The intent is to support building projects that will help move the needle forward to a more aesthetically vibrant downtown.
Bay City's Own Tall Ships
Sail the waters of our community on our own Appledore Tall Ships. If you have never sailed on one of the Tall Ship, Bay City is the place to start
You can enjoy the sights and sounds of live entertainment throughout the year. Downtown Bay City hosts both indoor and outdoor concerts.
Fun for the entire family with great opportunities to be creative. We can help bring out the artists in each of you!
Delta College Planetarium
Located at the heart of Downtown, the Planetarium offers regular showings and special events. You will be surprised at all there is to see and learn.
A Celebration of Music
Each week in the summer, you will find music throughout Downtown Bay City. Free concerts and movies for all ages are held at Winona Park, The Falls and Uptown.
One of the many Downtown traditions where you can find always find a great sale while shopping local businesses. A tradition that has taken place for over 50 years!.
Taste of Downtown
Enjoy a taste of delicious food and sweet treats from Bay City's finest eateries and specialty food shops. Each shop has something different for you to try.
Treats N' Treasures
Downtown celebrates Halloween the Saturday before. Stop in local businesses for treats and special treasures to participate in this special event.
Always something new in
our Historic Downtown.
City Market is its own one of a kind experience for the entire family. The Market if filled with small local businesses who would love to share their products with you.
Remember Vinyl? Electric Kitsch is just one of Downtown's unique shops. We love our young entrepreneurs.
With a variety of places to shop, you and your friends can enjoy the day together, while experiencing the one-of-a kind shops that Downtown Bay City has to offer.
Sip and Dine
Food and drink options throughout Downtown Bay City continue to grow. With our many eateries, pubs, coffee and candyshops, you will surely find a favorite.
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
Sundays • Nov. 26th – Dec 17th
Save up to $130 on your holiday shopping with Santa Bucks!
Festival of Wreaths – Entries in our Sleigh of Gifts drawing will also be eligible to win one of the beautiful wreaths created by participating businesses!
Free Carriage Rides + Holiday Movies – Make a horse-drawnvcarriage ride through beautiful Downtown Bay City a holiday tradition! FREE Carriage rides Sunday Dec. 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Pick up location at the State Theatre, from noon to 3pm.
FREE Holiday movies shown every Sunday at the State Theatre at 2pm, Nov. 26 – Dec. 17. State Theatre: 913 Washington Ave, Bay City Sleigh of Gifts Grand Prize – Enter to win by visiting participating Downtown businesses! See the sleigh on display at Herter Music Center, 901 Washington Avenue.
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.
Gatsby’s Seafood & Steakhouse
Old City Hall
Riverfront Grille & Lounge
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!
Grab those Santa Bucks and head Downtown for the first Sundays in the City of the year! ❄️
Shop on Sundays with your Santa Bucks at the fine retailers below:
artigiano, artisan cheese shoppe
Bay City Antiques Center/Bay Antique Center
Bay County Library ...System - Alice & Jack Wirt Library
Bayshire Beauty Academy
Believe Inspire Beauty Boutique & Market
DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City Riverfront
ellie & isabelle
First Look Bridal Boutique
G T Homestead
Harless Hugh Coffee
Herman Hiss & Company
Herter Music Center
Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio
My Secret Garden
Nelsen & Co
Regent Floral & Mercantile
Saginaw Bay Trading Company
Sarah's Sweet Escapes
Sweet Choices Cake Decorating School and Supplies
The Public House
The Vintage Greenhouse
Urban East Footwear
Free carriage rides will begin next Sunday, December 3rd
Santa has arrived & what a warm welcome Bay City was able to give him! Thank you to all who came out, had a drink at Drydock & kicked off the merriest season in Downtown Bay City last night 🎄✨
And thank you to those who put in their time & energy, it couldn't have ...been done without these amazing contributors:
Ms. Sue Grzegorczyk
Dave & Sally Clements & Family
Kellie Rupp & the Downtown Management Board
Bay Area Rental
Bay Area Stump
Bay City Government
Bay City Department of Public Safety
Bay County Library System
Bay County Sheriff
Chris Rupp & Family
Cumulus Media Group
Doubletree Hotel Bay City - Riverfront
Drydock Beer Garden
Excited Goat Coffee Company
Exhibition Services Incorporated
IBEW Local 692 Electricians & Apprentices
Little Pastry Shop
M & K Farms- Erik & Melissa Felske
M & W Crane
Matthew David & Z93...The Rock Station!
Mid Michigan Carriage Company
Nich Christensen, Mary Jo Bergevin, Mrs. Peggy Watson
O’Donnell Earthworks - Dave Travis, Scott Senk, Bill Buda, Malissa Ross, Anthony Licovoli
Regent Floral & Mercantile
Rys Sign Shop
St. Laurent Brothers
Stephen & Stephanie Munch & Family
Strategic Surveillance- Mike Krygier
The Times Properties
Alan LaFave, Jean Ann DeShano, Jeff Staudacher, Howie Diefenbach, Magen Samyn, Nicole Luczak, Paulette LaFave
We hope that you shop small throughout the holiday season & think of the incredible businesses in Downtown Bay City when planning your shopping. Here are a few tips on how you can shop small & support local 🛍