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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hot chocolate hop

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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& the winner of the Downtown Bay City Hot Chocolate Hop is.... for the second year in a row.. Little House! ☕

Kathy is the owner of Little House at 924 N. Water St. and worked hard to perfect her recipe for her peppermint twist hot cocoa! Her hard work paid off!

Make sure to... stop into Little House and see all their new arrivals for Spring! They also do a Facebook Live every Thursday at 4:00 PM so make sure to give them a follow!

Thank you all who attended and voted!

"Shopping in Bay City is more than just a transaction; it’s an experience that reflects the city’s rich history, vibrant culture and friendly community spirit. "

Thank you Heart on Main Street for visiting us here in Downtown Bay City!

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'Shopping in Bay City is More Than a Transaction; it's an Experience.' | Main Street Monday - Gifts & Decorative Accessories

These three Michigan retailers use events, merchandising and virtual selling to encourage locals and tourists alike to make a purchase.

Unfortunately, our other post was removed but, if you are interested in personally donating to the Wednesdays in the Park Concert Series, you are able to do that with the link below ☀️

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Wednesdays in the Park - Downtown Management Board

We are thrilled to announce that the Downtown Management Board will be spearheading Bay City’s beloved Wednesdays in the Park Summer Concert ...

Like or react to your favorite snowman below! The snowman with the most likes or reactions will be announced March 1st!

❄️ The snow brought the snowmen! ❄️

Enjoy the first year of the Downtown Bay City Snowman Festival, snowmen are now on display on the bump outs on the corner of Saginaw St. and Center Ave.! Head downtown to see all 8 for yourself ☃

We just want to give a shout out to all of the amazing merchants that conquered Valentine's Day yesterday! ❤️ All of flowers that were arranged, meals that were served, jewelry packaged with a bow and sweets for our sweeties, thank you for your hard work! ❤️

Did you get ...something from your Valentine from Downtown Bay City? We would love to see pictures in the comments!

Get ready hoppers, today is the day! Enjoy hot chocolate samples at all 18 businesses listed below from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM!

Make sure to grab a ballot & choose your favorite! ☕

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While you're out enjoying the Hot Chocolate Hop tomorrow, make sure you swing by Populace Coffee for their Valentine's Market on Saturday 2/10, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM ♥️

There will be plenty of handmade items from some of the best local small businesses around! You can find ...ceramics pieces, jewelry items, plants, a Valentine's photo opportunity spot, and more!