Event Venue at the Pier

A Truly Unique Event Venue of West Bay

The Discovery Pier is a new and unique venue for events of all kinds. With spectacular views of Traverse City and West Bay, your event will actually be out on the water, without having to board a boat. Surrounded by the largest fleet of Tall Ships on the American side of the Great Lakes, you and your guests will be taken back in time to when sail ruled the Great Lakes. Depending on availability, you may be able to arrange a deck tour of a Tall Ship or a schooner charter (for up to 56 guests). Once an operational dock that served the Great Lakes freighters, there is no other rentable space like it in northern Michigan.  With capacity for a 60′ x 100′ tent, the Pier has the ability to host weddings, a wide variety of social and corporate gatherings, non-profit events, and can also serve as an entertainment venue.

Located just two mile from Downtown Traverse City, the Pier is close to all of the Northern Michigan action. With its one-of-a-kind nautical feel, you will feel like you have gone back one hundred years, while at the same time enjoying a fabulous view of the Traverse City skyline.

At the present time, the Pier is a work in progress, and something of a diamond-in-the-rough. All elements for an event will need to be brought in. For more information,  you can download this factsheet. You can also send an email of inquiry to manager@discoverygreatlakes.org. Please put “Events” in the subject line. Finally you can call us at (231) 715-5200.

Tent Rental

The following vendors offer tent rental in the Grand Traverse Region
American Rental
GJs Rental
Monstrey McDonald
Traverse City Tent Rental

Current Rates

Wedding Rental, Saturdays $3,000 Extra charge more for exclusive access to Pier
Corporate Rental $2,000 Corporate parties/conference offsite events-weekday rentals
Other Social Rental $1,500 e.g. Rehearsal dinners, family reunions (e.g. Friday rental)
Nonprofit Rental TBD Nonprofit fundraisers and events
Concerts/Entertainment TBD To be negotiated – could be a minimum base and then % of gate