National Cherry Festival

The National Cherry Festival has built a community around a week-long celebration. Norte gets in the spirit and encourages everyone to join us in the fast lane. Bike there and enjoy it that much more!

We partner with the National Cherry Fest to help make it the best festival on two wheels around. Here’s how:

  1. NORTE BIKE VALET — Enjoy the National Cherry Festival without the worry of parking. You can roll up to Norte’s bike corral and park in confidence when you bike to the festival. Bike valet is the rock star parking you deserve! Available throughout the festival from noon–10 pm. 
  2. NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL BALANCE BIKE RACE — On the first Saturday of the festival, we kick off the celebration with the race of the year. The balance bike race invites racers ages 2–5 to rip through Norte’s balance bike course at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Norte has helmets and bikes for racers, and families are encouraged to bring their own.
  3. CHERRY PIE RIDE — A meandering, short, and community ride designed for socializing and a pie reward. This annual slow roll is an excellent way to explore Traverse City’s historic neighborhoods, with Traverse City’s youth bike organization, Norte, leading the way. Bonus: every rider receives a voucher for a free slice of pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company. The Cherry Pie Ride starts and ends at Traverse City’s F&M Park.
  4. CHERRY ROYALE PARADE — Ride with Norte in the National Cherry Festival’s ultimate parade. Thousands of spectators line the downtown streets. A fantastic opportunity to show the power of the bicycle — let’s #BikeThere!



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