Bridgefest was organized to celebrate the
Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which officially opened in 1959. The Bridge is
a vital link between the communities of Houghton and Hancock, and is a
gateway to the rest of the historic Keweenaw Peninsula.
Lake Superior Magazine and
LakeSuperior.com named Bridgefest as "Best Festival" in its 2016
Best of the Lake Awards.
The weekend celebration includes a wide range of
events including outdoor concerts, sporting events, and the annual
Bridgefest parade and Jon Davis Memorial Fireworks. The waterfront
is a scenic venue in which to browse exhibits from local artisans,
as well as a place to grab a quick snack in between the many activities. Sponsored by the
Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Bridgefest provides a
variety of delicious foods and beverages in the Ray Kestner
Waterfront Park on Friday and Saturday. To learn more about the
history of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, you can visit the
City of Houghton's Historic Tour online or browse the
City of Hancock's history.