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 4
A Downtown event full of life’s special things: chocolate, giveaways, pampering, fashion, great dining and so much more! Saturday, February 8
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 16
"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
Friday & Saturday, March 21-22
Downtown Restaurant Week • Visit participating Downtown restaurants and check out their $6, $12 & $24 specials all week long! Enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner specials.
Monday-Sunday, April 7-13
Spring Downtown Divas Weekend • Filled with fashion, pampering, and “must haves” of the season. Cocktails in the City, accessories fashion show, and Fashion & French Toast, runway fashion show with a delicious buffet breakfast.
Thursday-Sunday, May 8-11
Apps & Ales • This event highlights all of Downtown’s delicious eateries and pubs. Enjoy a night full of great appetizers and specialty brews! Wednesday, May 21
Riverside Art Festival • Unique art and items of distinct craftsmanship by skilled artisans from throughout the state and beyond!
Saturday & Sunday, June 14-15
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 21-23
Fridays at the Falls • Free, casual entertainment at the Third Street Waterfall Park.
Every Friday Evening (weather permitting), July through August
Wednesdays in the Park • Young People’s Entertainment at lunchtime and Concerts for all in the evening. All free!
Wednesdays, July and August
Bay City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival • Enjoy fireworks every evening and fun, food and entertainment every day. Including a carnival, concerts and much more!
Thursday-Saturday, July 3-5
Cool City Car Show • Friday night cruise. Saturday over 400 specialty vehicles, hot rods, antiques, customs and motorcycles throughout Downtown.
Friday-Saturday, July 11-12
Downtown Sidewalk Days • Sidewalk Days has been a Downtown Bay City tradition for over 50 years! This event is all about great sales in a very special place.
Thursday-Saturday, July 24-26
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 5-7
Downtown Bay City Wine Walk • An evening event that showcases all of Downtown Bay City’s fantastic eateries and pubs. Thursday, September 18
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 25-28
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 26-28
Fall Downtown Divas • Celebrate the fall and holiday seasons with pampering, special time with friends, and shopping for the “must haves” of the season. Accessories fashion show during Cocktails in the City. And Fashion & French Toast breakfast and fashion event. Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12
Tour of Homes • Step inside some of the most beautiful homes and buildings in historic Bay City. Sunday, October 12
Downtown Restaurant Week • Visit participating Downtown restaurants and check out their $6, $12 & $24 specials all week long! Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. Monday-Sunday, October 20-26
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. Sundays, November 16 - December 21
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 28
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 29