact us for permission and process.  231.499.4968

  • Hunting

  • Vehicles in designated forested areas or fire lanes


Service dogs/animals:

Send a message to Sam@tentvenue.com for any questions regarding animals on the property.

  1. Contact us ahead of time if you will be bringing a service animal.

  2. Come with the appropriate paperwork—no exceptions. The person with disabilities being led or accompanied has to have in his or her possession a pictured identification card certifying that the dog was trained by a qualified organization or trainer. Guide or leader dog must be wearing a harness, a blaze orange leash and collar, hearing dog cape, or service dog backpack.—THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931.

  3. After you arrive with your service animal with the proper documentation, you will be camped in ADA camping for your own safety and convenience.

    4. Please clean up after your pets!



If you need to find accommodations for the weekend please contact us for options and great care!  231.499.4968


If you want to bike, hike, disc golf or other sport-related outdoor recreation please make sure to sign the waiver at the box office or information stations.  We want to keep this mountain for all to enjoy and it is a rustic untouched forest floor for nearly 60 years besides winter skiing between 1952-1984.  Treasure it and your impact and help us design the future!  Feedback welcome!


Access to the main venue is controlled and monitored by festival security. Here is a list of things to keep in mind when entering the main venue:



  • Low-backed chairs and blankets—behind sound pit only or see dancing area signs.  If you have tall chairs we may ask you to move to an area not blocking low backed chairs and seating (we have plenty of room for all!)

    • Please only bring chairs that don’t block the view of other music fans that are sitting on the ground. If you have tall lawn chairs, beach umbrellas or any other items that might impair the sight of other music fans please be considerate and relocate. No land grabbing! Blankets/chairs left overnight will be removed.

  • Empty water bottles

    • Free filling stations will be available in the venue.

  • Snacks

    • We will have amazing food for all including gluten-free, vegan and other options.


  • Outside alcohol with special events providing alcohol.  We are not selling alcohol so for now, it is BYOB festival style or check with us for specific details and please do not drink and drive.  

  • Video cameras or professional cameras with detachable lenses – Please contact 231.499.4968 for a media pass for professional photographers and media access.  

  • Bad attitudes, it is all about the mountain love ya’ll! 

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“This is a celebratory gathering for all, especially families, to come and witness the amazing natural festival site and for our new friends, volunteers and local Mancelona community that helped us be here today.  Proceeds support our mission for the youth scholarship only Summer Camp, talented musicians, local jobs and our developing family art and recreation historic Seagull Camp building restoration thanks to Charlevoix Township. This is a dream we have had for years with our award-winning food and music Festivals and now with Mount Mancelona we can build it together.” – Sam Porter