Sanctuary of the great lakes

Calendar of 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.

Dinosaur Gardens 80th Anniversary
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Dinosaur Gardens turns 80 this year! Weekly drawings for plush animal each time kids walk thru the Garden

Taking Pride in Alpena South Corridor Fundraiser
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Specifically donated merchandise at St. Vincent de Paul will be sold to raise money for the south corridor grant funding efforts. If you have any questions please call 989-356-0700.

Store hours are Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. and Saturday, 10a.m.-4p.m.

Smoking Cessation Program
Jul 3 @ 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Alpena Regional Medical Center’s professional Quit Smoking team of experts is ready to assist you with a “Fresh Start”. The Choosing a Fresh Start Program includes a practical day by day approach that is described in the 21 days to Quit Smoking book that each participant receives.

There are many class options to choose from, to best meet your needs. The group time commitment is 30 minutes per week for three weeks (21 days).

Step 1) Decide to Choose a Fresh Start
Step 2) Pick a session
Step 3) Call 989-356-8124 to register
Class Fee $15

April 13 at 5:30 p.m.
April 20 at 5:30 p.m.
April 27 at 5:30 p.m.
April 28 at noon
May 5 at noon
May 12 at noon
June 1 at 5:30 p.m.
June 8 at 5:30 p.m.
June 15 at 5:30 p.m.
June 23 at noon
June 30 at noon
July 7 at noon
July 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Aug 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Aug 10 at 530 p.m.
Aug 4 at noon
Aug 11 at noon
Aug 18 at noon

Featured Artist Erv Lewandowski
Jul 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Thunder Bay Arts Council and the TBAC Gallery present Erv Lewandowski as the Artist In-Residence for the months of July and August. Erv specializes in colored pencil paintings of North American subjects and settings. Recognized as a contemporary realist/hyperrealist artist, his signature approach to nature, landscapes, and waterscapes is unique in style, meticulously rendered in detail, and visually appealing in form, content, and composition. A collection of his work will be on display at the TBAC Gallery throughout the months of July and August. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

2nd Annual Battle of the Paddles
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

3K Paddle board race & solo kayak – Thunder Bay River – Start at Rotary Bridge to mouth of River/return

Complete registration and mail with fee to Dork Brothers or register race evening 5p.m.– 7p.m. Race starts promptly at 7:15p.m. All participants must register for the event. Registration is not complete until waivers have been signed by all participants. Pre-registration is preferred. Please return completed forms with payment to: Dork Brothers, P.O. Box 301, Alpena, MI 49707

All racers need to bring paddleboard kayak, paddle and PFD Type III (required). Single Blade paddles for SUPs.

Special Awards for overall male and female winners in following age classes: Under 16; 17-25; 26-40; 40-60; 60 and over both for SUPs and Kayak division
Early Entry received by 7/1 –  $5 student (college incl.)/$10 Adult  -does not include t-shirt. After 7/1 & Race Day Entry – $10 Student/$15 Adult  – does not include t-shirt. A limited number of special design  t-shirts will be available for cost of $12. Pre-entry is recommended to secure a shirt.

New this year, there will be a craft beer tasting fundraiser at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center from 6:30p.m.-9:30p.m. on the roof deck overlooking the race course.

Downtown Street Performers
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

There will be performers in downtown Alpena every Friday night at various locations.

The Drowsy Chaperone
Jul 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
Presented with permission of Music Theatre International

Dork Brothers Independence Day Race
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 am

Race entry forms are available at at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce or upon request to Dork Brothers Racing Team, P.O. Box 301, Alpena, MI  49707.

For other questions please call 989-354-7314.

15th Thunder Bay Maritime Festival
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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,

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

Alpena Celebrates Independence Day
Jul 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

The Lafarge 4th of July Parade will be held, beginning at 11a.m. Route: Begins at Alpena County Fairgrounds, 11th Ave., Chisholm St., straight across 2nd Ave. Bridge., turn left on Fletcher to the big parking area across from Alpena Marc’s brick building.

Join Alpena in what is sure to be a thrilling evening for all! Alpena is known to have a fantastic fireworks display. So invite your family and friends and come check it out for yourself. Make this 4th of July the best ever. The firework display will begin at dusk at the Alpena waterfront (Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park). Watch the fireworks light up the sky! Compliments of Alpena individuals and businesses.

Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
235 W. Chisholm St. • Alpena, MI 49707
1-800-4-ALPENA or (989) 354-4181
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