Producing 70 to 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States, Michigan farmers harvest most cherries for use in pies, preserves, jellies, juices, dried fruit, and other products.
But come July and early August, the countryside around Traverse City is dotted 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 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.
Annual Empire Asparagus Festival
The Empire Asparagus Festival is one of a kind. Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season during this festival which includes games, pig roast, Kick Yer Ass-pararagus 5K Fun Run/Walk, wine and beer tasting tent with local food vendors and even an oral poetry contest awarding the best "Ode to the Asparagus."
Visit http://www.empirechamber.com for complete details.
Annual Mesick Mushroom Festival
Mesick Michigan is the Mushroom Capital of the United States, and the Mesick Mushroom Festival celebrates all things Mushroom with a host of events including, what else, mushroom hunting. Other festival events include a parade, carnival, 5k Run, car show, mud bog and the Blessing of the Jeeps.
Visit http://www.mesick-mushroomfest.org for complete details.
Interlochen Arts Festival
The Interlochen Arts Festival has been hosting amazing concert events for the past 50 years. The Festival incorporates both free and ticketed events in beautiful Northern Michigan settings.
Visit http://tickets.interlochen.org for complete details.
Blues, Brew and BBQ
At the annual Blues, Brews and BBQ, you can watch the Air Show soar over West Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying a BBQ spread, Michigan microbrews, and hard ciders.
Visit the National Cherry Festival website for complete details.
Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest. 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.
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival takes place at Flintfields Horse Park in (Williamsburg) Traverse City, Michigan. The festival features weeks of exciting equestrian competition located in a fantastic tourist destination that caters to equestrian athletes and equine enthusiasts alike. Competitors and spectators will be able to enjoy all that Traverse City has to offer while attending this elite equestrian competition.
Visit www.greatlakesequestrianfestival.com for complete details.
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