Brown Trout Festival offers more than just fishing

An iconic Alpena tradition, and true marker of summer,  begins tomorrow:

The 43rd Annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival!

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The week-long festival offers plenty of opportunities and activities for fishers and non-fishers alike– and will have some new events this year.

The festival begins tomorrow night with the Neiman’s Family Market & Huron Disributor’s Beach Party, beginning at 6:30 pm in the small tent. And did you hear? Austin Brother’s Brewery is releasing a limited-edition, limited-supply summer shandy for the festival: a lemon-blonde ale, which will be released at the party. This is the second year they’ve made an exclusive Brown Trout brew.

Not a fisher? Here’s a list of events not to miss:

1. Free live music every night in the small tent. Featuring local talent like Norm Seiss, Way Out Wayne, and the Birch Road Band. Sponsored by Neiman’s Family Market. Full list & schedule here.

2. Skate Night with the Shipwreck Alley Rollers. Friday 7/14 from 6-9 pm. Join the rollers & bring your skates for games, prizes, a live DJ, and more in the big tent.  Free admission.

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3. Wine at the Harbor. Saturday 7/15 from 12- 6 pm.Wine? Harbor? Say no more. Taste the area’s best local wines and beers– and beyond. Hosted at the small tent. Admission $10 and includes souvenir glass, tastings, and hors d’oeuvres. 

4. Art on the Bay. Saturday 7/15 & Sunday 7/16.The annual open-air arts & crafts fair down by the harbor. Handmade jewelry, fine arts, homewares– there’s something for everyone. Oh and kettle corn. Free admission. Located at Bayview Park.

5. Hooked on Music. Saturday 7/15 from 8 pm- midnight. Thunder Bay Arts Council is hosting Saturday’s Big Tent Concert– featuring the local bands Bobbing for Piranhas, D3AD BY MONDAY, and High Speed. Tickets are $5 and go towards TBAC’s Departure Sculpture fundraiser.

6. Kid’s Fishing Day at Culligan Plaza. Thursday 7/20. Hosted by True North Radio Network. Bring the whole family. Takes place at Culligan Plaza. Free.

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Last year’s event.

7. Sidewalk Sales in downtown Alpena. Thursday 7/20- Saturday 7/22. Stroll through downtown and enjoy special promotions & sales from downtown shops like the Marketplace, Olivet, Master’s, Soaps & Such, and more.

8. The annual 107.7 the Bay Bash. Friday 7/21 from 8 pm- 1 am. 80’s themed featuring ROCKSTAR. Come party at the big tent.

And to close the festival…

9. Tony Burgers & polka music. Sunday 7/23 beginning at noon. An Alpena icon as iconic as the Brown Trout itself. I can smell the fried onions as I write. Judy & Her Suchey Brothers will begin playing at 1:30 pm, so bring your dancing shoes. Free admission.

Hope to see you down at the Brown Trout. And to all the fishers– we hope you find Big Brownie!

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Blog Downtown Alpena is written by Anne Gentry, Executive Director of the Alpena DDA, who has been waiting all year for a Tony Burger. And to Polka.

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