It’s the weekend in Northern Michigan and that means it’s time to play! Whether you head outdoors, to a play or out to hear music, we’ve got you covered! But this is just a smattering of all that is going on in Northern Michigan. Searching for more upcoming Northern Michigan events? View our complete events calendar or MyNorth Tickets.

It’s Traverse City Beer Week!

Traverse City | Get ready to be Hoppy in TC on a self-guided tour featuring northern Michigan breweries and restaurants. Running from November 12-19, track your tour in this passport and enter to win prizes! More info here.

Northwest Michigan Ballet Theater Presents “The Nutcracker.”

Elk Rapids | A traditional story with original choreography by company Artistic Director, Thomas Morrell, The Nutcracker is an audience favorite! Be sure to follow us for all updates and performance dates. In addition to shows in our home of Traverse City, NMBT takes The Nutcracker on tour to a new community every year. Get tickets here.

Traverse City Holiday Light Parade

Traverse City | Saturday, November 20th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Annual Light Parade returns in 2021 bringing Santa Claus, carolers, thousands of lights, and a merry celebration for all. The tree lighting has been canceled for this year, however, the light parade will still be taking place. This year’s parade route goes from F&M Park, through Downtown to Union Street. Find more info.

Northern Michigan Chorale Holiday Concert

Bay Harbor | Averaging sixty to one hundred performers each concert, depending on the season, the Northern Michigan Chorale is a mix of persons from northern Michigan, doing what they do best – whether singing a solo or in small groups or strictly ensemble.

Norte “Cranksgiving”

Traverse City | Cranksgiving is part bicycle ride, part food drive that happens across the nation during November to benefit local charities and families as they prepare for Thanksgiving. It’s that simple. Ride bikes. Give back. Do good. All ages can participate. No fee to register. Get signed up here.

Robbie Schaefer

Cadillac | Robbie Schaefer is a musician, songwriter, and playwright devoted to service through the arts. He is the guitarist and songwriter for the indie folk band Eddie From Ohio (winners of 7 Wammie Awards; over 150,000 cd’s sold) and has released several solo albums, including his most recent, 2017′s Sounds Like Home: Songs From the Musical, Light Years. Get tickets here.

Suttons Bay Family & Friends Sale

Suttons Bay | Suttons Bay is celebrating our loyal locals with a Friends & Family Sale Event from Friday 11/19 – Sunday 11/21. Storewide sales and specials will be offered and vary by store. Stroll Christmas Tree Lane and visit over 50 decorated trees all decked out by a variety of community and school groups and start your holiday shopping! Find info and more fun this weekend.

Go for a Hike During Deer Hunting Season…Safely

Find Natural Areas throughout the North where you can hike safely during deer hunting season. And be sure to still wear orange!

Flylite Gemini at the Pub

Bellaire | Short’s Brewing Company hosts FlyLiteGemini who play and sing every note with passion and intensity as they push aside the veil and travel through the musical ether to create a unique experience through repeating themes of love, hope, and the soul’s journey through dark and light. Find more info.

Holiday Gift Market in East Jordan

East Jordan | Check out many handmade items created by local artisans at the Jordan River Arts Center. Find more info.

The Savannah Sipping Society at The Old Town Playhouse

Traverse City | Four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate – and an impromptu happy hour – and decide it’s high time to reclaim their enthusiasm for life. Filled with laughter and hilarious misadventures, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Get tickets here.


Handmade Holiday Craft Show

Petoskey | The Emmet County Fairgrounds will be hosting the annual Handmade Holiday Craft Show benefiting Brother Dan’s Food Pantry, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 20. Find more info.



Photo(s) by Dave Weidner