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National Cherry Festival 2025

Mark your calendar for the 2025 event, June 28th to July 5th!

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. It’s one of the country’s largest and most popular festivals, drawing over 500,000 people in its eight days.

The Traverse City Cherry 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.  At the festival, the time is always “ripe” for a really great time. 

View our many different lodging options for families, friends and couples and take a look at the event calendar below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the National Cherry Festival cost?

There are over 100 events and 85% of them are free! Check the National Cherry Festival event calendar to see if the event you're interested in has a fee. 

Where can I pick cherries? 

There are a variety of farmers markets and u-pick farms around the region. Take a look these places to find fresh cherries. 

Where do I park for the National Cherry Festival?

There are a variety of places to park for the festival. Park in one of the downtown parking garages or at one of the festival shuttle locations around the region. Get all of the parking details from the festival website

Are dogs allowed at the National Cherry Festival?

Only service animals are allowed at the National Cherry Festival. However, there are a few pet friendly events, including the Kids Pet Show and Ultimate Air Dogs.

Where is the National Cherry Festival?

The Festival location is in Traverse City, Michigan. The majority of the events take place at the Open Space (adjacent to Clinch Park Marina and within walking distance from Downtown Traverse City. There are also events that are in other locations across town. Please check the events listed above for location details.

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