Each spring the village of Mesick celebrates the tasty but elusive morel mushroom with a parade, carnival rides, games, 5K, softball tourney – and a contest to see who can find the biggest mushroom in the woods.
A Celebration of Blossoms, Beauty and Bounty on Old Mission Peninsula. Old Missionwinemakers invite you to their tasting rooms to give you a sample of unreleased wines! Barrel and Reserve wines are showcased in addition to each winerys standard tasting list.
The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with games, dinners and – of all things – an annual oral poetry contest for the best “Ode to Asparagus.”
Michigan’s oldest wine festival takes place at the Leland Harbor. Everyone has a chance to go see 17 wineries of the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas on Saturday, enjoy great food and music and kick off the summer festival season in style! No need to purchase advance tickets – just show up rain or shine at the big tent in Lelands picturesque Fishtown district.
Fine arts and crafts will fill the streets on this weekend in Downtown Traverse City. This annual
juried art fair features over 90 artists and craftsmen displaying their work. Open to the public free of charge.
Adjacent Lay Park will be featuring live entertainment
throughout the day. http://www.downtowntc.com/
Oldest, Biggest and Still the Champion: The National Cherry Festival. Traverse City is still proud to be Americas Cherry Capital.
It celebrates that heritage every year during the first week of July with an eight-day party featuring over 150 family activities: air shows,
fireworks, parades (including the nations largest all-children parade) games, races, midway rides, demonstrations,
nightly outdoor concerts and lots of chances to taste delicious cherry products. Now in its 86th year, the Cherry Festival is Traverse Citys signature event,
drawing as many as 500,000 attendees from around the country. Everything is located conveniently within walking distance,
and since almost all the events are free, it offers more than a week of affordable family fun.
This popular festival at Northports Haserot Park features music, great food from local restaurants and wines from the Leelanau Peninsula. http://www.leelanauchanmber.com/
This is an impressive juried event, showcasing more than 120 artists from across the country. Featuring jewelry, sculpture, photography,
glass, wood, fiber and more. The Artcenter is proud to offer a high quality art festival for the community and surrounding areas.
Fairgoers can also enjoy live music, concessions, artist demonstrations and children’s activities. http://www.artcentertraversecity.com/
Summer time is outside time in Traverse City, so it might seem odd that one of the areas most popular new summer festivals
takes place almost entirely indoors. Founded in 2005, the Traverse City Film Festival has been able to lure movie buffs away from the beaches
and golf courses with an outstanding selection of independent, foreign, and documentary films, as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions
and lectures about the world of film.
One of the most competitive art shows in Michigan, this festival at Suttons Bays Marina Park features some of the area’s best artists
and crafters as well as artisans from other parts of the country.
Exhibits, barn dance, 4-H live stock shows, carnival, Grand Stand shows, tough truck competition, great food. Midway open 10am-11pm.
Location: One mile west of Buckley off M-37 on County Road 633.
This event has over 700 antique gas and steam tractors, cars and trucks — and a working 1923 steam locomotive that carries passengers around
a mile of track. More details when available.
Located at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Attendees will get to sample craft brews from more than 60 producers from Michigan
and beyond,wine and ciders from the Old Mission Peninsula. Live music, great local food, craft beer education. http://www.porterhouseproductions.com/