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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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Hillside Homestead – Photos

Experience how life was lived over a century ago with a visit to the authentic 1910 farmhouse. Unique accommodations and a delicious home-cooked farm breakfast await you at the historic Suttons Bay lodging with proprietress and food historian Susan Odom.

Earlier in June, we dropped by the Hillside Homestead. Here our some photos from our visit on June 6, 2015.

Hillside Homestead Photo Gallery (Click on photos for slideshow view)


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Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula – Blossom Day – May 16, 2015

A Celebration of Blossoms, Beauty and Bounty on Old Mission Peninsula

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bring on spring! On Old Mission Peninsula, that means new wine releases. Relish samples of WOMP’s newest vintages, as well as spring’s arrival to Old Mission Peninsula. The wineries invite you to a day of tasting their new releases while enjoying fresh, spring-inspired food pairings. Several stops will even offer a chance to chat with WOMP winemakers about the grape-to-glass winemaking process, as well as offering limited barrel and tank tastings. (Try them before they’re ready to bottle!) It’s been a cold, cold winter. Thaw out with WOMP!

There are transportation companies which you may hire separately from the event, but most guests simply drive themselves. The entire peninsula is only 19 miles long and five miles at its widest, so all wineries are within a just a few miles of each other. Click here for a list of transport companies if you’d like to hire a shuttle tour.

Tickets are available online here for $25 per person, plus processing.


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Sleeping Bear Dunes – Saturdays at the Lakeshore – Saturdays, Feb. 15 – March 8, 2014

Every Saturday Weekly from 02/01/2014 to 03/08/2014

Park rangers say “Let it snow!” so you can explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter! Join the rangers for a guided snowshoe hike every Saturday throughout the winter. Snowshoe hikes will be offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. through the end of February. Meet at the National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire. If you don’t have your own, snowshoes will be loaned at no charge. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether you need to borrow snowshoes or have your own. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are limited to 30 participants. Please call 231-326-5134, extension 328, for details and to make reservations.

Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day. Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside until about 3:00 p.m. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable.

Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for only one and a half miles at the most.

Location: Meet at visitor center
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Fee Information: Park pass required
Contact Name: Lisa Griebel
Contact Email: e-mail us
Contact Phone Number: 231-326-4700


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Crystal Mountain – 10th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 23, 2015

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment from Sweetwater Blues Band and The RockShow Band while sampling over 75 of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held outdoors, slopeside.

Breweries and Brat Vendors Listed Below!


VIP Access: 3-4pm
Beer and Brat Festival: 4-8pm


VIP Admission

• $40, includes 10 tokens
• Early entrance to festival – 3pm
• Admission includes commemorative drinking glass and t-shirt
• Only available until Friday, May 22, 2015

Day of Admission

• $30, includes 5 tokens
• Additional tokens: $2 each
• Children 2 years old and under are free
• Admission includes commemorative glass, while they last.

Buy Online and Save

Buy Admission Online and in Advance to Save
• $25, includes 5 tokens and a commemorative drinking glass

Must purchase online admission by Friday, May 22, 2015

Buy Admission Online »


Additional tokens cost $2 each and are available for purchase during the festival.
Two Tokens: One whole brat or full glass of beer
One Token: One half brat or half glass of beer


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