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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.

Leadercast: Architects of Tomorrow
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Leadercast 2016 will focus on what it means to be a visionary leader. Architects of Tomorrow imagine a future that is rich and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, confusion gives way to clarity. Today is better because of the visionary leaders of yesterday, and the future will be brighter because of the Architects of Tomorrow.

This event is hosted by the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce. For information will be available at a later date.

Dali & Dante at the Besser Museum
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

Pickin’ for People Dinner and Concert
May 6 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dinner from 4:30p.m.–5:30p.m. and the concert follows from 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m. Menu for the night includes Taco Bar/Soft & Hard Shell, Toppings, Mexican Rice, Refried Beans & Fresh Fruit.

Boys and Girls Club of Alpena 90th Annual Spring Dinner Raffle
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets $100 *Includes Dinner for Two, Drinks and Raffle Entry
EMCEE Extraordinaire Matt Poli
10 Raffle Payouts ($3,000-$1,000-$750-$500-$250 and 5-$100), get your ticket before April 30th for a chance to win an extra raffle entry!
Silent Auction
Bolenz Jewelry Giveaway
Dinner Catered by JJs Catering
Beverages Provided by Alpena Beverage Company
You may stop into the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena-601 River Street and purchase tickets, email or call 989-356-0214. We would also be honored to drop them off to you!

A Spring Serenade with Michigan Opera Theatre Singers
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented by Thunder Bay Arts Council and the Michigan Opera Theatre’s Department of Programs. It will feature the Michigan Opera Theatre Singers, accompanied by the Alpena High School Choir with music by Puccini, Mozart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more!

Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), the State of Michigan’s premiere opera company, which, through its commitment to producing the very best professional productions of opera, dance, musical theater, and arts education programming, serves as a statewide cultural resource. Michigan Opera Theatre’s award-winning classes, camps and workshops have been serving Michigan children and adults for more than 30 years. There is something for everyone – young and old, singers, dancers and performers of all kinds.

This is a regular scheduled event for our season ticket/ARTPass holders. Ticket prices are $10 for adults with students and children admitted FREE. They are available at Neiman’s Family Market, at the door, online at or at the TBAC office. The doors will open at 7p.m. For more information call the Thunder Bay Arts Council – 989-356-6678 or visit the website –

Half and Half
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In Half and Half, James Sherman explores marriages past and present in two related one-act plays. In the first act, set at a breakfast in 1970, the breadwinner husband reads the newspaper and the homemaker wife fries the eggs. In act two, at a breakfast taking place on a present morning, the career-minded wife reads the paper and the stay-at-home husband cooks the frittata. The same three actors portray the age appropriate roles in each act, creating an interesting parallel between the two generations, making for a poignant comedy about marriage. For tickets call 989-354-2267.

“Break a Leg” 5K
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration starts at 8a.m. All proceeds benefit Thunder Bay Theatre.

Alpena Farmer’s Market Indoors
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dali & Dante at the Besser Museum
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

SUP & Snorkel Lessons
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brought to you by Performance Locker and Great Lakes Divers
Two class times to choose from:

11a.m.-1p.m. (11a.m.-12p.m. SUP Lessons; 12p.m.-1p.m. Snorkel Lessons)
12p.m.-2p.m. (12p.m.-1p.m. Snorkel; 1p.m.-2p.m. SUP Lessons)

Space is limited! Sign up now at or call the studio 989-884-1702 All inquires about this event can be sent to

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