Other Attractions


Friends of the Library Book Sale

- Thursday, August 15th - 5pm-7:30pm
for Friends member only (Friends memberships will be available to purchase at the door starting at 4:30pm)

- Friday, August 16th - 10am-6:30pm
- Saturday, August 17th - 10am-4:30pm
- Sunday, August 18th - 12pm-4pm
- Monday, August 19th - 10am-6:30pm ($1 bag sale)

Howell Carnegie Library, 314 W Grand River Ave

Find your new favorite book while supporting your local library at this great annual used book sale!  

Summer Reading Program End of Summer Finale Party
-Presented by
the Howell Carnegie Library

Friday, August 16th - 4pm-6:30pm

Howell Carnegie Library, 314 W. Grand River Ave & The Hive Youth Services Center, 214 N. Walnut St.

From 4:00pm-6:30pm the library will be hosting their end of summer party with activities in the Library and on The Hive lawn. Everything is open to the public! There will be glitter tattoos, a snow cone machine, and a craft as well as all the carnival inflatables.

See more information about the Kids Inflatable area here!

Concert at the Courthouse - Steve King & The Dittilies
- Presented by the Livingston Arts Council

Friday, August 16th - 7pm-9pm

Historic Howell Courthouse Amphitheater

A variety of local area musicians take center stage every Friday night throughout the summer on the Courthouse lawn! This concert series is free, family (and pet)-friendly featuring rock, folk and blues entertainment. We’re proud to celebrate 21 years of bringing music to the masses! Join them during the Howell Melon Festival for a free concert by Steve King & The Dittilies.

Big Orange Chairs
- Presented by Renewal By Andersen

Friday, August 16th - ALL DAY
Saturday, August 17th - ALL DAY
Sunday, August 18th - ALL DAY

The Howell Carnegie Library Lawn

Always a popular selfie spot - our Big Orange Chairs are returning for another year at the Howell Melon Festival!  Be sure to stop by The Howell Carnegie Library Lawn and take a picture!


Howell Melon Festival Scavenger Hunt
- Presented by Howell Area Parks & Recreation -

Saturday, August 17th - All Day
Sunday, August 18th - All Day

Corner of Michigan Ave. & Grand River. at the Howell Melon Festival Info Tent.

Come be a part of this fun Melon Festival themed scavenger hunt! The fun starts at the Howell Melon Festival Info Tent where you can download our app and learn all about the scavenger hunt.

*Limited to the first 50 participants/teams only.

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Crazy Craig

Saturday, August 17th - 3PM-6PM
Sunday, August 18th - 12PM-3pM

Strolling throughout the festival

Hold on to your seats! Crazy Craig, a world-wide family comedy variety juggler extraordinaire has wowed his audiences of all ages for fifteen years as well as peppered his performance with positive messages of following your passion, never giving up on your dreams, and the continuation of learning new things every day. Be sure to check him out Saturday and Sunday as he performs around the Howell Melon Festival!

Livingston Lamplighters Barbershop Chorus

Saturday, August 17th - 2:30pm

The Livingston Lamplighters Barbershop Chorus will be strolling around the festival performing some classic barbershop hits on Saturday during the Howell Melon Festival! Be sure to check them out

Classic Car Show
- Presented by the Howell Area Historical Society

Saturday, August 17th - 10am-2pm

E. Grand River Ave. near the Historic Howell Courthouse

Join us right in the middle of Grand River on Saturday for the annual Howell Melon Festival Classic Car Show!  All classic vehicles are welcome.

The first fifty entrants will receive bags with gifts and dash plaques
First, Second, and Third-Place plaques will be awarded.

Cost: $10 to register your car / $15 the day of

For show registration and festival information, visit: www.howellareahistoricalsociety.org

Water Wars
- Presented by Autolab

Saturday, August 17th - 12pm-5pm
Sunday, August 18th -  12pm-5pm

The Hive, 214 N. Walnut St.

Cool off at the Howell Melon Festival with Water Wars - our giant water balloon battle for people of all ages!  Use the two giant slingshots to hurl water balloons at your opponent in this frantic one on one game!  It's a great way to stay cool so be sure to check it out at The Hive.

Imagination Playground Blocks

Saturday, August 17th
Sunday, August 18th

Near the Howell Carnegie Library

Kids will love playing on the Imagination Playground Blocks! This fun kid-centered playground features bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. They inspire children to design their own inventions, environments and activities. Come check out the fun on Saturday and Sunday during the Howell Melon Festival!

Doggie Cooling Station
- Presented by VCA Countryside Animal Hospital of Howell

Saturday, August 17th - 9am-8pm
Sunday, August 18th - 9am-5pm

W. Grand River Near the Howell Carnegie Library

Our canine friends need to stay hydrated too so we're happy to announce our Melon Festival Doggie Cooling Station is here to help man's best friend!  Here dogs can cool off with a drink of cold water and rest up before heading back to the festival.  Be sure to check it out on Grand River right next to the Canine Stars Dog Show!


Farmer's Market
- Presented by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, August 18th - 9am-4pm

E. Grand River Ave.

Be part of a fun, local tradition right at the heart of the festival!  The Howell Farmer’s Market  features the finest in locally grown produce, bedding plants, flowers, homemade goods and crafts.  Come shop local and join in the fun Sunday morning! 

Centerpointe Church Service
- Presented by Centerpointe Church

Sunday, August 18th - 10am-11am

Historic Howell Courthouse Amphitheater

Join Centerpointe Church at the Courthouse Amphitheater on Sunday morning for their outdoor service and live music!

Polynesian Dancers of Michigan

Sunday, August 18th - 12:00pm-12:45pm & 1:45pm-2:30pm

S. Center Street Inside the Festival Tent

There will be 4 hula dancers who will be performing including audience participation (Hula and Tahitian lessons). One of the dancers will be Michigan Moana.

Floatin' Down Grand River
- Rootbeer Provided by

Sunday, August 18th - 1pm (while supplies last)

S. Center St. Inside the Festival Tent

We're going back to the good ole' days of the soda shops with these classic root beer floats served right out of our festival tent!  Come get a tasty root beer float served out of a signature Melon Festival mug that's yours to keep.  These floats are served on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to come early.


Country Kickers Line Dancing Performance

Sunday, August 18th - 2pm

Howell Courthouse Amphitheatre

See the Country Kickers perform some live line-dancing at the courthouse amphitheatre!

Info Booth
- Presented by
Howell Area Parks & Recreation

- Hospitality Sponsor Bob Maxey Ford

Saturday, August 17th - All day
Sunday, August 18th - All day

Corner of Grand River & Michigan Ave.

If you have any questions about the Howell Melon Festival, the Information Center at the the corner of Grand River and Michigan Ave. is the place to go.  Our Melon Festival experts will be standing by to answer your questions all weekend long so be sure to drop by.