The National Cherry Festival kicks off Saturday, June 29 and there are tons of great concerts to attend. From Grammy Winners to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, 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

Trapt & Saving Abel with special guest Tantric

June 29, 6 p.m.
First to take the stage is Trapt, Saving Abel, and their special guest, Tantric. These three rock bands will kick the week off with a bang and are sure to be an exciting, lively and rocking show.


June 30, 6 p.m
The six men comprising Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last. Check them out on the Bayside Music Stage!

Brett Young

July 1, 6 p.m.
His sophomore album “Ticket to LA” hit #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart upon its December 2018 release. Get ready to sing with the audience as this star jams on stage.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias

July 2, 6 p.m.
Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias returns to the National Cherry Festival on the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on Tuesday, July 2nd. A not-to-be-missed night of comedic fun is part of the “Beyond The Fluffy” World Tour.

Nelly with special guests Chingy & Montell Jordan

July 3, 6 p.m.
Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor that has topped the charts since his career began in 2000. His hits “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” have been early 2000s jams and will make an unforgettable show!

The Four Tops & The Spinners 

July 4, 6 p.m.
The quartet, originally called the Four Aims, made their first single for Chess in 1956, and spent seven years on the road and in nightclubs, singing pop, blues, Broadway, but mostly jazz—four-part harmony jazz. Celebrate Independence Day with the sounds of Motown.

Concert on the Lawn

July 4, 7–9 p.m.
Cherry Blossom Ramblers will perform at this year’s Concert on Lawn at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Concert attendees must bring lawn chairs. Concessions available. Free and open to the public.

Cherry Idol Auditions

July 5, 10 a.m.– 12 p.m.
Join us for the Cherry Idol Competition! The Competition is broken into divisions of Adult (18 & up); Young Adult (15-17); Teen (12-14) and Youth (8-11). All participants will be required to sing a 60 second song of their choice, without any background music (acappella) for the preliminary auditions. If chosen to move onto the final round, competitors must be prepared to perform a different song of their choice. The final round will be sung to background music. Preregistration is required.

Josh Turner

July 5, 6 p.m.
With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. Experience his unforgettable sound along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay this year.

Cherry Idol Finals

July 5, 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!

Jeff Dunham

July 6, 6 p.m.
Closing out this year’s National Cherry Festival is Jeff Dunham. Dunham’s astonishing arena packing power has put him on par with major music acts like Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars. Dunham’s most recent stand-up special filmed in Ireland, “Relative Disaster,” features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a hilarious skewering of family and politics. Relative Disaster is now streaming on Netflix.

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