Festival admission: $5 (Children under 16 free)
Dance and Pig Roast
7 pm to 10 pm | Front Street
Dance to live music and enjoy a traditional pig roast.
Entrance $5 | Pig Roast Price TBA
5k Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk
9 am: Registration begins | 10 am: Race begins | Empire Public beach
Enjoy a scenic run by the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and finish at the pavilion for refreshments and prizes. All runners get free entry to the festival, a free drink ticket, and a customized t-shirt (a combined value of $30)— just show your run number!
Registration begins at 9 am at Empire Public beach. The entry fee is $25 for standard runners and $15 for walkers and juniors up to 17 years old. All entry fees include a t-shirt.
Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-Off
Noon | Empire Township Hall
Download Entry Form
Free to enter, this competition is open to anyone who loves asparagus! Participants create asparagus dishes for the public to sample while competing for cash prizes. This year, food vendors can also participate in the new professional category.
Empire Area Museum Open House
1 pm to 4 pm | 11544 S Lacore Rd.
“Ode To The Asparagus” Poetry Contest
2 pm | Glen Lake Community Library
Celebrate a local rite of spring by listening to (or sharing your own!) asparagus-themed poetry. All styles of poems are acceptable and prizes will be awarded. Check out the Glen Lake Library expansion plans!
Selection of local wines
This is a certified zero waste event thanks to Bay Area Recycling.