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.

Dali & Dante at the Besser Museum
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

An exhibit of 40 illustrations by Salvador Dali of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

Downtown Alpena Street Performers
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Various downtown Alpena locations will have live entertainment every Friday night in July and August.

Summer Movies by the Bay
Jul 29 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Grab your blankets, your chairs, your friends and your family and join us to see “Bag It” up on the big screen! Show time begins as soon as it gets dark.

Look for more movies every other Friday night.

Alpena Farmers’ Market
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday and Saturday. Come see some of the best locally grown and produced products Northeast Michigan has to offer. Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, maple syrup, honey, flowers, grass fed beef, homemade sausage, and arts & crafts. For information call J.B. Cook at 989-255-9372.

141st Annual Alpena County Fair
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

10a.m.- Livestock arrives
10a.m. Pullorum testing begins
4-H set weigh in times: 2p.m. small animal; 3p.m. large animal

141st Annual Alpena County Fair
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Dates are tentative.

Dali & Dante at the Besser Museum
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

An exhibit of 40 illustrations by Salvador Dali of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

Alcohol Ink Art Tiles
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join artist Gail Stelick in using colorful inks to experiment with layering and blending on non porous surface tiles. Tiles can be used as coasters or vibrant art pieces in your home. All supplies included. Wear old clothes, inks could stain. Cost is $25. 989-356-4877

Group Paddle
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This coming group paddle is an extra super exclusive event! The paddle will be held at the mysterious and legendary Paxton Quarry located out M-32. For this one time only we will have access to these waters, if you miss it you miss it. The entrance is just off King Settlement Road (south side of 32). Gates open at 5p.m. and lock at 5:15p.m., don’t be late!

If you don’t know how to use a SUP and would like to learn 45 minutes prior to the Group Paddle we will host free SUP 101 lessons. This brief introduction is designed for those who have never been on a board before so please share with friends who are interested in trying the sport. Rental boards will be available from Performance Locker and we will bring them to the launch site. E-mail us or call us 989-884-1702 to reserve a board (rental fees apply but lesson is free).

True North Radio Network Summer Concert Series
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tweed and Dixie. The honest memoirs of country music’s forefathers and all-out rock and roll attitude collide within the beautiful contradiction known as Tweed And Dixie. Meeting somewhere between Waylon and Whitesnake, their sound has been crafted from growing up in the working class, grease-driven Motor City Madhouse and running the back roads of Great Lakes country. The group’s chemistry is comprised of the deeply rooted, country-rock soul of Barry Forster, pop-driven energy of Billy Gunther, gut-busting bass lines and soaring vocals of Rick Maida, and soulful, thunder-drumming of Justin Clifford (and his beard).

True North Radio Network again will team up with area sponsors to offer these concerts “FREE OF CHARGE”!!! Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and sit and enjoy the great music. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family to come and join you there! There will be plenty of give-a-ways and fun for the entire family!

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Jul 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony Award nominations. SPAMALOT contains some adult humor, but is still considered a show the whole family will enjoy! Call 989-354-2267 for reservations.

141st Annual Alpena County Fair
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

9a.m. Goat & Alpaca Show
6p.m. Swine Show

Marine Technology Day Camp
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

For ages 10-12. Grab your control box and get ready to learn about, build, and test underwater robots or remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s) for four days! Everyday ROV’s are being used to explore our blue planet. For more information and registration form call Michael at 989-356-8805, ext. 19 or Cost is $80 for each child if you register before May 1, after is $100.

Dali & Dante at the Besser Museum
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

An exhibit of 40 illustrations by Salvador Dali of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

Walk with Ease
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Group sessions include socialization time, a pre-walk informational program and a 10-35 minute walking period (indoor or outdoor depending on weather and walking abilities).

The overall goals of the Walk With Ease Program:
Promote education about successful physical activity for people with arthritis or other physically limiting chronic health condition
Encourage participants to begin or enhance their current walking program while exploring other exercise and self-management tools that deliver proven benefits for people with chronic health conditions such as arthritis.

Walk with Ease is for people with arthritis
or other physically limiting chronic health
condition – young and old, male and female,
fit or not-so-fit. For the person who needs the confidence and motivation to get moving!
Classes are FREE. To register, call the Health Resource Center at 989-356-8124.

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