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Exciting Events in 2023 to Attend Near Traverse City, MI

Leelanau Pines Campground is less than 30 minutes away from Traverse City, MI - making it the perfect home base for your many family adventures! There are so many things to do in Traverse City, MI that you'll never be bored during your camping trip! Keep reading for the top events of 2023 that you won't want to miss.

Couple walking in a vineyard during a Traverse City event.

Traverse City Uncorked: May 2023

The greater Traverse City area is known for its ideal location on the 45th Parallel for growing grapes and producing world class wines. Grab your digital winery passport and follow the self-guided tour throughout the month of May and discover new wineries and visit past favorites! Visit 5 or more and be eligible to win prizes. Visit their site to learn more. 

A group of people running for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City.

Bayshore Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10k: May 27, 2023

The Bayshore Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 10k race is a Memorial Weekend staple in Traverse City. It takes place the Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend and the course runs along the scenic Grand Traverse Bay and is regarded as a "must run" for runners in the Midwest. Registration is open and you can sign up or learn more here.

People enjoying a cup of beer at the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival in Traverse City, MI.

Michigan Beer & Brat Festival: May 27, 2023

The 16th annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival is being held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI. A short 40 minute drive from our campground and you can sample microbrews, meads, hard cider, wine, liquor and gourmet brats all made in Michigan while listening to live entertainment. Find some new favorites and bring some back to enjoy around the campfire. Check out their site for more details!

People enjoying a top event in Traverse City - the Leland Wine & Food Festival.

Leland Wine & Food Festival: June 10, 2023

Leland (aka Fishtown) is a short 20 minute drive from Leelanau Pines Campground. Every year, Leland hosts it's annual Wine & Food Festival. Here you can sip on your local favorite wineries, taste food from northern Michigan restuarants all with a stunning view of Lake Michigan in the background. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the event. To buy tickets or learn more click here.

Couple sampling wine at Traverse City's Summer Artisan Art & Wine Walk event.

Summer Artisan Art & Wine Walk: June 16, 2023

We all look forward to warm summer days in northern Michigan. Sutton Bay kicks off summer each year with their annual Summer Artisan Art & Wine Walk. This year it will be held on Friday, June 16th from 5PM - 9PM. Stroll the streets of Suttons Bay admiring work by award-winning local artists, pop in some stores to see what you can find, and of course sample some of Leelanau counties finest wine. To learn more click here.

Buckets of cherries found at the National Cherry Festival - a famous Traverse City event!

National Cherry Festival: July 1-8, 2023

The Cherry Festival is embarking on its 97th year celebrating Traverse City as being one of the largest cherry producers in the world. The festival spans over 8 days and you can be sure to find something for the entire family each day. The festival pulls in over 500,000 people so make sure you plan ahead! There are car shows, air shows, cherry pit spitting contests, cherry pie eating contests, concerts, and so much more! Find out here all of the daily events.

Four women shopping at the Downtown Traverse City Street Sale - a great thing to do in Traverse City!

Downtown Traverse City Street Sale: August 4, 2023

Bring your friends and your wallets to downtown Traverse City on Friday, August 4th from 8AM - 9PM to stroll the streets of downtown Traverse City and support local businesses in the annual City Street Sale. It is the largest city wide sale and you will find deals from stores on Front Street between Union Street and Park Street. Stay up to date here

The Suttons Bay Art Festival is a great thing to do near Traverse City, MI.

Suttons Bay Art Festival: August 5-6, 2023

The 43rd annual Suttons Bay Art Festival will take place on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th this year next to the Suttons Bay Marina Park. Enjoy walking around and viewing art work by over 100 different local artists. The festival also highlights community groups, a community library book sale, food vendors and a children's area. For more information visit the site

An aerial view of the Northwestern Michigan Fair.

Northwestern Michigan Fair: August 6-12, 2023

The Northwestern Michigan Fair was first pulled together in 1908. It has a rich history of promoting "Michigan agriculture, horticulture, education, mechanical arts, fine arts, fruit and grain products, stock raising and dairy products, domestic science and kindred interests throughout the Grand Traverse Region". Enjoy a week of family fun at a traditional fair with rides, food vendors, and much more! For more information click here

A large group gathering for the Up North Pride walk in downtown Traverse City.

Up North Pride: September 27-October 1, 2023

Up North Pride is an annual event that promotes Northern Michigan to be a more diverse, inclusive, and safe place for everyone. Come join thousands of others in support and walk down the streets of downtown Traverse City and take part in all of the other fun activities planned in a week long celebration. Keep up to date on all things Up North Pride here


No matter what time of year you plan your camping trip at Leelanau Pines, there's no doubt that there will be many things to do near Traverse City, MI during your stay. We hope you make it to multiple events this year, and remember to post about your camping memories with the hashtag #leelanaupinescampground. If you're ready to book your stay or browse availability, you can book online here.