The National Cherry Festival!

The National Cherry Festival!  Traverse City June 30th-July 4th 2018!


cherriesWho doesn’t love cherries! Over ice cream, in cocktails, as jams and jellies or just eating them by the handful – yummmmmm – cherries! Traverse City hosts the oldest, biggest cherry festival of the region. This party features over 150 family activities: air shows, fireworks, parades (including the nation’s largest all-children parade) games, races, midway rides, demonstrations, nightly outdoor concerts and lots of chances to taste delicious cherry products. Now in its 92nd year, the Cherry Festival is Traverse City’s signature event, drawing as many as 500,000 attendees from around the country.  Everything is located conveniently within walking distance, and since almost all the events are free, it offers more than a week of affordable family fun. For more information about the cherry festival, go to

Freshwater Vacation Rentals has several cottages that you can rent for your stay. After a day at the festival come back to the comfort of a cottage to relax, swim, fish and possibly eat even more cherries! Check out our website for availability at Sugarloaf Sweet Retreat, Torch River Retreat, Captain Fran’s, Black Bear Lodge on the Au Sable and even more a short driving distance north from Traverse City.