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.

Lake Huron Discovery Tour
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

There will be tours in various cities along the US 23 Heritage Route. Go to for a list of events.

20th Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Artists, Crafters, Nautical Exhibits and more!

For more information check out the website at The festival coordinator can be reached at 586-566-1603.

For Middle Island boat tours call 305-900-8240.

Love and Logic 5-Week Series @ Alpena
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Come and lower your stress level! Learn the Love and Logic philosophy while discussing misbehavior and gaining a few techniques for dealing with it that are simple, easy to learn and teach responsibility.

Please register by September 29 to Lisa at 989-278-5990.

Comedy for a Cause – Tim Cavanaugh
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Musical entertainment starting at 6p.m., comedy act begins at 7p.m. For ticket information contact the APlex at 989-354-6164.

14th Annual Night at the Lighthouse
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Enjoy the Huron Shores Barbershop Chorus, an Acoustic Jam will follow with foot stompin’ and hand clappin’ encouraged! Bring an acoustic musical instrument and join in!

WANDER Lantern-lit paths leading to The Lighthouse all decorated in seasonal finery.

Complementary hot spiced cider, coffee, cookies in the fog signal building. The Kiwanis Club will also be selling their famous Whitefish sandwiches !

This event is sponsored by the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society and admission is free! – 989-734-4587

Dark Minds Haunted Attractions
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Dark Minds Haunted Attractions offers one of the world’s longest haunted house walkthroughs, and we are proud to be celebrating our 12th annual haunted house this year.


Approximately 25-30 minute haunted house walkthrough = $12.50 at the door

**Kids Section** – (Ages 12 and under) $3.00 October 23rd and 24th ONLY. (Before the main haunt opens) 4p.m.-6:30p.m.

Hidden Scare Photos – Great souvenir! Your group will have a photo taken somewhere in the haunt. Get copies of your photos for free!

DON’T WANT TO WAIT IN LINE? Buy LINE JUMPER TICKETS! Let the guards know at the event, and they will take you right to the front of the line. ($20 per person)

$SAVE$ Groups of 10 or more can get discounted rates by making reservations! – Contact us about group rates and season passes, or 989-766-3007.

Forever Plaid
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented with permission of Music Theatre International

Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations, and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950’s. Come tap your toes, bob your heads, and hear all your favorite classics from way back when!

Call 989-354-2267 for tickets.

Alpena Farmer’s Market
Oct 10 @ 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.

Hot Air Balloon Rides
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Hosted by RE MAX New Horizons of Alpena. Take a piloted and tethered ride in a hot air balloon. See the fall colors from the sky and a bird’s eye view of Alpena. See the balloon inflated and the science behind it. Rides are free and open to the public – must sign waiver. Weather permitting. Donations accepted for Children’s Miracle Network as part of RE/MAX charity of choice. Learn more about Children’s Miracle Network at

Lake Huron Discovery Tour
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

There will be tours in various cities along the US 23 Heritage Route. Go to for a list of events.

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