Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Spring Sip & Savor
This weekend offers you an opportunity to taste, at each of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail wineries, a wine and food pairing selected especially by the winemaker. Each winemaker will be present in the winery tasting room during the event to talk with you about the wine, and the food pairing, or answer any questions you have. The wines offered with the food pairing may be new releases, older wines, whatever the individual winemaker selected for you to enjoy with that special food pairing.
Mesick Mushroom Festival
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. http://www.mesick-mushroomfest.org/
Old Mission Blossom Day
A Celebration of Blossoms, Beauty and Bounty on Old Mission Peninsula. Old Mission winemakers invite you to their tasting rooms to give you a sample of unreleased wines! Barrel and Reserve wines are showcased in addition to each winery’s standard tasting list. http://www.wineriesofoldmission.com/
Leland Food & Wine Festival
Michigan's oldest wine festival takes place at the Leland Harbor. Everyone has a chance to go to 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 Leland’s picturesque Fishtown district.
Old Town Arts & Craft Fair
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/
National Cherry Festival
Oldest, Biggest and Still the Champion: The National Cherry Festival. Traverse City is still proud to be America’s 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 nation’s 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 City’s 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.
Traverse Outdoor Art Fair
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/
Traverse City Film Festival
Summer time is “outside time” in Traverse City, so it might seem odd that one of the area’s 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. http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org/
Boats on the Boardwalk
Organized by the Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc., this is a judged show located along the Boardman River boardwalk in Traverse City. Admission is free.Featuring 50 boats, circa 1900 through current wooden classics. Boats on display usually include high-powered mahogany runabouts, hydroplanes, outboards, vintage engines, powered launches, wooden canoes, and rowboats.
44th Annual Buckley Old Engine Show
Location: One mile west of Buckley off M-37 on County Road 633. Website: http://www.buckleyoldengineshow.org 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.
6th Annual Summer Microbrew & Music Festival
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/
Annual Harvest Stampede Vineyard Run, Walk and Wine Tour
This annual 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.