Welcome to The Cherry Capital!
Producing 70 to 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States, Michigan famers harvest most for use in pies, preserves, jellies, juices, dried fruit and other products.
But come July and early August, the countryside around Traverse City is dottetd with stands, markets and U-pick signs offering ready-to-eat sweet, dark cherries. To celebrate, the National Cherry Festival serves up more than 150 family-fun events and flavorful activities for visitors to enjoy, from the nation's largest all-kids' parade and fireworks to outdoor concerts and midway rides: Take your pick! For complete details about the festival, visit http://www.cherryfestival.org/
In addition to the National Cherry Festival, the northern Michigan region is host to a number of festivals throughout the year. Click on one of the below festivals for more details.
Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest. In 2011, there were over 128,000 admissions to 156 screenings. The festival places a special emphasis on foreign films, American independents, documentaries and more.
The festival also presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space Park at dusk.
Visit http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org for complete details.
Horse Shows by the Bay
For three weeks in both July and August, Horse Shows by the Bay offers show jumping, dressage and numerous other equestrian competitions. The festival brings competitors from across the nation. Festival attendees can also enjoy musical competitions, silent auctions for charities, kid's day, weekly Grand Prix show jumping event and more. Horse Shows by the Bay is located 3 miles from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
Visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com/ for complete details.
Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival
Summer fun continues through late August with the annual Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, hosted on the grounds of the historic Grand Traverse Commons. The festival combines craft beer from throughout the nation with local food, silent disco and more. Chart-topping country superstar Dierks Bentley headlined during the 2012 festival.
For complete details, visit http://www.porterhouseproductions.com/
Traverse City Wine and Art Festival
A popular festival that features tastings & full glass pours from more than 25 of the region's best wineries paired with local food favorites. The festival also includes a diverse set of musical performances and exhibition and sale of artworks by many of the region’s best painters, potters, weavers and other artists.
The event takes place at Traverse City’s most scenic venue: the wide tree-shaded lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Formerly a mental asylum scattered with castle-like buildings, the venue continues its transformation into the hub of Traverse City’s budding culinary scene.
Visit http://traversecitywinefestival.com/ for complete details.