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Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival – July 20, 2019
[ July 20, 2019; 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Join us for a wonderful afternoon of Wine on the Water on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 1-7pm at Suttons Bay Marina Park. The Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival features tastes from local Leelanau wineries, cideries and breweries as well as delicious food from local restaurants. Enjoy drinks, food and all-day musical entertainment. Experience [...] more...

Friends of Fishtown 5K – July 20, 2019
[ July 20, 2019; 9:00 am; ] Join us for the 11th Annual Friends of Fishtown 5K Sat, July 20, 2019 • 9:00am Our beautiful course winds through Leland’s neighborhoods and along the Leland River, starting and finishing in the heart of Fishtown. Gradual climbs and descents make this an event for the serious runner or the whole family! Proceeds help us preserve and [...] more...

Traverse City Film Festival – July 30 – August 4, 2019
[ July 30, 2019 to August 4, 2019. ] The 2019 Traverse City Film Festival will be held July 30 - August 4, 2019. The Traverse City Film Festival was founded by Oscar winning filmmaker Michael Moore as a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing "Just Great Movies" and helping to save one of America's few indigenous art forms -- the cinema. The festival brings [...] more...

Suttons Bay Art Festival – August 3 – 4, 2019
[ August 3, 2019 to August 4, 2019. ] This annual art fair takes place at the beautiful Suttons Bay Marina Park on the first weekend of August (August 3 & 4th, 2019, Sat. 10am - 6pm, Sun. 10am - 5pm). One hundred artists along with community groups, a community library book sale, food vendors and a children's area make this the perfect place to spend an art-filled weekend at the beach. more...

Port Oneida Fair – August 9 – 10, 2019
[ August 9, 2019 to August 10, 2019. ] Join us on August 9 & 10 for the 2019 Port Oneida Fair! Each year near the beginning of August, you can take a step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Imagine the life of the pioneers as you help [...] more...

Northport Dog Parade – August 10, 2019
[ August 10, 2019; ] 23rd Annual Northport Dog Parade The Theme: Tail House Rock! Saturday, August 10, 2019 Registration starts at 10:30 AM and Parade starts at 12 PM NOON Don't miss the 23rd Annual Northport Dog Parade - the cutest parade of the north! The theme for this year's parade is: Tail House Rock! Parade will begin at noon. You can register your dog from 10:30 [...] more...

Northport Wine and Craft Beverage Festival – August 17, 2019
[ August 17, 2019; 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] On the third Saturday in August, we celebrate the bounty of area vintners and brewers with the Northport Wine Festival. Our festival is our own special summer party showcasing area wineries and breweries. Join us from 2-8 PM in Marina Park in downtown Northport! Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Included with your [...] more...

Harvest Stompede – September 7 & 8, 2019
[ September 7, 2019; 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. September 8, 2019; 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] This annual weekend kicks off the fall harvest season along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail featuring crisp and bright cool-climate wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty. This exciting fall event includes a self-guided tour along the trail, where you’re free to visit any of the 27 participating wineries in any order you [...] more...

Toast the Season – Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail – Nov. 2 – 3 and Nov. 9 – 10, 2019
[ November 2, 2019 to November 3, 2019. November 9, 2019 to November 10, 2019. ] Toast the Season – Leelanau Style! November 2 & 3 and November 9 & 10, 2019 Saturday 11:00 to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm $50 per person (your ticket is good for the weekend of your choice) Celebrate the holiday season and get inspired for your own holiday gatherings by sampling mouthwatering wine and food pairings along [...] more...

Manitou Passage Golf Club – A Northern Michigan Adventure
By Jim Barnes It may seem unthinkable, even sacrilegious, to make any changes to a course designed by the great Arnold Palmer. Originally opened in 1998 as King’s Challenge, the course languished a bit when Sugar Loaf Mountain Ski Resort closed (the course is built alongside the ski hill), so it needed some rejuvenating and updating. [...] more...

Dunes Golf Club: Finding Your “Zen” Zone in Sleeping Bear Country
Dunes Golf Club – Hole #18 – A great finishing hole with a dramatic approach shot over the water. By Jim Barnes The Dunes Golf Club is one of the hidden gems of northern Michigan golf. Lying just a few miles east of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire, the course is carved [...] more...

The Homestead Resort
Lake Michigan’s spectacular vistas make this a resort unlike others. The color of the water–sometimes blue, sometimes turquoise, sometimes golden–is one reason why. Another is relaxing along the water. You and each member of your family or group can do as much or as little as you like. That’s why this resort is celebrated, both near [...] more...


Empire Asparagus Festival – May 17 – 19, 2019


Dance and Pig Roast
7pm to 10pm | Front Street

Dance to the music of Jack Pine and enjoy a traditional pig roast.

Entrance $5 | Pig Roast Price TBA


5k Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk

9am: Registration begins | 10am: Race begins | Empire Public beach

Enjoy a scenic run by the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and finish at the pavilion for refreshments and prizes. All runners get free entry to festival, a free drink ticket, and a customized t-shirt (a combined value of $30)— just show your run number!

Registration begins at 9am at Empire Public beach. Entry fee is $25 for standard runners and $15 for walkers and juniors up to 17 years old. All entry fees include t-shirt.

Register here! | Download Official Registration Form

Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-Off
Noon | Empire Township Hall
Download Entry Form

Free to enter, this competition is open to anyone who loves asparagus! Participants create asparagus dishes for the public to sample while competing for cash prizes. This year, food vendors can also participate in the new professional category.

Empire Area Museum Open House
1pm to 4pm | 11544 S Lacore Rd.

“Ode To The Asparagus” Poetry Contest
2pm | Glen Lake Community Library

Celebrate a local rite of spring by listening to (or sharing your own!) asparagus-themed poetry. All styles of poems are acceptable and prizes will be awarded. Check out the Glen Lake Library expansion plans!

All day: Asparagus Eats + Wine and Beer Tasting

Noon to 10pm | Under the Big Tent


Amelia Vanderberg Piano Recital Noon to 1:30pm

Keith Scott Blues Guitarist 1:30pm to 3:00pm

The Stellar Association Band 4:00pm to 6:00pm

5th Gear Band 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Benzie Playboys 8:00pm to 10:30pm


Children’s Magic Show with Gordon Russ – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

“Miss Asparagus on Stilts” Presented by Cherry Life Productions – 2pm to 4pm

Northwood’s Soda Children’s Soda Bar – open Noon to 5pm


Empire Asparagus Festival On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Empire Asparagus Festival Page On Facebook.


A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and attendees who made last weekend a huge success! Between our Friday & Saturday night events, we had over 2300 people in attendance, not including children; our second most well-attended festival yet! ... See MoreSee Less

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and attendees who made last weekend a huge success! Between our Friday & Saturday night events, we had over 2300 people in attendance, not including children; our second most well-attended festival yet!


Comment on Facebook

We enjoyed volunteering. Always love going to the festival.

Thanks for all you do to make this festival happen. We always enjoy our weekend in Empire at the asparagus festival.

Thanks to you, Paul!

Thanks to you, Paul!

Lamb Gyros from Market 22 ... See MoreSee Less


Comment on Facebook

The lamb gyros were wonderful!

Brooke must be mad because she missed it??!

Benzie Playboys LIVE NOW!!! ... See MoreSee Less


Comment on Facebook

Much busier than Friday LeeAnna Marie, Carlyle Stewart

Rachel Kraley Jaunese, are you there?!!

Great crowd and an Asparagus Queen on stilts!!! ... See MoreSee Less


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