Events and Activities for 2014 Labor Day Weekend in Traverse City

Planning a trip to Traverse City for Labor Day weekend? There isn’t a better time to check out the town! Whether you enjoy the water, Northern Michigan beer (or both), eating, seeing the world from new heights, or spending time with the kids, read on for events and activities taking place during the 2014 Labor Day weekend in Traverse City:


Taste of Traverse City

We can’t resist a good food event and Taste of Traverse City is no exception. This foodie fest begins on Friday of Labor Day weekend and runs through Sunday. The Downtown Grub Crawl on Friday evening is not to be missed and the main stage “Taste of Traverse City” event is on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the other foodie fun including Dining in the Dark (where you eat blindfolded in the dark!), The White House Dinner, and Best of Brunch.

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Microbrew Tasting on the Manitou

Enjoy a perfect Northern Michigan evening riding the tall ship Manitou on West Grand Traverse Bay. Pair that with samplings of local microbrews from Bravo Zulu, fresh hot pizza, some good friends, and you have the recipe for a great Sunday evening. The last microbrew tour is Labor Day weekend, so book your excursion today before the summer season ends. If you are looking for a more kid friendly option, the tall ship Manitou also runs Moomers cruises 7 days a week in the afternoons!

Take a Tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

The former Traverse City State Hospital has seen a lot of change over the last couple of years and this tour lets you experience both the renovated and the unrenovated parts. This 90 minute tour takes you through old buildings as well as the underground tunnels.  As an added bonus the guide will share tales throughout, but don’t forget to dress for the weather! The tours run in all weather and are mostly outside (this shouldn’t be a huge issue considering you are going on Labor Day of course). Experience a truly unique part of Traverse City! Ticket prices and the schedule can be found here.

Experience Traverse City from New Heights

Traverse City is a sightseers dream, but this Labor Day weekend do something different and take a tour of this lovely town from the sky. Hop on a copter flown by Traverse City Helicopters and see the crystal clear waters, dunes and lush greens all from the air.

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Catch a Flick

If you are seeking some downtime head to the State Theater or the Bijou by the Bay for an afternoon filled with crunchy popcorn and great movies. Take the kids on Saturday morning and for only 25 cents enjoy a 10 am matinee!

Stand on West Grand Traverse Bay

Throw on your suit and head down to The River in Clinch Park to rent some paddleboards for the day. It’s active family fun just waiting to happen!

Release your Inner Poet

Stone Circle has been a Northern Michigan summer tradition for years. Located a little north of Traverse City by Elk Rapids, the stone circle complete with 88 large boulders and a campfire, creates an atmosphere reminiscent of days past. It’s a gathering place for poets, storytellers and musicians to share their work, tales and music. The last gathering of the season is on Sunday, August 31st beginning at 9 pm. Young and old are invited to listen or to share work with the audience!

Cycle to a Pub Near You!

Combine your daily work out with brewery visits during the TC Cycle Pub. This 14-passenger bike bar powered by you and your friends will take you on a tour of breweries around Traverse City including Rare Bird, The Little Fleet, Northern Natural Cider House, and many more. The tour begins and ends at The Filling Station Microbrewery. Schedule your tour today!


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