Downtown Bay City

Welcome to Downtown, soon to become your favorite place to visit, work and live. We offer festivals throughout the year, celebrating annual and special events. We have plenty of sites to see, one-of-a-kind shops and places to eat.

Located on the water you can stroll along the Riverwalk and enjoy the parks or visit one of our art galleries. At night the downtown comes alive with concerts, movies, and other special events.







Downtown and Area Events

april 2024

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Hot Chocolate Hop

Meet your local entrepreneurs, enjoy the unique spaces the city has to offer & hop all along to all the warm spots! Bring the whole family to this free event to sip on some hot cocoa & then vote for your favorite!

  • Spencer Gellise Salon
  • Arielle Roth Photography
  • artigiano
  • Attractions Salon
  • Believe Inspire Beauty Boutique & Market
  • Half Mile Handmade
  • Herter Music
  • Kenz & Rose+HAT BAR
  • LC Make-Up Artistry
  • Little House Little Pastry Shop
  • Remedy FNMT
  • Riverfront Grille & Lounge
  • Saginaw Bay Trading Company
  • Sarah & 39 Sweet Escapes
  • The Center for Emotional Health & Empowerment
  • The Vintage Greenhouse
  • Tondue Medical Spa
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Galentine’s Boutique Crawl

There will be a total of 8 stops with something fab at each stop! Be sure to follow each place to get some sneak peeks. Grab a crawl card at your first stop (doesn’t matter where you start), drop the completed card at your 8th and final stop to be entered into the drawing to win $400 in Boutique gift cards. (no purchase necessary to win, winners will be notified by phone or email) P.S. Extra ways to get additional entries by supporting you local boutiques.

You can begin at any of the locations:

• SoCal Threads – 140 Uptown Dr.
• OMONI Boutique – 130 Uptown Dr.
• Believe Inspire Beauty 906 Washington Ave
• Ferne Boutique 922 Washington Ave
• Panache Boutique 214 Center Ave.
• Kenz & Rose 820 Saginaw St.
• Ellie & Isabelle 906 N. Waters St.
• Vintage Greenhouse 925 N Water St.

Check each individual store for hours, share, post & be ready to have fun!

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Chili Cook-Off

January 21, 2023
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Downtown Chili Cook-Off brings together some of the area’s finest restaurants and their creative chili recipes for a tasty showdown in Downtown Bay City. Come try them out and vote for your favorite. Tickets can be purchased at participating locations.

Participating Businesses:
Gatsby’s Seafood & Steakhouse
MI Table
Mulligan’s Pub
Old City Hall
Riverfront Grille & Lounge
Tavern 101
The Chambers


Feet on the Street

We are asking for your help in sponsoring some activities, beautification, live music & more!
See the sponsorship below for more details, we appreciate your support!

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April 9th, join artigiano and Bonny Doon Vineyards for a California themed Wine and Cheese Pairing at Old City Hall!

Tickets include 5 Wines from Bonny Doon and 5 Cheeses from artisan creameries in California, directly paired with a guided tasting and discussion about the cheeses, wine, ...and vineyard.
A small charcuterie plate and bread will also be provided to help clean your palate 🧀🍷

Are you & the family sticking around or heading to Bay City for Spring Break this year? Swipe to see some ideas for everyone to have some fun! 👉

We also recommended grabbing a warm drink from one of our coffee shops, hitting up some great retailers and enjoying breakfast, lunch or ...dinner at the downtown restaurants!

Now is the time to get your eclipse shades at the Planetarium! The April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse is quickly approaching & you won't want to miss it! 💫

Eclipse glasses are an inexpensive way to block the harmful light of the Sun and make it safe to observe. Eclipse glasses ...are available in the Delta College Planetarium gift shop for $1 each.

Get ready for the eclipse by catching "Eclipse: The Sun Revealed Planetarium Show" showing Saturday, March 30th and Saturday, April 6th at 3:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased in person or on the Planetarium website.

One of Regent Floral & Mercantile's rabbit planters is hiding at a Downtown business! 🐇

Hint: It is located at a downtown retail business location.

If the rabbit hops away before you get there, they are available for purchase at 924 Washington Avenue. Happy hopping!

Brunching & shopping tomorrow at MI Table with Threads of Gold Boutique! What more could you want?! ✨

It's a beautiful day to hop & shop around Downtown Bay City! ☀️🛍️🐣

Believe it or not, today is the start of the SPRING Shop Hop! Spring! Old man Winter may have not gotten the memo, but all 25 merchants did! Luckily it's nice & warm in all the participating businesses 🌸

You can think Spring & hop around to your favorite Downtown businesses... for new Spring items, sweets & surprises with a grown up egg hunt! Eggs will be hidden at participating businesses around Downtown Bay City and there will also be an opportunity to win the grand prize; an overnight stay with breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel & a $50 Downtown Bay City Gift Certificate!

If you do come out today, please drive safe. But don't worry, the Shop Hop will be going on all day tomorrow (3/23) as well!