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 ..


Saturday, January 7 Soup & SalesThis annual year-end sales event provides shoppers with the best of both worlds - great sales and delicious food!

Saturday, February 11 Indulge A Downtown event full of life’s special things: chocolate, giveaways, pampering, fashion, great dining and so much more! Whether you’re looking for a day with friends out on the town, a romantic spa getaway or a day just for you, Indulge in Downtown Bay City!

Saturday, February 25 Polar Bear Chili Cook Off, Noon to 3 pm 2nd Annual Polar Bear Cook Off highlighting Downtown Bay eateries and helping support the Polar Bear Plunge and Special Olympics of Michigan.

Friday & Saturday, April 7-8"Welcome Spring" Open House WeekendDowntown 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!

Wednesday, June 7 • Apps & AlesThis 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!

Fridays, July and AugustFridays at the FallsFree, casual entertainment at the Third Street Waterfall Park starting at 6 pm

Thursday-Saturday, July 27-29Downtown Sidewalk Days Sidewalk Days has been a Downtown Bay City tradition for over 50 years! This event is all about great sales and dining in a very special place.

Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13 • reEvent Weekend Sidewalk Days has been a Downtown Bay City tradition for over 50 years! This event is all about great sales and dining in a very special place.

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 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.

Thursday, September 21 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-Sunday, October 15-19 Downtown Restaurant WeekVisit participating Downtown restaurants and check out their Buy One, Get One Half Off specials!

Friday-Sunday, November 3-5 Holiday Open House WeekendBusinesses all over Downtown hold an Open House 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.

Sundays, November 26, December 3, 19 & 17 Sundays in the CityThe four Sundays leading up to Christmas showcase all of the “one-of-a-kind” shops and eateries that Downtown has to offer. Enjoy Holiday decoration, free horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre.

Friday, November 24Santa's Arrival Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Wenonah Park at 7 pm for a special performance before going to the Delta Planetarium to talk with all the good little boys and girls.

Saturday, November 25 Small Business Saturday Celebrate local small businesses by shopping small and supporting your own community. This special day is all about supporting and shopping at small businesses, owned and operated in your neighborhood by your neighbors.