The Traverse City area is home to hundreds of miles of rivers for kayaking.

Kayaking is just one of the many water sports the area has become known for.

No one can deny the fact that when Spring rolls around and the warmer weather is upon us, people want to get out and get going! It's almost as if we come alive with new ideas, new aspirations and new goals for the warmer months.  Which is why Spring is officially trade show season - and Traverse City hosts quite a few of them during the month of April.

Traverse City Boat & Outdoor Show

If there's one thing we know up in Traverse City: it's playing in the water.  Whether that's sailing, kayaking, tubing, canoeing or just taking it all in while laying on a raft floating in the waves, water recreation isn't an afterthought for us; it's what we do. So it makes sense that after a long winter of frozen lakes people are itching to see what's new in the world of boating and watercraft and the Traverse City Boat & Outdoor Show does just that.

Held this year on April 4,5 & 6, the TC Boat & Outdoor Show hosts dozens of vendors exhibiting the latest and greatest in the boating world with the newest 2014 models on display. The show floor will fill up with everything from pontoons and ski boats to water toys and boating accessories, so if you're in the market or simply ready for warmer weather, the show is a perfect kick off for Spring.

Traverse City Boat & Outdoor Show Dates & Times:

  • Friday April 4: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday April 5: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday April 6: 10am-4pm
Admission: Adults $6, Kids 4-12 $2, Kids 0-3 FREE

Show Location: Grand Traverse County Civic Center - Howe Arena

The Traverse City Boat & Outdoor Show features everything for a water sports enthusiast.

Boating Magazine named Traverse City as one of the "10 Best Places to Live & Boat". June 2011


There's a certain feeling you get when you're in Traverse City. The air is fresh, the water is clear and the wind blows along at a speed that rivals the pace of our laid-back lifestyle. When you're 'up north' - you know it, and the 'Up North' Lake & Cottage Show exhibits everything that encompasses that true northern feeling.

In it's fifth year and now hosting over 100 exhibitors, the show takes place on April 11, 12 & 13. Attendees will find everything they need to absorb the style and comforts of being 'Up North' - including indoor and outdoor home decor, landscaping, home services and more.

'Up North' Lake & Cottage Show Dates & Times:

  • Friday April 11: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday April 12: 9am-6pm
  • Sunday April 13: 10am-4pm
Admission: Adults $6, Kids 4-12 $2, Kids 0-3 FREE

Show Location: Grand Traverse County Civic Center - Howe Arena

Peaceful and calm lake life on the shores of West Grand Traverse bay.

The Northern Michigan way of life has a distinct feeling all its own.


When you combine over 30 wineries, a variety of restaurants that can feed any craving, and dozens of boutique shops, you get what some would think of as a perfect girls weekend. Now, add all of that to the weekend of April 26-27 and you've got more than just the perfect girls weekend, you've got the perfect excuse to make it happen!

The Traverse City Women's Expo takes much of what encompasses the lifestyle of today's woman and conveniently puts it under one roof.  Over 100 exhibitors will be on hand with the latest in health and fitness, beauty and fashion, home and family, and more.

Traverse City Women's Expo Show Dates & Times:

  • Saturday April 26: 10am-7pm
  • Sunday April 27: 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults $6, Kids 4-12 $2, Kids 0-3 FREE

Show Location: Grand Traverse County Civic Center - Howe Arena

Traverse City is the perfect place for a girls getaway weekend

Wondering why you haven't planned that girls getaway weekend yet?