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.
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!
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
“Miss Asparagus on Stilts” Presented by Cherry Life Productions – 2pm to 4pm
Northwood’s Soda Children’s Soda Bar – open Noon to 5pm
Mel & Fell
Right Brain Brewery / Asparagus Beer
Selection of Leelanau County Wines
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.