2017 Downtown Bay City and Area Events & Activities:
DOWNTOWN-SPECIFIC EVENTS ARE IN RED

  • Saturday, January 7 • Soup & Sales • This annual year-end sales event provides shoppers with the best of both worlds - great sales and delicious food!
  • Saturday, February 11 • Indulge • A Downtown event full of life’s special things: chocolate, giveaways, pampering, fashion, great dining and so much more! Whether you’re looking for a day with friends out on the town, a romantic spa getaway or a day just for you, Indulge in Downtown Bay City!
  • Saturday, February 25 • Bay City Polar Bear Plunge • Annual fundraiser for Special Olympics of Michigan. Includes Parade of Costumes and Polar Teams plunging for funds, plus special activities for all. More info...
  • Saturday, February 25 Polar Bear Chili Cook Off, Noon to 3 pm 2nd Annual Polar Bear Cook Off highlighting Downtown Bay eateries and helping support the Polar Bear Plunge and Special Olympics of Michigan.
  • Sunday, March 19 • St. Patrick's Day Parade • A very special parade down historic Center Avenue, ending at Wenonah Park. Join us for this annual celebration of everything Irish! More info... 
  • Friday & Saturday, April 7-8 • "Welcome Spring" Open House Weekend • Downtown Welcomes Spring with Open Houses all over town. Enjoy the true signs of spring with beautiful new ideas and products for the home, fashions to lift your spirits and a bounty of dining options. A great time of the year to get out of the house and stroll historic Downtown Bay City!
  • Thursday-Sunday, May 11-14 • 20th Anniversary of the Delta College Planetarium Come celebrate the 20th year of the Planetarium in Downtown Bay City with special events and activities for all ages. More info... 
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21 • Urban Salvage Market's Westside Vintage Fest First time event in Veteran's Park! A show dedicated to vintage, retro, hip and cool style of living. More info... 
  • Tuesdays in June, July & August • Tuesdays Movies in the Park • Free family-friendly movies at the Shell in Wenonah Park. More info... 
  • Wednesdays in June, July & August • Wednesdays in the ParkYoung People’s live entertainment at lunchtime and Concerts for the entire family in the evening. All free! More info... 
  • Wednesday, June 7 • Apps & Ales • This event highlights all of Downtown’s delicious eateries and pubs. Enjoy a night full of great appetizers, specialty brews and music in the streets, as you visit each establishment!
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11 • Annual YWCA Riverside Art Festival • Unique art and items of distinct craftsmanship by skilled artisans from throughout the state and beyond. Located throughout the Downtown streets! More info...
  • Friday through Sunday, June 23-25 Bay City Grand PrixProfessional Powerboat Racing along the rough waters of the Saginaw River in Downtown Bay City. The annual boat race formerly known as River Roar is returning for a thirtieth year and is now called the Bay City Grand Prix. FacebookWebsite
  • Fridays, July and AugustFridays at the FallsFree, casual entertainment at the Third Street Waterfall Park starting at 6 pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, June 29-July 1 – Bay City Fireworks Festival • Enjoy fireworks every evening and fun, food and entertainment every day.  Including a carnival, concerts and much more! More info...
  • Friday-Saturday, July 7-8 • Cool City Car Show • Friday night cruise. Saturday over 400 specialty vehicles, hot rods, antiques, customs and motorcycles throughout Downtown. More info...
  • Thursday-Saturday, July 27-29 • Downtown Sidewalk Days • Sidewalk Days has been a Downtown Bay City tradition for over 50 years! This event is all about great sales and dining in a very special place.
  • Saturday, August 12 Dow Bay Area Y Rise 'N Shine Summer 5K & Family Fun Fest From the avid racer to the occasional walker, our 5K Run/Walk along the beautiful Bay City Riverfront, the 1K Fun Run (ages 3 to 12) and the Family Fun Fest that follows both races — there is something for everyone!
  • Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13 • reEvent Weekend It's all about … reUse, reDesign, rePurpose! Downtown businesses provide ideas and special promotions to help be more creative and take better care of ourselves and our world.
  • Saturday, August 26 Bay City Chalk Walk Live Chalk Art competition, live music and open chalk area and other entertainment for kids, located on Third Street in Downtown. More info (Facebook)
  • Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 • Fall into Autumn Open House • Start the fall season with beautiful new ideas and products for the home, fashions to lift your spirits, and a bounty of dining options.
  • Thursday, September 21 • Downtown Bay City Wine Walk • An evening event that showcases all of Downtown Bay City’s fantastic eateries and pubs. Enjoy a night full of wine sampling, food and music in the streets as you visit each establishment!
  • Friday-Sunday, September 22-24 • River of Time • Travel back in time to when the pioneers settled in Bay City, along with re-enactment of many other times in history. This is a wonderful lesson in history that both young and old enjoy! More info...
  • Thursday-Sunday, September 28-October 1 Hell's Half Mile Film & Music FestivalEnjoy four days of independent films, shorts, documentaries, animation, foreign language and student films. Plus...the best in original live music, art shows and more! More info...
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 30 & October 1 • MI Made Marketplace • First annual FREE festival style marketplace featuring Made in Michigan wares and eats. Vendors will line the street as well as food trucks in Downtown Bay City! More info (Facebook)...
  • Thursday-Sunday, October 15-19 • Downtown Restaurant Week • Visit participating Downtown restaurants and check out their Buy One, Get One Half Off specials!
  • Friday-Sunday, November 3-5 • Holiday Open House Weekend • Businesses all over Downtown hold an Open House this weekend, and have special events throughout the Holiday season. Stroll through our beautifully decorated shops, enjoy special treats and look for the perfect gifts of the seasons.
  • Sundays, November 26, December 3, 19 & 17 • Sundays in the City • The four Sundays leading up to Christmas showcase all of the “one-of-a-kind” shops and eateries that Downtown has to offer. Enjoy Holiday decoration, free horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre.
  • Friday, November 24 • Santa's Arrival • Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Wenonah Park at 7 pm for a special performance before going to the Delta Planetarium to talk with all the good little boys and girls.
  • Saturday, November 25 • Small Business Saturday • Celebrate local small businesses by shopping small and supporting your own community. This special day is all about supporting and shopping at small businesses, owned and operated in your neighborhood by your neighbors.