The spring/fall runs of steelhead and salmon, the resident brown trout and “brookies” make the PM River extremely popular for fishing.
Photo by Leland Wine & Food Festival
Top Events in Leelanau County
Festivals celebrating many aspects of life are scheduled throughout the year in the Leelanau County .
Here we’ve condensed the most popular annual happenings, so you can see at a glance which time of year you may want to visit our wonderful area. Welcome to Leelanau County!
Leland Wine & Food Festival
Enjoy tasting award-winning wines from local Leelanau Peninsula wineries and breweries, along with delicious specialties from local food vendors at the Leland Wine & Food Festival. In addition to great food and drink, there are beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands from our Leland Harbor venue.
Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival
The Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival is held annually for three days in late-May, and is hosted by the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. A variety of festival field trips are offered within this event.
Empire Asparagus Festival
The Empire Asparagus Festival is held in May each year and celebrates all things asparagus. The event includes live music, entertainment, tent, food, a 5k race, an asparagus cook-off, kids activities, and more!
Cedar Polka Fest
The Cedar Polka Fest is an annual festival celebrating the town’s rich Polish history. During the 4 day festival thousands of people descend into the village of Cedar to eat, drink, and dance the nights away. Food vendors offer Beer, Polish Food, Ribs, Hotdogs, Popcorn, and so much more. Kids will enjoy games, while adults will indulge in the unique atmosphere that only Polka can create.
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West Michigan Activities & Attractions
The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is a cultural center in West Michigan and plays an integral part in Manistee’s history.
The West Michigan area, with many small lakes and rivers to explore, is a popular location for paddle sports.
Much of West Michigan is bicycle-friendly, and you’ll find many nice paths on which to ride. It’s great exercise with great scenery to enjoy.
Agriculture plays a large role in the economics of Mason County. Take this self-guided tour to learn about agriculture in Mason County.
Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Hop aboard the Lake Michigan S.S. Badger Carferry! Take the famous cruise across Lake Michigan and experience the Badger and all it has to do!
Along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Ludington and Manistee, you’ll find natural splendor- the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness area.
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.
The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.