Marketfest is a free family festival held in beautiful downtown White Bear Lake on Thursday evenings from mid-June to the end of July.

The annual summer festival runs Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm from mid-June to the end of July rain or shine. Each year Marketfest continues to attract locals and visitors who are interested in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere.

Local businesses and vendors (Over 130 of them) offer a wide variety of food (over 30 food vendors), merchandise, art, and handcrafted goods. And there are numerous activities for children including a petting zoo and games.

Listen to a live at the Gazebo or the 3rd street stage. Stroll though the downtown streets visiting local merchants and artists. Relax and enjoy a summer evening with family and friends.

Marketfest provides chairs at each stage location but they are limited - we encourage you to BYOC (Bring your own Chair) if you plan to watch the bands.

Marketfest would like to share and encourage White Bear Lake School District students to participate in the following opportunities:

Biz Kidz Week at Marketfest - Are you 8 - 18 years of age and have a business idea or product to sell or showcase? Marketfest is offering a free booth space to young entrepreneurs. All Biz Kidz will be promoted to the public through Marketfest publicity. This opportunity is open to White Bear Lake School District Students t July 7, 2016 at Marketfest. Biz Kidz applications can be found on the Marketfest Website: and are due by June 10, 2016.

Photographs - Marketfest is seeking amateur photographers to capture and record the event for use in future promotion. All photos will be credited. Winning photos will be announced at the end of the season and the winners will receive a prize.

Volunteer positions - Marketfest is seeking volunteers to help set-up, help during the event and clean up after the event. Some duties may include setting up chairs, road blocks, directing vendors, event internship, cleaning during the event and after. Each volunteer will receive an official Marketfest T-shirt and food coupons.

Stage Announcements/MC - Marketfest is looking for dynamic individuals to make announcements and introductions at the entertainment stages.

Event Intern - assist the Marketfest Director with event logistics on site during the event such as checking vendors in and helping them locate their booth, information distributed to volunteers etc.

Please contact Deb Stender, Marketfest Director for details for any of the above.

Marketfest 2016 Weekly Themes (all on 4th Street):
Manitou Days Musical Bears kick-off week- June 16th
  • History of WBL/Cake walk - June 26th
  • Bear - Hair, Wear & Fare Business Showcase - June 30
  • WBL Kidz in Biz - July 7
  • Health Fair - July 14th
  • Public Safety - July 21th
  • Resource Fair - July 28th

Marketfest 4701 Hwy 61, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Premier Sponsors

Kowalskis Markets

Grandma's Bakery

White Bear Lake Mitsubishi

Snap Fitness

White Beare Press

Car Show

Dale Grambush Farmers Insurance

Cities Credit Union

Frazer Automotive Service


Inspiration Performing Arts Center

Cotroneo's Wine and Spirits

The Farmer's Daughter

White Bear Smiles