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Empire Hops & Harvest Festival

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - October 5 @ 10:00 pm


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Bitter is back with the Hops & Harvest Festival!

Featuring Northern Michigan food and drinks, live performances, and more—all celebrating the beautiful and bitter hop plant.

We’ll be celebrating Friday, October 4 from 6-10pm and all day Saturday, October 5 in downtown Empire!

Saturday Admission is $20 | Includes a commemorative glass & drink ticket
Additional drink tickets and food available for purchase. Kids under 16 are free.

Purchase your Hops Festival tickets here! Tickets will also be available at the door

Friday Night Fish Fry | On Friday Night under the big tent on Front Street, Art’s Tavern will host a classic fish fry. The event will be accompanied by live music and local craft beers. Admission is $5 and features the following menu:

                            Fish Fries & Coleslaw             $11
                                             Beer Brat              $5
Pretzel Bites with Arts Tavern Mustard             $5

Free Parking—two blocks north of Front Street in Johnson Park.

Be a Volunteer
Volunteer to show your love for hops! Pour your favorite brew, take tickets or help with security. For a four hour shift your receive a volunteer shirt, commemorative glass, drink tickets, and more! Sign up to volunteer here!


Sponsored By


Featured Beverages



Local Food Vendors



Live Music Lineup


Andre Villoch

5th Gear

The Benzie Playboys


The event will be 100% recycled thanks to our friends at Bay Area Recycling in Traverse City.


October 4 @ 12:00 pm
October 5 @ 10:00 pm