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Make this the best Father’s Day yet with these five Northern Michigan events. From brunch to-go in Traverse City to the Father’s Day Sail in Suttons Bay, there’s something to celebrate every Dad.

Great Lakes Rodeo | June 18 to 20 | Gwinn
Held each year on Father’s Day weekend, the Great Lakes Rodeo offers family fun and entertainment, raising funds to support youth programming in Marquette County. Whether you enjoy watching the cowboys attempt to ride a bull or get a good laugh from the rodeo clown, there’s an event for you. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets on the Great Lakes Rodeo website.

Accelerate The Cure 2021 Drive | June 19 | Traverse City & Leelanau County
Accelerate The Cure is a nonprofit devoted to helping the Alzheimer’s community in Northern Michigan as well as supporting research to find a cure. The nonprofit’s third annual drive is a socially distanced journey for car enthusiasts to raise awareness and money to aid caregivers who are dedicated to helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The day will begin on the back lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions and take drivers into Leelanau County, where they’ll explore back roads. The day’s first stop will be Verterra Winery for mimosas and coffee. Next up is Old Settlers Park on gorgeous Glen Lake for a brief leg stretch before heading back into Traverse City to end with a celebration and auction at the Traverse City Country Club. Accelerate The Cure will once again be collaborating with Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Father’s Day To-Go Picnic | June 19 | Traverse City
Boathouse Restaurant is serving up a Father’s Day picnic to be remembered. Featuring 8-pound bone-in Volcano Wagyu Beef Shank, twice-baked potatoes, an Oberon mini-keg, pie and a classic red and white checkered tablecloth and much more, this kit has everything to make this the best Father’s Day yet. The total cost for this all-inclusive meal is $249 and orders can be picked up Saturday, June 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Place your pre-order now at (231) 223-4030 or view the Boathouse website for more information.

Bubbles + Brunch | June 20 | Petoskey
Palette Bistro is hosting this special brunch event for Father’s Day with Schramsberg Vineyards representative Rimple Nayyar in town to showcase the California winery’s sparkling wines. Schramsberg’s founders, Jack and Jamie Davies, restored the 19th-century Victorian Schramsberg winery on the mountainside above St. Helena. It’s known for producing world-class sparkling wines, specifically the 1969 Blanc de Blancs used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai, and has since been served at official state functions by every U.S. presidential administration since.

Father’s Day Sail | June 20 | Suttons Bay
On this two-hour Steady the Ship Sail with the Inland Seas Education Association, you’ll have a chance to hoist the sails, steer the ship, go below deck and learn about life on a schooner. Beautiful views of Suttons Bay are a bonus. Set sail at 12 p.m. or 3 p.m. Learn more about the sail and purchase tickets on the official website.

Find this article and more in the June 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe and get Traverse delivered to your door each month.