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Experience an Unforgettable Summer at Crystal Mountain

May 25, 2023


THOMPSONVILLE, MICH. (May 25, 2023) – Whether you’re looking for exciting events or relaxation this summer, Crystal Mountain is the place to be. This summer’s event calendar is packed with fun activities, festivals, outdoor recreation and opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Memorial Day Weekend: May 26-29

Kicking off the summer season is the highly anticipated Michigan Beer and Brat Festival. The family-friendly event welcomes more than two dozen Michigan vendors to serve up their best microbrews, wine, hard cider, mead, spirits and bratwursts for an unmatched tasting experience for everyone.

“This is the perfect event to celebrate some of the best flavors Michigan has to offer,” said Michael Trubac, Director of Food and Beverage. “This is the 16th year for the event and it has come a long way from what started as just three booths in one of our parking lots. Now we have dozens of vendors, live entertainment and hundreds of people coming together for the first big, outdoor event of the season.”

In addition to several returning vendors, including Bell’s Brewery, Blake’s Hard Cider and Black Star Farms, there will be three new places to try – Wise Men Distillery, Fresh Coast Beer Works and FUL Beverage – the first non-alcoholic vendor to be featured at the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival.

Tickets to this Saturday’s event are available online until 11:59 p.m. Friday or at the event for $50. Be sure to check out the long list of other Memorial Day weekend activities including golf, the adventure course, outdoor pool party, alpine slide rides and the opening of the downhill mountain biking trails.

Bike Benzie Tour: June 3

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the Bike Benzie Tour promises an unforgettable, scenic journey through Benzie County. Cyclists of all skill levels can choose to ride the 28-, 42- or 62-mile route, each starting and finishing at Crystal Mountain with at least one food stop along the way. Afterwards, participants and spectators are invited to the After Tour Party.

“This is a wonderful event showcasing the natural beauty of Benzie County, and it raises money for an awesome organization,” said Marcus Matthews, Director of Membership and Recreation. “The Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club is instrumental in supporting the community with educational programs, local food banks and various programs in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, Manistee and Benzie counties.”

Registration is open until the event on June 3.

Total Archery Challenge: June 9-11

Next month, more than 2,000 archers will gather at Crystal Mountain for the largest 3D archery event in the nation. The Total Archery Challenge consists of several different courses spread out across Crystal’s 1500-acre property featuring 100+ 3D targets simulating real-life hunting scenarios. Spectators are welcome to watch the participants and can browse through vendor village where dozens of outdoor recreation companies will showcase a wide variety of outdoor gear.

Father’s Day: June 16-18

Treat the man in your life to a weekend of relaxation, adventure and quality time. Dads golf free with a paying golfer June 18, select lodging for the weekend is 20% off, and Crystal Spa invites Dad to take advantage of the Summer Spa Packages and indulge in a Men’s Spa Day for a special price. With a focus on natural and organic products, Crystal Spa's new line, OM4 Men, provides a refreshing and invigorating experience tailored to men's skincare needs, ensuring a holistic and transformative spa experience.

Independence Day Celebration: July 1-4

The fourth up north is hard to beat, especially when you can park the car for a few days and have everything you need all on one property. Independence Day festivities at Crystal Mountain include a 5k Fun Run, Bike and Golf Cart Parade, Family Golf Scramble, and Barr Park Party with live entertainment, carnival games and more. Come for the day or stay the night in one of the many lodging options, reserve your seat at one of the resort restaurants and explore the ultimate destination for the Fourth of July.

Summer Sounds Concert Series: July 7, 14, 21 & August 4

Take part in a memorable evening of live music at Michigan Legacy Art Park's enchanting outdoor amphitheater. For over two decades, the Summer Sounds concert series has delighted attendees with its invigorating melodies, serene surroundings, and vibrant ambiance. It's an ideal opportunity to gather your family and friends and relish a magical midsummer night. Concerts take place select Friday nights from 7pm-9pm. All ages welcome, kids 12 and under are free.

Michigan Legacy Art Park is in the running for USA Today’s 10Best Sculpture Parks! Vote every day until the polls close June 12.

Crystal Mountain Scholarship Invitational: August 11-12

Crystal Mountain is committed to nurturing talent and supporting education, which is why it proudly presents the Crystal Mountain Scholarship Invitational. This charitable event supports the Crystal Scholarship Foundation which provides valuable financial assistance to Crystal Mountain employees and their dependents looking to further their education. Since awarding the first scholarship recipient in 2021, CSF has distributed more than $35,000 to local students. The deadline to register for the two-day invitational is Aug. 4.

These highlighted events skim the surface of a packed summer calendar. Explore the online event calendar for a look at the live music schedule, garden tour schedule and daily activities.

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About Crystal Mountain:
Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The 1,500-acre resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, Peak Fitness, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings, a conference center, and real estate options.

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