Editor's note: This article was published in Grand Traverse Scene magazine's Summer I 2019 issue. Pick up a free copy at area hotels, visitor's centers, chambers of commerce or at the Record-Eagle building on Front Street. Click here to read GT Scene in its entirety online.

June 26-30, 2019

Freedom Festival


A celebration of freedom, family and friendship that features two parades, a carnival, music and entertainment, food booths, an old-fashioned block party with food, music and games, and fireworks over Lake Charlevoix.


June 29-July 6, 2019

National Cherry Festival


More than 150 events, including free air shows over Grand Traverse Bay, parades, music shows, dining and sporting events, marching bands, rides on the midway, pie-eating contests and more.


July 6-7, 2019

Petoskey Antiques Show


A curated show that features 170 high-quality dealers from across the county in jewelry, antique furniture, pottery, china, textiles, prints and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Emmet County Fairgrounds.


July 9, 2019

Interlochen ‘Collage’


The young artists of Interlochen Arts Camp present a fast-paced program of music, dance, theater, visual arts, film screenings and readings of original works. 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts.


July 12-14, 2019

39th Annual Blissfest Music Festival


A celebration of music, art and community featuring local, regional, national and international artists and bands on four stages at the Festival Farm. The event also features ethnic food concessions, beer and wine tasting, a healing arts area, hands-on workshops and kids’ activities.


July 13-14, 2019

51st Annual Charlevoix Art & Craft Show


A well-rounded mix of art and crafts by more than 150 vendors from across the country. The event takes place in East Park on the shores of Round Lake in downtown Charlevoix.


July 18, 2019

37th Annual Garden Walk


A garden walk sponsored by the Friendly Garden Club features five beautiful and unique gardens located in the Holiday Hills area. The walk takes place from noon until 7 p.m. rain or shine; tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the walk, at the Traverse City Visitors Center and local nurseries and online at mynorthtickets.com.

July 20, 2019

UpNorth StandUp Paddleboard Classic


Paddleboard races for ages 7 and up, featuring the Crystal Lake SUP Challenge and the Lake Michigan 4.6 mile Downwind Duel, which starts at Point Betsie Lighthouse Beach and finishes on Frankfort Beach.


July 20-27, 2019

Charlevoix Venetian Festival


A week of color and pageantry that highlights the summer season and attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Charlevoix. A parade and a boat parade, games, a carnival, concerts, a kids’ day, fireworks and more.


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