National Cherry Festival 2018 Adults-Only Events

For little ones, the National Cherry Festival provides heaps of excitement in the form of contests, activities, and shows. For those of us a bit older, the festival offers no less. Call up a sitter, invite some friends, and check out these events geared toward the National Cherry Festival’s 21-and-over crowd.


Beer Tent

June 30–July 7, noon–11 p.m.
Cool off with a cold one and enjoy views from “Traverse City’s Coolest Bar on the Bay!” You can choose from beers such as Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat (made with Michigan cherries!), Miller Lite, Labatt Blue, and Blue Light, along with local and regional wines! This year’s Festival Beer Tent will feature a “Pure Michigan” menu of craft beers and ciders. An entire tap trailer will be dedicated to showcasing Michigan’s talented brewers throughout the eight-day Festival. 

Blues, Brews & BBQ

June 30, 1–3 p.m.
An opening event that everyone will want to attend!  Kick off the 92nd National Cherry Festival while watching the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as they soar high over West Grand Traverse Bay, all while sipping on a cold brew and enjoying finger-lickin’-good BBQ!

Adult Cherry Pit-Spit Contest

June 30, 6–7 p.m.
The tradition of the Cherry Pit-Spit Contest continues! According to the Guinness Book of Records, the record distance is 95 feet and 6.5 inches (29.12 m). See if you can beat the record at the National Cherry Festival! Join the fun, trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, women’s and men’s. Register on site, prior to the to 6 p.m. contest. No fee required.

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Excursions

July 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Take a wine-tasting excursion through Northern Michigan wine country. Discover breathtaking views and enjoy a vineyard picnic lunch while sipping local wines and chatting with the laid-back, down-to-earth winemakers who craft them.

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest

July 2–6, 5–6 p.m.
Dive into a slice of cherry pie! The first one to finish their slice wins. Prizes awarded. Free registration will open 30 minutes prior to the event at the stage, no fee required.

Seniors Bingo

July 6, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Ten games of bingo will be played with prizes awarded. All ages welcome. Advance registration requested, walk-ons based on availability, no fee required.

Senior Shuffleboard Tournament

July 6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join the Traverse City Senior Center for a free festival favorite, shuffleboard! All ages are welcome. Once you start play, you must finish. Intermediate game knowledge is expected. Advanced registration requested/walk-ons based on availability. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to check in.

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National Cherry Festival Fun!