Traverse City Area Events

Well we made it to Spring! April is here and we are hoping to have a dryer April than last year. Spring had definitely sprung and we have had a heck of a thaw.   But as I write this, it’s snowing outside.  The ski slopes are hanging on to the snow! (You can find the slopes here: and see their status here: Major League Baseball is in full swing as we await the arrival of our new baseball team, the Traverse City Pit Spitters of the Northwoods League. There are some really cool things to do this month. Check out this Event Highlights for April to see some of the fun things you can do during the Spring in Northwest Michigan.  

These events are the highlights from the Ticker, EventBright, PureMichigan, and Meetup.  There is no rhyme or reason to them and it is worth a full peruse.  

If you are planning a venture and like the option of an investment or vacation home, give me a call, and we can begin this discussion.  

Coffee Hour with Sen. Curt VanderWall

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Leelanau County Government Center, Suttons Bay

Open to residents of the 35th Senate District to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue. 1-855-347-8035.

Open Mic Storytelling + Improv

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
The Workshop Brewing Co., TC

With Here:Say and Good on Paper. Put your name in the basket for the opportunity to tell a true, 7-minute story that the GOP troupe may ding into when the story being told inspires an improv scene.

Red Green – This Could Be It!

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium

$61 pit, $55 orchestra
This latest one man show features some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys & teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, special contributions from Harold & a couple of other cast members, talking animals, & a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans.


TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019 @ 5:30 PM 
City Opera House TC

Each presenter will be allowed 5-minutes to present and 5-minutes of question and answers (time limits will be strictly enforced). Between each presenter the audience will be allowed to make brief announcements for things such as job openings, persons seeking employment, other events happening in the area related to technology, etc… The audience will be made up of technology minded people and consist of mostly of programmers, IT staff, people looking for opportunities for their tech company, tech companies looking for staff, individuals looking for investment opportunity, start-up founders looking for investors and tech geeks that just like learning about new things. There is no charge to attend or to present.

April’s event will include pitches from:

Verge of Reality

If you would like to present at the this meeting or a future meeting, please visit and click the Apply to Pitch button.

Forest Mushroom Workshop

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Mills Community House, Benzonia

Presentation by Linda Scribner, certified wild mushroom expert, licensed to commercially harvest & sell wild mushrooms in MI. Linda brings fungi specimens, sharing mushroom biology & the key features to look for when identifying different species. Pre-register: 231-882-4391.


THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019 @ 7:00 PM 
City Opera House, TC

A live storytelling event of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. Inspired by true tales of children & adults who yearn to believe & be believed. Held in partnership with Karen Stein, founder & creative director of Here:Say.

2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 @ 6:30 PM 
City Opera House, TC

Enjoy short films & documentaries about mountain culture, outdoor action sports & the environment. Presented by VASA Ski Club. Pre-show Social is held in the Atrium at 5:30pm.

Cookbook Dinner Series Presents Local Spirits Week

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 @ 5:00 PM 
amical, TC

A flashback menu of amical favorites from years past paired with beverages from loyal winemakers, brewers & distillers. Call 941-8888 for reservations.

TC Chocolate Festival

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019 @ 11:30 AM
The Park Place Hotel & Conference Center, TC

Chocolatiers from around the state & region will offer tastes & conversation about their product. Featuring live music, shopping, door prizes, demonstrations, & a celebration of the history of MI’s chocolate. Supports the Northwest Food Coalition & feeding the hungry in our communities. Held from 11:30am-2pm & 2:30-5pm. $20 adults, $11 12 & under. $15 for kids’ cake decorating workshop.

In The Mood – A 1940’s Musical Revue

Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium

$38 pit, $33 orchestra
An upbeat musical revue that celebrates America’s Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra & other idols of the 1940s.

Rock N Jam

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 – 4:30 pM
The Rock of Kingsley

A community play-along for music lovers of all ages.

Here:Say Presents: SOS!

MONDAY, APRIL 15 – 7:00 PM
The Workshop Brewing Co., TC

Scheduled performers take the stage to tell true, first-person stories about times when they needed an assist. Come early for eats & a seat; donations taken at door.

Wheeling Warriors Kickoff

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Incredible Mo’s, Grawn

This event is free & accessible for all individuals who use a wheelchair in their community. Meet new friends while you eat, bowl & play games. Learn about what Wheeling Warriors has planned for you! Must RSVP by 4/17/19.

North Country Trail Backpacking Trip- Tippy Dam Pond, Udell Hills

Tippy Dam Recreation Area

Start out spring with a 22 mile backpacking trip on the North Country trail, near Tippy Dam Pond and Udell Hills. (Southwest of the Manistee river trail.) We’ll meet Friday, April 26 in the evening and car camp at Tippy Dam State Park Recreation area. (3 sites reserved, for a total of 12 people, $6.25 per person, 4 people per site.) The next day, we’ll spot cars to Red Bridge and to 9 Mile Bridge, and then backpack approx. 11 miles near Tippy Dam Pond and the Manistee river to Blacksmith Bayou Campground. On Sunday, April 27th, we’ll backpack approx. 11 miles through the Udell Hills area to the 9 mile bridge parking lot. (Optional- side hike to the Udell lookout tower. ) Please have all necessary backpacking gear. After our hike Sunday, we can stop for lunch in Wellston or Cadillac. The max for this trip is 12 people.

North Country Trail Interactive Map. Zoom in to Red Bridge and 9 mile bridge, near Mesick for the route.

Tippy Dam State Recreation area info:

Glen Lake Restaurant Week


$25-$35 per person
April 26 – May 4. Featuring an array of options, “from French Fries to French Cuisine.” Book your reservations & follow the Facebook page @eatglenarbor for event updates, photos & the special event menus. Restaurants will offer their own 3 course, prix fixe menus from $25-$35. Participants include: Art’s Tavern, Blu, Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse, Cherry Public House, Trattoria Funistrada, Glen Arbor Wines, Nonna’s at The Homestead, La Becasse, & Western Avenue Grill.

So if you’re are looking for Traverse City things to do or are interested in learning about Traverse City Restaurants or Traverse City Events, check out The Ticker, Meetup EventBright, PureMichigan or subscribe to my site and stay tuned. These sites cover all of the Northwest Michigan Lower Peninsula!