Summertime in Traverse City means more things going on than you can count! There are festivals including the National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival, food and wine events such as Rosé for a Reason on the Old Mission Peninsula or the Leland Wine & Food Festival on the Leelanau Peninsula. There are outdoor art shows like Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair and the Suttons Bay Art Festival, cultural happenings like the Port Oneida Fair and the Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow and athletic events like the six-week Great Lakes Equestrian Festival where thousands of the nation's best horses and riders compete in the International Olympic disciplines of dressage.
Summer is also the time for traditional village celebrations such as Bellaire’s Rubber Ducky Festival and Elk Rapids’ Harbor Days. Other favorites include the Northwestern Michigan Fair (a week of farm exhibits, 4H livestock shows, grandstand shows, great food and a carnival midway) and the Annual Buckley Old Engine Show, featuring antique gas and steam tractors, cars, trucks and a working 1923 steam locomotive.
If you are looking for outdoor recreation activities you should look no further than the Traverse City area where hiking and biking trails abound. Lake Michigan offers countless opportunities for freshwater fun and outstanding scenery surrounds you every second, providing the perfect backdrop for all your outdoor adventures.