Top Events That You Can Do In Traverse City MI for 2017
Winter’s chill may be the reason so many of our activities are athletic, from the Farmland 5k footrace to the White Pine Stampede cross-country ski race at Shanty Creek. It's also the time for food and wine-related fun; there’s the Downtown Chili Cook-Off, wine trail events and Traverse City Restaurant Week, where local restaurants outdo each other to create the best three-course meal for only $30! In spring, our hearts naturally turn again toward wine! You can sample the wines of the Old Mission Peninsula at their annual Blossom Day celebration and the even larger selection of wines on the Leelanau Peninsula at their two-day Spring Sip & Savor event. Cool spring weather is also perfect for running events, from the Traverse City Trail Running Festival to the immensely popular Bayshore Marathon. And if you prefer a more leisurely pace, it’s also the season of Traverse City’s Downtown Art Walk, with art, wine, food and music in downtown. Sumertime in Traverse City means more things going on than you can count! There are food and wine events, like Divas Uncorked on the Old Mission Peninsula, the Leelanau Wine on the Water Festival or the Leland Wine & Food Festival. There are outdoor art shows like Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair and the Suttons Bay Art Festival, cultural happenings like the Port Oneida Fair and the Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow, and athletic events like the six-week Great Lakes Equestrian Festival where thousands of the nation's best horses and riders competing in the International Olympic disciplines of dressage. Summer is also the time for traditional village celebrations like Bellaire’s Rubber Ducky Festival and Elk Rapids’ Harbor Days and events like the Northwestern Michigan Fair (a week of farm exhibits, 4H livestock shows, grandstand shows, great food and a carnival midway) and the Annual Buckley Old Engine Show, featuring antique gas and steam tractors, cars, trucks and a working 1923 steam locomotive. Autumn doesn’t slow down Traverse City’s love of celebration. In the village of Acme there's the Fall Festival Art and Craft Show and in Bellaire celebrate the season at the Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza. Then in October there's the Leelanau Fiber Festival in the village of Leland, where artists exhibit and sell their woven, quilted, knitted and sculpted work.
The National Cherry Festival has been one of the annual highlights in the Traverse City area and has been named in USA Today's "Top Ten Festivals" for several years running! The Grand Traverse region is known for its world-record tart cherry harvest and The National Cherry Festival celebrates just that! Nearly 500,000 eager visitors make their way to the area each year to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable. Throughout the eight-day celebration, festival goers find an array of cherry delights along with parades, family and kids events and entertainment. In all, there are more than 150 events (most of which are free!) along the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay.
From July 31 to August 5th, movie buffs are lured 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 at the annual Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF). Most events are held near downtown -- at the vintage State Theatre, Bijou by the Bay, the City Opera House, and the Old Town Playhouse, but there are also many free festival opportunities including the family movies shown each night at an outdoor screen at the Open Space Park on the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay.