Seasonal Activities

Year round

Tour the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

Visit the beach for an ever-changing view of Lake Michigan

Dine the variety of restaurants, some open seasonally & some year round. Our piece of Leelanau County is become more and more of a “foodie” destination. Visit our Business Directory to get started.

Shop. From hobbies, to antiques, Jewelry to home goods & garden, women’s couture clothing, things for the outdoor enthusiast. From Specialty foods to local artisan-made goods, USA Made specialty shops, well…there’s something for everyone. Some open seasonally & some open year round. Visit our Business Directory to get started.

Recreation – the greater Glen Arbor area is perfect for outdoor activities because of the unique and varied landscapes. From dunes to meadows, and forests to beaches  – there’s lots to choose from for all ages and experience levels!

Glen Arbor Art Associaton has year round events, gallery openings, art classes, exhibits and theater. Check out our Events page to see what’s coming up and their website to find out more.


Before the crowds arrive, enjoy mild temps and fewer crowds with these activities…

Glen Lake Restaurant Week (the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Annually).

M22 Challenge

Sip & Savor Wine Trail

Numerous Art shows & Exhibits

Bring your camera! Tour M-22 through Leelanau County and see the budding wild flower, Cherry Blossoms and Orchards blooming.

Perfect temperatures for hiking!

Shopping. Shop local – shop downtown! Most of the Seasonal shops are open by May – so get the newest and best picks of the season before the crowds arrive!


Experience all that Glen Lake and Northern Michigan is known for with a sampling of these local events and happenings…

Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5k

Glen Arbor BBQ & Brew Festival

Manitou Music Festival

Glen Arbor’s 4th of July Parade – through town, the Bridge Walk, and Glen Lake Boat Parade.

Glen Arbor Farmer’s Market – every Tuesday from 9am-1pm outside at the Township Hall, in Glen Arbor.

Numerous Art Shows & Exhibits

Manitou Music Festival. Live music shows happen in the area at different locations, throughout the summer and into fall. Organized by the Glen Arbor Art Association.


The locals like to keep fall a bit of a secret…it’s a truly calm and beautiful time of year!  There are plenty of opportunities for self-guided color tours along the beautiful roadways of the county.  

Kayak trips down the Crystal River are also a beautiful way to see the fall colors!


Halloween in Glen Arbor

Toast the Season Wine Tour (November)


Glen Arbor is home to it all!  A local ski hill and resort, public ice skating rink and groomed trail for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Christmas Tree Lighting | the night before the Holiday Marketplace, in front of the Glen Arbor Town Hall.

Holiday Marketplace + Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus (annually on Black Friday weekend)

Winterfest | Glen Arbor Chili Cookoff + Perch Fishing Contest

FREE Ice Skating ALL WINTER – located on the basketball court at Glen Arbor’s Township park – on the corner of State Street and M-22, next to Northwoods Hardware.  Ice skate/hockey sticks/pucks available to rent from The Cyclery.

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Locations and Equipment:

The Homestead Resort

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

The Cyclery (equipment rentals/sales)

Trails within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Downhill Skiing Locations and Equipment:

The Homestead Resort

The Cyclery (equipment rentals/sales)

Ice Fishing Locations and Equipment:

Big and Little Glen Lakes

The Sportsman Shop (equipment and permits)

Other winter events:

Taste the Passion Wine Tour