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  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

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Winter Activities

  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice Skating
  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Indoor Water Playground
  • Winter Microbrew Festival
  • Indoor Golf

Spring Activities

  • Sunday Brunch in Aerie Restaurant
  • Traverse City Hunting & Fishing Expo
  • Spring Sip 'n Savor Wine Event
  • Bayshore Marathon
  • Old Mission Blossom Days Wine Event
  • Traverse City Shopping Spree
  • Self-Guided Foodie Tour
  • Dennos Museum Center
  • Indoor Tennis
  • Gaming at Turtle Creek Casino

Summer Activities

  • Swimming at the Beach Club
  • Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Elk Rapids Harbor Days
  • Watersport Rentals at the Beach Club
  • 54-Holes of Championship Golf
  • Ice cream at Dylan's Candy Bar
  • Summer Microbrew Festival
  • Fishing
  • National Cherry Festival
  • Traverse City Film Festival

Fall Activities

  • Scenic Fall Golf
  • Detroit Red Wings Training Camp
  • Fall Tennis
  • Bike the TART Trail
  • Take a Spa-cation
  • Microbrew Tour
  • Group Wine Tour
  • Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike Race
  • Fall Color Tour
  • Sunset Dining in Aerie

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Event Calendar

There’s a reason to come Up North every season—not to mention the seasons themselves.

For a complete calendar of events happening on-property and throughout the region, see the below event calendar.

August 2015

Elk Rapids Harbor Days

Elk Rapids Harbor Days

August 5-8

Elk Rapids Harbor Days celebration has been a popular event in northern Michigan for more than 50 years and welcomes families of all ages during the 4-day event. Highlights range from a carnival and parade to all-day activities, including sandcastle building and live music. The event closes on Saturday with an unforgettable fireworks show. The small town festival generates nearly 25,000 attendees. 

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NMC Scholarship Open

NMC Scholarship Open

August 6

Held every year in early August, the NMC Scholarship Open is the premier tournament in Northern Michigan, raising funds for Honors, Presidential and Academic Area Scholarships. The 2014 Scholarship Open Golf Outing was held at the Grand Traverse Resort on the award-winning Bear and Wolverine courses and raised over $117,000.

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Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow

Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow

August 15-16

Head to Peshawbestown August 15-16 for the annual Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow. This event is open to the public.

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Dune Dash 4 Mile Race

Dune Dash 4 Mile Race

August 15

Head out to the 4th Annual Dune Dash 4-mile Run/Walk Saturday, August 15th at 9am. The mostly flat race course showcases the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail between the Dune Climb & Glen Haven. All proceeds from this event go to the construction of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

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Cherry-Roubaix

Cherry-Roubaix

August 16

The Cherry Roubaix is back in a big way for 2015 with a new format! The  Gran Fondo starts in downtown Traverse City and finishes at Brengman Brothers Crain Hill Vineyards. The event features 25, 55 & 80 mile courses on some of the most challenging roads in Leelanau County.

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Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

August 19

A great time and a great cause! As the primary fundraiser for the Chamber’s Leadership Grand Traverse program, golfers, sponsors, and prize donors contribute to the continued education and nurturing of the region’s leaders of tomorrow.

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The Vineyard to Bay 25K

The Vineyard to Bay 25K

August 23

The Vineyard to Bay 25k takes you through the rolling hills and vineyards of Leelanau County and shares the Leelanau Trail as well. Runners can choose a 25K, relay style or 5K. All routes end in Suttons Bay. Enjoy a great race in a great place!

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X100 Mountain Bike Race

X100 Mountain Bike Race

August 29

100 miles of twisting single track that winds in and out of county gravel roads, two tracks and fire roads. Bikers roll through the most beautiful terrain Michigan has to offer: deep woods and steep hills dotted with pristine lakes, streams and ponds. The X100 has some killer cross-country riding – until now – only enjoyed by die-hard locals.

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September 2015

Labor Day Weekend Activities

Labor Day Weekend Activities

September 4-7

GOLF SPECIALS - SEPTEMBER 4-7

THE BEAR - $90
THE WOLVERINE - $70
SPRUCE RUN - $50

King of the Mountain at Mt. Holiday

King of the Mountain at Mt. Holiday

September 5

Mt. Holiday is proud to present the fifth annual King of the Mountain challenge. King of the Mountain is a military style obstacle course that takes place directly on  Mt. Holiday’s one of a kind unforgiving terrain. Each obstacle is designed to test the participant’s mental and physical limits. A portion of all proceeds from the event, and 100% of all food, beverage, and beer sales at the event, go to benefit Mt. Holiday.

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Downtown Art Walk

Downtown Art Walk

September 11

The Downtown Art Walk is a local favorite and will showcase art exhibits throughout Downtown Traverse City. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food and music on a self guided tour throughout Downtown Traverse City. Walking maps are available at each participating location and the Downtown Traverse City office.

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Harvest Stompede - Annual Vineyard Run & Walk

Harvest Stompede - Annual Vineyard Run & Walk

September 12-13

Race Location: Ciccone Vineyard 10343 E. Hilltop Rd. Suttons Bay, Michigan 49682
Time: 9:00am

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The annual Harvest Stompede weekend features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards followed by a self-guided wine tour of LPVA member wineries featuring world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty. To highlight the region’s culinary excellence, each winery will be partnering with farmers and restaurants to feature local ingredients in their food pairings.

RACE REGISTRATION
Note:  The Race & Wine Tour are separate events. You DO NOT have to do the race to participate in the wine tour.

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Paddle Antrim Festival

Paddle Antrim Festival

September 18-19

The Paddle Antrim Festival on September 18 & 19, 2015 includes a two-day kayak paddle covering over 40 miles of Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes. This non-competitive event focuses on celebrating and bringing awareness to the waterways of Northern Michigan. Paddlers will be able to register for either one or both days of the paddle event. The festival will conclude with a celebration in Elk Rapids.

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Leland Heritage Festival

September 19

Come out to the Leland Heritage Festival for live music throughout town, great food and prizes, new and annual events, including:

• Van's Classic Car Show
• Wood Boats on the Wall
• Native American Cultural Dance
• Fishtown: Taste the History
• Films & N Manitou Hike presentation
• Library Book Sale & Author Exhibit
• Fire truck & fire prevention display

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Rock Road 50/50

Rock Road 50/50

September 20

The Rock Road 50/50 is a heart pounding high adrenaline Gravel Road Race. The race starts and finishes at Beautiful TIMBER RIDGE RESOST in Traverse City, adjoining the world famous VASA trail system.  There will be two distances to choose from, either 50 miles or 50K.

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Acme Fall Festival

Acme Fall Festival

September 26

TheSixth Annual Acme Fall Festival will be host to numerous family friendly events on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The festival will take place at Flintfields Horse Park on Bates Road in Williamsburg, near Traverse City.  The festival is free and also includes free parking, making for a great family outing.

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October 2015

Sleeping Bear Marathon and Half Marathon

Sleeping Bear Marathon and Half Marathon

October 3

Join Endurance Evolution for a scenic marathon and half marathon in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Both races start and finish in Empire, MI. The out-and-back marathon course will take runners by the “Dune Climb”, past Little Glen Lake, and through the village of Glen Arbor with breathtaking views of the Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes along the way. The half marathon will follow the same course as the marathon, turning around at the 6.55 mile mark. At the peak of fall color season, the tree-lined course will be one that both runners and spectators won’t soon forget. See why Good Morning America calls this area one of the most beautiful in the United States.

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Big Hole Golf Event

Big Hole Golf Event

October 3

Course: Spruce Run
Time: 11AM

To register, call the Pro Shop at 231-534-6470

7th Annual Tuff Enuff Golf Tournament

7th Annual Tuff Enuff Golf Tournament

October 18

Location: The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Time: 10:00AM

For one day only, we’re turning The Bear into 7,000+ yards of the meanest course it can possibly be--and we invite you to play it. Join us for the “Tuff Enuff?” Golf Tournament featuring long-range tee boxes and VERY aggressive greens.

Entry:

$50 Per Player • Optional Skins Game - $10 per player

Format:

Partners Best Ball • Scratch - flighted after round • Open to male, female and mixed teams

Purse:

Payout - 30% of the field • $1500 based on 50 teams

Includes:

18 holes of golf with cart • Gift certificate for Grand Traverse Resort
and Spa’s Golf Academy

To register, call the Pro Shop at 231-534-6470

Hunt for the Reds of October

Hunt for the Reds of October

October 23-25

Leelanau Peninsula has become well-known for its Riesling and other cool-climate white varietals and blends. What is often overlooked, however, are the high-quality red wines being grown in the region.

To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a free and fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place the weekend of October 24-26, 2014. For the entire weekend, each of 23 participating wineries offer a free tasting of a diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more. The event is free to all who know the secret launch code: “The hunt is on!”

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Zombie Run

Zombie Run

October 31

The Zombie Run has become a Traverse City Halloween tradition.The race will start and finish at Right Brain Brewery, 225 East Sixteenth Street Traverse City, MI. Proceeds benefit the TART Trails.

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NOVEMBER 2015

Traverse City Beer Week

Traverse City Beer Week

November 6-13

The Third Annual Traverse City Beer Week takes place November 6-13! The week is dedicated to showcasing the craft beer culture in the area and will be filled with unique events at various breweries, restaurants, merchants, and more!

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26th Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge

26th Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge

November 7


The Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge is a 29 mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City, Michigan. Held traditionally on the first Saturday of November. More than $52,000 in cash prizes and $10,000 in merchandise prizes will be awarded. 

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Toast the Season Weekend 1

Toast the Season Weekend 1

November 7 - 8

Toast the Season is a Northern Michigan holiday tradition. Every year in November the wineries of Leelanau Peninsula offer two consecutive weekends of tasting and touring. This year, the weekend dates November 7 & 8 or November 13 & 14, 2015.

The 2015 tour features a gift bag (details coming soon) and wine & food pairings at member wineries.

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$75 - COUPLES TICKET
$50 - SINGLE TICKETS

You may visit up to 8 wineries each day in whatever order you desire between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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Toast the Season Weekend 2

Toast the Season Weekend 2

November 14-15

Toast the Season is a Northern Michigan holiday tradition. Every year in November the wineries of Leelanau Peninsula offer two consecutive weekends of tasting and touring. This year, the weekend dates November 7 & 8 or November 13 & 14, 2015.

The 2015 tour features a gift bag (details coming soon) and wine & food pairings at member wineries.

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$75 - COUPLES TICKET
$50 - SINGLE TICKETS

You may visit up to 8 wineries each day in whatever order you desire between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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The Great Beerd Run

The Great Beerd Run

Saturday, November 14

Join us at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for our second Great Beerd Run- a 5k fun run designed to celebrate all things Beer and Beard. This is an untimed run with on course beer tastings provided by Beards Brewery, Short's Brewery and Right Brain Brewery.


There will also be a post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music, and beer. The Best Beard contest will feature prizes for both the best "Natural" and "Assisted" beard.

 Start Time: 10:00 am
 Race Entrance Fee: $40

 $40 Registration Fee includes race entrance, knitted beard beanie, race medal, 3 beer samples, one glass of beer during the post-race party and entrance into post-race party

The race is open to participants 21 or over. Must provide photo ID.

For more information visit: http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/BeerdRun

or CLICK HERE to register

Traverse City Turkey Trot

Traverse City Turkey Trot

November 26

Come join this 5K run/walk & 5M Flier which takes place annually in Traverse City at 9am on THANKSGIVING DAY!

It is a timed race with a great goodie bag and T-shirt. The race proceeds benefit local charities and canned foods stock local pantries. Many volunteers come together to make the event happen along with local vendor participation for fun prizes and giveaways.

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The Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-off

The Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-off

Saturday, November 28

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Simply put, the Mac & Cheese Bake-Off is a comfort food extravaganza! Area restaurants partner with one WOMP winery each to create a perfect mac & cheese and wine pairing, and participants get to vote for the best pairing, cheesiest, and people's choice. This annual event that boasts friendly rivalries has created its own following, including large groups and families in town for the Thanksgiving holiday, so tickets sell out quickly.

Tickets are on sale online through MyNorth Tickets for $40 each (with $3 processing fee). Cost includes commemorative tasting glass, (8) total 3oz. samples of mac & cheese (one at each winery), and one wine pairing at each winery.

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January 2016

NORTHERN MICHIGAN SMALL FARM CONFERENCE

NORTHERN MICHIGAN SMALL FARM CONFERENCE

January 29 & 30

The 17th Annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference will be heald at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on  January 29 & 30, 2016.

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