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2022 National Cherry Festival Guide: Traverse City Michigan (Event Schedule, Parade Route, Things to Do, Maps, Parking and Best Hotels) See Boyz II Men, Nelly, Dwight Yoakam and Collective Soul!

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!
  • Events are subject to change without notice. We make every effort to keep info accurate as possible but please contact the National Cherry Festival if you have questions about the festival: (231) 947-4230


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 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is hosting the National Cherry Festival Airshow aerial demonstration teams. Come and meet the members and demonstration teams participating in the Cherry Festival Airshow!

Location: USCG Air Station Traverse City



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


Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

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 

Zumba By The Bay8:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Registration Opens May 2, 2022. Celebrate the Cherry Festival with a 2-hour, high-energy Zumba class led by Certified Instructor, Angie Pierce and other instructors from the area.

  • 8:00am - STRONG by Zumba
  • 8:45am - Zumba

Location: Open Space Park

Norte Kids Balance Bike Race9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. This fun balance bike race invites riders ages 2–5 to bike through Norte's balance bike course at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Helmets and bikes are available for racers. Please bring your own if you have them. Registration begins at 8 am until 8:45 and racing starts at 9 am.

Location: Norte Clubhouse, Grand Traverse County Civic Center

Two Person Beach Volleyball9:00 AM. Get ready for the two-person tournaments on the beaches of West Grand Traverse Bay. Saturday's tournament features Men and Women's play, with 18 teams per division. 

Team sign in begins at 8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with play beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. 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. 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: Clinch Park

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 11:00 a.m. - 11 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 - 12:45 PM-4:00 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.  Buy your tickets early!

Location: Open Space Park

Air Show!! 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Open Space Park! This is an air show you won't want to miss!  U.S. Navy Blue Angels will take to the skies opening weekend July 2nd & 3rd.

Location: Open Space Park

Blues, Brews & BBQ - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  Kick off the 96th National Cherry Festival with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, micro-brews and BBQ!

Watch the Blue Angels high over West Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying brews and BBQ! Ticket includes two adult beverages and food. BBQ is served from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Parking is very limited. Doors open at 1:00 pm.

Tickets on sale March 15, 2022

Location: Hagerty Center

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club in Clinch Park.

Indigo View Air Show - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Overlooking the Grand Traverse West Bay in downtown Traverse City, the Hotel Indigo’s swank rooftop is a great spot to enjoy the magnificent U.S. Navy Blue Angels airshow while enjoying sips and bites. Two beverage tickets are included with your meal. Garage Parking is available at this event through Hotel Indigo for $12/vehicle.

Tickets on sale!

Location: Hotel Indigo

Sheryl Crow with special guest May Erlewine, 6:00-10:30 p.m. Grab your tickets! $60+ for reserved seats, $45+ for standing room and $170 for The Deck Package that includes dinner.

Location: Bayside Music Stage


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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.

Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

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 - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: Clinch Park

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 a.m. - 11 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

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.

Air Show!! 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Open Space Park! This is an air show you won't want to miss!  U.S. Navy Blue Angels will take to the skies opening weekend July 2nd & 3rd.

Location: Open Space Park

Flight Deck - 12:45 PM-4:00 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. Buy your tickets early!

Location: Open Space Park

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club in Clinch Park.

Great American Picnic12:45 PM - 4:00 PM Come on out on Sunday, July 3rd for the ultimate Great American Picnic! Enjoy the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform over West Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying yummy cherry inspired picnic food. There will be outdoor games and fun for the whole family! Food is served from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Tickets On Sale!

Location: Hagerty Center 

Indigo View Air Show - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Overlooking the Grand Traverse West Bay in downtown Traverse City, the Hotel Indigo’s swank rooftop is a great spot to enjoy the magnificent U.S. Navy Blue Angels airshow while enjoying sips and bites. Two beverage tickets are included with your meal. Garage Parking is available at this event through Hotel Indigo for $12/vehicle.

Tickets on sale!

Location: Hotel Indigo

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

See Dwight Yoakam with opener Home Free on the Pepsi Bayside Music Stage presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan during the National Cherry Festival on July 3, 2022. 6:00 PM-10:30 PM

Buy Tickets to Dwight Yoakam!


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


Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

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, 10 am-10 pm 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 - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids. Ages 2-12.

Location: Clinch Park

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

Orchard Tours and More! 10:00 am -1 pm at the Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station. There will be educational exhibits, samples of cherry products, and tours of the farm. Cherry fun for the kids includes a 4-H petting zoo and a 4H kids activity (No petting zoo on July 4th). The shuttle to Orchard Tours and More will depart every half hour from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM from Traverse City Tourism, Monday through Friday.

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 a.m. - 11 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

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.

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club in Clinch Park.

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

Collective Soul & TESLA!!  How fun!! 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM. Buy your tickets early!  (I've seen Collective Soul in concert, they rock!)

Location: Bay Side Music Stage

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, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan


Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

Cherry Pie Bike Ride - 9:00 AM, F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

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.

Hole-In-One - 10 am - 5 pm. 

Just $5 for 3 shots with a daily prize for the closest to the pin. July 5-8, 2022. Qualifiers will return to X-Golf on Saturday, July 9 at 9 am for a chance to win $50,000! Are you feeling lucky?

Location: X-Golf Traverse City

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: Clinch Park

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

Orchard Tours and More! 10:00 am -1 pm at the Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station. There will be educational exhibits, samples of cherry products, and tours of the farm. Cherry fun for the kids includes a 4-H petting zoo and a 4H kids activity (No petting zoo on July 4th). The shuttle to Orchard Tours and More will depart every half hour from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM from Traverse City Tourism, Monday through Friday.

Princess Tea, 10 am -12 p.m. Dress in your favorite princess dress and enjoy tea with National Cherry Queen and her royal court! Tickets are $25 for Princess Tea

Location: Great Wolf Lodge

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 a.m. - 11 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

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.

Cornhole Tournament - 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, July 05 - July 06, 2022

Location: Beer Tent

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club.

Location: Clinch Park.

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 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

Nelly will be at the Pepsi Bayside Music Stage!  

July 05, 2022 | 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Ticket Prices: $40-$165.

Nelly entered the spotlight with the release of Country Grammar in 2000, spending seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and spawning the massive hits “Ride Wit Me”, “Country Grammar”, and “E.I.”. Tickets on sale April 8, 2022 at 9 am.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan


Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

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. 

Fun and Games for Special Cherry Kids - 9:00 AM

Come on out for a morning with games and festival activities with a focus on inclusion for children and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. There will be fun games, art activities, face painting, and a chance to see and visit with Super Cherry and the Queen and Court. Amusement rides will have slower speeds and help with loading and unloading hosted by the Arnold Family.

Location: Open Space Park

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

Drop in Art - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Drop in for free art activities at the Crooked Tree Art Center. Preschool age and up.

Location: Crooked Tree Arts Center 

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.

GT Butterfly Experience, 10 am - 6 p.m. How fun! Yan can see lots of species of North American butterflies on display including the Monarch! Learn about how to help save butterflies in your own backyard. Walk through exhibit and feed butterflies!

Location: Clinch Park

Hole-In-One - 10 am - 5 pm. 

Just $5 for 3 shots with a daily prize for the closest to the pin. July 5-8, 2022. Qualifiers will return to X-Golf on Saturday, July 9 at 9 am for a chance to win $50,000! Are you feeling lucky?

Location: X-Golf Traverse City

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: Clinch Park

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

Orchard Tours and More! 10:00 am -1 pm at the Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station. There will be educational exhibits, samples of cherry products, and tours of the farm. Cherry fun for the kids includes a 4-H petting zoo and a 4H kids activity (No petting zoo on July 4th). The shuttle to Orchard Tours and More will depart every half hour from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM from Traverse City Tourism, Monday through Friday.

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.

Cornhole Tournament - 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, July 5 - July 6, 2022

Location: Beer Tent

Arnold Amusements Midway 12:30 p.m. - 11 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

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club.

Location: Clinch Park.

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

Festival Fashion Show - 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Cost: $28.00. Doors open at 4:30. Light appetizers served with a cash bar available. Show starts at 5:00 pm.

The Festival Fashion Show returns with a new location and time! Join the National Cherry Queen and her court as they and area models rock the runaway in a show of the best fashion in Traverse City. Many local boutiques, regional shops and national department stores participate in this fun, fashion event.

  • Glitz & Spurs
  • Glik's
  • Ashleigh's at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
  • Ellas
  • L.A. Cool
  • Bahles of Suttons Bay
  • Sweet Pea
  • Macy's
  • Tjmaxx
  • Talbots

Location: Great Wolf Lodge.

Tickets: Grab your tickets.

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

Jim Gaffigan: The Fun Tour! 6:00 pm. - 10:30 pm. National Cherry Festival is adding laughter to the entertainment line up with a stop on Jim Gaffigan’s The Fun Tour on Wednesday July 6th on the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Location: Bay Side Music Stage

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

Teen Volleyball, 9:00 am. Buy tickets for the tournament

Location: Traverse City West End Beach Volleyball Courts

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

Cherry Pie Make & Bake, 10:00 a.m. Kids from 2-12 years old learn to make a mini Cherry Crumb Pie (National Cherry Festival's Signature Pie!) from the bakers at Grand Traverse Pie Company. After kids make the pie, it will be baked on site or you can take it home to bake. This event is scheduled on a first come first served basis with on-site registration opening up at 9:00am. Please arrive early to sign up for your time slot! A $3 donation to benefit the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center is suggested.

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.

GT Butterfly Experience, 10 am - 6 p.m. How fun! Yan can see lots of species of North American butterflies on display including the Monarch! Learn about how to help save butterflies in your own backyard. Walk through exhibit and feed butterflies!

Location: Clinch Park

Hole-In-One - 10 am - 5 pm. 

Just $5 for 3 shots with a daily prize for the closest to the pin. July 5-8, 2022. Qualifiers will return to X-Golf on Saturday, July 9 at 9 am for a chance to win $50,000! Are you feeling lucky?

Location: X-Golf Traverse City

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: Clinch Park

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

Orchard Tours and More! 10:00 am -1 pm at the Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station. There will be educational exhibits, samples of cherry products, and tours of the farm. Cherry fun for the kids includes a 4-H petting zoo and a 4H kids activity (No petting zoo on July 4th). The shuttle to Orchard Tours and More will depart every half hour from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM from Traverse City Tourism, Monday through Friday.

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

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 a.m. - 11 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

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Pow Wow - 11 am -3:00 p.m. 

Location: Bayside Music Stage

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.

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club.

Location: Clinch Park.

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 - 5:30 pm. - 7:30 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.

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

Location: Traverse City Central Track

1964 The Tribute, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM 

1964 The Tribute band will rock on the Pepsi Bayside Music Stage! For over twenty years, The Tribute has performed to enraptured audiences. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as THE most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute which has earned them the distinction from Rolling Stone magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth”.

Location: Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage 

Tickets: Grab your tickets! Cost: $20.00 - $145.00

Cherry Kids Fun Run - 6:00 PM. The Cherry Kids Fun Run is a one mile Fun Run race! The Cherry Kids Fun Run returns to Front Street prior to the Consumer Energy Community Parade. Each child participant receives a medal and t-shirt. This run is open to all ages. The fee is $10. Registration opens May 2.

Location: Grand Traverse Civic Center

Consumers Energy Community Royale Parade6:30 PM. See the Traverse City Festival parade route in the map below. Front to Union to 7th Streets


Friday, July 8, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

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

Diaper Derby & Toddler Trot - 10:00 AM

Fun for the smallest Cherry Festival attendees! There will be silly, fun filled competitions of baby crawling and toddler trotting. Register at 9 am and the first race will start at 10 am! Open to children 3 and under.

Location: F & M Park at Railroad & Washington Streets

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.

GT Butterfly Experience, 10 am - 6 p.m. How fun! Yan can see lots of species of North American butterflies on display including the Monarch! Learn about how to help save butterflies in your own backyard. Walk through exhibit and feed butterflies!

Location: Clinch Park

High Fitness, 10:00 am. Join certified High Fitness Instructor Rachel Eyre for a 60-minute High Fitness Master Class! This format is great for all fitness levels!

This fitness class incorporates aerobic interval training with music and an intense easy to follow fitness choreography.  Registration begins May 2, 2022.

Location: Clinch Park

Hole-In-One - 10 am - 5 pm. 

Just $5 for 3 shots with a daily prize for the closest to the pin. July 5-8, 2022. Qualifiers will return to X-Golf on Saturday, July 9 at 9 am for a chance to win $50,000! Are you feeling lucky?

Location: X-Golf Traverse City

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: Clinch Park

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

Orchard Tours and More! 10:00 am -1 pm at the Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station. There will be educational exhibits, samples of cherry products, and tours of the farm. Cherry fun for the kids includes a 4-H petting zoo and a 4H kids activity (No petting zoo on July 4th). The shuttle to Orchard Tours and More will depart every half hour from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM from Traverse City Tourism, Monday through Friday.

Arnold Amusements Midway 11:00 a.m. - 11 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.

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club.

Location: Clinch Park.

Kids Chalk Art, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Bring your artistic ability to create a picture or two with chalk. Chalk is provided and it's free to create your art!

Location: Open Space Park.

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.

Cherries Got Talent Finals2:00 PM. Come and watch the Cherries Got Talent Finalist perform!

Location: Beer Tent

Meijer Festival of Races - 3:00 pm. - 8 pm packet pick up and onsite registration at the Traverse City Central High School's Cafeteria (Race on July 9th at 7 am). 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 - 8:00 p.m. 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 

ZZ Top - 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Don't miss ZZ Top appearing on the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage presented by Blue Cross Blue of Michigan, during the 96th National Cherry Festival.

Location: Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

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Saturday, July 9, 2022 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade - Join the National Cherry Festival for Consumers Energy's Very Cherry Porch Parade! Celebrate cherries by decorating your porch, window or yard during National Cherry Festival Week. Be sure to register your display!

Meijer Festival of Races - Packet Pick Up & Onsite Registration  5:30 AM - 6:30 AM, race begins at 7:00 am. Pick up your packet at Traverse City Central High School's cafeteria. Sign up early and save money on your registration.

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!

Location: Traverse City Central High School

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. 

Hole-in-One: Qualifiers will return to X-Golf on Saturday July 9 at 9:00 am for a chance to win $50,000!

Location: X-Golf

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.

GT Butterfly Experience, 10 am - 6 p.m. How fun! Yan can see lots of species of North American butterflies on display including the Monarch! Learn about how to help save butterflies in your own backyard. Walk through exhibit and feed butterflies!

Location: Clinch Park

Kids Club! - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Cherry Kids Club is a fun space for free fun events for kids.

Location: Clinch Park

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 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 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.

Bubble Gum Blow - 1:00 pm. This silly National Cherry Festival event is located at Kids Club.

Location: Clinch Park.

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

"Go For The Gold" Pin Program Final Drawing, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

One lucky "Go For The Gold" Pin qualifier will win the Festival's Grand Prize. Pin finalists need not be present to win.

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

Boyz II Men - July 09, 2022, 6:00 PM. Buy your tickets - on sale now.

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


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