Each year in April as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts its thaw, Festival of The Angry Bear comes out of hibernation and takes over Spring Street in downtown Marquette. Modeled after some of the great beer festivals of Europe, the festival is a showcase of barrel aged beer, live music, delicious food and community involvement. It truly is a celebration of spring, or rather the transition between winter and the 9 months of bad snowmobiling here in the U.P., though the real star of the show is our Angry Bear, Flanders Brown ale. A carefully blended and aged Belgian sour, the Angry Bear doesn’t hibernate alone. She always brings a few of her barrel aged friends along to join in the party. And as our stash of Angry Bear grows with each passing year, so too does the festival. Expect even more beer, more music, more food, and more fun to be had on Spring Street in 2017!

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

General Information: Free admission. Due to growing attendance and corresponding capacity limitations, the festival will now be 21+ after 7 p.m. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Beer: Stay tuned for a beer line-up and preview pics of this year’s festival cup, heading your way soon! Rather than fumble with tokens and to avoid a mountain of plastic debris, this year’s attendees must purchase a festival cup, used to enjoy the various libations of the day. Options range from cool to super cool.

Music Line Up: With two stages and music in the tent until midnight, the 2017 line up includes:

The Organ Grinders
Steve Leaf & the Ex Pats
Frank and Da Beanz
Not Quite Canada
Barbarossa Brothers
Strung Together
Mike Waite


This special Festival of the Angry Bear edition of Science on Tap is titled “The Buzz About Bees: Lessons About Alchemy, Sustainability and Community”, presented by Melissa Hronkin, owner of Algomah Meadery and honeybee advocate. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the community space. Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series held on the second Thursday of every month hosted by Northern Michigan University’s Biology Department.

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