Salt City Rock & Blues FAQs

General Festival Information

Where and what time do the gates open each day?

Smoke on the Water
First Street Beach 4:00P.M

First Street Beach 12:00P.M.

What accessibility accommodations are available at the event?

Handicapped Parking, restrooms and wheel chair accessible seating will be available.

Can we bring in coolers?

No. Coolers or any outside food or drink are not allowed.

Can I leave and re-enter?

No, you may not leave and re-enter.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, the Lost and Found will be at the Main Gate.

How do I contact the festival?

You can contact us by email at or by phone number: 231.655.1395

SCRB Festival Health Policy

We follow CDC recommendations. At this time masks are recommended, but optional.

Permitted items.

  • Portable chairs
  • Blankets
  • Only a clear Ziploc bag can be brought in with personal items. 


Prohibited items? (SOTW and Laborfest)

  • Weapons of any kind.  Concealed weapons are not allowed regardless of whether the  holder has a valid CCW permit. 
  • Coolers
  • Alcohol 
  • Drugs of any kind, including cannabis
  • Backpacks
  • Purses
  • Umbrellas, beach or otherwise
  • No re-entry after 8 PM 


Parade Information

When is the Laborfest parade?

  • The Laborfest parade will be held on Saturday, September 3rd and starts at 12:30p.m.


Where is the route?

  • The parade route starts at the Manistee Armory and ends at the Manistee Lions Pavilion. 


Can anyone participate in the parade?

  • Yes, just meet at the Manistee Armory and find a Salt City Rock and Blues representative and they will set you up. 


Lineup & Schedule

Who are all of the artists?

Smoke on the Water
Sufferin’ Suckotash
The Downtowners
Project ‘Stee
Big Slip Daddy
Perfect Strangers

Jake Kershaw
Here Come the Mummies

I’m a band/artist. How can I play the festival?

Please use the contact form on our website. Send any videos/audio links for our review.

Is there a schedule for performances?

Yes! View Smoke on the Water schedule here. View the Laborfest schedule here.

Will there be kids programming this year?

LaborFest is an all-ages event. However, Smoke on the Water is a 21 and older event.

Travel Information

Are there Hotel packages?


How do I get to the Festival?

The location is Douglas Park, First Street Beach -Manistee, MI- Right by the Lion.

Will shuttles be available?

Yes- Shuttles from our own Manistee Dial-A-Ride will be available free of charge?

Ticket Information

When do tickets go on sale?

Both events- May 2nd.  Pre-Sale Ends July 14th. 

Where can I purchase my tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online or from the following locations in Manistee:


T.J.’s Pub

Sports Ink

Manistee County Visitors and Convention Bureau

Wild Wild West 


Do I have to be 21 to purchase tickets?

Smoke on the Water is a 21 or older events- ID will be checked at the gate

LaborFest is an all ages event.

Who do I contact if I have issues purchasing tickets online?

Please call 231-510-3475 or email

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