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2019 National Cherry Festival in Traverse City: Full schedule, info

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The 2019 National Cherry Festival kicks off in Traverse City on June 29.

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Friday, June 28

Old Town Classic Car Cruise

  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Turtle Creek Casino

U.S. Coast Guard Open Ramp

  • 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • USCG Air Station Traverse City

Saturday, June 29

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Sara Hardy Farmers Market

  • 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Old Town Parking Deck

Farmers Market Brunch

  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Old Town Parking Deck

Very Cherry Flying Pancake Breakfast

  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Open Space Park

Zumba! in the Bay Side

  • 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Norte Kids Balance Bike Race

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Norte Clubhouse

Two Person Beach Volleyball

  • 9 a.m.
  • Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball Courts

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

NASA: Journey to Tomorrow Exhibit

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Union Street between Grandview Parkway & Garland Street

Opening Ceremonies

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage, Open Space Park

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

'Wonder Park' - Kids Matinee

  • 10 a.m.
  • State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Flight Deck

  • 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Indigo View Air Show

  • 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hotel Indigo

Air Show

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Blues, Brew & BBQ

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hagerty Center

Space Exploration: From Yesterday to Tomorrow

  • 4 p.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Trapt & Saving Abel with special guest Tantric

  • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Sunday, June 30

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Four Person Beach Volleyball Tournament

  • 9 a.m.
  • Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball Courts

Yoga by the Bay

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Open Space Park

Arts and Crafts Fair

  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Union Street between Grandview Parkway & State Streets

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

NASA: Journey to Tomorrow Exhibit

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Union Street between Grandview Parkway & Garland Street

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Old Town Classic Car Show

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Union and Sixth Streets in Old Town

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Flight Deck

  • 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Indigo View Air Show

  • 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hotel Indigo

Great American Picnic

  • 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hagerty Center

Air Show

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Cherry Teddy Bear Tea

  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Family Sand Sculpture Contest

  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Senior Center Beach

Styx

  • 6 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

TC Swing!

  • 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Monday, July 1

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Cherry Pie Bike Ride

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • F&M Park

Lifetime Leadership Award Breakfast

  • 9 a.m.
  • Traverse City Elks Lodge

Village of Lake Leelanau Tour, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Excursion

  • 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Leelanau Studios

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Cherry Pie Make & Bake

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Orchard Tours & More

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station

Princess Tea

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hagerty Center

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

'The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part' - Sensory Friendly Kids Matinee

  • 10 a.m.
  • Bijou by the Bay

'Pillow Talk' - Classic Matinee

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest

  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Hole in One Contest

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

Kids Turtle Race

  • 3 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest

  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Brett Young

  • 6 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Tuesday, July 2

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Boomers Bootcamp

  • 7 a.m.
  • 8 a.m.
  • 9 a.m.
  • Clinch Park

Seniors Shuffleboard Tournament

  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Traverse City Senior Center

Grand Traverse Bay, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Excursion

  • 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Leelanau Studios

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Kids Pet Show

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Orchard Tours & More

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Traverse City History in the Movies

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Bijou by the Bay

'The Birds' - Classic Matinee

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Cherry Pins & Pizza

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lucky Jack's

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians Pow Wow

  • 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest

  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Cherry Industry Program and Awards

  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station

Hole in One Contest

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

Gabriel "Fluffy Iglesias

  • 6 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Consumers Energy Heritage Parade

  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Front Street to Union Street to 13th Street

Wednesday, July 3

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Farmers Market Brunch

  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Old Town Parking Deck

Sara Hardy Farmers Market

  • 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Old Town Parking Deck

Fun and Games for Special Kids

  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Around the Peninsula, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Excursion

  • 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Leelanau Studios

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

GT Butterfly Experience

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Orchard Tours & More

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

'Adam's Rib' - Classic Matinee

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Arts & Crafts

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Crooked Tree Arts Center

Royale Pageant of Fashion & Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hagerty Center

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Hole in One Contest

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

Kids Cherry Town Fun Night

  • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest

  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Nelly with special guests Chingy & Montell Jordan

  • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Thursday, July 4

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Kids Fun and Games with Arts and Crafts ft. Bubble Gum Blow

  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Teen Volleyball Tournament

  • 9 a.m.
  • Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

GT Butterfly Experience

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Orchard Tours & More

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

'A League of Their Own'- Classic Matinee

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Ultimate Air Dogs

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

National Cherry Festival Cornhole Tournament

  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Beer Tent

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest

  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Hole in One Contest

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

Junior Royale Parade Registration

  • 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Cherry Mile

  • 5 p.m.
  • Downtown Traverse City

Cherry Kids Fun Run

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • F&M Park

The Four Tops & The Spinners

  • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Junior Royale Parade

  • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Front Street to Union Street to 7th Street

Concert on the Lawn

  • 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions

4th of July Fireworks

  • 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Friday, July 5

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Cherry Golf Scramble

  • 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Kids Sand Sculpture Contest

  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Senior Center Beach

Northern Peninsula, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Excursion

  • 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Leelanau Studios

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Cherry Idol Auditions

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • F&M Park

DTE Energy Day

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space Park

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

GT Butterfly Experience

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Orchard Tours & More

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Ultimate Air Dogs

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball

'Casablanca' - Classic Matinee

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • State Theatre

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Corner of Grandview Parkway at Union Street

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Chalk Art

  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest

  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • F&M Park

Cherry Idol Finals

  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

Hole in One Contest

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

Meijer Festival of Races - Packet Pick Up & Registration

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Traverse City Central High School

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest

  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

Queen's Ball

  • 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Hagerty Center

Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Josh Turner

  • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

Euchre Tournament

  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Traverse City Senior Center

Saturday, July 6

Go for the Gold! Pin Program

  • Open Space Park

Meijer Festival of Races

  • Traverse City Central High School

Meijer Festival of Races - Packet Pick Up & Registration

  • 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Traverse City Central High School

Sara Hardy Farmers Market

  • 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Old Town Parking Deck

Farmers Market Brunch

  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Old Town Parking Deck

Hole in One Contest

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

Cherry Farmers Market at Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Festival Open Space

  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

GT Butterfly Experience

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Kids Club

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

'My Girl' - Kids Matinee

  • 10 a.m.
  • State Theatre

Souvenir Tent

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Ultimate Air Dogs

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball Courts

Arnold Amusements Midway

  • 11 a.m.
  • Grandview Parkway at Union Street

DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade

  • 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Front Street to Union Street to 13th Street

Beer Tent

  • 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Semi-Finalists Drawing - "Go for the Gold" Pin Program

  • 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Open Space Park

Jeff Dunham

  • 6 p.m.
  • Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage

"Go for the Gold" Pin Program Final Drawing

  • 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Lay's Cherry Blast Stage

TC Swing!

  • 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Clinch Park

Festival Fireworks Finale

  • 10:30 p.m.
  • West Grand Traverse Bay

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