Saturday Events

9am – 7pm
Sandcastle Building Extravaganza (at Howell City Park Beach)  Sponsored by Community Bible Church

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Doc May's 6th Annual Commemorative Melon Ride 2013  (Begins and ends at the historic Livingston County Courthouse, 200 E. Grand River)
A 15-mile bike tour through Howell culminating with a festival favorite - half-a-Howell Melon with a scoop of Melon Ice Cream inside. T-shirt included in price.
$15 pre-registered, $20 on site -
Sponsored by the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. BINGO at the State Street FESTIVAL TENT   Hosted by the Howell Knights of Columbus.  18 years of age and older.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Classic Car Show  

Registration on site, or by downloading here: Car Show Registration

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tours of the Historic Howell Train Depot Musuem
Sponsored by the   Howell Area Historical Society

12 Noon – 5 p.m.
Tours of 175th Anniversary First Presbyterian Church
Have you ever wondered about the lovely stone building with the towner across from the Howell Carnegie District Library? In honor of our175th anniversary as a congregation, and 100 years in the sanctuary. Founded on July 7, 1938, the church was housed in two different buildings before the cornerstone was laid for this structure on September 8, 1914. Sidney R. Badgley designed this church. He was a noted architect who had many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Come and discover the "Akron Place" of church architecture, learn the meaning behind the stained glass and interior painted decorations, and find out if there really is a bell in the bell tower! The church is accessible from the West Grand River main entrance stairway, while an elevator is available at the Sibly Street entrance. Services are held Sundays at 10 a.m.

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Picnic Area (Courthouse Lawn)

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Melon Ice Cream (Courthouse Lawn)
Sponsored by the Howell Rotary Club   To pre-order, see order form here: Howell Melon Ice Cream Order Form
It wouldn't be Melon Festival without authentic Howell Melon Ice Cream. The Howell Rotary Club will be selling melon ice cream prepared by the MSU dairy, in single serving cups, and pints to take home.

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Street Vendors and Fine Arts and Crafts Vendors
(Vendor booths run down the middle of Grand River from Michigan Avenue through Chestnut)

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Food Vendors & Eating Area (Walnut Street, north and south of Grand River Ave.)

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Kids Fun Zone (Michigan Avenue, North and South of Grand River Ave. & Peanut Alley)  Sponsored by First National Bank

9:30am – 9pm
Amphitheater Entertainment & Activities

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - High Flyers Exhibition
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.- Scribble the Sidewalks Chalk Art & Community Mural Sponsored by:
  • 2 pm - 4 pm  Livingston County Concert Band
  • 9:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m..
    Outdoor Family Movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sponsored by Dr. Thomas Kellogg, DDS   &  Countryside Veterinary Hospital

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT (Showmobile on Grand River Ave. at historic Livingston County Courthouse, 200 E. Grand River Avenue)

Sponsored by:

  • 10 am - 11:30 am  Harpbeat featuring Donna Novack
  • 12 Noon - 1:30 pm  Steve King & The Dittlies
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  MARK FARNER formerly of Grand Funk Railroad

*FREE* concert - bring your chair and enjoy the show!

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Train Rides from the Historic Train Depot Museum

Enjoy an hour long diesel train ride which departs from the historic Train Depot Museum. Presented by the Steam Railroading Institute.  Tickets may be purchased prior at: or buy on site.

Saturday 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m., Noon, and 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices:    12 years old and up $25,  1-11 years of age $15

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Used Book Sale (Howell Carnegie District Library)
Sponsored by the Friends of the Howell Carnegie District Library

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Art Show & Tours at the Opera House
Sponsored by the Livingston Arts Council

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Melon Patch - Activities on the Courthouse Lawn

  • 11 a.m - Bubble Gum Blow- children come and compete against others your age to blow the biggest bubble.
  • 12 noon - Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest Top finisher in each age category win a prize (under 10, 10-19, 20-39, 40-59, 60-79, over 80).
  • 2 p.m. - Watermelon Eating Contest
    **Thank you to of Howell for the donation of the Watermelons**
    Love watermelon and think you can eat more than anyone else. Here is your chance to prove it. Prizes for the winners in different age categories

12 noon – 4 pm “Lord of the Gourd” Melon Carving

2:30 - 11 p.m. State Street FESTIVAL TENT (on State Street, adjacent to the historic Livingston County Courthouse, 200 E. Grand River)

$10 Entrance Fee for 21 years of age and older, entrance fee include 3 tastings

Live Entertainment:

  • 2:30-4:30-The Bluecasters
  • 5-7 p.m. The Crutches
  • 5-9 p.m. Photo Booth and Nibbles by Buffalo Wild Wings
  • 9-11 p.m. Jill Jack. 

Craft Beers to sample: Wolverine Amber Lager, Wolverine Premium Lager, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Weizen, Guinness, Bass & Strongbow Cider.  White wines: Leelanau Winter White, Arbor Mist Raspberry Moscato & Fetzer Chardonnay.  Red wines: Walnut Crest Merlot, Walnut Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, & Fronterra Cabernet/Merlot.