National Cherry Festival

How do you top eight days of food, fun and family-friendly activities and entertainment? With a cherry, of course. After all, this is the National Cherry Festival. Begun in 1925 as the “Blessing of the Blossoms,” the event was a way to celebrate the area’s abundant cherry crop. Today, it’s one of the country’s largest and most popular festivals, drawing over 500,000 people in its eight days.

This year’s festival is chock-full of fun and excitement. Thrill seekers will flock to the midway for rides and attractions. Vendors will serve up favorite food items, including Gibby’s Fries and smoked turkey legs plus a variety of fare from local restaurants. Premier performers take center stage for live concerts. So mark your calendar for July 4 to July 11, 2020 It’s the National Cherry Festival. And the time is “ripe” for a really great time.

Events are listed below. See the Cherry Festival and spend a couple more days exploring Traverse City. View our affordable and family friendly lodging options.

Festival Highlights! 

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