In Traverse City

Welcome to the Traverse City National Cherry Festival, a celebration of all things cherry that promises to make your summer sweeter than ever. Join us in the heart of Michigan as we revel in the luscious flavors, vibrant colors, and festive atmosphere that define this annual extravaganza.

cherry festival dates

Mark your calendars for a weekend of pure delight! The Traverse City Cherry Festival typically takes place during the sunny days of mid-July, immersing you in the perfect summer escape.

The dates for the 2024 Cherry Festival are JUNE 29 – JULY 6, 2024.

What to Expect

Dive into a world where cherries take center stage, offering a plethora of activities and treats for visitors of all ages. Here’s a taste of what awaits you:

Cherry Tastings

Indulge your taste buds with an array of cherry-inspired delights, from fresh pies to decadent jams. Sample the finest cherry products crafted by local artisans.

Pit-Spitting Contests

Embrace your competitive spirit and join in the fun of the famous pit-spitting contests. Challenge your friends and family to see who can launch a cherry pit the farthest!

Live Music

Let the sweet melodies of live music fill the air as talented musicians entertain you throughout the festival. From local bands to nationally acclaimed artists, the music scene adds an extra layer of enjoyment.

Arts and Crafts Fair

Discover unique treasures at the arts and crafts fair, where local artisans showcase their talents. Find the perfect cherry-themed souvenirs to commemorate your festival experience.

Family-Friendly Activities

Bring the whole family and enjoy a range of kid-friendly activities, including face painting, carnival games, and delightful cherry-themed parades.

Cherry Farm Tours

Venture out to local cherry farms and orchards for a firsthand look at the cherry-growing process. Learn about the art of cultivation and get a taste of farm-fresh cherries.

Cherry Pit Art Contest

Unleash your creativity by participating in the Cherry Pit Art Contest. Transform cherry pits into unique pieces of art, showcasing your artistic flair. It’s a fun and imaginative way to engage with the festival’s cherry theme.

Cherry Cooking Demonstrations

Learn the art of cherry-centric culinary delights through live cooking demonstrations. Renowned chefs share their expertise, providing tips and tricks for incorporating cherries into various dishes. Discover new recipes and savor the flavors of cherry-inspired cuisine.

Cherry Wine Tasting

Traverse City is famous for its cherry wines, and the festival provides an excellent opportunity to indulge in cherry-infused wines. Join wine tastings to explore the rich and diverse world of cherry wines, from sweet to dry, paired with delicious local cheeses.

Cherry Farmers Market

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Cherry Farmers Market. Local farmers and producers showcase their fresh cherries, jams, preserves, and other cherry-related products. It’s the perfect place to purchase authentic Traverse City cherry souvenirs.

Cherry Balloon Rides

Soar above the picturesque landscapes of Traverse City in a cherry-themed hot air balloon. Experience breathtaking views of cherry orchards and Lake Michigan while enjoying a unique and memorable adventure.

Cherry 5K Run/Walk

Stay active and join the Cherry 5K Run/Walk. Traverse scenic routes surrounded by cherry blossoms and orchards, creating a refreshing and invigorating exercise experience. Participants often receive cherry-themed medals or treats upon completion.

Cherry Art Exhibitions

Appreciate the artistic talent inspired by cherries at the Cherry Art Exhibitions. Local artists showcase their cherry-themed artwork, paintings, sculptures, and more, adding a cultural and creative dimension to the festival.

Cherry Carnival Rides

Enjoy the excitement of classic carnival rides set against the backdrop of the cherry festival. From Ferris wheels to carousel rides, the carnival offers a joyful experience for visitors of all ages.

Cherry Pie Eating Contest

Test your appetite in the Cherry Pie Eating Contest. Participants compete to devour delicious cherry pies in a race against time. It’s a lively and entertaining event that adds a competitive edge to the festival.

Cherry Fireworks Spectacular

Conclude your festival experience with a dazzling Cherry Fireworks Spectacular. The night sky lights up with vibrant colors, creating a mesmerizing display that beautifully caps off a day filled with cherry-themed festivities.

Learn More About The

National Cherry Festival

Embark on a cherry-filled adventure and create lasting memories at the Traverse City Cherry Festival! To learn more about this Traverse City gem, visit Book your room now at Turtle Creek Hotel & Casino for a weekend of fun, flavor, and festivities!