Special Events


Something special is always going on in Alpena. Festivals and events that celebrate Independence Day, antique steam engines, classic cars, lighthouses, Santa Claus, the Thunder Bay River, and a fish called “Big Brownie” are just a smattering of the special events that take place in Alpena year ‘round. Great performances at the Alpena Fine Arts Shell, Alpena High School Auditorium, the Alpena County Library and Alpena Community College’s Granum Theatre are scheduled throughout the year. Click on the category name to see a full list of events under that category.

15th Thunder Bay Maritime Festival

Jul 4, 2015
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
500 West Fletcher Street Alpena, MI 49707

Contact & More Info

Bring the whole family to this free annual community event hosted by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Enjoy live music on the main stage, kids games and crafts, taste some local whitefish, explore the shipwreck century exhibits and more! Contact: Jean Bauer, 989-356-8805, ext. 13, jean.bauer@noaa.gov.

All day - kid's games and activities, face painting, water slide, ROV demonstration, Hands on Science, food vendors.