REGISTER HERE: Chowder and Chili Cook-off Registration Packet 2018 Save the date: The 5th Annual Downtown Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 12-4 pm. Like last year, the event will take place on Second … Continue reading Registration is live for the 2018 Downtown Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off
It is the height of summer still in Alpena, Michigan. You can feel the energy downtown as everyone rushes to enjoy these next few weeks before school starts up again and the air cools. On Sundays, the energy of our … Continue reading 15 Things to do Downtown on any Sunday
If you’ve been downtown lately, you may have noticed a new pop of color (or three!) in some of the windows. Maybe you were driving along Chisholm and thought to yourself, “was that a giant green hotdog in a hot … Continue reading #REACHourpotential: Bringing Color Downtown
Alpena is one of 120 sites worldwide that will be a host for the Paddling Film Festival World Tour, and according to Stephanie Gandulla, who worked to bring the festival here, one of the few sites in Michigan selected to show the films. Continue reading Paddling Film Festival coming to Downtown Alpena this Thursday
1.Start the day off with a bloody mary or mimosa at Fresh Palate. From 9 am- 3 pm, the Palate will have build-your-own bars for both beverages. Grab a breakfast burrito or bowl while you’re at it. 2. Catch the … Continue reading Ten things to do in Downtown Alpena this July 4th
Since it was just ninety degrees this last Sunday and I heard Walmart and Meijer nearly sold out of air conditioners, I think it’s safe to say that it is officially summer in Alpena, Michigan. And that means it’s graduation … Continue reading 10 Gifts to Get Your Grad Downtown
Thunder Bay Theatre’s summer season opens June 20, 2018– and twenty-eight theater professionals from around the country have arrived in Downtown Alpena to begin rehearsing and assembling TBT’s summer season of shows. On the playbill for Summer 2018 includes: Joe DiPietro’s All … Continue reading Thunder Bay Theatre explores topics of diversity and inclusivity with summer season, core company
APPLY HERE About the Program The DDA is looking for creative, outgoing, and motivated individuals to be Downtown Ambassadors. Downtown Ambassadors share their positive experiences downtown on Instagram on designated Posting Days during a three month season. Participants must… Be … Continue reading Downtown Alpena Ambassadors Program!
Have you heard the news? The State Theater marquee is going to remain in Downtown Alpena– not only will the marquee keep its iconic “State” lettering, it will also receive some upgrades to make it fully functional again. A few … Continue reading State Theater marquee to keep lettering, receive upgrades
As promised, here is our second installment of highlighted downtown businesses: the business behind the beautiful floral arrangements, Classic Designs by Doreen Thomas CF. According to Thomas, her love of growing flowers began at age ten and since then, every year … Continue reading Business Spotlight: Classic Designs by Doreen Thomas CF
It’s been awhile since we’ve done of these. So if you haven’t been in Downtown Alpena over the last few months, here’s some of the news you may have missed: 1. The Royal Knight Movie Theater closed. About a year ago, … Continue reading News in brief: April 2018
Know someone with a background in urban design? The Alpena Downtown Develoment Authority (DDA) is hiring a summer intern in the field of downtown beautification, green-space development, and downtown maintenance. The DDA summer intern will be responsible for researching downtown … Continue reading The Alpena DDA is hiring a summer intern!