Kaleva was founded by Finnish settlers and many of its streets boast Finnish names. The Bottle House Museum, built with 60,000 glass bottles by John Makinen, is listed on the National Historic Register. It is owned and operated by the Kaleva Historical Society and houses historical displays. Another landmark in Kaleva is the RR Depot Museum which houses railroad artifacts and displays.
Here were the highlights from 2017. Activities are held at the park, unless otherwise stated.
Craft Show and Vendor Booth Sales.
Baseball & Softball games, ball field.
Fishing Contest, Osborn's Sport Shop.
Community Yard Sales.
Kaleva Library 50th Anniversary Open House.
Kaleva All-School Class Reunion, Big Bear Sportsman's Club.
Music by Incognito.
Music by Powerplay.
Finnish Line 5k run/walk, Kaleva Bethany Lutheran Church.
Benzie Manistee Snowbirds Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet.
Music by Awesome Distraction.
Kaleva Days Book Sale.
Kaleva Days Car Show.
Antique Tractor Show.
Kids Fun Pet Parade.
Finnish Wife Carrying Contest.
Music by The Duo- Tim K. and Tony D.
Music by The Kountry Kickers.
Peace Love Music.
Music by Twice Shy.
Fireworks, ball field behind the park.
Community Church Services & Music by Salt City Dixieland Band.
Big Bear Sportsman's Club Chicken Dinner.
Music by Stephen MacNeil Bag Pipes.
Music by Tangle Eye
Grand Parade, through town.
www.kalevami.com or Kaleva Days on Facebook