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Glen Arbor will hold its second annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon until 4 p.m. This celebration of fall will take place at the Township Park, giving participants time to carve their artistic creations, enjoy live music and plenty of activities and contests, followed by a Pumpkin lighting at 6 p.m.

Come on out to shop, dine and seek some recreation in Glen Arbor. You won’t want to miss the stellar end-of-summer deals during Sidewalk Sale days in Glen Arbor, held annually Labor Day weekend. The sales start Thursday, Aug. 31, and continue through Labor Day Monday, Sept 4.

Glen Lake Restaurant Week offers an array of dining experiences “from French fries to French cuisine.” Don’t miss this annual event happening the week before Mother’s Day, from April 28-May 6. Restaurant Week around Glen Arbor is a time to experience amazing local food at a stellar price.

What’s new in town in 2016 — particularly if you haven’t visited Glen Arbor since last July — are the forests around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. They are completely different. That’s because of the Aug. 2, 2015, megastorm, which packed “straight line” winds of 100 miles per hour, leveled thousands of hardwood trees across Alligator Hill, along the east side of Big Glen Lake, across Leelanau County and on Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City. The storm was the most dramatic thing to hit Glen Arbor in modern times, and it changed the experience of visiting our beloved National Lakeshore for generations to come.

It’s that time of year again for the annual salute to the beginning of summer, with delicious local fare and the best of Northern Michigan microbrews. The Glen Lake Chamber’s family-friendly BBQ and Brew summer celebration happens the third Saturday in June each year. This year the anticipated event falls on June 20, from 2 until 8 p.m.

Don’t miss the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Glen Lake Restaurant Week, which returns next week May 1–9. And look for interviews with Restaurant Week’s top chefs, all this week on GlenArborSun.com. This culinary celebration of the Glen Arbor area offers an array of dining options “from French Fries to French cuisine.”

Local restaurateurs and Northern Michigan breweries will show off their best as Glen Arbor kicks off the summer season with the annual BBQ & Brew summer celebration on Saturday, June 21, from 2 until 8 p.m. BBQ & Brew is a fundraiser for the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce. This year’s celebration will be held under the tent at the northwest corner of Western Avenue and Lake Street, and feature an adjacent dining tent to sit, relax and enjoy great music.

The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce is organizing its first annual Glen Lake Restaurant Week, May 2-10. Click on the Chamber’s event page for more information, and “like” it on Facebook too. Participating establishments will offer their own three-course prix-fixe menus for $25. Some may offer $15 lunch specials as well. Simply show up to each restaurant on the list to experience a unique and mouthwatering time. Restaurant week is a great opportunity to discover new cuisine at a great price, and dine at your usuals too.

This weekend kicks off the start of the holiday season in Glen Arbor and Empire. The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce invites you to shop small and shop local at the special events lined up after Thanksgiving.

Local restaurateurs and northern Michigan breweries will show off their best as Glen Arbor kicks off the summer season with the annual BBQ & Brew Festival on Saturday, June 15 from 2 until 8 p.m.