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.

39th Annual Art on the Bay

Jul 18 - 19, 2015
Bay View Park
State Street/Prentiss Street Alpena, MI 49707

Artists and crafters will showcase their “creations” in this juried event. This art fair coincides with the Michigan Brown Trout Festival.

Browsers and shoppers alike should be prepared to spend hours at this art fair. Fine art includes: oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings with a wide range of subject matter. There are potters who make their own clay and glazes creating high-fired stoneware both beautiful and functional.

Hand-crafted jewelry to please any taste will be available as well as clothing for dolls, children and adults. We have a wide variety of pottery available along with needle art, wall hangings, quilting and hand-knit items. Artisans who work with wood and metal will show their creations in signs, furniture and lawn art.

A variety of food will be available on the grounds – roasted almonds, flatbreads, whitefish sandwiches, fries, ice cream, kettle korn, fudge and more!