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 Annual Open House and Arts & Crafts Show

May 22 - 24, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
40 Mile Point Lighthouse
located in Lighthouse Park, U.S. 23 - 7 miles north of Rogers City Rogers City, MI 49779

May 22nd – 24th
The lighthouse museum, fog signal building, Calcite Pilot House and gift shop will be open for the first time this year.  Visitors can climb the tower, board the Pilot House, see the shipwreck on the beach and enjoy a fine spring day on the Lake Huron shores.

May 23rd and 24th
The artisans and craftspeople have set up their booths with quality, handcrafted merchandise to welcome you to An Afternoon of Arts and Crafts Show. Booths open at 10a.m. and will stay open until 4p.m..
Maritime Concerts with Songs of the Great Lakes are featured both days. Russ Franzen is an acoustic storyteller. His original songs are about lighthouses, lake boats, shipwrecks and life along the Great Lakes. Many of his songs were inspired by stories her heard while living in Alpena. Russ will join us from 11a.m.-12p.m. and again at 1:30p.m.-2:30p.m.

Dan Hall will join us Sunday from 11a.m. to 12p.m. and again at 1:30p.m.-2:30p.m. Dan uses a folk art approach to his music that speaks to our Nautical History. He sings of lighthouses, storms and the great ship that once sailed our lakes. Dan also has a series of songs written with the younger set in mind.  Fun and lighthearted just to make you smile. He even has a song about “40 Mile Point Lighthouse”!

The Kiwanis Club of Rogers City will be serving their famous whitefish sandwiches and other delectable treats from the Fish Shack conveniently located near the Fog Signal Building.  Complimentary light refreshments will also be served Saturday and Sunday in the Fog Signal Building.

On Saturday, weather permitting, the Nautical City Classic-Kruzers will stop by the lighthouse grounds around 3p.m. as they complete their “Truck & Auto Grand Cruze” from Rogers City North on U.S. 23.  Rain date will be Sunday.

There is ample parking and sanitary facilities will be open to the public. Bicyclists may wish to pedal along the winding path from Rogers City to Lighthouse Park for the events. Bike racks are available at the park.


If you’re looking for a place to relax… we have that, with a view! This Memorial Day Week-end Event has it all and admission is free.

This event is sponsored by the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society. Visit our website when you have a chance,  40milepointlighthouse.org