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Empire Hops and Harvest Festival – October 2, 2021
[ October 2, 2021; 12:00 pm; ] Bitter is back with the Hops & Harvest Festival! We are so excited to celebrate the arrival of harvest time with our annual Hops Festival once again! Featuring Northern Michigan food and drinks, live performances, and more—all celebrating the beautiful and bitter hop plant. We will be celebrating Saturday, October 2 from noon-6pm in downtown Empire. Entrance is [...] more...

Leland Wine and Food Festival – June 13, 2020 (Cancelled)
[ June 13, 2020; 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] It’s with great disappointment that we announce that the 35th annual Leland Wine and Food Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 13th has been canceled due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19 Coronavirus. This is the first time since the festival began in 1986 that we haven’t joined together in celebration of fabulous Leelanau wines and delicious foods [...] more...

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...

Leelanau UnCaged – September 26, 2020
[ September 26, 2020; 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] 90 artists, 32+ musical and dance performances 12+ food trucks, vendors, and great local restaurants Annual attendance over 7,000 and it’s FREE Welcome to the 8th annual Leelanau UnCaged Music, Art and Food Festival. We are a one-day celebration on the last Saturday of September each year. This year UnCaged will be on Saturday, September 26th, 2019 in Northport, [...] 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 Hops and Harvest Festival – October 2, 2021

Empire Hops and Harvest FestivalBitter is back with the Hops & Harvest Festival!

We are so excited to celebrate the arrival of harvest time with our annual Hops Festival once again!

Featuring Northern Michigan food and drinks, live performances, and more—all celebrating the beautiful and bitter hop plant.

We will be celebrating Saturday, October 2 from noon-6pm in downtown Empire. Entrance is $10.

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Enjoy food from Art’s Tavern, Mama Lu’s, Mt Holiday, and more! Beer from Lake Ann Brewery, Right Brain, and Stormcloud; and mead from St. Ambrose.

Free Parking—two blocks north of Front Street in Johnson Park.

A more detailed schedule to come!

Saturday, October 2
12pm-6pm: Music, food & beer under the big tent on Front Street in Empire

Live Music to include

5th Gear

The Benzie Playboys

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Be a Volunteer

Volunteer to show your love for hops! Pour your favorite brew, take tickets or help with security. For a three-hour shift your receive a volunteer shirt, commemorative glass, drink ticket, and more!

Sign up to be a volunteer here!

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Leland Wine and Food Festival – June 13, 2020 (Cancelled)

It’s with great disappointment that we announce that the 35th annual Leland Wine and Food Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 13th has been canceled due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19 Coronavirus. This is the first time since the festival began in 1986 that we haven’t joined together in celebration of fabulous Leelanau wines and delicious foods on the second Saturday in June, and we’re already planning on our best Wine Fest yet in 2021!

We would like to extend our gratitude to our incredible volunteer planning committee, our sponsors, local wineries, food vendors, musicians and artists who have been so understanding and supportive throughout this process, and to all of our Wine Fest attendees, many of which attend faithfully year after year!

For those of you who have already purchased your tickets, please note you can expect to see a refund in 7-14 business days.

Social distancing and shelter in place are difficult for all of us. Luckily, many area wineries who had planned to participate in the Leland Wine and Food Festival are offering special deals on shipping, offering curbside pick, hosting virtual tastings and more to ensure great wine can be had by all during these difficult times.

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Leland Wine & Food Festival On Facebook

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Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival – July 20, 2019

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 unforgettable wine, food and music beside the cool breeze from Grand Traverse Bay!

Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the gate. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass. Tasting tickets and food are available for purchase during the event.

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Friends of Fishtown 5K – July 20, 2019

Friends of Fishtown 5K

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 maintain the historical integrity of Fishtown, and ensure that it remains publicly accessible.

Race Information

  • Corral Starting Line – Fastest runners at front
  • RFID Chip Timing* – Timed by Endurance Evolution of Traverse City
  • Age categories – 12-under, 13-19,  20-29,  30-39,  40-49,  50-59,  60-69,  70+
  • Participants – Runners, walkers, strollers, and leashed dogs are welcome to run/walk
  • 5K Route Map
  • After Race information – TBA
  • Qualified Race of the Traverse City Track Club’s Grand Prix Race Circuit – More Info
  • “Run Like a Fish” Costume Contest (Information below)

Registration

  • Online registration Thur, Feb 1 thru Wed, July 17 at 11:59pm ~ Click here to register now.
  • $30 per participant – Feb 1 to June 30**
  • $35 per participant – July 1-20:* Thursday and Friday, July 18-19 (in-person only) –10:00am-4:00pm at the FPS office (203 E Cedar, Leland) – and 10:00am-6:00pm at the Welcome Center in Fishtown – Saturday, July 20 before 8:30am on race morning in Fishtown
    *  You MUST be registered prior to 8:30am on race day to be chip timed.
    ** Registrations through Sunday, June 30 will receive preferred t-shirt size.
  • Registration includes:
    • Fishtown 5K athletic tee**
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Post-race refreshments
    • Chance to win incredible race medals unique to Fishtown!
    • Entry in “Run Like a Fish” Costume Contest for medals and prizes

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Fishtown Leland On Facebook

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