Leelanau Winter Festivals in Glen Arbor & Northport! (and maybe Empire)

February is the time to celebrate winter in Northern Michigan and Leelanau County has three great festivals that do exactly that!

Just in: the Empire Winterfest takes place THIS Saturday (Feb 11) with activities including a Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast and the amazing Polar Bear Dip at 2 PM SHARP! It’s sponsored by the Empire ChamberHere’s a slideshow of Empire Polar Bear dip photos from the Leelanau (dot com) pool!

Glen Arbor’s  annual ode to winter will take place again this year with the Glen Arbor Winterfest, on Saturday, February 18th!

The Glen Arbor Winterfest is sponsored by the Glen Lake/Sleeping Bear Chamber and takes place Saturday February 18. Highlights include a perch fishing contest, a chance to “fish” for deals at Glen Arbor stores and the Chili Cookoff at Boonedocks along with live music and plenty of warmth from the cozy wood-burning fire pits on the deck. Don’t miss the video of the Cookoff courtesy Michael Buhler and the Glen Arbor Sun below!

The Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce Winter Carnival takes place on Saturday, February 25th at Bramen Hill Recreational Area. They haven’t updated it for 2012 yet but their Winter Carnival page has some pics!

If that’s not enough, there’s also the Cherry Capital Winter WOW Fest in Downtown Traverse City!