LOCAL EVENTS

2021 Wine + Culinary + Cultural Events 


OLD MISSION PENINSULA

YEAR ROUND –  WINE DINNERS AT THE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT

The Boathouse is placed right on Bowers Harbor and offers breathtaking sunsets over West Bay. This place will not disappoint.

YEAR ROUND – WINE TRAIL EVENTS

The Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail offers an unparalleled experience highlighting amazing wines and the breathtaking natural beauty of Northern Michigan.

YEAR ROUND – WINE DINNERS AT CHATEAU CHANTAL

Chateau Chantal Winery, coursed dinners.

JAN – BOWERS HARBOR SNOWSHOE HIKE

Free hike, no reservations or tickets required. Snowshoes NOT provided. 2022 TBD.

FEB – ROMANCING THE RIESLING 

Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail – 10 distinct wineries offering the best-of-the-best Riesling. Tickets on sale December 17 – $25/ticket. 2022 TBD.

MAY – BLOSSOM DAY

Blossoms, beauty and bounty on Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail. 2022 TBD.

MAY – BAYSHORE MARATHON 

10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon takes place in May.

MAY – SEP – WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS

Take in the spectacular vineyard views while listening to an array of talented local musicians, sipping CGT wine and cider by the glass, and enjoying house made small bites.

JUN – ROSE FOR A REASON

Kick off the summer event on Old Mission Wine Trail featuring local Rose. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Cowell Family Cancer Center in Traverse City. $45/ticket. 2022 TBD.

NOV – 2021 MAC & CHEESE BAKE-OFF

Wine and Mac&Cheese, what could be better! Tickets sell f.a.s.t. $50/ticket.

NOV – HARVEST DINNERS AT BONOBO

A four course meal meticulously prepared by Bonobos Kitchen and wine pairing

TRAVERSE CITY

YEAR ROUND – INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS EVENTS

From theatre to live concerts, Interlochen always has a number of different events happening year round.

YEAR ROUND – TRAVERSE CITY OPERA HOUSE

Traverse City Opera House offers an array of different events year round.

JAN  – DOWNTOWN TC CHILI COOK-OFF

Beat the chill with chili! Park Place Conference Center.

FEB  – NORTH AMERICAN VASA FESTIVAL OF RACES

46th Annual North American Vasa. Sponsored by Serra Traverse City and Huntington Bank.

FEB  – TRAVERSE CITY RESTAURANT WEEK

Meticulously coursed, budget friendly menus at participating Traverse City Restaurants.

MAR – ANNUAL SUDS AND SNOW

An afternoon filled with beer, wine and cider, food sampling from local restaurants and food trucks and of course snowshoeing!

MAR  – TRAVERSE CITY BOAT SHOW

Traverse City’s Annual Boat Show.

APR  – TRAVERSE CITY CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Chocolate, in so many different ways! Tickets necessary.

MAY – NOV SARA HARDY FARMERS MARKET

Every Saturday morning from 8am-12pm. Buy local products from local farmers and distributors.

JUN  – OLD TOWN ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

Classy arts&crafts festival. Union St.

JUL – AUG – GREAT LAKES EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL

One of the largest horse shows in the world!

JUL – OLD TOWN CLASSIC CAR CRUISE

Classic car show at Turtle Creek Casino.

JUL  – NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL 

So much fun for ALL ages! Live concerts by nationally known acts, fair, art fest, air show and much more!

JUL  – AUG  – TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

Their goal is to bring back the joy and passion that movies can add to our daily lives. So many unique and not-so-well known movies. Dinner and a movie, anyone?

AUG – FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

Held on Fridays through August. A community block party featuring music, entertainment, food, demonstrations & family activities.

OCT – JAN – HISTORIC TOURS AT THE GRAND TRAVERSE COMMONS

Great oppurtunity to tour one of Traverse City’s iconic historic sites.

NOV – ICEMAN COMETH

5000 Mountain bikers race from Kalkaska to Traverse City.

NOV – TRAVERSE CITY LIGHT PARADE AND SANTA ARRIVAL

Music, Christmas tree lighting, and Santas arrival! A great time to celebrate the season.

LEELANAU PENINSULA

MAY – ROSE ALL MAY!

Rose ALL May. What more is there to say?

JUN – M22 CHALLENGE

Run/bike/paddle race that takes place every year in Sleeping Bear Dunes.

JUN  – LELAND WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

Summer bliss starts here!

AUG – CEDAR POLKAFEST

The Cedar Polka Fest is an annual festival celebrating the towns rich Polish history. Live Polka music from the best Polka Bands in America, this festival is a real treat for Polka fans. Food vendors offer Beer, Polish Food, Ribs, Hotdogs, Popcorn and so much more.

SEPT  – HARVEST STOMPEDE

Reflecting the season’s bounty for the calendar year.

NOV  – TOAST THE SEASON

A holiday food and wine pairing event. Tickets necessary.

NOV – FLAPJACK AND FLANNEL FESTIVAL

Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Pancake Pairings, Live Music, Heated Barn, Good Times.

 

SURROUNDING AREA 

SEP – IRONMAN FRANKFORT

North American TriClub Championship – Midwest.

OCT – CHARLEVOIX APPLEFEST

Celebrate the fall harvest at Charlevoix’s annual Apple Festival. This annual celebration gives you the chance to enjoy freshly harvested apples and other fall products.