Events and Festivals

Downtown Alpena is home to a variety of events and festivals that take place all year round. From free theater performances in the park to kayak races down the Thunder Bay River, from special farm-to-fark dinners to craft beer festivals, from fishing tournaments to independent film festivals, there’s something for everyone.

In addition, many downtown businesses and organizations offer year-round programming and events:

-Live concerts & arts programming through Thunder Bay Arts Council
-Art and culinary workshops through Art in the Loft
-Live professional theater at Thunder Bay Theatre
-Live music at the Black Sheep, the Owl, the Fresh Palate, and Thunder Bay Winery
-Chef cook-offs, farm-to-table dinners, and tap takeovers at the Fresh Palate & Thunder Bay Winery

For the latest information on upcoming events, please visit Downtown Alpena on facebook.

Below is a sampling of some of the annual festivals & events that take place in Downtown Alpena.

January
Thunder Bay International Film Festival

May
Alpena Farmers’ Market moves outdoors (behind City Hall through October)
Alpena Art Walks begin  (final Friday’s May through August)

June
Movies by the Bay begin for the summer season
Late Night Cabaret’s begin for the summer season

July
Battle of the Paddles SUP & Kayak Race
Maritime Festival
Michigan Brown Trout Festival
Sidewalk Sales

August
Sunrise 45 Film Festival
Relay for Life at the Maritime Heritage Trail

September
Chamber of Commerce Grub Crawl
Thunder Bay Winery’s Harvest Festival
Alpena Book Festival
Sunrise Suds Tap Takeover (craft beer festival)

October
Oktoberfest at the Black Sheep
Chowder & Chili Cook-off
Downtown Trick or Treating
The Fresh Palate’s Zombie Crawl

November
Plays in the Park
Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting

December
Visit with Santa