Summer has arrived in Northern Michigan and events are making a comeback for the 2021 season. From the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City to Black Star Farms wine tours in Suttons Bay, here are the events you can’t miss this July.
Step back into the past with a walking tour through historic Empire! The history of Empire goes back to the lumber days of 1884 and there are still remnants to see from that time. Hear about early settlers, how Empire got its name and what people did and where they came from.
The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is planning a safe celebration with adjustments like virtual events, reconfiguring spaces for in-person events to allow room for social distancing and postponing The Bayside Music Stage concerts and air shows until 2022.
View our Traverse City National Cherry Festival planner to start planning your trip today!
Otsego Resort in Gaylord is hosting a benefit golf outing for the T.A.C.K.L.E. Fund of the Otsego Community Foundation. T.A.C.K.L.E. stands for “Together Against Cancer Kept Local Everyday” and helps to provide comfort, care and transportation of patients.
Related Events: Indulge in a Weekend Getaway at Otsego Resort.
Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, America’s premier youth fiddling show band from Saline, Michigan, astounds audiences every time the group takes the stage. The musicians, all from Saline High School, present an energetic and polished show that features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions. See them at The Pine Performance Center in Curtis.
Celebrate the ’60s and ’70s! Dust off your bell-bottoms, dress up and be ready to party at Rudbeckia Winery/Burnt Marshmallow Brewing in Petoskey. Toppermost is an authentic Beatles tribute that recreates the energy and youthfulness of the Beatles. They don’t just stand at the microphone, they dance around and joke with each other just like the Lads did.
The Magical Garden Tour features four private gardens, the Hofbrau garden, and a Botanical Lab and Community Gardens in the area west of Long Lake, through Interlochen and Grawn.
Go behind the scenes and experience Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay in a whole new way with a 45-minute guided walking tour throughout the 160-acre estate. Learn about the incredible journey from grape to wine glass. Select Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Erickson Center for the Arts welcomes ragtime pianist Peter Bergin to the Pine Performance Center in Curtis. Peter’s mission for two decades has been to celebrate life through music and stories, and he especially loves sharing the rhythms and history of America’s original music, ragtime piano.
Canadian Brass trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, performing in concert with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, will present a great selection of tunes by The Beatles. In addition, the Orchestra will perform Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons” in this entertaining mash-up in which old meets new at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor.
Bring the entire family to experience the acclaimed musical comedy “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at P45 Amphitheatre at Civic Center Park in Traverse City. Meet Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang as they explore life’s great questions and celebrate the joy of being together.
Come see the Northport Plein Air Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale where artists will paint, au plein air, throughout the day in the Northport area. They will capture the beauty of the village, beaches, marina, orchards, vineyards, landscapes and landmarks.
Enjoy live music on the bay at the Elberta Outdoor Amphitheater. Internationally renowned musicians will perform blues, jazz, and zydeco music with food vendors cooking up southern-style cuisine (using Michigan ingredients when possible). Fundraising proceeds benefit Grow Benzie’s community center and partner programs.
Have a run with the cows at the Alger County Fair! All participants receive free ice cream at Mama Cows and a day pass to the fair. The race will begin at the Peoples State Bank in Chatham and proceed past the cow-filled pastures of Michigan State University’s Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center.
This fresh spin on Hans Christen Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling” is told through the lens of local teen performers with a soundtrack of Broadway and pop faves. A twisted tale of a familiar fable turned upside down, “Ugly” will rock your socks off as it explores learning to love what makes us different. See a show at P45 Amphitheatre at Civic Center Park in Traverse City.
P45 Play Reading Series // July 31 at 2:00, 5:00 & 8:00
Each season, Parallel 45 Theatre in Traverse City invites audiences to a series of play-readings featuring the work of daring playwrights produced across the country and around the world. These plays include multiple voices in important, ongoing conversations around race, religion, gender identity and more.