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 some of the highlights from 2018. 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.
Larry Bialik and the Ramblin Band, 4:30pm.
Twice Shy--80s Party, 9pm.
Benzie Manistee Snowbirds Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet.
Music by Awesome Distraction, noon.
Music by Shenanigans, 4pm.
Music by Flat Broke, 9pm.
Kaleva Days Book Sale.
Kaleva Days Car Show.
Antique Tractor Show.
Kids Fun Pet Parade.
Finnish Wife Carrying Contest.
Fireworks, ball field behind the park.
Music by Salt City Dixieland Band, 10am.
Music by Duck & The Studebakers, 1pm.
Big Bear Sportsman's Club Chicken Dinner.
Grand Parade, through town.