Each year the committee takes on the task of creating a schedule of events that will be enjoyed by the entire community. We strive to make the entire festival weekend FREE to our community and to be very family friendly.  This year you will notice there are some new activities that were suggested by community members and of course some traditional activities are back as well.

 We invite you to get out get involved.  Try something new.  Enjoy the weekend.

We welcome you to Carson City Frontier Days 2023 and hope that you enjoy yourself throughout the weekend.


To view the schedule:

2023 Frontier Days Schedule

Community Picnic


Friday Night Kick-Off

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We are excited to welcome back the Community Picnic for the 2023 Frontier Days Festival.  The Community Picnic will be on Friday evening, June 2nd. The feedback from this change last year was extremely positive so we are keeping the picnic Friday evening.  

The Community Picnic will be held Friday, June 2nd at 5:00 p.m. at Haradine Park.  The picnic will officially kick off the beginning of the 51st Carson City Frontier Days Festival.  Gather your family, lawn chairs, and a blanket and head to the park for a great evening of fun.

While at the picnic you will be able to enjoy the beautiful walking trails or find a cozy spot on the banks of Fish Creek to catch up with family, friends, and neighbors.  We will have our D.J. Dave Klienhardt with us to play great music throughout the night.

Our traditional Duck Race will take place at 6:30 p.m. down Fish Creek.  Make sure you purchase a ticket or two from the Frontier Days staff for only $5.  The ducks will begin their swim near the north bridge and the first three ducks that reach the covered bridge will be declared the winners and will receive a cash prize.  There are a limited number of tickets, so make sure you get yours and join in the fun.

The Community Picnic is always a great night for our community.  It is a great way to bring the residents of Carson City together to celebrate.  Haradine Park is the place to be on June 2nd.  There will be plenty of food and fun for everyone.  We hope to see you there.

Make sure to stay after the picnic to watch the balloon launch and glows from the park as well.

* Festival shirts, pins, and the family scavenger hunt will be available at the picnic as well *



The Grand Parades

The 2023 Frontier Days festival will be hosting The Grand Parade this year.  We hope the entire community will come down to Main Street Carson City with their lawn chairs/blankets to pick their favorite spot to watch the parade.  It will be fun for the entire family.

The Grand Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m.  This year the parade route will be from the corner of Linden and Willams Streets to Main Street.  It will continue to travel down Main Street to the east and turn north at Michigan 1 Community Credit Union.  The parade will end at Carson City-Crystal High School.

Registration forms are available online and also will be available the day of the parade.   Everyone is welcome to participate.  We ask all participants to go to line up at the corner of Mercantile and Garfield Streets.  Volunteers will be there to direct you to your spot.  We ask that if you want our announcer to mention your business name or details about you entry that you fill out an entry form either online or the day of the parade.

*There will not be a Buckaroo Parade in 2022 due to lack of participation, but all are welcome to participate in the Grand Parade.*

Parade Entry Form


Parade Float
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This year Carson City Frontier Days is packed with a variety of entertainment options for visitors to enjoy.

Music by Kevin Schaffer

71060866 1115478045323612 4131281655648223232 nWe are excited to welcome Kevin Schaffer to Carson City Frontier Days on Saturday, June 3rd.  Kevin will be preforming at the launch field on Saturday evening (West Park/Fort Frontier Park) from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

At 26 years old, Kevin Schaffer is making noise in the West Michigan music scene, as an up-and-coming Country/Rock singer and songwriter.  He has made appearances all around Michigan entertaining guests.  Visit his Facebook page to see what he has been doing.



Food Trucks Return!

The third annual Food Truck Rally will be back for the 2023 festival. Food Trucks will be ready to fill your stomachs Friday, June 2, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   The Food Truck Rally will be located in the parking lot directly behind the Shell Station at the corner of Division and Main Street  We invite the entire community to head downtown to enjoy the food from our visiting trucks.  Grab a bite.  There is something for everyone.

There will be a tent with plenty of seating for you to sit and enjoy the fabulous food from our visiting food trucks.  

There are lots of great options for you.

The food trucks scheduled to come are:

Tethered Balloon Rides

To celebrate 50 years of Carson City Frontier Days, we are offering a very special event.  On Friday (June 2nd) and Saturday (June 3rd) evenings at Fort Frontier Park we will be offering tethered hot air balloon rides.  For all of you who have wondered what it would be like to go up in a balloon, here is your chance.

screen shot 2022 01 17 at 4.58.21 pmA tethered ride is a shorter experience than a typical fight where the balloon is anchored to the ground. You go up about 50 to 75 feet in the air for approximately a 5-minute experience. You will have an FAA certified pilot in the balloon basket with you. This is a great way to get the experience of flying in a hot air balloon.

These rides will be given on a first come first serve basis.  The number of people that can go up at a time depends on weight of passengers.  Children five years of age and over can participate in a tethered ride, but a parent or legal guardian must be with them at all times.  Remember that hot air balloon burners are hot and make loud sounds so if your child is easily frightened, you may want to wait until they are a bit older to participate.

Tickets can be purchased at Fort Frontier Park prior to the flight.  Ticket prices are $20 for 13 year olds on up and $10 for 12 year olds and under.  All participants must sign a waiver of liability and pay their fee at the registration table.  Cash is the only form for ticket payment.



5K Glow Run/Walk

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Carson City Frontier Days and The Carson City Community Corporation are working together to bring a 5K Glow Run/Walk to Frontier Days on Friday, June 3rd.  To get registered, please go to Early registration ends May 20th.  RUN or WALK to get signed up now!

Packet pick up for the 5K will begin at 7:30 p.m. on June 2nd under the pavilion at Haradine Park.  Kids races will begin at 8:15 with the 5K Glow Run/Walk beginning at 9:00 p.m. The race route will start in Haradine Park and will use the connector trail to Grove Park and nearby city streets returning once again to Haradine Park for the finish.

Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each age division.

We would like to thank Sparrow Carson Hospital for sponsoring this event this year.  We would also like to thank Hull Dairy Farm for the after race refreshments.


Weekend Activities

There are plenty of activities that you can participate in throughout the weekend. These activities have become newer traditions that the community enjoys and continue to ask to have them return.

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On Saturday, June 4th, two inflatables will be on site for kids to enjoy.  There will be an obstacle course and a bounce house.  These are completely free to the community.  Inflatables will be in operation from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the corner of Sherman and Division Streets.  Get ready to have some fun!



Family Scavenger Hunt

(pick up at Festival Tent on the corner of Sherman and Division Streets or at the Community Picnic).

Kids Grab and Go Crafts

(pick up at Festival Tent on the corner of Sherman and Division Streets)

Frisbee Golf

Bring your own frisbee to Grove Park.  The course is ready for you.


Saturday Market Place

Craft Show

We are currently in the process of accepting applications for the Marketplace Craft Show for the 2023 Frontier Days celebration.  This is an outside event along Sherman Street near our downtown area.  The event will be a one day event on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

If you have questions concerning the Craft Show, please contact Whitney at or fill in the application below.
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So Much To Do

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Carson City Frontier Days, Inc
PO Box 293
Carson City, MI  48811