The Good Stuff IF YOU ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS BY THE BAY DO NOT MISS: JULY 4 FIREWORKS Tc loves its July 4 fireworks so much there’s even a club solely devoted to pulling off the big show every year. But you don’t have to be a “Boom Boom club” member yourself to enjoy them—just head out anywhere along the West Bay waterfront at dusk for a spectacular view. TCBOOMBOOM.ORG.
MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR: Get a fresh look at what made the Traverse region legendary in decades past—from its wild lumbering roots to its Prohibitionera, rum-running con men. The 90-minute tour is led by local historians aboard an appropriately painted psychedelic trolley. Reservations required. TRAVERSEHISTORY.ORG. Tickets Available at MyNorthtickets.com.
HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY: Experience the thrill of a real-deal equestrian competition just minutes from downtown Traverse city. Thousands of the nation’s best horses and riders show their stuff in show-jumping and dressage events. Festivities start July 3 at Flintfields Horse Park and run intermittently through August. HORSESHOWSBYTHEBAY.COM.
MOOMERS: Good Morning America viewers voted this farm and creamery America’s best ice cream back in 2008. come see what the hype’s about by trying a scoop or two of the 120-some flavors, from Amaretto cherry to White chocolate Oreo. A summertime must for locals and vacationers alike. MOOMERS.COM.
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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY ART FAIR: On August 17, the fine arts take over cass street downtown for Traverse city’s annual juried art fair. Browse paintings, sculpture and other works from more than 90 regional and national artists. The event is free and open to the public. DOWNTOWNTC.COM.
TRAVERSE CITY’S FARMERS MARKET: With as many as 75 vendors and hundreds of shoppers at the peak of the season, elbow room is often in short supply at the region’s premier farmers market. Abundant, however, are the fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and baked goods that make Tc a true locavore’s paradise. Wednesdays and saturdays, between union and cass, one block north of Front street. DOWNTOWNTC.ORG. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Wander downtown streets without having to “look both ways” during one of Tc’s favorite summer events, when the city closes two blocks of Front street’s main drag to traffic and opens them to live music, food, and family entertainment. Friday evenings in August, 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. DOWNTOWNTC.COM.
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