There is so much to see and do in our historic riverfront Downtown! Businesses are ever changing their specialty merchandise and offerings for the season. Make sure you check out the many unique and locally owned shops! And there is always something delicious to try at the many great eateries and specialty food shops. At last count there were 23 one-of-a-kind restaurants! Wow!
The Downtown area is also host to a number of concerts, very cool car shows, art and cultural events, stage shows, movies, planetarium showings on a 360 digital screen, and so much more throughout the year! You can pack a lot of fun in a day or a weekend while you are here.
Downtown Bay City continues to grow. The addition of new condominiums and apartments enhance our residential area. Take a walk through history and visit the historic kiosk parks, view murals, view the river at the Third Street Waterfall Park and stroll along the beautiful riverfront while you watch the boats and freighters go by!
It's always a great time to visit Downtown Bay City.
Come enjoy great year-round events and activities ..
Soup & Sales • This annual year-end sales event provides shoppers with the best of both worlds - great sales and great food!
Saturday, January 3
A Downtown event full of life’s special things: chocolate, giveaways, pampering, fashion, great dining and so much more! Saturday, February 14
St. Patrick's Day Parade • Parade down historic Center Avenue, ending at Wenonah Park. Join us for this annual celebration of everything Irish! Sunday, March 15
"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!
Friday & Saturday, March 20-21
Downtown Restaurant Week • Visit participating Downtown restaurants and check out their Buy One, Get One Half Off specials!
Monday-Sunday, April 13-19
Spring Downtown Divas Weekend • Filled with fashion, pampering, and “must haves” of the season. With special activities highlighting fashion, food, fun and being healthy! Thursday-Sunday, May, Dates TBD
Tuesday Movies in the Park • New this year! Free movies at the Shell in Wenonah Park. Details to come! Tuesday evenings, June, July & August
Wednesdays in the Park • Young People’s Entertainment at lunchtime and Concerts for everyone in the evening. All free! Wednesdays, June, July & August
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! Wednesday, June 10
Riverside Art Festival • Unique art and items of distinct craftsmanship by skilled artisans from throughout the state and beyond. Located throughout the Downtown streets and in Wenonah Park! Friday & Saturday, June 13-14 More info...
Bay City River Roar Races •
High-performance boats race along the Downtown riverfront at high speeds during this dynamic event! Special entertainment is part of this one-of-a-kind weekend. Friday-Sunday, June 25-28
Fridays at the Falls • Free, casual entertainment at the Third Street Waterfall Park starting at 6 pm.
Every Friday Evening (weather permitting), July through August
Bay City Fireworks Festival • Enjoy fireworks every evening and fun, food and entertainment every day. Including a carnival, concerts and much more!
Thursday-Saturday, July 2-4
Cool City Car Show • Friday night cruise. Saturday over 400 specialty vehicles, hot rods, antiques, customs and motorcycles throughout Downtown.
Friday-Saturday, July 10-11
Downtown Sidewalk Days • Sidewalk Days has been a Downtown Bay City tradition for over 50 years! This event is all about great salesand food in a very special place.
Thursday-Saturday, July 23-25
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. Friday-Sunday, September 11-13
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! Thursday, September 17
Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival • Enjoy four days of independent films, shorts, documentaries, animation, foreign language and student films. Plus...the best in original live music, art shows and more! Thursday-Sunday, September 24-27 More info...
River of Time • Travel back in time to when the pioneers settled in Bay City. This is a wonderful lesson in history that young and old enjoy! Friday-Sunday, September 25-27
Fall Downtown Divas • Filled with fashion, pampering, and “must haves” of the season. With special activities highlighting fashion, food, fun and being healthy! Friday-Sunday, October, Dates TBD
Downtown Restaurant Week • Visit participating Downtown restaurants and check out their Buy One, Get One Half Off specials! Monday-Sunday, October 19-25
Holiday Open House Weekend • Businesses all over Downtown hold Open Houses 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. Friday-Sunday, November 6-8
Sundays in the City • The six Sundays leading up to Christmas showcase all of the “one-of-a-kind” shops and eateries that Downtown has to offer. Holiday decorations, free horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre. Each Sunday, November 15 through December 20
Santa's Arrival • Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Wenonah Park at 7pm for a special performance before going to the Planetarium to talk with all the good little boys and girls. Friday, November 27
Small Business Saturday • Celebrate your local small businesses by shopping small and supporting your own community. This special and every day is all about shopping small businesses, owned and operated in your neighborhood by your neighbors. Saturday, November 28