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Area Guide to Downtown Traverse City

When it comes to Traverse City hotels on the bay, we top the list of excellent hotels near downtown Traverse City. Let us show you the best area events and attractions. No matter what season you find yourself at Pointes North Beachfront Resort Hotel, there will be plenty of things to do.

Spring

  • Blossom Days (May) — Old Mission Peninsula wineries release their newest vintages on Blossom Day. Enjoy winemaking demos, food pairings, and a lovely view of blooming cheery trees.

Summer

  • National Cherry Festival — Readers of USA Today voted the week-long National Cherry Festival the #3 Best Specialty Food Festival. Around since 1926, this festival draws more than half a million visitors annually and features 150 events—most of which are free.
  • Northwestern Michigan Fair (Aug) — Since 1908, the Northwestern Michigan Fair has showcased domestic and exotic animals, thrilled guests with amusement rides, and hosted grandstand racing events such as supercross and lawnmower racing.
  • Traverse City Film Festival — This annual film festival takes place at the end of July and showcases films that represent excellence in filmmaking. View documentaries, independent films, and more.
  • Great Lakes Equestrian Festival —  Six weeks of equestrian competition awaits each year thanks to the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. Riders from around the country compete in several events.
  • Harbor Days — This four-day community festival takes place in Elk Rapids each year and highlights the picturesque harbor of this beautiful town. Come for the events and stay for the fireworks!
  • Venetian Festival — For more than 80 years, the Venetian Festival has been a highlight of the summer, with daily music performances on two stages. Venetian games include youth sports, golf and tennis tournaments, and more.
  • Ironman Triathlon Competition —   Challenge yourself and run this famous local competition, or just enjoy the spirit of competition and cheer on your friends.

Fall

  • Fall Color Tour (Sep-Oct) — Take a free self-guided tour of the fall colors of Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas during peak season.
  • Wine Harvest Events — Sip on your favorite samples of the local vintages. Enjoy traditional village celebrations like Divas Uncorked and the Leelanau Wine on the Water Festival.
  • Iceman Cometh Bike Race — The Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge finishes in Traverse City each year in November. This 30-mile mountain bike race is a can’t-miss event.  

Winter

  • GLSDA’s Icedog Sled Dog Race (Feb) — This family event is free to the public, so gathering everyone to cheer on sled dogs at Cherry Raceway and stay for the food pavilion and bonfire.
  • Suds & Snow (Mar) — If you’re over 21, you owe it to yourself to enjoy this festival that combines a half-mile snowshoe hike with live music and offerings from 12 craft breweries and local food vendors.

Holiday Events

Traverse City knows how to kick off the holiday season with a Santa appearance at the Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting in December. Make sure to stay with us and ring in the new year at the New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop.