The 7th Annual Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 2-9 pm at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

Celebrate regional wine, food and culture of Northern Michigan. Get a true taste of the region with more than 200 local wines, 8 great restaurants, 40 fine artists and 7 musical performances all in one location!

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is adding several new experiences to this year’s event. These new features will enhance the already superb musical line-up that includes Guster, The Verve Pipe, back-by-popular-demand Phil Denny, Xoe Wise, Briar Rabbit, Bennett and Rachel B. Briar Rabbit, fairly new to the music scene, is nephew of the late BB King. 

Performances times are as follows:

Main Stage

2:00-2:45 | Phil Denny

2:45 pm | Saber Sparkling Wine Open & Blessing of the Harvest

3:00-3:30 | Phil Denny

4:00-5:00 | Xoe Wise

5:45-7:00 | The Verve Pipe

7:45-9:00 | Guster


Second Stage

3:30-4:00 | Rachel B

5:00-5:45 | Bennett

7:00-7:45 | Briar Rabbit


“We’re thrilled about the great line-up this year,” shares Lorri Hathaway, Director of the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival. “It’s the perfect backdrop to great wine, food and art of our region.”

She says that her favorite part of the festival is “that we’ve created an atmosphere that allows many people to enjoy it regardless of their festival style.”

In addition to great music, the festival showcases 30 wineries with 200 wines from Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, gourmet fare from eight regional restaurants and fine art from 40 artists. Back by popular demand, attendees can enjoy fun wine education by Michael Schafer, the Wine Counselor.

New to the event this year is a Bubbly Bar, a Wine Goddess Wall for photos, a Wine Post for on-site postcard mailing and a Hands-On Art Experience by renowned Michigan artist Stephanie Schlatter.

“Attendees can taste wines while standing in front of a stage listening to live musical entertainment, relaxing with a blanket on the lawn, relaxing in the Lounge (a VIP experience), strolling through the art garden, participating in a wine education tent or wine tasting and painting instruction onsite,” Lorri adds.

Tickets to the festival are $40 in advance, or $50 at the door (if still available at that time). For a VIP experience, enthusiasts can get tickets to The Lounge at $125 per ticket.

“This festival is unique because it’s a rare opportunity to taste from a selection of more than 150 wines from the region all in one location,” Lorri says.

Find out more information (including a full list of wineries!) on their website.

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