What’s Happening in Northern Michigan: Opening Day, Family Nature Summit, Beer & Brat Festival

The weather’s warming up! We’re seeing more of the sun, and spring is in full swing. Courtney Sheffer with the West Michigan Tourist Association shares some fun ways to enjoy all Northern Michigan has to offer this season in this week’s What’s Happening in Northern Michigan.

Traverse City Pit Spitters Opening Day

Get ready for Traverse City Baseball’s opening day with the newly renamed Traverse City Pit Spitters on May 28. The new name was selected from the thousands of entries fans submitted last fall. There will be several activities for fans at the opening day game, including pre-game catch on the field, face painters and balloon artists. And the first fireworks show of the year will follow the game. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a special inaugural season Pit Spitters t-shirt.

Great Lakes Family Nature Summit at Shanty Creek Resort 

Every year, Family Nature Summits brings together families and friends from across the country to discover more of America’s wild places. This year’s Great Lakes Summit will take place July 20-26 at Shanty Creek Resort. Come join hundreds of people enjoying the outdoors, with field trips led by experts and week-long sets of activities including geology, freshwater ecology, hiking, birdwatching, photography, kayaking, and much more. You’ll find programming designed for every age group: from the young to the young-at-heart. Sign up early to reserve your spot at the summit, with lodging available at Shanty Creek Resort for the week as well.

Michigan Beer and Brat Festival

Kick off the summer with a Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. The Michigan Beer and Brat Festival is on Saturday, May 25. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Buy your tickets online by this Friday to save $5  per person, with lodging and VIP packages available as well.