If you’re a big festival goer, you’re going to love Traverse City in July! The National Cherry Festival, Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Traverse City Film Festival & Wine on the Water Festival are all happening this month. That’s not all – our July events calendar has a total of 402 events – talk about options! Take a look and see for yourself.


National Cherry Festival – July 1- July 8

Running from July 1 to July 8, this is the oldest, biggest and still the champion festival of the region. This eight-day party features over 150 family activities: air shows, fireworks, parades, games, races, and so much more. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Cherry Festival Parade

Interlochen Arts Festival – July 1- August 19

Interlochen Center for the Arts has an amazing line-up this year for their 2017 Arts Festival, be sure to check them out!

Shanty Creek’s Freedom Festival – July 3

Join Shanty Creek as they celebrate Independence Day at Summit Village. This is a perfect family event!

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival – July 5-9; July 12-30; August 2-13

Come out to Flintfields Horse Park to watch thrilling show jumping and enjoy an afternoon of family fun with shopping, dining and more. 

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Wine on the Water Festival – July 15

This entertainment-packed Festival by the Bay will feature tastes from seven local Leelanau wineries, Hop Lot Brewery and Chateau de Leelanau cider, as well as delicious food from local restaurants.

Short’s Brewing Traverse City Trails Festival – July 22

Get ready for a beautiful day on the trails! On July 22, Short’s Brewing is inviting all the mountain bike enthusiasts to Ranch Rudolf for a day of singletrack, beer, and fun. 

Traverse City Film Festival – July 25-July 30

From July 25 to July 31, movie buffs are lured away from the beaches and golf courses with an outstanding selection of independent, foreign, and documentary films, as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film at the annual Traverse City Film Festival. 

Traverse City Film Festival

Outdoor Events

Michigander Bicycle Tour – July 15

The Michigander Bicycle Tour combines beautiful trails, Great Lakes beaches, lighthouses, rivers, virgin white pines, and a healthy serving of brewpubs. This event is open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age.

Photo Scavenger Hunt – July 22

Enjoy a fun day exploring downtown Traverse City and hunting down clues in this family-friendly photo scavenger hunt! Grab a camera and a team of 2-8, and compete for TC-themed prizes.

Inland Seas Education Association: Steady the Ship! – July 24

On this sail, you will have an opportunity to raise the sails, steer the ship, learn the forces keeping the ship afloat, discover why the ship stays upright and moving forward, and how sails work.


Wine, Beer & Foodie Events

Swiss Dinner and Pinot Blanc Release – July 6

Head over to Left Foot Charley for a night of fun, food, and fantastic wine. Enjoy a glass of their newest release, the 2016 Island View Corner Pinot Blanc and access to the Raclette Station where you will be served a Raclette meal in the traditional Swiss style by Pinot Blanc growers Werner and Margrit Kuehnis.

Black Star Farms Harvest Dinner – July 12

The events team at Black Star Farms invites you to an evening you will remember forever! These wine-paired culinary experiences are inspired by the best local, seasonal ingredients sourced from northern Michigan’s finest farms.

The Swan Brothers Live at Bonobo Winery – July 14

Head over to Bonobo Winery for a night of music and wine with The Swan Brothers, Traverse City's local artists!

Arts & Culture

Ben Whiting presents Tricks Against Humanity: A Magic and Mind Reading Show for Horrible People – July 7

Laugh, drink, and be amazed, but don't bring the kids. Ben Whiting, an international magician and mind-reader, will give you a hysterical evening of magical entertainment based on games and TV shows from the 80's and 90's to the present. These shows are strictly for audiences 18 and up.

Rantz Annual Art Exhibit – July 14 – July 16

Yearly one-artist show by Northport painter Gene Rantz, celebrating more than 30 years of painting the magical Leelanau landscape.

Crooked Tree Outdoor Fair – July 29

Browse and buy pieces by over 100 artists and artisans from across the country, including jewelry, fibers, paintings and other 2-D art, metalwork, sculpture, pottery, and more.