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2023 Spring Activities Near Traverse City, MI You Need to Know

The sun is starting to shine, the flowers are about to bloom, and we are getting ready to welcome spring with open arms at Leelanau Pines Campground! Northern Michigan offers plenty of spring activites that are great for families! Switch out your snow boots for sneakers, and your winter parka for a rain jacket - it's time to get outside and enjoy all the spring events near Traverse City!

Fat tire mountain bike racing is a great activity for people of all ages to participate in the Traverse City area!

Mud, Sweat, & Beers Fat Tire and Mountain Bike Race: May 6, 2023

Mt. Holiday Ski and Recreational Area hosts this event and the race starts and ends with beautiful views of Grand Traverse Bay. Over 900 cyclists are expected to participate and will have 4 different races you can choose from. The rides will vary by length and difficulty but there are races for the entire family! The four races are a 25 mile (Stout), 12 mile (Pale Ale), 2 mile (Ginger Ale), or the kids' mini-loop (Mud, Sweat and Root Beer). Learn more here.  

Participating in running races around Traverse City provides a fun, healthy experience with stunning views of the area

North Mitten Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Race

Grab your running shoes and head north! This annual race will once again will be held at Crystal Mountain. The courses are a combination of pavement, trail, and backcountry roads and you can choose from running a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, or 1 mile race. Sign up here.  

The perfect excuse to take a road trip to Traverse City is when the Cherry Trees blossom in the spring!

Annual Cherry Blossom: May 2023 

Typically happening in mid May, the annual blossoming of the cherry trees in Northern Michigan is a stunning display of mother nature's beauty. Depending on the region and the weather, they may vary on when they bloom, so be ready for a last minute road trip! Read more here.

Grab the family and take a walk through nature in Traverse City to find morel mushrooms!

Michigan Morel Hunting Season: May 2023

Head into the forest and keep your eye out for these hard to find, but rewarding treats! One of the peak times to find Morels in Michigan is May, as it is morel month in Michigan. Morel season lasts from April - June, so you have plenty of time to research and check out a couple forests to find these tasty mushrooms. Learn more about this spring event in Traverse City here.

The Traverse City area is known for it's scenic hiking trails that all ages can enjoy!

National Trails Day: June 3, 2023

Grab the family and the hiking boots and explore Northern Michigan hiking trails. This nationally celebrated day, encourages all people to get outside and find a new favorite trail or hike. Happy trails! For a list of northern Michigan hiking trails, click here

Grab the family and enjoy americas favorite past time in Traverse City

Traverse City Spitters Home Games: Spring 2023

Play ball! Come enjoy America's favorite past time in Traverse City at Turtle Creek Stadium. Come cheer on the Pit Spitters! Check out their season schedule here.

There are numerous lakes in the Traverse city area to take advantage of world class fishing!

Free Fishing Weekend: June 10-11, 2023

Grab your fishing gear and head north to Lake Leelanau with the friends to enjoy a free weekend of fishing! The state waives all license fees for these two days. You can choose to fish on the smaller inland lakes or take advantage of Lake Michigan. Residents and non-residents can participate! Learn more here


When you plan a stay at Leelanau Pines Campground, there are always exciting activities and events nearby Traverse City that the whole family will love! Plus, there are always a lot of fun events to attend in the spring - so be sure to book a spring camping trip to our Camp-Resort to see all the events Northern Michigan has to offer. You can browse availability or book your spring stay here.