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Asparagus Festival

May 17 - May 19


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2019 Empire Asparagus Festival Schedule of Events

Festival admission: $5 (Children under 16 free)

You can volunteer for the festival (and receive free admission and a t-shirt) here!



Dance and Pig Roast
7pm to 10pm  |  Front Street

Dance to the music of Jack Pine and enjoy a traditional pig roast.

Entrance $5  |  Pig Roast Price TBA



5k Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk

9am: Registration begins  | 10am: 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 festival, a free drink ticket, and a customized t-shirt (a combined value of $30)— just show your run number!

Registration begins at 9am at Empire Public beach. Entry fee is $25 for standard runners and $15 for walkers and juniors up to 17 years old. All entry fees include t-shirt.

Register here!    |    Download Official Registration Form


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
1pm to 4pm   | 11544 S Lacore Rd.


“Ode To The Asparagus” Poetry Contest
2pm  | 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!


All day: Asparagus Eats + Wine and Beer Tasting

Noon to 10pm  |  Under the Big Tent


Amelia Vanderberg Piano Recital Noon to 1:30pm

Keith Scott Blues Guitarist 1:30pm to 3:00pm

The Stellar Association Band 4:00pm to 6:00pm

5th Gear Band 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Benzie Playboys 8:00pm to 10:30pm


Children’s Magic Show with Gordon Russ – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

“Miss Asparagus on Stilts” Presented by Cherry Life Productions –  2pm to 4pm

Northwood’s Soda Children’s Soda Bar – open Noon to 5pm





Selection of local wines

art by Jim Hilton 

This is a certified zero waste event thanks to Bay Area Recycling.



May 17
May 19