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Empire Hops & Harvest Festival

October 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - October 3, 2020 @ 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 hope to be celebrating Friday, October 2 from 6-10pm and all day Saturday, October 3 in downtown Empire! Check back for updates regarding our availability to congregate this fall.

Details to come

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

Check out the 2019 Schedule!

Friday, October 4th
6-10pm: traditional Pig Roast by Art’s Tavern under the big tent on Front Street in Empire!

Friday admission is $5 | Dinner is $13.00 per person and includes:
Pulled Pork Sandwich, Baked Beans, and Coleslaw

Beer & Homemade Beer Brat Chili will be available for purchase


Stellar Association will perform on Friday evening

Saturday, October 5
12pm-10pm: Music, food & beer under the big tent on Front Street in Empire

Live Music Lineup

12pm-1pm: Wild Horse Music

2pm -4pm: Stellar Association

4pm-6pm: Jackpine

6pm-8pm: 5th Gear

8pm-10pm: The Benzie Playboys

Featured Beverages




Local Food Vendors


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!

You can sign-up to volunteer here.

Sponsored By

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



October 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
October 3, 2020 @ 10:00 pm


Empire Chamber of Commerce


Downtown Empire