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 delicious food! Saturday, January 2
Indulge • A Downtown event full of life’s special things: chocolate, giveaways, pampering, fashion, great dining and so much more! Saturday, February 13
Bay City Polar Bear Plunge • First time in Downtown Bay City at the Dow Family Y! Fundraiser for Special Olympics includes Parade of Costumes and Polar Teams plunging for funds, plus special activities for all. Saturday, February 27 More info...
Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off • Another first for Downtown Bay City! This is the perfect event to go with the Polar Bear Plunge! Warm up after your plunge or stay warm, enjoying the fu,n watching the "plungers", the parade of costumes and all the other special activities!Saturday, February 27, 11 am to 2 pm.
"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 18-19
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 20
Tuesday Movies in the Park • 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 8
Riverside Art Festival • Unique art and items of distinct craftsmanship by skilled artisans from throughout the state and beyond. Located throughout the Downtown streets! Friday & Saturday, June 11-12 More info...
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, June 30-July 2 More info...
Cool City Car Show • Friday night cruise. Saturday over 400 specialty vehicles, hot rods, antiques, customs and motorcycles throughout Downtown. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9
Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City • Bay City is once again proud to host the largest gathering of Tall Ships in Michigan. The celebration provides an opportunity to tour each ship, plus is filled with a wide variety of special events and activities for the entire family. Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17 More info…
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 21-23
Hop Riot Beer Festival • A Revolution is Brewing! Craft beer festival and music in Wenonah Park, noon-5pm, Saturday, August 6 More info...
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-Sunday, August 13-14
Urban Salvage & Antique Show • A collection of antiques, collectibles, architectural, industrial and modern. You'll find a wide variety of items repurposed, recycled and reimagined. Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14 More info...
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 9-11
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 15
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 22-25 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 23-25
Downtown Restaurant Week • Visit participating Downtown restaurants and check out their Buy One, Get One Half Off specials! Sunday-Thursday, October 16-20
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 4-6
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 13 through December 18
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 25
Small Business Saturday • Celebrate your local small businesses by shopping small and supporting your own community. This day is all about shopping small businesses, owned and operated in your neighborhood by your neighbors. Saturday, November 26