The mission of the National Cherry Festival is to celebrate and promote cherries, community involvement, and the Grand Traverse Region.
At the National Cherry Festival, Traverse City takes the celebration of cherries very seriously. It isn’t just because of their health benefits and overall tasty nature. This super fruit fuels more than the city’s people. It powers the local economy in Traverse City, MI. This festival is a celebration of farmers, laborers, neighbors and anyone that comes together because of cherries. Traverse City is proud to include you in the cherry community.
STOP BY THE WELCOME TENT TO PUT A PIN IN A MAP TO SHOW HOW FAR YOU TRAVELED TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL!
The National Cherry Festival, steeped in tradition, resonates Pure Michigan through and through. From bringing ‘pure‘ local agriculture to the one of Pure Michigan‘s premier destinations; to hosting guests in one of Pure Michigan‘s most beautiful beach towns, the Cherry Capital of the World Traverse City, the National Cherry Festival is proud be one of Pure Michigan‘s brightest gems.
The Cherry Festival has been recognized as a “Top Ten Event” by USA Today in 2014, 1999, 1998, and 1997. It has also received the Embassy of Michigan Tourism Award (1976), annually rated in top 100 Festivals and Events in North America by the A.B.A, named Michigan’s Favorite Festival by AAA Michigan Living Magazine, and received the Governor’s Declaration honoring during the Festival’s 50th anniversary in 1976. The festival has also encountered many special guests and dignitaries over the years as well.