Traverse City Summer Festivals Wrapping Up But Still More To Come This Year

Summer festivals are wrapping up but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do in Northern Michigan.

Traverse City has been non-stop busy welcoming in tourists and vendors for the National Cherry Festival and Film Festival.

Businesses love the crowds the festivals bring in but know Traverse City has more to offerr.

“There great for bringing people in, both weeks were extremely busy,” said Dave Richardson, from Poppycocks. “Different kinds of crowds of course come for different activities but people love Traverse City, they love the outdoor activities, they love our restaurant scene, they love our craft cocktails, it brings people in from all over and it’s really exciting to see.”

The Traverse City Film Festival and National Cherry Festival bring thousands of people to enjoy everything Traverse City has to offer, but there’s even more excitement once summer dies down.

“Oh my goodness, yes, there’s so much time left,” said Mike Sutherland, owner of The River Outfitters.

“There’s other stuff coming up; the Microbrew and Music Festival and other things, the whole summer is busy,” said Richardson.

Outdoor recreation businesses say the weather has had an influence this year but that hasn’t stopped the phone from ringing and the excitement from building for what’s to come.

“It’s just sort of a slower pace and everyone’s more chill and I love August and the waters warm and so it’s lining up to be a really good august and September and weekends especially through September and fall colors,” said Sutherland.

And there are still many things to mark on your calendar for the rest of the year.

“The wonderful restaurant scene, the wineries, the breweries, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the fresh water, I mean there’s so much to take in and then you see those people come back later in the year or year after year, not just for the events, but because Traverse City is such a magical place,” said Trevor Tkach, president and CEO for Traverse City Tourism.

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