Alpena Art Walks
The Alpena Art Walks are organized and hosted by the art galleries and studios located downtown: Art in the Loft, My Glass Wings, Studio Rubedo, Art Box, and Thunder Bay Arts Gallery. The galleries remain open late and offer live music, food, drinks, art demonstrations and other activities.
2020 Schedule of Art Walks
Saturday, March 14 (10 am- 6 pm)
Friday, May 29 (5-8 pm)
Friday, June 26 (5-8 pm)
Friday, July 31 (5-8 pm)
Saturday, October 17 (10 am- 6 pm)
Saturday, November 14 (10 am- 6 pm)
For more information, visit Alpena Art Walks on facebook.
Alpena Blues Festival
As part of a new collaboration between the Alpena Blues Coalition, The Fresh Palate and the Alpena DDA, the Alpena Blues Festival has moved to Downtown Alpena! In addition to live blues performances, the Fresh Palate hosts a Michigan Craft Spirits Tent, and the Alpena DDA hosts a Family Zone with a full schedule of family-friendly events.
Stay tuned for an announcement about the 2020 Festival!
The Alpena Blues Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2003, committed to pursuing, preserving, and presenting music, The Blues in particular, in support of educational and charitable purposes. The coalition is a 100% volunteer organization. 100% of the support received through sponsorship and the festival are used to produce the festival and support our causes.
Fresh Waves: The Downtown Mural Project
In 2019, the DDA launched a new arts initiative to bring more murals and public art downtown. The first year, Aaron Golbeck and Chad Bolsinger painted a beautiful mural in Downtown Alpena on the wall at Family Enterprise, located at 211 S. Second Avenue. Each year the location of the mural will change and be selected by the DDA's Marketing & Promotion Committee. We celebrate the completion of the mural each year with a fun party including music, refreshments, a cash bar and the chance to take a photo with our new mural downtown.
Artist and Location applications for Fresh Waves 2020 are now CLOSED.