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

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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.

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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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Beautiful photos of our festive Downtown! Great work as always, Erick Schmidt Photography 🎄🤩

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
B. Envied
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
Little House
Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio
MI Table
My Secret Garden
Nelsen & Co
Onyx Aesthetics
Painterly Pottery
Panache Boutique
Populace Coffee
Reality Check
Regent Floral & Mercantile
Saginaw Bay Trading Company
Sarah's Sweet Escapes
Sweet Choices Cake Decorating School and Supplies
The Public House
The Vintage Greenhouse
Uptown Girl
Urban East Footwear
Violets Blue

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
Clements Electric
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
Jeff Hildebrandt
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
Outdoor Adventures
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

Happy #SmallBusinessSaturday!

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 🛍