Traverse City, Michigan – Travel and Lodging

Empire Asparagus Festival – May 17 – 19, 2019

Friday

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

Saturday

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.

Register here!    |    Download Official Registration Form

Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-Off
Noon  | Empire Township Hall
Download Entry Form

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

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

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

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

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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Empire Asparagus Festival On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Empire Asparagus Festival Page On Facebook.

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A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and attendees who made last weekend a huge success! Between our Friday & Saturday night events, we had over 2300 people in attendance, not including children; our second most well-attended festival yet! ... See MoreSee Less

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and attendees who made last weekend a huge success! Between our Friday & Saturday night events, we had over 2300 people in attendance, not including children; our second most well-attended festival yet!

 

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Thanks for all you do to make this festival happen. We always enjoy our weekend in Empire at the asparagus festival.

Thanks to you, Paul!

Thanks to you, Paul!

We enjoyed volunteering. Always love going to the festival.

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Brooke must be mad because she missed it??!

The lamb gyros were wonderful!

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Much busier than Friday LeeAnna Marie, Carlyle Stewart

Rachel Kraley Jaunese, are you there?!!

Great crowd and an Asparagus Queen on stilts!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Crystal Mountain – Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 25, 2019

Crystal Mountain - Michigan Beer & Brat Festival

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.

Lodging Package

Package includes General Admission to the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival, tokens, one souvenir glass per adult, and breakfast daily. Learn More »

Admission

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.

Tickets

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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Crystal Mountain On Facebook

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4 hours ago

Crystal Mountain

Congratulations to Chelsea at the Bru Bar, our Service Excellence Winner for the month of May! Chelsea may be one of the first friendly faces you see in the morning and she loves to make everyone feel welcome. She's a great asset to Crystal Mountain and we're lucky to have her! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Chelsea at the Bru Bar, our Service Excellence Winner for the month of May! Chelsea may be one of the first friendly faces you see in the morning and she loves to make everyone feel welcome. Shes a great asset to Crystal Mountain and were lucky to have her!

3 days ago

Crystal Mountain

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Just like we did last week. The kids had a blast and so did we!!

3 days ago

Crystal Mountain

Love is in the air at Crystal Mountain! Congrats to Tim and Lauren. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

📸: Loose Canon PhotographyCongratulations to Tim and Lauren on their beautiful wedding yesterday! From a whimsical ceremony in the forest to dancing on a mountaintop, I would say that yesterday was a fabulous day for a wedding! Thank you both for having us share in your special day!♥

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Love is in the air at Crystal Mountain! Congrats to Tim and Lauren. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

📸: Loose Canon Photography
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