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Empire Hops and Harvest Festival – October 2, 2021

Empire Hops and Harvest FestivalBitter is back with the Hops & Harvest Festival!

We are so excited to celebrate the arrival of harvest time with our annual Hops Festival once again!

Featuring Northern Michigan food and drinks, live performances, and more—all celebrating the beautiful and bitter hop plant.

We will be celebrating Saturday, October 2 from noon-6pm in downtown Empire. Entrance is $10.


Enjoy food from Art’s Tavern, Mama Lu’s, Mt Holiday, and more! Beer from Lake Ann Brewery, Right Brain, and Stormcloud; and mead from St. Ambrose.

Free Parking—two blocks north of Front Street in Johnson Park.

A more detailed schedule to come!

Saturday, October 2
12pm-6pm: Music, food & beer under the big tent on Front Street in Empire

Live Music to include

5th Gear

The Benzie Playboys


Be a Volunteer

Volunteer to show your love for hops! Pour your favorite brew, take tickets or help with security. For a three-hour shift your receive a volunteer shirt, commemorative glass, drink ticket, and more!

Sign up to be a volunteer here!


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Suttons Bay Art Festival – August 3 – 4, 2019

Suttons Bay Art Festival

This annual art fair takes place at the beautiful Suttons Bay Marina Park on the first weekend of August (August 3 & 4th, 2019, Sat. 10am – 6pm, Sun. 10am – 5pm). One hundred artists along with community groups, a community library book sale, food vendors and a children’s area make this the perfect place to spend an art-filled weekend at the beach. Join us on Sunday morning for a pancake breakfast in the park (free to exhibiting artists). This is the second year Blackbird Arts has hosted the breakfast.

A committee of volunteers oversees the selection of visiting artists and the distribution of funds generated by the event. Thousands of dollars have been contributed to local arts-related education projects. These include music and dance performances, artist in residence programs and scholarships for local art students.

Come to Suttons Bay in August, participate – as an artist, as a shopper or as a volunteer. Join in the fun!


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Suttons Bay Art Festival On Facebook

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Port Oneida Fair – August 9 – 10, 2019

Join us on August 9 & 10 for the 2019 Port Oneida Fair!

Each year near the beginning of August, you can take a step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Imagine the life of the pioneers as you help bale hay or watch a broom-maker at work. Learn about spinning, basket weaving, soap making, butter making, candle dipping, and fur trapping. Listen as park rangers and local history experts share the area’s history. Watch as teams of oxen and horses cut, load, and haul hay and artists and craftsmen demonstrate their skills.

The fair is held at 6 of the historic farmsteads in Port Oneida. Each farm has a variety of artists, crafts, food, and activities for visitors. Click on the farm names below to see what’s happening at each farm. A shuttle bus runs between the farms on a regular schedule during the fair, so you can park your car and easily get around to the different venues.

Dechow Farm
Kelderhouse Farm
Burfiend Barn
Olsen Farm
Thoreson Farm

Sky gazing will close out the two-day fair on Saturday, August 10 at the Thoreson Farm. We will be looking at the sun from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and at the night sky from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) to experience a form of recreation that has been enjoyed by many generations and continues today. GTAS members share their telescopes and knowledge while viewing Mars, Saturn, and the Perseid meteor shower. Learn about astronomy as it was in the 1900s. Remember to bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car.

Are you an artist who has created work in or of the Port Oneida area? We are always looking for submission for our Port Oneida Fair poster.

The Port Oneida Fair is presented by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. To learn more about how you can help support the park, visit


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Northport Dog Parade – August 10, 2019

Northport Dog Parade

23rd Annual Northport Dog Parade

The Theme: Tail House Rock!

Saturday, August 10, 2019
Registration starts at 10:30 AM and Parade starts at 12 PM NOON

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Northport Dog Parade – the cutest parade of the north! The theme for this year’s parade is:
Tail House Rock! Parade will begin at noon.

You can register your dog from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM at the Northport Public Works garage (121 W. 3rd St.), across the Mill Pond in Northport. Registration is $10 on the day of the event. You can pre-register your pooch for $5 by NOON on Friday, August 9th at either the Pennington Collection, Dog Ear Books, or Tucker’s of Northport. Or you can register online for $6!


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Northport Dog Parade On Facebook

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Thursday June 17th, 2021 - 10:17 am
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Hi all! We have moved pages! Please follow Annual Northport Dog Parade for updates on this years (!!!!!) 2021 Dog Parade: A Space Pawdyssey!

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For my family and friends who have viewed the dog parade with us in the past.

Joseph Symons will you do this with Aspen?

Monday July 20th, 2020 - 10:26 am
Northport Dog Parade

A late update - The Northport Dog Parade has been canceled this year. We hope to see you all out there in 2021. Be well! ... See MoreSee Less

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Katie Grace 😦

Hilary Kellogg Alpers, Jaie Berry, Sean Heline😥😥😥😥

Tuesday February 25th, 2020 - 4:16 pm
Northport Dog Parade

The Northport Dog Parade is Saturday, August 8, 2020 and we are begging for a THEME! Do you have a terrific idea for one? Please email Grand Marshall Sarah Eggert ( or DM us here with a theme idea (colorful and fun with a pun, please!). Interested in helping out with the parade this year? We would love that too - email or DM to let us know if you want to get involved 🐾🐾🐾🐾 ... See MoreSee Less

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Ford Vs Furry

A Day in the (dog) Park.

Mardi Paws!

Jurassic Bark 🦖 🐾

Kevin Murphy has one. "Doggy Kong." Includes all video game characters.

A Dr. Who theme would be fantastic!

Disco Pawty!

Su-paw Heroes!

In light of everyone being captive in their homes this year it should be re-cast as “The Dog Owner Parade” sponsored by the cats who will stay at home and finally get some peace!

Based on all of the movie watching with the family lately, I want to submit an idea: Indiana Bones: Raiders of the Lost Bark!

So what is the theme going on in e

Fiddler on the Woof! (Broadway theme)

Woofs of the loom...instead of fruit of the loom... dogs in undies... Captain Underpants

Roxanne Werly I'll bet you could come up with a great theme and you'll have to have your babies in the parade this year 🙂

Flea Circus (or Cirque du SoLeelanau)

Jeff Anderson says Caddy Shack?


Celebridogs and Pupparazzi

Dog Tired

Hilary Kellogg Alpers, Sean Heline

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Tuesday August 13th, 2019 - 10:22 am
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Saturday was fun, wasn't it?! Thanks to all those who walked and watched this year's Northport Dog Parade! If you have any pics or posts, please tag us Northport and we will share! ... See MoreSee Less

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Now that’s a cute pup.

Getting shots of cuties during the parade.

So clever!

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Friday August 9th, 2019 - 2:24 pm
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