National Cherry Festival Tips Every Visitor Should Know

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By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

The National Cherry Festival brings over 500,000 people to Traverse City every July!  Think you shouldn't go because of the crowds?  Trust us, you don't want to miss out. 

BUT do yourself a favor AND grab our tips and tricks every visitor should know before they go! It will make your trip more successful and fun for everyone.


National Cherry Festival Parking Tips


  • If you get to Traverse City early (by 9:30 a.m.) you should be able to park in the very close parking garage located on Front Street and Park.  They will have event parking which will run you around $15 but trust us, it's so worth it. 
  • See the map above for the parking location and the festival location.  Really close!
  • Street parking and most lots (that we found) are all 2 hr parking in which you HAVE to move your vehicle, not just go back and add more money.  

What to Do Other Than The National Cherry Festival?


  • Get there early and go to the beach!! It's literally right next to the National Cherry Festival!  Then drop your stuff back off in your vehicle and go to the free festival!
  • Play in the kids' water fountains!
  • Rent a kayak on the beach!
  • Get tickets for the beer tent. And the best part?  There's chairs set up to enjoy the air show!
  • Walk around downtown and enjoy the shops and restaurants!

What Should You Bring to the Traverse City National Cherry Festival?


  • Bring your bikes!  There is a free bike valet so you can park your bike without worrying it could get stolen.
  • Lots of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat

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