Empire Asparagus Festival
May 19–20 2017

Friday, May 19th

Live Music & Pig Roast  |  7–10pm
Entry fee is $5 per person, 16 and under is free! 

Pig Roast is $11 per person

Dance, drink and be merry with us under the big tent! Strobelite Honey will be performing live and we'll be serving up a delicious pig roast. It's the perfect way to kick off the 2017 Asparagus Festival weekend! 


Saturday, May 20th

Kick Yer Ass-paragus 5K Fun Run
Race starts at 10am, registration is at 9am at the Empire Public Beach.

Food & Beer Tent  |  12pm - 10pm
Entry Fee is $5, 16 & under free entry!


Asparagus Cook-Off Recipe Contest  |  12pm
Due to the popularity of this event, the audience will be limited to the first 80 people in line. 2017 Recipe Entry Form


Empire Area Museum  |  1–4pm


Asparagus Parade  |  1:30pm
A parade in Empire “is so nice, it goes around twice!” Anyone is welcome to participate, but must salute asparagus! We welcome the eccentric!
Just call Ashlea to be involved at 231-883-8297 or email besquirrely@gmail.com. Parade participants can begin to line up on Lake Street near the old Storm Orchard Barn at 1:15pm.


Ode to Asparagus Poetry Competition  |  2pm
The poetry contest is open to all ages from the young to the more senior. Please send entries to info@glenlakelibrary.net with the following info:
- Name
- Age
- Contact info

Children's Magic Show with Gordon Russ  |  3:30pm 
Located under the big tent on Front Street.

1–3pm Andre Villoch & Friends
5–7pm Benjaman James
7:30–9pm The Benzie Playboys




Art’s Tavern

Acoustic Mead

Deering's Market

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery

Hearth & Vine Black Star Farms

Black Star Farms

Kontiki Foods

Lake Ann Brewery

Scalawags Fish & Chips

Laurentide Winery

MI Grill (Baytown Kitchen)

Right Brain Brewery

Norconk’s Fresh Asparagus

St. Ambrose Cellars

Pleva's Meats


NJ's India Kitchen 


Rocco's Old World Pizzeria 



Sunday, May 21st

The Zonta Club of Leelanau County is putting on a breakfast at the Township Hall from 9am–1pm. Entry fee is $10 per person, children under 12 are $5. All proceeds go towards women and education in Leelanau County. Menu includes: 
  • Scrambled eggs with cheese and asparagus
  • Regular scrambled eggs
  • Homemade asparagus muffins with butter
  • Home fried potatoes
  • Sausages
  • Juice 
  • Coffee


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