National Cherry Festival Concerts 2018

The National Cherry Festival kicks off Saturday, June 30 and there are tons of great concerts to attend. From Grammy Winners to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members to Ventriloquist, this year’s lineup is going to be delivering some of the best musical performances in Michigan. Get your tickets now to guarantee your spot at these incredible concerts!

Information from National Cherry Festival


Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo w/ Special Guest Loverboy

June 30, 6 p.m.
First to take the stage is legendary music duo Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Together the couple has won four Grammies. For decades, Neil has professionally written, produced, and played music. Pat has been a revolutionary singer and performer who is guaranteed to amaze crowds. With more than 38 years of love, Pat and Neil are set to rock another crowd this year at Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage.


Here Come The Mummies

July 1, 6 p.m
Back by popular demand for the fourth time in five years! This funk-rock band is a show to see. Here Come The Mummies will have you moving and grooving with their eight-piece band of 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies. They’re festival favorites and loved by Northwestern locals. Grab tickets now to see this one of a kind band, Here Come the Mummies!


Dan + Shay

July 2, 6 p.m.
With the number one country song in the U.S., “Tequilla,” Dan + Shay have rocketed to the top of the charts and also into the hearts of many. They’ve toured with performers like Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, and Sam Hunt with hits “From the Ground Up,” “How Not To,” and “Nothin’ Like You.” Get ready to sing with the audience as this duo jams on stage.


Buddy Guy w/ Special Guest Quinn Sullivan

July 3, 6 p.m.
One of the greatest guitarists of all time, with more blues music awards than any other, Buddy Guy is set to take the stage July 3. This legendary influencer, leader, and decorated musician has #1 ranking albums like his newest, Born To Play Guitar. Snag some tickets to hear Buddy Guy and special guest, Quinn Sullivan, an 18-year-old musical genius.


Three Days Grace

July 4, 6 p.m.
This well-known rock band is going to make some noise in Traverse City. With classics like “Animal I Have Become,” “Riot,” and “World So Cold,” they’re sure to sing something you know along with new stuff from their 2018 album, Outsider. This Fourth of July, come out and get ready to rock with one of the most notable bands in the industry.


Sheryl Crow w/ Special Guest The Sisterhood Band

July 5, 6 p.m.
That’s right, renowned music icon Sheryl Crow is set to take the stage at this year’s National Cherry Festival. Famous songs like “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy,” and one of the best summer songs, “Soak Up The Sun” will have you dancing all night long. You’ll also enjoy the electrifying West-Coast folk group, The Sisterhood Band.


Concert on the Lawn

July 5, 7–9 p.m.
Michigan is the state of lakes, and it wouldn’t be summer in Northern Michigan if there wasn’t music by the water. This concert at Grand Traverse Pavillions is free and open to the public—you just have to bring a lawn chair! Concessions will be around for food, and music will be played by the family-friendly group, Song of The Lakes.


Cherry Idol Auditions

July 6, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Register now to have your moment in the spotlight! Prepare a short piece that you can woo an audience (and the judges) with. For $15, you could be the next Cherry Idol Winner.


Cherryland Band Classic

July 6, 6 p.m.
Who will the Cherry Prince and Princess be? Come check out this ceremony and enjoy singing and dancing with productions by multiple local groups. The opening ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. at Thirlby Field with musical performances starting at 7 p.m. by:

  • Sound of Sun Prairie / Sun Prairie, WI
  • Lutheran Van Guard of Wisconsin / Appleton, WI
  • Green Beret / Janesville, WI
  • Light House Brigade / Racine, WI
  • Rock River Concord / Fort Atkinson, WI
  • Cotter High School / Winona, MN

Dustin Lynch

July 6, 6 p.m.
Dustin Lynch is popular for his modern-magic mixed with classic-country. His well-known song, “Cowboys and Angels” got him the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and his new music including “Small Town Boy” and “I’d Be Jealous Too” is sure to make you want to sing and dance.


Cherry Idol Finals

July 7, 2 p.m.
Finalists take the Lay’s Cherry Blast Stage at Open Space Park. Find out who this year’s Cherry Idol Winner is!


Darci Lynne & Friends w/ Special Guest Pelican212

July 7, 6–10:30 p.m.
Closing out this year’s National Cherry Festival is the youngest winner of America’s Got Talent, Darci Lynne. She captivated the country with her talents in ventriloquy in the 12th season of America’s Got Talent and is sure to amaze your whole family at this year’s festival. Along with Darcy Lynn & Friends is Pelican212, a family of musicians that brings the art of pop-funk. This finale will leave you energized and singing as you head into the rest of your summer.

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