cherry festival – Traverse City Michigan
The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City Michigan happens in the beginning of July.
There are lots of things to do and see while visiting in Traverse City all year long, but during the National Cherry Festival there are more activities: fireworks display, air show, live entertainment (concerts), parades, cherry pie-eating contests, a fabulous cherry farmers market and tons of cherry products (including wine) to indulge and take home.
Be sure you participate or check out the cherry pit-spitting contest and have a go at it.
You can download the full brochure from the National Cherry Festival on what is happening with a detailed map and a great timeline of what is happening when.
Be sure to purchase tickets for events you want to attend online, before they sell out. There is a great selection of things to do from music concerts to breakfasts to wine parties, get your tickets early so you don’t miss out!
There are a ton of great farmer’s markets to check out in the area if you don’t get your cherry fix while at the festival. We enjoy the pick your own cherries at the local farmer’s markets.
Be sure to check out downtown, there are lots of great shops to get cherry items, foods and eclectic finds.
Enjoy the fireworks and just have fun, you’re on vacation!
Give yourself enough time to see everything you want and don’t forget to visit the beach and put your toes in the sand!
Prepare for it to be hot. It’s July. Check out the beaches and take a swim.
Prepare for it to rain. It’s Michigan.
Prepare to have to wait. This event draws a lot of people from all over.
You will find hotels booked up (and higher rates because of demand). Don’t worry, you can camp out in a tent too!