Schedule for Traverse City's Fourth Annual Cherry Capital Winter Wonderfest

President’s Day Weekend is going to be a busy time in Traverse City as it hosts the fourth annual Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest. This Michigan festival features more than 50 indoor and outdoor events from Friday evening to Monday morning: games, rides, competitions, fireworks, food tastings and children’s activities. It’s a great way to get out and have some winter fun!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Mt. Holiday Ski Area7pm: Downhill Dash – Hall’s Hollow (a top-to-bottom race on mountain bikes, ski bikes, skis or snowboards)

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
5-10pm: First Annual TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival10pm-2am: After Party in Aerie Lounge featuring live music. Hosted by Short’s Brewery & Michigan Brewer’s Guild.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
*Complimentary shuttles provided from Resort to Downtown and Mt. Holiday throughout the day.
10am-5pm: “Winter Fun Zone” (skating, bonfires, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow climb) • Outdoor Winter Carnival Rides • Kid’s Petting Zoo • Ice Sculpture Park    
10am-5pm: Winter Shopping Tour at Gallery of Shops
10am: Dog Sled Demonstrations      
11am: Ice Sculpture Demonstration      
11am-3pm: Kid’s Biathlon – Presented by the North American VASA Race (No registration or fee. Equipment provided.)
11am-1pm: Pony Rides      
11am-5pm: Snowmobile Rides      
11:30am: Kid’s Snowshoe Race – #1 of 3
11:30am: Family Comedy Juggling Show
12pm: Kid’s Frozen Fish Toss – #1 of 3
12pm: Dog Sled Demonstrations      
12pm-3pm: Snow Golf Tournament at Winter Golf Center ($5 donation to Special Olympics Michigan. No advance registration. Prizes. For details: 231-534-6476)
12pm-4pm: Winter spa tour featuring FREE paraffin dip & hand massage      
12pm-4pm: Outdoor Snow Film Festival (heated tent)      
12pm-4pm: Resort’s GRAND Chili Cookoff Contest (heated tent); $10 for 12 samples. Vote for your favorite recipe!
1pm-5pm: Sleigh Rides      
1pm: Special Olympics Michigan Polar Plunge
1pm: Kid’s Snowshoe Race – #2 of 3
1pm-2pm: Strolling Balloon Twisting      
1pm-5pm: Dog Sled Rides      
1:30pm: Kid’s Frozen Fish Toss – #2 of 3
2pm: Special Olympics Michigan Polar Plunge (followed by awards ceremony)
2:30pm: Family Comedy Juggling Show
3pm: Ice Sculpture Demonstration      
3pm: Cherry Pie Eating Contest      
3pm-5pm: Pony Rides      
3:30pm: Kid’s Snowshoe Race – #3 of 3
4pm-5pm: Strolling Balloon Twisting      
4pm: Kid’s Frozen Fish Toss – #3 of 35pm: -All Outdoor Activities Close-

Mt. Holiday
10am: Winterfest Rail Jam3:30 pm: Cardboard Bobsled-a-Rama

Grand Traverse County Civic Center10am: Opening Game of the Snowball Softball Tournament

Traverse City Visitors CenterAll Day: Snow Sculptures

Downtown Traverse City
All Day: Sweetheart of a Sale      
All Day: Ice Sculptures      
10:30 am-11:30 am: Monster Dog Pull
11am-4pm: Snow Spa Tent 
12 pm- 3 pm: Soup’r Bowl Tasting
12 pm- 2 pm: Juggler Tommy Tropic • Musical Entertainment      
12 pm- 3 pm: Horse & Carriage Rides
12 pm – 3 pm: Ice Sculpture Demo      
2 pm – 3 pm: Frozen Pit Spit Contest
3 pm – 4 pm: Brain Freeze Contest
4 pm – 5 pm: Frozen Bed Race
5 pm – 9 pm: Beer/food tent
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Musical entertainment      6 pm – 9 pm: Laser Light Show (20 minute shows each hour)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
9am: Frosty 5K Foot Race
10am: Dog Sled Demonstrations      
10am-5pm: “Winter Fun Zone” (skating, bonfires, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow climb) • Ice Sculpture Park • Outdoor Winter Carnival Rides • Kid’s Petting Zoo      
10am-5pm: Winter Shopping Tour at Gallery of Shops
11am: Ice Sculpture Demonstration      
11am-1pm: Pony Rides      
11am-5pm: Snowmobile Rides      
11:30am: Kid’s Snowshoe Race – #1 of 3
11:30am-12pm: Family Comedy Juggling Show      
12pm: Kid’s Frozen Fish Toss – #1 of 3
12pm: Dog Sled Demonstrations      
12-4pm: Winter spa tour featuring FREE paraffin dip & hand massage
1pm-2pm: Strolling Balloon Twisting      
1-5pm: Sleigh Rides • Dog Sled Rides      
3pm-8pm: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival — $20 single ticket / $35 couples ticket; includes 5 wine tickets + 5 dessert tickets, local art, fireworks show and more. Must be 21+ yrs.
2pm: Kid’s Snowshoe Race – #2 of 3
2-2:30pm: Family Comedy Juggling Show      
2:30pm: Kid’s Frozen Fish Toss – #2 of 3
3pm: Cherry Pie Eating Contest
3pm: Ice Sculpture Demonstrations
3pm-5pm: Pony Rides      
3:30pm: Kid’s Snowshoe Race – #3 of 3
4pm: Kid’s Frozen Fish Toss – #3 of 3
4pm-5pm: Strolling Balloon Twisting      
5pm: -All Outdoor Activities Closed-  (except below) 7pm: Outdoor Fireworks Show – Parking available at Resort Food and drinks will be served before and during the fireworks at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge (16 th Floor of Tower) and at The Grille (inside The Clubhouse)

Traverse City Visitor CenterAll Day: Snow Sculptures

Grand Traverse County Civic Center
9 am: Second Day Start of the Snowball Softball Tournament1pm: “Big Air” Championships at the Terrain Park

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Mt. Holiday Ski Area
All Day: Presidents Day Outdoor Celebration      
11 am: Presidential Look-Alike Contest and Parade      12 noon: Presidential Luncheon

Downtown Traverse CityAll Day: Ice Sculptures

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