“Gorgeous area.” Yvonne, Boulder CO “Great cycling.” Pam & Paul, Kalamazoo MI
“Detroit girl, rediscovering MI treasures.” Carol, Seattle WA “Love this area.” Bill & Janice, Milwaukee WI
May 3 & 4. Leelanau Peninsula Vintners “Sip & Savor” weekend. As the vineyards wake to the sun & warmth of May, you are invited to enjoy special wine and food pairings at each of the wineries on the wine trail. Tickets at www.lpwines.com. The Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast offers a package for this weekend, with tickets, a chauffeured van and meals. Call us for information.
May 16-18. 11th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival including Friday evening Dance & Pig Roast, Poetry Contest, 5K Fun Run/Walk, Asparagus Cookoff, Wine & Beer Tasting, kids’ activities, parade, Saturday evening BBQ, and Sunday Breakfast at the Township Hall.
May 28-June 1. 4th Annual Leelanau Peninsula Birdfest where you can see more than a hundred different species of nesting birds, including the rare Great Lakes Piping Plover and the Kirtland’s Warbler. Choose from many different field trips, including a trip on a tall ship to see nesting Caspian terns, and a Saturday evening banquet. Tickets and fees for all events at www.mibirdfest.com.
Also, the new M22 Sleeping Bear Birding Trail maps are available online at http://sleepingbearbirdingtrail.org or at the Birding Trail Headquarters in downtown Glen Arbor. Ask at the inn for directions.
May 30. New Leelanau Peninsula Vintners “Small Plates” event. Substantial tapas dishes of gourmet fare paired with glass of wine. Tickets must be ordered in advance at $15 for any or all of 3 seatings, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00. www.lpwines.com
June 14. Sixth Annual M-22 Challenge Run, Paddle & Bike Triathalon. Take the healthy challenge, starting at 8:00 a.m., racing up the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb, peddling around Little & Big Glen Lakes, and crossing Little Glen Lake. All slots are taken for 2014, so mark your calendars for early winter to register for 2015. M22challenge.com.
June 14. 29th Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival. This is a Northern Michigan tradition. Noon-6:00. Tickets at http://lelandmi.com
June 17 and every Tuesday through September 9th. Glen Arbor Farmers’ Market, with local farm products including fresh produce, fish & meat, baked goods, jams & jellies, flowers, and chef demonstrations. Behind the Glen Arbor Township Hall on Western Avenue, 9:00-1:00. But come early to get the best stuff.
June 20. Suttons Bay Summer Solstice Art Walk. Friday evening 5:00-9:00. Galleries and shops open in the Village of Suttons Bay, partnering with the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music up and down the main street.
June 21. 3rd Annual Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K. Run out-and-back on a tree-lined course beginning in the charming village of Glen Arbor and circling the beautiful Glen Lakes beginning at 7:00 a.m. 231.715.1406. Registration at enduranceevolution.com
June 21. Glen Lake Chamber’s BBQ & Brew Festival at the corner of M22 & Lake, across from Art’s Tavern and steps from Sleeping Bear Bay, 2:00-8:00 p.m. A multitude of local breweries and restaurants will be on hand to serve up the finest microbrews and BBQ in the region, along with live music all afternoon. For non-beer drinkers, local sodas and ciders available. $15 per person admission.www.visitglenarbor.com.
June 27 and every Friday evening through August 15th. Beach Bards Bonfire begins with storytelling, poetry readings and music on the shores of Lake Michigan. Children’s time beginning at 7:30, followed by the adults at dusk. The Leelanau School Fire Circle across from the Observatory, One Old Homestead Road, Glen Arbor. 231.334.3666.
July 1st and every Tuesday through September 9th. Glen Arbor Farmers’ Market, with local farm products including fresh produce, fish & meat, baked goods, jams and jellies, flowers, and chef demonstrations. Behind the Glen Arbor Township Hall on Western Avenue. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (but come early to get the best stuff)
July 3. The Manitou Music Festival begins the concert season with the Northport Community Band offering favorite patriotic tunes. Bring friends and family, lawn chairs and blankets to the Glen Arbor Old Schoolhouse Lawn, 6363 Western Ave., Glen Arbor, 7:00-9:00. www.glenarborart.org.
July 3. Fireworks at dusk in Leland.
July 4th. Glen Arbor 4th of July Parade beginning at noon from Glen Haven through downtown Glen Arbor, and the Annual Boat Parade at the Narrows, 2:00 p.m. The parade is very large, so start lining up with your floats or decorated vehicles or performing groups by 11:00 in Glen Haven. Parade marshals supervise the lineup, beginning with the Grand Marshal. Remember your candy or other favors to share with the crowd that usually number several thousand along the parade. Sponsored by the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce.
July 4, July 5, July 6. National Cherry Festival Air Show returns with the US Navy Blue Angels. Find a spot on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay beginning at 12:45 p.m. each day to enjoy several hours of flight demonstrations, aerial performances and vintage aircraft. www.cherryfestival.org.
July 4-7. Annual Cedar Polka Fest featuring noted Polish bands from across the Midwest, plus parades, softball tournaments, a polka mass and, of course, polka under the big, big tent. www.cedarpolkafest.com 231.228.3378.
July 5-12. National Cherry Festival. Entertainment stage, parades, fireworks, sports events, competitive games, Midway, arts & crafts, food, music, and even a Cherry Princess Tea and a classic Cherry Pit Spitting contest. On the bay and Front Street, Traverse City. www.cherryfestival.org.
July 6. Annual Glen Lake Fire & Rescue Association Pancake Breakfast to benefit our advanced Fire & Rescue Department. Always the first Sunday in July, 8:00 a.m – Noon at the Glen Arbor Township Hall on Western Avenue. www.glenarborfire.com
July 13. Manitou Music Festival Dune Climb Concert with the Moxie Strings electrifying combo of high energy fiddler Diana Ladio and cellist Alison Lynn. Bring your chairs, blankets and refreshments and enjoy foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms beginning at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to come early to find parking and choose your spot. Sleeping Bear Dune Climb, Glen Haven (www.glenarborart.org)
July 16. Glen Lake Woman’s Club Art Fair. Featuring over 90 exhibitors in various media at the Glen Arbor Township Hall on Western Avenue (M22), 10:00-4:00. Artists are judged on originality, creativity, category and sales appeal. There is something for everyone.
July 16. Riverside Shakespeare of Traverse City performs “Hamlet.” Studio Stage behind the Lake Street Studios and across from Cherry Republic. 7:00 p.m. This is a free performance open to the public. Sponsored by the Glen Arbor Art Association.
July 19. Empire Anchor Days. Start with the parade at 1:00, join the kids’ games on the beach at 2:30, enjoy the Lions’ Club Chicken BBQ for dinner, and dance the night away to the sounds of summer at the tennis courts. www.empirechamber.com
July 19. Traverse City Symphony Orchestra at the Commons in Traverse City.
July 19. Sixth Annual Friends of Fishtown 5K Run/Walk starts in Leland’s Fishtown and runs through the streets of the village to benefit the Fishtown Preservation Society. Participants are welcome to run or walk. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome. 9:00 a.m. Online registration atwww.fishtownmi.org.
July 20. Manitou Music Festival blues concert. “Mulebone” again brings their boundless, hard-driving energy to the Studio Stage at the Lake Street Studios across from Cherry Republic. 8:00 p.m. Non-member tickets $15. www.glenarborart.org
July 22. Glen Arbor Women’s Club Running Bear 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Mile Run. 9:00 a.m. starting at Cherry Republic on Lake Street in Glen Arbor. More information to follow.
July 24. Ronald Radford, American Master of the Flamenco guitar performs at this year’s spectacular concert at the Homestead’s Top of the Mountain. This gifted artist, a protégé of the legendary Carlos Montoya, will take you beyond the usual guitar concert. Ride the chairlift or take a golf cart from the bottom of the ski hill in the resort’s village to the stunning concert setting. 7:00 p.m. Tickets at glenarborart.org
July 25. 14th Annual TART Bike Tour. Hit the trails for an evening bike ride from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. Starting anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., riders will enjoy snacks along the 19 mile ride and bayside meal in Suttons Bay Marina, and then relax on the bus ride back home. The ride begins at the old train depot at 8th Street and Woodmere next to the Traverse City Library. The flat, paved course is suitable for cyclists of all abilities and ages. www.traversetrails.org
July 27. Manitou Music Festival. Wilenes “real” country music, with vintage tunes and originals that sound like golden country ratio hits, return to the Studio Stage behind the Lake Street Studios and across from Cherry Republic. 8:00 p.m. Tickets at www.glenarborart.org or at the door.
July 30. Manitou Music Festival. The young musicians of the “Full Set,” brings stunning and unique sounds full of energy and innovation to the Studio Stage behind that Lake Street Studios and across from Cherry Republic. Tickets at www.glenarborart.org or at the door.
July 29-August 3. Traverse City Film Festival, found by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, the festival is dedicated to bringing to Northern Michigan independents, documentaries and films which have been overlooked but deserve the attention of the public. Over 100 screenings in five days at seven venues including the historic, renovated State Theatre, Civic Opera House, Community Playhouse, Hockstadt Auditorium, Milliken Auditorium and the newly renovated Bijou. Advanced tickets highly recommended. http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org . This is one of the truly special events of Michigan’s North Country.
August 1-2. Glen Arbor Art Association’s 6th Annual Plein Air Weekend.
***Friday: Glen Arbor Quick Draw. 2:00-3:00 p.m. canvas/papers stamped at Association on Studio Lane, and return by 5:30 p.m. Registration required, but no limit on number participating.
***Saturday: GAAA Paint Out, “Artists Paint the Town. 7:30-9:30 a.m., Canvas/papers stamped at the Association on Studio Lane (across from Cherry Republic on Lake Street.), before dispersing for a day of painting around Glen Arbor. Wet paint entries, exhibit ready, submitted by 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Exhibit/Sale/Reception at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Registration required, and limited to 60 participants.
Registration info for both days at www.glenarborart.org
August 2. Port Oneida 5K Barn-to-Barn Trail Run/Walk sponsored by Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. Start at 8:00 a.m. at the historic Charles and Hattie Olsen farm and get a unique tour of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District of late 1800s farmsteads and fields in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore. ½ mile Schoolhouse Dash for kids, too. 231.334.6103. www.phsb.org
August 2-3. Suttons Bay Art Festival, with dozens of artists, food booths, and children’s activities. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the town park on the waterfront in downtown Suttons Bay. www.suttonsbayartfestival.org
August 3. Another Manitou Music Festival concert, Billy Strings & Don Julin bring traditional American string band music with a typical set including haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals. Studio Stage behind the Lake Street Studios and across from Cherry Republic. 8:00 p.m. Non-members $15.
August 5 and every Tuesday through September 9th. Glen Arbor Farmers’ Market, with local farm products including fresh produce, fish & meat, baked goods, jams and jellies, flowers, and chef demonstrations. Behind the Glen Arbor Township Hall on Western Avenue. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (but come early to get the best stuff)
August 9 – 10. Port Oneida Rural Fair features historic farms, vintage crafts, and demonstrations of farming skills that made rural life productive in the late 19th and early 20th century. Food venues also available. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Rural Historic District north of Glen Arbor on M22. www.phsb.org
August 10. Manitou Music Festival brings back “Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered,” reviving many of the beloved hits Presenting a smooth blend of harmonies and 1960s nostalgia. Studio Stage behind the Lake Street Studios and across from Cherry Republic. 8:00 p.m. Non-members $15. www.glenarborart.org.
August 13. Manitou Music Festival’s closing concert features Trina Hamlin & Annie Gallup together, bringing their guitars and powerful voices. This time the concert is at the Leelanau School, 1 Old Homestead Road, a mile east of Glen Arbor off M22. $15 non-members. http://www.glenarborart.org
August 15-16. “Plein Air Basics: An Introduction to Oil Painting on Location,” with David Westerfield. Exciting new class so you may join the Plein Air Paint Out next year for the year after. Sponsored by the Glen Arbor Art Association. For complete information: www.glenarborart.org, then make your reservation to stay at the Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast and Cottages.
August 22-23. 6th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, with 60 producers’ samples, local food and music. Share a relaxed evening at The Village at the Grand Traverse Commons. Tickets at TraverseCity.com.
August 27. Peshawbestown Pow-Wow. Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians gathering features native singers, dancers, artists and artisans, traders’ booths and many food booths. Peshawbestown, north of Suttons Bay on M22. www.gtbindians.org
August 29 – September 1. Glen Arbor Sidewalk Sale Days. Find bargains everywhere in town as shop owners mark the end of the summer season.
September 1. Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk/Party. Glen Lake Narrows at noon. Gather on the north end of the bridge between Big Glen and Little Glen Lakes to join with the community to celebrate the end of the summer season.
September 6 & 7. Leelanau Vintners Harvest Stompede Weekend, features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards followed by a self guided wine tour of LPVA member wineries with world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty. In 2014 the vintners are once again highlighting local foods, and each winery’s food pairing will feature locally sourced items. (Note: Race & Wine Tour are separate events.) Saturday 11-5 and Sunday Noon-5:00. Tickets, recommended in advance, at www.lpwines.com.
Please call one of our of neighboring inns if you wish to join the tour. We are sorry, but the Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast is fully booked for this weekend.
September 20. Leland and Fishtown Annual Heritage Festival. Wood Boats on the Wall, Classic Car Exhibition at Van’s Garage, Fishtown Fest special activities, historical displays and more. 10:00-5:00. Further information at www.lelandmi.com.
October 5. Sleeping Bear Marathon and Half Marathon through the breathtaking Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, beginning at Empire’s Johnson Park and circling the Glen Lakes, 7:00 a.m. 231.715.1406. enduranceevolution.com
October 10. Glen Arbor Art Association “Call for Art; a Member Show.” Part of the 2014 Leelanau Fall for Art Gallery Tour, the Association will host a member exhibition to showcase the artistic talent of members. Watch for details on the exhibition and the Fall for Art Gallery Tour.
October 13-16. Glen Arbor Art Association’s Fall Watercolor Workshop welcomes back Andy Evanson. Spend four days with Evanson as he shows a multitude of watercolor techniques and styles. Class will be held at The Homestead Resort’s Mountain Flower Lodge. Registration at www.glenarborart.org
October 17. Suttons Bay Fall Art & Wine Walk. 5:00-9:00 p.m. www.suttonsbayarea.com
October 24-26. The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners bring a new event for October, “Hunt for the Reds of October.” Free tasting of a diverse selection of red wines at your choice of 22 wineries. The special password is, “the hunt is on.” Call Katie at the 231.334.6789 or send an email if you are interested in us organizing a weekend package including transportation and meals for this wine weekend as well. http://www.lpwines.com/redwine.
October 26. Glen Arbor Merchants Trick-or-Treat, 1-4. Bring your witches and goblins to share in the fun of Halloween and the delight of their costumes as they circle around the business district in Glen Arbor gathering candy and other treats. Safe and fun for everyone.
November 1-2, 8-9. Leelanau Vintners Toast of the Season Wine Tour is a Northern Michigan holiday tradition, featuring a gift bag and wine & holiday-themed gourmet food pairings member wineries. Tickets recommended as the 2013 weekends sold out. OR, to close the season, the inn will again offer a full guest package including tickets, a tour by van to the wineries, meals and lodging. Call us for information about our package. www.lpwines.com
Glen Arbor Holiday Happenings if you are in Glen Arbor (although the inn will then be closed for the season):
November 28. THE Pajama Party! Wear your pajamas and you’ll receive a discount at all village shops, 5:00-7:00 a.m. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
November 28. Tree Lighting and Carols, Glen Arbor Township Hall, 7:00 p.m.
November 29. Holiday Marketplace with great decorations, crafts and gifts for sale and all locally made. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. www.visitglenarbor.com
Happenings All Summer and Year Round
Paddle for Pints Pub Crawl
Ranger-guided tours and events are frequently offered at the spectacular Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire. (231) 326.5134
The Glen Arbor Art Association offers workshops and programs year round for visitors and members. Sample some of their offerings from face painting on the 4th of July, to reknowned artist’s workshops, to exhibits and crafts classes. Look at their calendar regularly.
A different artist is featured each summer week at the Lake Street Studios Gallery in Glen Arbor. (231) 334.6112 or www.leelanau.com/lakestreet. And art classes are offered June through Sept at Participed Painter Studio & Gallery in Northport. (231) 386.7019
Shows with nationally recognized entertainers are frequently booked at the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown. (231) 271.7980
“The Leelanau Conservancy” in Leland organizes 1 1/2-2 hour nature hikes and many other programs, with experienced guides, year round (231) 256.9665