Hey, hey, hey, it's summertime in Traverse City! Do you know what that means? Festivals, concerts on the lawn, sips of wine or beer on a patio and street fairs. And, this is only a few of the events happening... 

The calendar has over 500 events! How do you know which activities are just right for your vacation? Let us help. Here are some suggestions for July and August. Head over to our events calendar for the complete lineup. 


Traverse City Film Festival | July 31 to August 5 
Did someone say free movies at the open space? Yes, please! An eclectic mix of old and new movies are on the schedule, including The Greatest Showman, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and 9 to 5 -- the popular 1980's movie featuring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin. Speaking of Jane Fonda, she will be at this year's festival to receive a lifetime achievement award. All of this is only a fraction of what happens during the week-long event featuring films and filmakers from around the world. 

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival | July 4 to August 12
For all of the equestrian people and horse fans out there, this is a unique and special event in Traverse City. Competitions are the focus of the festival, but spectators are welcome. There are plenty of opportunities to watch the nationally rated horse competitions, jumping, hunters and equitation. Take a look at their full schedule of events. 

Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair | August 13 to August 18 
Traverse City's newest festival brings top artists from across the country to compete in a six day plein air paint out. Onsite painting locations include Leland, Ciccone Vineyards, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Downtown Traverse City and more. If you've never seen an artist in action, this is your chance to be a spectator. A kids' paint out and art sales are also in the mix of events. 

Plein Air Painting at the Open Space


The Beach Boys | July 17 
Now this seems fitting, the Beach Boys in concert in a beach town. Summertime at it's best. Join one of America's best-loved bands at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

May Erlewine at Fountain Point Resort | July 22 
The sweet sounds and songs of northern Michigan's May Erlewine are best experienced at an outdoor venue. Head north of Traverse City into Leelanau County where you will be swept away by scenic views and an concert experience to remember. 

The Accidentals in Concert | August 11 
One of Traverse City's favorite bands is heading up to the Northport Community Arts Center for a show. Songs from their new cd, Odyssey will be featured. 

The Accidentals in Traverse City


Vasa Domingos Mountain Bike Ride | Recurring weekly on Sunday until September 2
Are you an active family? Hit the single track trails on Sunday mornings with Norte, Traverse City's Bike education group. Grown-ups and kids of all ages are welcome. Bikes can be borrowed from Norte's Clubhouse or rented at a local bike shop. 

Horse and Wagon Historic Tours | Recurring weekly on Tuesday and Thursday until September 4
Step back in time and explore the Port Oneida Historic District like they did in the past. Travel the path of the pioneers and learn about the history of this important agricultural community. Tours are about 45 minutes to an hour long. Reservations are required, call 231-334-6103.

Elk Rapids Harbor Days | August 1 to August 4 
Summer isn't complete without eating at least one elephant ear or one candy apple from a festival food truck. Find them both, plus rides just outside the harbor in Elk Rapids. Stay for the afternoon and hit the beach, too. 

Elk Rapids Harbor Days

Friday Night Live | Recurring weekly on Friday until August 24 
It's a community block party in Downtown Traverse City! Stroll Front Street, listen to live music and eat a few treats -- it's what Friday's on vacation are meant for. 

Interested in outdoor events or wine and culinary happenings? Check out the full list of events here