80s Fest FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions...

AGES: Friday- all ages are welcome but it's a bar atmosphere so it may not be suitable for all ages. 17 & under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 12 and under are free with an adult. Saturday is 21 & over only.


TICKETS: Tickets are on sale on the TICKETS tab of this website, and they will also be available at the door.

WEATHER: The event is held in a large pavilion with garage doors all around. There is heat if needed and doors all around can be raised if needed.

PARKING: Parking is free. There is a softball tournament going on in the park the same weekend, so festival parking is availble only in the grass lot next to the grounds. Only handicap needs will be allowed in the small paved lot.

BEST DRESSED CONTEST: You must register at the Mix 106.3 radio station booth (next to the DJ) for this contest.

SHUTTLES: The FREE shuttles are bright colored school buses from "Midnight Madness" and will be doing a constant loop between ALL Frankenmuth hotels (and Jellystone RV Park), ALL Birch Run hotels (and Pine Ridge RV) and the Festival. Please wait outside the main entrance of your hotel so they see you, or they may not stop! The shuttles will run starting a half hour before opening and until everyone is gone from the festival.

Bavarian Inn Lodge, One Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989) 652-7200
Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark, 1365 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (844) 296-5197
Drury Inn and Suites - Frankenmuth, 260 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989) 652-2800
Fairfield Inn & Suites Frankenmuth, 430 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989) 652-5000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Frankenmuth, 926 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989) 652-8100
Marv Herzog Hotel, 501 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989) 652-4700
SpringHill Suites Frankenmuth, 530 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989) 652-7500
Frankenmuth Motel, 1218 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989)652-6171
Frankenmuth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, 1339 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: (989) 652-6668

BIRCH RUN LOCATIONS: Sponsored by Birch Run CVB
America's Best Value Inn & Suites, 9235 E Birch Run Rd, Phone 989-624-4440
Best Western Plus, 9087 Birch Run Rd, Phone: 989-624-9395
Comfort Inn, 11911 Dixie Hwy, Phone: 989-624-7777
Country Inn & Suites, 12112 S. Beyer Rd, Phone: 989-624-8000
Hampton Inn, 12130 Tiffany Blvd, Phone: 989-624-2500
Holiday Inn Express, 12150 Dixie Hwy, Phone: 989-624-9300
Magnuson, 9087 Birch Run Rd, Phone: 989-624-6070
Pine Ridge RV, 11700 Gera Rd, Phone: 989-624-9029



Why we do it....

We started this festival 17 years ago in memory of our mom, Jill Zehnder, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 43 after a brief battle with cancer. As Jill's family, we are determined to do our part and to raise money for people dealing with the hardships that come with cancer; to give hope and relief to those fighting cancer, research, hospice care, children and adult bereavement facilities, wig banks, and many other cancer-related causes. Together we have made a difference in so many people’s lives, and that continues to be our motivation. Over the years, this event has become quite the party that thousands of people look forward to and plan for months in advance. Jeanna Rogner, the youngest of Jill’s daughters, heads the operation along with her sisters, Jodi Reinert and Juli Cleary, and cousins Shelley VanWormer and Cameron Sanborn. Join us for a meaningful and totally gnarly festival!


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