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Aug. 2nd- 4th Mount Mancelona Music and Food Pick-A-Chew Feastival! Celebrate reviving the historic ski Mtn with multi-stage music with Yonder Mountain String Band, feasts, art & outdoor rec., family activities galore & adult programming for all ages. "Trailbreaker" Mountain Bike, Trail Running to win season BC Ski Pass & take refuge in 75 acres of multi-habitat in natural experiences. RV, Camp or Glamp in epic settings.


August 2nd- 4th Mt Mancelona Pick-a-Chew Music and Food Feastival!!

Join the historic revival! Mount Mancelona after two years of work to save the historic 1952 community ski mountain is thrilled to announce our first of many annual festivals, fundraisers and community events with a purpose. Proceeds benefit our historic T-Bar repair and Youth Programs.


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 relaxed 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 youth programs, local economy, and our developing purpose projects. This is a dream we have had for years and now with Mount Mancelona, we can build it together but you have to see it to believe it.” – Sam Porter, Creative Alchemist and Festival Director

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 and MC for weekend!), Arkansauce (Bluegrass, Americana), Harper & The Midwest Kind (Didgeredoo Blues Rock) Appleseed Collective (Washboard Progressive String Swing) Les Older and Ganja Gang, Honorable Spirits, Birds Of Prey (Bluegrass) Trent Breithaupt & Flower Island, Loftteez (Folk, Indie, world) Pete Schumann (Folk, Rock, Country & Beatles to Prince) Mt Mancelona Lodge Band, (Surprise), Drum Kiva, 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 bonfire Mountain Top stage for Sunsets, Open Mic and Kids Stage, Drum Kiva, Fire Stage, 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 or catch frogs and crawfish in the artesian pond with a swim and see the future sauna or wood-fired hot tub vision. Sunday Blessing Of The Mountain Brunch with Music and regional Local Spiritual Leaders. Build your friends and family camps and explore the Historic Lodge, 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. Join all the mountain outdoor recreation activities, Kids Zone with games, bouncy house, crawfish and frog hunt in artesian pond, art & crafts, Fortnite Dome led by local Mancelona Youth and “Camp-In” Movie Theater, Silent Disco DJ Tent, Outdoor Game Zone and competitions (Horseshoe, Axe Throwing, Corn Horn, Kan Jam), and celebrate supporting our nonprofit The Good Work Collective reviving the “Mountain of Dreams”. RV & Camping, All Ages, Multiple Stages with our new Lodge Stage overlooking the mountain, Nature Hikes and Mountain Membership Tours for future Tree House, Yurts and Tiny House villages opportunities, Outdoor Recreation Adventures, Hiking, Mountain Biking, River Butt Bumping, Canoeing, and more.


Join all weekend our long-term dedication to health and wellness programs in nature to skill swaps and educational programs all weekend. 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!

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 likeable 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.


Weekend Activities Include:

Activities Each Day:


Bands and performers on multi-in-nature stages (Main Lodge Stage, Silent Disco Dome, Kids Stage, Yoga Tree Stage, Mountain Top Bonfire Stage, and Inside Lodge VIP Stage. DJs & Silent Disco Late Into Night, Main Stage for Bands, Open Mic, Kids Activities Galore, Hay Mountain, Arts and Crafts, Vending, Hike & Pick Berries and edibles, Mountain Bike & Trail Running, ATV and trails galore around region, Mount Mancelona Vision Tours to become members and investor opportunities, Game Zone (Giant Connect Four, Horseshoes, Axe Throwing, Kan Jam, Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Croquet, Billiards), Bonfires (No Ground Fires!) Chainsaw Ski Run Clearing, Yoga and Health and Wellness, Nature! Wood Fired Hot Tub, Pond Swimming in Award-Winning Best Tasting Water In State! 

Family Camp and activities include Bouncy House, Frog & Crawfish Catch, Hike To Mountain Top Sunset Bench, Arts & Crafts, Game Zone, Yoga Tree & Water Activities, Pick Berries, Bike, Swing, Dance, Play!


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.


www.mountmancelona.com Contact us at 231.499.4968 for talent enquires, food and arts vending, volunteer trade, scholarships, and sponsorship opportunities and to support our effort for this historic Mount Mancelona & community revival!


A Northern Michigan Music Festival at a historic ski resort known as Mount Mancelona celebrating Music, Food, Recreation, Community, & Sustainability.

Tickets can be purchased online at mountmancelona.com or mynorthtickets.com. Mount Mancelona is located 35 minutes from Traverse City at 2497 Ski Run Road, Mancelona, Michigan.




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Website: https://yondermountain.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yondermountain/ / @yondermountain

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/YonderMountain / @YonderMountain

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Tickets: FREE for volunteers or get tickets early to save!


·     12 and under free, 12-18 $1/2 off Weekend $37.50 Does not include VIP.

·     Discounts for Locals Only with 49659 Area Code proof at door!


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 $.


Donation Only “Trail Breaker” Races

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

·     “Trail Breaker” Trail Run Race - Free for youth under 12 2k-5k $20 suggested donation (prizes include season ski pass)

·     Custom Tentsile Aerial Tree Tent Package to buy or rent!  


Friends Of The Mountain VIP Weekend Camping Tickets - Includes historic Mt Mancelona Lodge meet and greets and parties, backstage view of the main stage, private bathrooms, showers, Lodge Special food sessions, private Live From The Lodge Stage shows, pool table, wood-fired hot tub, indoor giant fireplace and lounging and more. 


RV Ticket is $130 GA per RV plus tickets and includes power hookup and an amazing peaceful site overlooking future main stage. 


Mt Mancelona is 35 minutes from Traverse City 15 minutes from Bellaire, Shorts Brewery Chain O Lakes, Epic Golf and Mountain Biking and a 1 Mile cruiser bike ride from the historic town of Mancelona. Join us to experience music, share your talents, feast, camp, and be the first to see this mountain vision throughout the incredible natural multi-habitat 100 acres of Mt Mancelona.


Contact us with ideas, art and food vending, perform, questions or interest at [email protected] for quick answers or call 231 499 4968 to connect!

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Join us in co-designing with the community the future ideas and recreation courses for great mountain bike, disc golf, ski, hike, trail running, zip lines and drone racing courses and even a winter ice-climbing event for 2019. Mount Mancelona is an important future economic driver for the region and dedicated to youth empowerment, manufacturing startups, and building hundreds of jobs driving millions into the regional economic fabric. Get ready to dance, dine, and celebrate the new old Mt Mancelona revival!

Amazing unique camping options include on the future 20,000++ capacity Main Stage Amphitheater with an antique organ for piano players, Upper Deck of Amphitheater for RVs and Power, Family Camp next to lodge and game zone, Pines, Bottom of Mountain Bowl facing the stage and other campsites we are building. 

www.mountmancelona.com Contact us at 231.499.4968 for talent enquires, food and arts vending, volunteer trade, scholarships, and sponsorship opportunities and to support our effort for this historic Mount Mancelona & community revival!

A Northern Michigan Music Festival at a historic ski resort known as Mount Mancelona celebrating Music, Food, Recreation, Community, & Sustainability.

Tickets can be purchased online at mountmancelona.com or mynorthtickets.com. Mount Mancelona is located 35 minutes from Traverse City at 2497 Ski Run Road, Mancelona, Michigan.

Find us on social media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mountmancelona/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mountmancelona/

Films and Tools


The Mount Mancelona Vision (Extended) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc8pLbzn0CE

The Mount Mancelona Vision (Short) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5juLOsSbw0

"Live at the Lodge" Teaser Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Taiy3zZB_yQ

**Please watch this interview from the Township Supervisor Chuck Johnson who has been very supportive of our efforts like our endorsements from the Township, Antrim County, Mancelona City Mayor, Traverse City Rotary, Marsha Smith, and Jason Allen (past senator now Director of Michigan Agriculture & USDA) to name only a few. 

Mancelona Township Supervisor Supporting the Vision for Mount Mancelona - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC8so7E-gr8

Recap from the first concert with Billy Strings on Nov 26 (sold out at 600 early). https://vimeo.com/244696477/7038649aff

Here is a touching film focused on our local veterans for the July 13-15 Festival. Mount Mancelona's Partnership with the Forgotten Eagles, a local Veteran's Support Group – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWGXANZTpeE

Here are some of our years of events and work with Tent Venue & Porterhouse Productions.   Films here touch on our internship work to our youth empowerment Anti Bully & Get Kids Active Silent School Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGJQsvqy6_I as well as our rare SaddleSpan tent productions, Symphony 2.0, Silent Disco, Michigan Music and Mentors and more. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrRw-d17tXhyXKfPSu-bvw

Venue Information

2497 Ski Run Road
Mancelona, MI 49659
(231) 499-4968
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Organizer Information

Mount Mancelona

2497 Ski Run Road
Mancelona, MI 49659

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