2022 National Cherry Festival Guide: Traverse City Michigan (Event Schedule, Parade Route, Things to Do, Maps, Parking and Best Hotels)

Written by Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Are you ready for one of the most highly anticipated, biggest Michigan summer festivals?

The Traverse City National Cherry Festival is July 2-9, 2022! 

More than 500,000 people flock to Traverse City for the Festival every year! 

Chris and I love watching the thrilling airshow, indulging in a delicious pancake breakfast, waving at the passing colorful floats during the famous parade, shopping at the farmers markets, rockin' at the concerts, cheering at the dog shows and of course, enjoying every minute of CHERRY EVERYTHING!


 

This National Cherry Festival Guide Below Will Cover:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • 2022 Event Schedule (Calendar of Events)
  • Event Map 

Additional Guide: Michigan Cherry Festival Tips, Where to Park, Shuttle, Incredible Hotels and Things to Do


  • Where to Park (with map)
  • Shuttle Information
  • Where to Stay (Best hotels close to the National Cherry Festival)
  • FUN Things to Do in Traverse City

Cherry Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Michigan Cherry Festival in Michigan? 

Traverse City Michigan! The majority of the events are at Open Space Park and the surrounding areas. We have a map of all areas below. 

Will There be an Air Show in 2022 at the Michigan Cherry Festival?

YES!  See the U.S. Navy Blue Angels take to the skies!

Will there be any concerts in 2022?

YES!  Absolutely! Boyz II Men will be appearing on the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage!


Traverse City Cherry Festival Map of Events

See where the Cherry Festival events are located. Use Google Maps Cherry Festival Map so you can see where you are going while driving.


Traverse City National Cherry Festival Schedule of Events and Fun Things To Do!

Chris and I can't wait for this year's festival! I love CHERRY EVERYTHING!

  • Be sure to use the map above so you can easily find your events!


Friday, July 1, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Old Town Classic Car Cruise, 5:00 PM Turtle Creek Casino. 

If you own a classic car, truck or motorcycle you will love this classic vehicle cruise! Classics meet at Turtle Creek Casino on the Friday before Festival and staging will begin at 5 pm. The cruise will leave Turtle Creek Casino at 6 pm.

U.S. Coast Guard Open Ramp - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Come on out and meet members of the local Coast Guard and demonstration teams participating in the Cherry Festival Airshow! Oh, and it's FREE!

Location: USCG Air Station Traverse City. 

Saturday, July 2, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan



Sara Hardy's Farmers Market - Date: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market is a fantastic place to find fresh local vegetables, local products, baked goods, flowers and more!

Location: Old Town Parking Deck. 

Very Cherry Flying Pancake Breakfast - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Get ready for a yummy breakfast with Chris Cake's pancakes in support of The Festival Foundation. 

Location: Open Space Park. Get your tickets on June 1, 2022 

Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the huge variety of vendors, souvenir shops and food choices at the Traverse City Cherry Festival.  You are bound to find SOMETHING cherry that you love! I grabbed a cute cherry tank top with cherry blossoms and some cherry marinade!  

Location: Open Space Park

Opening Ceremonies - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Kick off the National Cherry Festival with speeches from the National Cherry Queen and the National Cherry Festival President along with other prominent figures of the Grand Traverse Region.

Location: Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 12:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

US Navy Blue Angels Souvenir Tent - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Get your U.S. Navy Blue Angels' Souvenirs!

Location: Open Space Park

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Flight Deck - 1:00 PM, The National Cherry Festival, "Flight Deck" provides Festival Premium viewing as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels take to the skies!  Tickets On Sale March 15, 2022!

Enjoy a picnic-style lunch of brats, hot-dogs, chips and Pepsi while watching the airshow. 

Location: Open Space Park

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest - Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the record to beat is 95 feet and 6.5 inches.

Do you think you can beat that record at the National Cherry Festival? Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, women's & men's. Register on-site, just prior to 6pm contest. Free.  Adults, age 18 and older.

Location: Open Space Park 


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Sunday, July 3, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Questions? Contact the cherry festival committee at 231.947.4230.

Yoga by the Bay, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, Fun for the whole family! All levels welcome to this FREE event. Check in at 8:00 am.

Location: Open Space Park, Registration Opens May 2, 2022

Arts and Crafts Fair, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Juried Arts and Crafts Fair in downtown Traverse City featuring more than 100 artists. Find fabulous hand-crafted art for you or gifts for loved ones!

Location: Grand Traverse Commons

Four Person Beach Volleyball Tournament - 9:00 AM. Sunday's tournament features Co-Ed Open (18 teams), Co-Ed Recreational (12 teams) and Open (6 teams) play. Registration Opens on April 1, 2022

Location: Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball Courts on Grandview Parkway.  

Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the souvenir tent, great places to get mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and fun gifts to celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival!

Location: Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 p.m. - 12 a.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Old Town Classic Car Show - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. See hundreds of show-condition collector cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles! If you want to show your vehicle, registration begins May 18, 2022.

Location: Grand Traverse Commons

US Navy Blue Angels Souvenir Tent - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Get your U.S. Navy Blue Angels' Souvenirs!

Location: Open Space Park

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Flight Deck - 1:00 PM, The National Cherry Festival, "Flight Deck" provides Festival Premium viewing as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels take to the skies!  Tickets On Sale March 15, 2022!

Enjoy a picnic-style lunch of brats, hot-dogs, chips and Pepsi while watching the airshow. 

Location: Open Space Park

Kids Cherry Teddy Bear Tea at the National Cherry Festival! - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Bring your favorite bear and blanket for a fun filled afternoon in the park. Enjoy story telling, making a teddy bear craft, and an afternoon tea party! 

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Family Sand Sculpture Contest - 6:00 PM. Let's get on the beach! Can you win the the National Cherry Festival sand sculpture competition?  Perfect for families, groups and individuals ages 13 and up. Only items found on the beach may be used in the decoration of the sculpture with the exception of food coloring. FREE.

Location: Sunset Park Beach


Monday, July 4, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan


Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the souvenir tent, great places to get mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and fun gifts to celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival!

Location: Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 p.m. - 12 a.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest is fun for all children to enjoy. Age classifications from pre-school to 12 years old. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets.

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to win? Dive into a slice of cherry pie and so who finishes first!  Prizes awarded. Free registration will open 30 minutes prior to event at stage, no fee required.

Location: Lay's Cherry Blast Stage, Open Space Park

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest - Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the record to beat is 95 feet and 6.5 inches.

Do you think you can beat that record at the National Cherry Festival? Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, women's & men's. Register on-site, just prior to 6pm contest. Free.  Adults, age 18 and older.

Location: Open Space Park 

4th of July Fireworks - 10:30 PM. The Traverse City Boom Boom Club puts on one heck of a show!

Location: Open Space Park


  • There is a free bike valet so you can ride your bike to the festival and park it without worry!
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Tuesday, July 5, 2021 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan


Kids Pet Show - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Super popular kids event! No Fee Required. Entries are open to "Live" pets and kids 3 - 12 years old. Register online for one or more categories: Most Unusual Pet, Best Dressed Ensemble, Dressed for the Decades: 1930s, Most Creative Cherry-Theme, Most Patriotic Pet, and Most Royal Pet.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the souvenir tent, great places to get mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and fun gifts to celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival!

Location: Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 p.m. - 12 a.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest is fun for all children to enjoy. Age classifications from pre-school to 12 years old. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets.

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to win? Dive into a slice of cherry pie and so who finishes first!  Prizes awarded. Free registration will open 30 minutes prior to event at stage, no fee required.

Location: Lay's Cherry Blast Stage, Open Space Park

Cherry Industry Program and Awards - 2:30 PM. Cherry industry information is presented in this special program with industry leaders, Festival officials and the National Cherry Queen and her court.

Location: Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station


Wednesday, July 6, 2021 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan


Sara Hardy's Farmers Market -Date: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market is a fantastic place to find fresh local vegetables, local products, baked goods, flowers and more!

Location: Old Town Parking Deck. 

Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the souvenir tent, great places to get mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and fun gifts to celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival!

Location: Open Space Park

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Arnold Amusements Midway 12:30 p.m. - 12 p.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Kids Cherry Town Fun Night - 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Fun-filled evening of entertainment for all ages. See tons of performers, enjoy hands-on activities, delicious food and all-around enjoyment. No fee required.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to win? Dive into a slice of cherry pie and so who finishes first!  Prizes awarded. Free registration will open 30 minutes prior to event at stage, no fee required.

Location: Lay's Cherry Blast Stage, Open Space Park

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest - Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the record to beat is 95 feet and 6.5 inches.

Do you think you can beat that record at the National Cherry Festival? Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, women's & men's. Register on-site, just prior to 6pm contest. Free.  Adults, age 18 and older.

Location: Open Space Park 

Thursday, July 7, 2021 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the souvenir tent, great places to get mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and fun gifts to celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival!

Location: Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 12:30 p.m. - 12 p.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Ultimate Air Dogs - 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. See the incredible competition featuring nearly 100 dogs and their owner/trainers competing for advancement! 

Preregistration is required to participate. FREE to view.

Location: Open Space Park

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest is fun for all children to enjoy. Age classifications from pre-school to 12 years old. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets.

Cherry Mile - 4:30 PM. Watch your friends and family compete for the fastest mile time.

The ‘Cherry Mile’ presented by the Traverse City Track Club will be a fast paced competition of high school runners and will offer an ‘Open Mile’ for runners in the community. Twelve participants in the high school elite race will compete.

3:45PM Bib pick up. Registration Opens May 2, 2022

Location: Traverse City Central Track



Friday, July 8, 2021 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Cherry Golf Scramble - 8:30 AM. Enjoy incredible golf at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, one of the Midwest’s top resorts. This is a two-person, 18-hole scramble on Spruce Run. Start at 8:30 a.m. Prizes awarded.

Special Cherry Festival rate available. Proper golf attire is required. Register in advance.

Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Kids Sand Sculpture Contest - 9:00 AM. A fun day on the beach with competitions for all ages (age divisions) and groups. Age divisions are ages 3 to 5 (9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.), Ages 6 to 8 (9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), Ages 9 to 12 (10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.), Groups with ages 3 to 12 (10:30 a.m. to noon).

Be sure to pre-register. Registration opens June 1, 2021. Can only decorate with beach found items, like shells with the exception of food coloring. FREE.

Location: Sunset Park Beach

Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

DTE Energy Day - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Learn what you can do to save energy and money! Play games and win prizes for all ages.

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the souvenir tent, great places to get mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and fun gifts to celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival!

Location: Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 12:30 p.m. - 12 p.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Ultimate Air Dogs - 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. See the incredible competition featuring nearly 100 dogs and their owner/trainers competing for advancement! 

Preregistration is required to participate. FREE to view.

Location: Open Space Park

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest is fun for all children to enjoy. Age classifications from pre-school to 12 years old. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets.

Meijer Festival of Races - Run with thousands of like-minded athletes! Enjoy views of Grand Traverse Bay as you push yourself to the finish line with thousands of fans cheering you on!

Sign up early and save money on your registration.

Location: Traverse City Central High School

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to win? Dive into a slice of cherry pie and so who finishes first!  Prizes awarded. Free registration will open 30 minutes prior to event at stage, no fee required.

Location: Lay's Cherry Blast Stage, Open Space Park

Queen's Coronation - 5:30 PM Meet the four candidates competing to be the new 2022/2023 National Cherry Queen! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, cash bar, and live and silent auctions benefiting the Queen's Scholarship Program. National Cherry Queen will arrive at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment. The Queen's Court will arrive at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Crowning of the National Cherry Queen will be announced at 7:45 p.m.

Location: Hagerty Center 

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest - Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the record to beat is 95 feet and 6.5 inches.

Do you think you can beat that record at the National Cherry Festival? Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, women's & men's. Register on-site, just prior to 6pm contest. Free.  Adults, age 18 and older.

Location: Open Space Park 

Saturday, July 9, 2021 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Sara Hardy's Farmers Market -Date: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market is a fantastic place to find fresh local vegetables, local products, baked goods, flowers and more!

Location: Old Town Parking Deck. 

Cherry Farm Market - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Here is your chance to purchase juicy, incredibly flavorful local Traverse City cherry products!

Location: Open Space Park

Open Space Park (Main Festival Grounds),10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main festival grounds located on West Grand Traverse Bay in Open Space Park.

Enjoy a slice of Grand Traverse Cherry Pie a la mode, grab lunch or dinner at the food stalls, shop everything Cherry at the Cherry Farmer's Market and shop for cute shirts, purses and fun Cherry Festival gifts/souvenirs at the souvenir tent.

Also there:

  • The Baby Comfort Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Welcome Center
  • Lost and Found 
  • Other Festival necessitates

Go for the Gold! Pin Program,  Open Space Park - Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will be needed to enter the beer tent.

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Official National Cherry Festival Souvenir Tent - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. We love the souvenir tent, great places to get mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and fun gifts to celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival!

Location: Open Space Park

Ultimate Air Dogs - 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. See the incredible competition featuring nearly 100 dogs and their owner/trainers competing for advancement! 

Preregistration is required to participate. FREE to view.

Location: Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 12:30 p.m. - 12 p.m. Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street.  Ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the festival, city and beach! Lots of rides and games! Fee for tickets and wristbands. 

Location: Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade - 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM

See royalty, marching bands, Prince and Princess floats, clowns, specialty entries and much more! Wheelchair access on the corner of 6th and Union Street. Watch the parade live on UpNorthTV channel 189.

Location: Front St to Union Street to 13th Street

Beer Tent -12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Space Park (near the marina) Cool off with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Must be 21 to enter the tent and have a commemorative pin.

Semi-Finalists Drawing - "Go for the Gold" Pin Program.  3:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Drawings for the “Go for the Gold” Pin Program qualifiers will take place at 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the Pin Tent in the Open Space, with the selection of the ten finalists taking place at 6:00 pm. Gold pin entries must be turned in at the pin tent by 5:00 pm. Semi-finalists must be 18 years old. Semi-finalists do not need to be present to win. Qualifiers will be notified by phone.

Location: Open Space Park

Boyz II Men - July 09, 2022, 6:00 PM. Buy your tickets - on sale January 14, 2022 at 9 am!

Winning dozens of awards, like the Grammy Awards throughout their 25-year career proves Boyz II Men will put on an awesome show! They have also won 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Casino Entertainment Award for their shows at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, ongoing since 2013.

Location: Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

"Go For The Gold" Pin Program Final Drawing - 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Lay's Cherry Blast Stage, Open Space Park

Kids Chalk Art - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Kids, ages 5 to 12, Show everyone your artistic ability with chalk! Chalk is provided. No fee required.

Location: Open Space Park



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