2019 Traverse City National Cherry Festival (+Free Interactive Map and Guide!)




Did you know the National Cherry Festival draw over 500,000 people each year? We love watching the thrilling Thunderbirds soar through the sky, indulging in a delicious pancake breakfast, waving at the passing colorful floats during the famous parades, shopping at the farmers markets, rockin the concerts, cheering on the silly turtle races and of course, enjoying every minute of CHERRY EVERYTHING!

  • Since SO MUCH is going on, we developed a super useful interactive Cherry Festival Guide and Map that will rock your day! 



The Ultimate Traverse City National Cherry Festival Interactive Map Includes:

  • Locations of the Traverse City National Cherry Festival events so you can plan your day without missing anything!
  • The famous Cherry Festival Parade Routes so you can grab a great viewing spot!
  • Awesome places to view the Thunderbirds (includes a classy restaurant rooftop!)
  • Convenient hotels close to the action!
  • BONUS: Top 5 favorite things to do in Traverse City (just in case you get cherried out!!)


Grab Your Traverse City National Cherry Festival Interactive Map HERE!

Hotels Near the Action

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Traverse City National Cherry Festival Schedule!


Reference this 2019 Cherry Festival Schedule while utilizing our handy-dandy interactive map!  

  • Be sure to call 231.947.4230 or visit the Cherry Festival Organization page for more in-depth information, to answer any questions, to register for events, buy tickets or make reservations. 

June 28, 2019:

Old Town Classic Car Cruise 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Turtle Creek Casino.  It’s classic vehicle cruise time!

U.S. Coast Guard Open Ramp 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, USCG Air Station Traverse City. See the aerial demonstration teams!

 

June 29, 2019:

Go for the Gold! Pin Program Open Space Park

Sara Hardy Farmers Market 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Old Town Parking Deck.  Great place to find local produce, baked goods and more!

Farmers Market Brunch 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Old Town Parking Deck

Very Cherry Flying Pancake Breakfast 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Open Space Park. Tickets required.

Zumba! in the Bay Side 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage. Registration necessary.

Norte Kids Balance Bike Race 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Norte Clubhouse, For ages 5 and under.

Two Person Beach Volleyball 9:00 AM, Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball Courts on Grandview Parkway

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Kids Club 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Clinch Park

Kids Matinee 10:00 AM, State Theatre

NASA: Journey to Tomorrow Exhibit 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Union Street between Grandview Parkway & Garland Street

Opening Ceremonies 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

Souvenir Tent 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM, Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 AM, Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Beer Tent 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Open Space

Flight Deck 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Open Space Park

Indigo View Air Show 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Hotel Indigo

Air Show 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Open Space Park

Blues, Brew & BBQ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Hagerty Center, Opening event to kick off the National Cherry Festival with the Air Show, microbrews and yummy BBQ!

Space Exploration: From Yesterday to Tomorrow 4:00 PM, Open Space Park

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Open Space Park, According to the Guinness Book of Records, the record distance is 95 feet and 6.5 inches. Can you beat it? Register on-site, just prior to the 6pm contest. No fee required.


June 30, 2019

Go for the Gold! Pin Program, Open Space Park, Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins are available for $5. Commemorative pins will also be needed for entry into the beer tent.

Yoga by the Bay 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Open Space Park, All are welcome to this fun and healthy FREE event.

Four Person Beach Volleyball Tournament 9:00 AM, Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball Courts on Grandview Parkway

Arts and Crafts Fair 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Union Street Between Grandview Parkway & State Streets. Juried Arts and Crafts Fair featuring over 100 artists!

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Kids Club 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Clinch Park, for kids 2-12. FREE!

NASA: Journey to Tomorrow Exhibit 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Union Street between Grandview Parkway & Garland Street

Souvenir Tent 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM, Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 AM, Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Old Town Classic Car Show 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Union and Sixth Streets in Old Town, Check out lots of exquisite vehicles from across the Midwest!

Beer Tent 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Flight Deck 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Open Space Park. Enjoy premium viewing as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds take to the skies! Includes a picnic-style lunch. Tickets required.

Indigo View Air Show 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Hotel Indigo. Enjoy the airshow on the Indio’s rooftop in style!! Tickets required.

Great American Picnic 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Hagerty Center. View the exciting Air Show and play old fashion picnic games while noshing on a cherry inspired picnic lunch!

Air Show 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Open Space Park

Kids Cherry Teddy Bear Tea 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

Family Sand Sculpture Contest 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Senior Center Beach

Styx 6:00 PM, Bay Side Music Stage


July 1, 2019

Go for the Gold! Pin Program, Open Space Park, Commemorative pins will also be needed for entry into the beer tent.

Cherry Pie Bike Ride 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets, Enjoy a short ride that will end at the Open Space. Great incentive is to receive a Free Slice of Pie voucher from Grand Traverse Pie Company!

Lifetime Leadership Award Breakfast 9:00 AM, Traverse City Elks Lodge.

Village of Lake Leelanau Tour, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Excursion 9:45 AM - 3:45 PM, Leelanau Studios.  Enjoy tastings at six stops along the way, including beautiful countryside settings, a tasting room, a stop at the peninsula’s newest winery and lunch.

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Kids Club 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Clinch Park, family friendly event centering on providing free activities for children ages 2 to 12.

Orchard Tours & More 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station.  Visit a 100 acre research farm in the heart of "Cherry Country". Visit a productive orchard in beautiful Leelanau County, where fruit and festival come together.

Princess Tea 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Hagerty Center - 231.947.4230

Sensory Friendly Kids Movie Matinee 10:00 AM, Bijou by the Bay

Souvenir Tent 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM, Open Space Park

Classic Matinee 10:30 AM, State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 AM, Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Beer Tent 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets. Pre-school to 12 years old.

Hole in One Contest 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

Kids Turtle Race 3:00 PM, F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets, A super fun event for kids, ages 3 to 12, to race their turtle. Bring your own or borrow one of ours! Registration begins at 2:30 pm. Free!

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Lay's Cherry Blast Stage, Open Space Park. Free registration will open 30 minutes prior to event at stage, Free!

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Open Space Park, Register on-site, just prior to the 6pm contest. Free!

Brett Young 6:00 PM, Bay Side Music Stage, Buy your tickets!


July 2, 2019

Go for the Gold! Pin Program, Open Space Park, Commemorative pins are needed for entry into the beer tent.

Boomers Bootcamp 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, Clinch Park

Heritage Day 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage, enjoy a Native American Pow Wow Dance and drumming music.

Grand Traverse Bay, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Excursion 9:45 AM - 3:45 PM, Leelanau Studios

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park, Enjoy a daily farmer's market...Cherry Style!

Festival Open Space Park 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Kids Club 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Free activities for children ages 2 to 12.

Kids Pet Show10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets, One of the most popular kids events with registration from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Orchard Tours & More 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station.  Visit a 100 acre research farm in the heart of "Cherry Country". Visit a productive orchard in beautiful Leelanau County, where fruit and festival come together.

Souvenir Tent 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM, Open Space Park

Classic Matinee 10:30 AM, State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway11:00 AM, Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street. Games and rides!

Cherry Pins & Pizza 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Lucky Jack's. Pizza slices, shoes, pop, game of bowling - $1 each. Fun for the whole family.

Beer Tent 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Open Space Park

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians Pow Wow 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage, Enjoy the colorful display of dance and drumming and taste Native American cuisine.

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets, Yummy family favorite that all children love! Pre-school to 12 years old.

Cherry Industry Program and Awards 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station.

Hole in One Contest 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course, Practice your golf skills in preparation for the National Cherry Festival’s week long Hole-In-One Golf Contest.

Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias 6:00 PM, Bay Side Music Stage. Tickets Required.

Consumers Energy Heritage Parade 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Front St to Union Street to 13th Street, Honoring the history of our community and the cherry industry. 


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