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Summertime definitely marks the high point of Traverse City’s festival year! For more than 90 years, the National Cherry Festival has been our way of celebrating Traverse City’s status as America’s Cherry Capital. The popular summer festival offers events and attractions, including free air shows, concerts, parades, kids events, the Festival of Races, and Cherry Pie Eating and Pit Spitting competitions for every age.

Summer is also time for the Traverse City Film Festival, held here since 2005, featuring new releases, classic films, documentaries, and independent productions shown at locations across the city. Each evening, free family-friendly movies are shown on a huge inflatable screen at the Open Space overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. It’s also the season for wine and beer festivals including the Leland Wine and Food Festival and Suds & Sun The Ultimate Party in the Sun!