Manitou Days

A summer festival with something for everyone!

A White Bear Lake tradition since 1967

In 1967 the White Bear Chamber of Commerce started Manitou Days, a tradition that has carried on for more than four decades. Since the beginning, the annual festival served to bring the community together.Events are planned in the downtown area as well as the White Bear Shopping Center, on the lake itself, at Memorial and Ramsey County Beaches, and the area schools.

Over the years the festival enthusiasm ebbed and flowed while sponsors and volunteers were difficult to find.

Manitou Days Fishing Contest

Manitou means spirit in the Dakota language

That is according to the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. To learn more about the Legend of White Bear Lake, visit the City of White Bear Lake or the White Bear Area Historical Society.

Manitou Days Parade Drummers
Manitou Days Ski Otters Team

A new spirit

In 2005 the Chamber chose to retain the Grande Parade activities but relinquish the events  to a committee of volunteers.

That group of volunteers returned the festivals to a ten day event in June, reviving past events like the Community Pool Party at the YMCA, an Art Fair at the White Bear Shopping Center, Tours of the Fillebrown House as well as adding a few new ones including Disc Golf tournament at Lakewood Hills Park and a Class A Sailing Regatta on the lake.

The following year the Chamber decided to pass the parade to the committee of volunteers as well. In 2006 White Bear Events was formed to coordinate Manitou Days and other events throughout the seasons. That year events continued to expand, community members and local organizations responded enthusiastically.


City of White Bear Lake

Located 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul, this community of 25,000 maintains its own distinct small-town charm. Learn more about the City of White Bear Lake.

Downtown White Bear Lake Main Street Inc.

Downtown White Bear Lake Main Street Inc. is committed to promoting and improving the quality and diversity of local businesses. Efforts include economic, cultural and recreational development.

Explore White Bear

Explore White Bear is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the White Bear area as a destination for tourism. Annual projects include the Manitou Days Beach Dance and the Spirit of Tourism Award.


Marketfest is a free family festival in beautiful downtown White Bear Lake. Held every summer, it features live entertainment, fine art, delicious food, kid’s activities, a farmers market and more!

Press Publications

Press Publications is a family-owned local newspaper focused on delivering the news for the Northeast suburbs of Minneapolis/St.Paul. Get updates on schools, government, sports and community events.

White Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber serves as a community leader fostering projects and programs that will promote the economic health, welfare, and development of business in the White Bear area.

White Bear Lake Library

White Bear Lake’s library is part of the Ramsey County Library services. It serves the community with events for all ages with the support of staff and volunteers.

White Bear Area Historical Society

For over 40 years, the historical society has been dedicated to preserving and sharing stories of White Bear Lake. Join them for guided-walk or boat tours, self-guided tours and special events.
Manitou Days Volunteers

We need your help!

We are always looking for volunteers who would like to help make this year’s Manitou Days the best yet! Let us know if you’re interested in joining our group.