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Asparagus Festival

May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018


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2018 Empire Asparagus Festival Schedule of Events

Festival admission: $5 (Children under 16 free)



Dance, Fish Boil, and Pig Roast
7pm to 10pm  |  Front Street

Dance to the music of Jack Pine and enjoy an old-fashioned Great Lakes fish boil and pig roast.

Entrance $5  |  Fish boil $16
Pulled pork sandwich with all the fixings $12



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 (combined valued of $50.00) — just show your run number!

Registration begins at 9am at Empire Public beach. Entry fee is $40 for standard runners and $25 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 an 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


Keith Scott Blues Guitarist Noon to 2pm

Andre Villoch 2pm to 3:30pm

5th Gear Band 5pm to 7pm

The Benzie Playboys 7:30pm to 10pm


Children’s Magic Show with Gordon Russ – 3:30pm

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

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

Asparagus Queen


Scalawags Fish & Chips

Norconk’s Fresh Asparagus

Art’s Tavern Glen Arbor

Pleva’s Meats

Shipwreck Cafe


Nepalese Have Another

Holiday Hills

Mel & Fell

Village Inn

Elberto’s Taqueria 



St. Ambrose Cellars

Right Brain Brewery / Asparagus Beer

Lake Ann Brewery

Selection of Leelanau County Wines

Owens Soft Water



9am to 1pm  | Empire Township Hall

Enjoy an asparagus breakfast by the Zonta Club of Leelanau County

$10.00 per plateThis is a certified zero waste event thanks to Bay Area Recycling.



May 18, 2018
May 20, 2018


Empire Chamber of Commerce


Downtown Empire