Dance and Pig Roast
7pm to 10pm | Front Street
Dance to the music of Jack Pine and enjoy a traditional pig roast.
Entrance $5 | Pig Roast Price TBA
5k Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk
9am: Registration begins | 10am: Race begins | Empire Public beach
Enjoy a scenic run by the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and finish at the pavilion for refreshments and prizes. All runners get free entry to festival, a free drink ticket, and a customized t-shirt (a combined value of $30)— just show your run number!
Registration begins at 9am at Empire Public beach. Entry fee is $25 for standard runners and $15 for walkers and juniors up to 17 years old. All entry fees include t-shirt.
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Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-Off
Noon | Empire Township Hall
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Free to enter, this competition is open to anyone who loves asparagus! Participants create asparagus dishes for the public to sample while competing for cash prizes. This year, food vendors can also participate in the new professional category.
Empire Area Museum Open House
1pm to 4pm | 11544 S Lacore Rd.
“Ode To The Asparagus” Poetry Contest
2pm | Glen Lake Community Library
Celebrate a local rite of spring by listening to (or sharing your own!) asparagus-themed poetry. All styles of poems are acceptable and prizes will be awarded. Check out the Glen Lake Library expansion plans!
All day: Asparagus Eats + Wine and Beer Tasting
Noon to 10pm | Under the Big Tent
Amelia Vanderberg Piano Recital Noon to 1:30pm
Keith Scott Blues Guitarist 1:30pm to 3:00pm
The Stellar Association Band 4:00pm to 6:00pm
5th Gear Band 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Benzie Playboys 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Children’s Magic Show with Gordon Russ – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
“Miss Asparagus on Stilts” Presented by Cherry Life Productions – 2pm to 4pm
Northwood’s Soda Children’s Soda Bar – open Noon to 5pm
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Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.
Package includes General Admission to the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival, tokens, one souvenir glass per adult, and breakfast daily. Learn More »
VIP Admission begins at 3pm, General Admission from 4-8pm.
VIP Ticket Package
VIP Package includes: Admission at 3pm (one hour before general admission) to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 20 tickets. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to two specialty beers on the Reserve Beer Trail!
Cost: $60 per person (Ages 3 & under are free). Buy Online »
General Admission Beer and Brat Tickets
General Admission Package includes: Admission at 4pm to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 10 tickets.
Wristbands are available for pick up May 10 – 25, at Crystal Mountain’s Front Desk, located in the Inn at the Mountain. If you are picking up your wristband on Saturday, May 25, wristbands will be available at the Front Desk until Noon, or you can visit the lower level of the Crystal Center after 2pm. Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds.
Additional tickets will be available to purchase at the festival for $1 each. Tickets can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, brats and delicious sides! No refunds.
Full Pour: 3 – 6 tickets*
Half Brat: 2 tickets
Full Brat: 4 tickets
*Some specialty craft beers and meads may be 4-6 tickets due to limited availability.
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