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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.

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Friday December 13

Joe Donna "Toys in the Attic"

11:00 am - 6:00 pm ( Occurring 10/11/2019 - 12/20/2019 )
Solo exhibition of large-scale photographs and ceramics at Studio Rubedo.

Corkscrew & Canvas

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ( 12/13/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Art in the Loft
Sip on a drink and let your creative juices flow in this step by step painting class in an encouraging and inspiring environment.

Conor Larkin LIVE!

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm ( 12/13/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Thunder Bay Winery
We are eager to welcome back the incredibly talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Conor Larkin to our tasting room. Come catch a beat!

Magic in our Midst

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm ( 12/13/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Alpena Island Park
During your guided adventure on the island you will meet seven island animals who will tell you their story.

Two Bit Operation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

12:00 pm ( 12/13/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Two Bit Operation Arcade
Come celebrate at the ribbon cutting ceremony of Two Bit Operation! The arcade is joining Bob's Bullpen, B Royal Movie Theater, and the Bulldog Cafe!
Saturday December 14

Christmas Craft Show

10:00 am - 4:00 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Alpena Mall
The Christmas Craft Show in December will be held on December 14th at the Alpena Mall.

Free Open Skate

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm ( Occurring 10/05/2019 - 12/21/2019 on Sat )
City: Alpena
Location: Northern Lights Arena
Free Open Skate is sponsored by Alpena County Youth & Recreation Millage, and includes the use of skates.

Santa Weekend Extravaganza

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm ( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 on Sat )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
We've heard from the North Pole early this year and it looks like Santa will be visiting his vacation cottage in Downtown Alpena December 14th and 21st.

Meditate in the Sanctuary

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Meditation ( Occurring 11/16/2019 - 12/28/2019 on Sat )
Learn to Meditate

An Evening of Lights

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Besser Museum
Celebrate the season with your fellow members and friends at the Museum amongst dazzling lights and displays.

Paint with Buddy the Elf

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Cobbygoose (Inside the Alpena Mall)
Join us December 14th from 1:00-4:00 and paint with Buddy the Elf.

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

Two Bit Operation Grand Opening

11:00 am - 9:00 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Two Bit Operation (Bob's Bullpen)
The iconic Alpena arcade Two Bit Operation will be turning back on after nearly 3 decades of a Game Over. Join us in celebrating this extension of Bob's Bullpen.

Annual Christmas Bird Count

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/19/2019 )
City: Alpena Area
Location: Alpena and Hubbard Lake
Thunder Bay Audubon Society invites you to celebrate 120 years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count.

Christmas Story Time

10:30 am - 11:30 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Turn the Page Bookstore
Story Time

Comedy Night Featuring: Jerry Donovan

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: The APlex
Join us for Comedy Night this December 14, featuring comedian Jerry Donovan, and music by MLM Trio!

Mad Tea Party: Chocolate Extravaganza

11:00 am - 4:00 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: The Rabbit Hole
Dive into the Rabbit Hole on December 14, 2019 to try samples of some yummy Davidson Organic Cacao Teas and Hot Cocoa!

Star Wars Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm ( 12/14/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Alpena County George N. Fletcher Library
Join us at the Alpena Public Library for Star Wars Day! Attendees are invited to come in costume for a chance to win a prize.
Sunday December 15

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

Creative Companions: "Gingerbread Wonderland"

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ( 12/15/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Art in the Loft
Come and get creative together. Kiddos bring your favorite adult, make cake pops, to incorporate into a Gingerbread Wonderland, and enjoy seasonal drinks.

Annual Christmas Bird Count

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/19/2019 )
City: Alpena Area
Location: Alpena and Hubbard Lake
Thunder Bay Audubon Society invites you to celebrate 120 years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count.

Spaghetti Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ( 12/15/2019 )
City: Ossineke
Location: St Catherine’s Church
Support St. Catherine’s Youth Group.

TAB Year End Party

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm ( 12/15/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Alpena County George N. Fletcher Library
Say goodbye to 2019 with an afternoon of crafting and treats, a movie viewing, and opportunities to win free books! This event is open to teens ages 12-18.
Monday December 16

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

Annual Christmas Bird Count

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/19/2019 )
City: Alpena Area
Location: Alpena and Hubbard Lake
Thunder Bay Audubon Society invites you to celebrate 120 years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count.
Tuesday December 17

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

K of C Bingo

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm ( Occurring 12/04/2018 - 12/31/2019 on Tue )
City: Alpena
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall
K of C Bingo Every Tuesday

Annual Christmas Bird Count

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/19/2019 )
City: Alpena Area
Location: Alpena and Hubbard Lake
Thunder Bay Audubon Society invites you to celebrate 120 years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count.
Wednesday December 18

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

Discipleship School at New life Christian Fellowship

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm NLCF Discipleship School ( Occurring 09/11/2019 - 05/27/2020 on Thur )
We will be diving into "The Truth Project" this semester at New Life!

Annual Christmas Bird Count

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/19/2019 )
City: Alpena Area
Location: Alpena and Hubbard Lake
Thunder Bay Audubon Society invites you to celebrate 120 years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count.

The Perfect Charcuterie Board "How To"

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ( 12/18/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Rusty Petunia's Marketplace
Learn how to make the perfect Charcuterie Board to impress everyone at your Holiday events.

Empty Bowl Painting

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ( 12/18/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Cobbygoose (Inside the Alpena Mall)
We can't wait to paint with you!
Thursday December 19

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

Annual Christmas Bird Count

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/19/2019 )
City: Alpena Area
Location: Alpena and Hubbard Lake
Thunder Bay Audubon Society invites you to celebrate 120 years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count.

Cake Decorating - Deck the Halls

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ( 12/19/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Art in the Loft
Learn all the essential techniques required to produce a cake. So fun, it’s easy to see why everyone loves them!
Friday December 20

Joe Donna "Toys in the Attic"

11:00 am - 6:00 pm ( Occurring 10/11/2019 - 12/20/2019 )
Solo exhibition of large-scale photographs and ceramics at Studio Rubedo.

Sanctuary Cinema Series - Chicago’s Christmas Tree Ship

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ( 12/20/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
In 1912, the schooner Rouse Simmons was carrying Christmas trees to Chicago when it disappeared. In 1971 a scuba diver discovered the lost Christmas Tree Ship.

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

A Christmas Carol

7:30 pm ( Occurring 12/20/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Thunder Bay Theatre
The play follows the story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits, finds a chance to become a loving human being.

Video Game Tournament

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm ( 12/20/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Two Bit Operation
Punch, chop, and fly your way to the top in a series of games, fighting and none fighting to earn the title TWO BIT CHAMP!

Friday Night Magic

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm ( 12/20/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Bob's Bullpen
Friday Night Magic returns at the Bullpen Dec. 20th. Games, food, comics, and more!
Saturday December 21

Free Open Skate

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm ( Occurring 10/05/2019 - 12/21/2019 on Sat )
City: Alpena
Location: Northern Lights Arena
Free Open Skate is sponsored by Alpena County Youth & Recreation Millage, and includes the use of skates.

Aunt Edna's Dreadful Holiday Party

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ( 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: The Fresh Palate
Come one, Come all!! That’s right, the holidays are here and its time to go to the old holiday party.

Santa Weekend Extravaganza

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm ( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 on Sat )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
We've heard from the North Pole early this year and it looks like Santa will be visiting his vacation cottage in Downtown Alpena December 14th and 21st.

Meditate in the Sanctuary

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Meditation ( Occurring 11/16/2019 - 12/28/2019 on Sat )
Learn to Meditate

Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Dinner, & Wine Tasting

4:15 pm - 8:15 pm ( Occurring 12/21/2019 - 12/27/2019 )
City: Hillman
Location: Thunder Bay Resort
Thunder Bay Resort's award-winning, elk viewing, horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride, gourmet dinner & wine tasting event is a “real-life fairy tale."

Canvas and Cuisine: Tis the Season

10:00 am - 12:00 pm ( 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Art in the Loft
Tis' the Season in this culinary and visual combination class! Students will create and taste in the kitchen and create a visual masterpiece.

Kids and Cookies with Cookies by Hannah

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ( 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Art in the Loft
Learn the Art of cooking decorating with Hannah Matzke, owner of Cookies by Hannah.

Downtown Gingerbread Competition

( Occurring 12/14/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Downtown Alpena
The Second Annual Downtown Gingerbread Competition

Sneakers 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

10:00 pm ( 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Sneakers
Come and party with us and wear your ugliest Xmas sweater!

A Christmas Carol

7:30 pm ( Occurring 12/20/2019 - 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Thunder Bay Theatre
The play follows the story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits, finds a chance to become a loving human being.

A Christmas Carol

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ( Occurring 12/21/2019 - 12/22/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Thunder Bay Theatre
The play follows the story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits, finds a chance to become a loving human being.

MISH MASH HOLIDAY BASH HUMOR SHOW

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ( 12/21/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Thunder Bay River Bar & Grill
Humor with Combined Holidays Celebration!
Sunday December 22

A Christmas Carol

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ( Occurring 12/21/2019 - 12/22/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Thunder Bay Theatre
The play follows the story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits, finds a chance to become a loving human being.

Let's Make Marmalade

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ( 12/22/2019 )
City: Alpena
Location: Art in the Loft
Join Betsy Lehndorff as she teaches us her blue-ribbon Orange Marmalade recipe known for its astonishing flavor.

Christmas Serenade Concert

2:00 pm ( 12/22/2019 )
City: Ossineke
Location: Hope Lutheran Church
Plan to attend the “Christmas Serenade” concert presented by soloists and ensembles from the Alpena Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday December 24

K of C Bingo

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm ( Occurring 12/04/2018 - 12/31/2019 on Tue )
City: Alpena
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall
K of C Bingo Every Tuesday
Wednesday December 25

Discipleship School at New life Christian Fellowship

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm NLCF Discipleship School ( Occurring 09/11/2019 - 05/27/2020 on Thur )
We will be diving into "The Truth Project" this semester at New Life!
Thursday December 26

Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Dinner, & Wine Tasting

4:15 pm - 8:15 pm ( Occurring 12/21/2019 - 12/27/2019 )
City: Hillman
Location: Thunder Bay Resort
Thunder Bay Resort's award-winning, elk viewing, horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride, gourmet dinner & wine tasting event is a “real-life fairy tale."
Friday December 27

Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Dinner, & Wine Tasting

4:15 pm - 8:15 pm ( Occurring 12/21/2019 - 12/27/2019 )
City: Hillman
Location: Thunder Bay Resort
Thunder Bay Resort's award-winning, elk viewing, horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride, gourmet dinner & wine tasting event is a “real-life fairy tale."

 

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