Life Up North

11 Northern Michigan Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss

Traverse City Film Festival in front of the State Theatre in Downtown Traverse City

Northern Michigan is known for its variety of activities and rich culture. Throughout the warm season, you will find many opportunities to experience Up North as a local. There is perhaps no better example of this than the festivals and events hosted by the area’s many towns. Whether you enjoy the outdoors, food and drink, the arts, or just trying new experiences, you’ll find it here in Northern Michigan. Here are some of our favorite festivals and events that occur throughout the year: Empire Asparagus Festival – Empire – Mid, Late May Join the Village of Empire as it celebrates

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Why Sleeping Bear Dunes Might Be the Best Vacation Destination Ever

Beautiful elevated view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes shoreline

Every travel destination in the world strives to brand themselves as ‘distinctive’, in one way or another. Today, travelers want EXPERIENCES – people want to do things! It’s a great advantage to be known for great beaches, or maybe outdoor activities/adventures, or perhaps art, food, and wine related experiences. When you are known to lead in multiple experience categories, you have the chance to achieve the greatest distinction that any “area” can earn – to be a leading vacation or retirement destination. The Sleeping Bear Dunes – Traverse City area is Michigan’s #1 vacation AND retirement destination, and exists on

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