Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the 2018 National Cherry Festival

Cherry lovers and summertime fun junkies unite!

From June 30 through July 7, Traverse City, MI will host the National Cherry Festival. It’s a celebration of all things Michigan, from Traverse City’s world-famous cherries grown by local farmers, to the pristine beaches on the east side of Lake Michigan’s shore.

Indulge in all that this great northern city has to offer by visiting Traverse City during the National Cherry Festival this summer. The week-long festival offers a multitude of events, including many free events designed with family fun in mind.

Have some festival fun by:

  • Appreciating vintage machinery at the Old Town Classic Car Cruise. Classic car and motorcycle owners are welcome to join fellow automotive enthusiasts at Turtle Creek Casino on Friday, June 29, to participate in a cruise through Traverse City. Younger and older generations alike will enjoy the sights and sounds of the classic cars from the state that first put the world on wheels.
  • Meeting local heroes at the U.S. Coast Guard Open RampEveryone is invited to meet local members of the Coast Guard on Friday, June 29. Observe military planes and meet demonstration teams taking part in the festival’s popular Airshow events, taking place June 30 and July 1.
  • Get a workout in with the festival’s fitness events. Zumba, volleyball, bootcamp, golf, yoga, running, even cornhole – there are many ways to break a sweat while you enjoy the festival. Register for your favorite.
  • Enjoy a concert at the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. This year’s standout performers include husband and wife duo Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar, with special guest Loverboy, blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy, nine-time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow and up-and-coming American music duo Dan + Shay.

And of course, no one should skip town without tasting a few of the fine cherries the festival has to offer. Options for eating cherries include traveling to one of the many cherry farms in the area and picking your own, signing up for a free cherry pie eating contest, or buying cherries from one of the vendors at the farmers market.

For more information about the festival and to see a full list of events, please visit the Cherry Festival’s website.

Once you’ve purchased way more cherries than you know what to do with, try these recipes:

Photo credit: liz west

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