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National Cherry Festival

Mark your calendar for the 2021 event, July 3-10th!

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 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.

See the Cherry Festival and spend a couple more days exploring Traverse City. View our many different lodging options for families and couples. 

All Things Cherry!


While we wait for the 2021 festival, we thought we'd share some of our favorite cherry festival memories and fun facts. Take a look below!

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