After two years on mute due to COVID-19 precautions, Bay City is once again filling the air with music and the streets with people this summer;
The Chief Operating Officer of Downtown Bay City,
Michael Bacigalupo has announced there will be more events and entertainment than ever before.
“We're expecting this summer to be one of the biggest summers ever, because it's post COVID,” says Bacigalupo. “Everybody wants to get out and we're going to have a lot going on both sides of the river this summer.”
Kicking off the summer will be the 11th Annual Apps and Ales
on June 9, put on by the Downtown Management Board. Tickets are still available.
June 11 and 12 is the Riverside Art Festival
put on by the YWCA of the Great Lakes Bay Region,
in Downtown Bay City. Billed as "48 Years Of Art and Creation," artists will be located all around downtown as well as the Saginaw Riverfront.
“Country Music Festival
is June 17, with Chris Cagle as the headliner,” says Bacigalupo. “Then June 18, Travis Tritt is the headliner.” Tickets can be found on the State Theater Bay City website
"Leave Those Kids Alone," featuring five talented kids playing classic rock hit songs written decades before they were born, comes to Wenonah Park on June 15. The teens (and pre-teen!) are a sought after act at family-friendly festivals,
“The annual music series Thursdays in Uptown
kicks off on June 23. June 25 is the Great Lakes Bay Region Pride Festival
in Wenonah Park. Then June 30, July 1 and 2nd is the Bay City Fireworks Festival
, in Vets and Wenonah Park,” he adds. “The popular Friday At The Falls
local music series starts July 1.”
Children will have two days to celebrate each week beginning July 5.
“Starting after the Fourth of July, we have Tuesdays Free Movies in the Park
, and these are all free. And again after the Fourth of July, under the Nickless Pavilion, we have The Young People Summer Series
, running Wednesdays at noon, beginning July 6. They are going to run six weeks each.That way, there's no break in the action or things like that and they're running right up again until they go back to school.
“Lunch will be served as well for Tuesday Movies and Wednesday Noon Concerts for the Young Peoples summer series. They can get a free lunch at those concerts. Lunch starts at 11, concerts start at 11:30. The Big Brothers/Big Sisters
are going to be doing arts and crafts projects, prior to the Movies For Kids, for something to do as well. All those are free.”
Simply Queen, a live tribute band, performs in Wenonah Park at 7 p.m. Aug. 3. The concert is free, but donations accepted.
The annual Wednesday night concerts begin June 15.
“The Wednesdays In The Park free concert series
runs straight through to Sept. 7,” says Bacigalupo. “Twelve shows, all free.
Donations will be accepted at all the events.
When it comes to more big ticket concert series events, there will be no shortage heading into July and August.
“July 8, Pop Evil is the Rocking The River concert
kickoff,” he says. “With special guests Riot V featuring our local guy Todd Michael Hall, from The Voice. They're being supported by a group called Zillions and Oxymorons. Four bands.
“Then on July 9, Brett Young with special guest Matt Ferrant
i. On the 10th is Lonestar with Randy Houser
The funk gets loose on at Wenonah Park July 23, with the Here Come The Mummies concert, with special guest The Sinclairs
August will start with a new location for a popular event.
“Aug. 2, is National Night Out in Wenonah Park, reimagining the national event,” says Bacigalupo. “It's the night where the community just comes together and they see the policemen, fire trucks, all the city services. It's just a big party downtown put on by the Bay City Noon Optimist Club
“Brantley Gilbert concert in Vet’s Park is Aug. 5, followed by the Hop Riot Beer Fest
the next day on Aug. 6, from noon to 5. Then the Papa Roach concert in Vet’s Park that night.”
More concerts and local events continue through August.
“Aug. 12 in Wenonah Park we have Five For Fighting and the Verve Pipe
. Then during the day of Aug. 13, we have the Chalk Walk Art Festival
going on in Downtown Bay City put on through Studio 23
. That is followed by the First Annual Jazz Festival in Wenonah Park
also on the 13th
“The CAN Council
at nine o'clock in the morning at Wenonah Park is putting on their Ducky Derby, which is a rubber duck race down the Saginaw River. That night is the Concert For Brian's house with Peacemaker and Jedi Mind Trip
at 7 p.m. in Wenonah Park.
The big summer shows bow out on Aug. 27, with the massive ‘80s line up of Rick Springfield, Men At Work and John Waite
“We're expecting huge crowds at everything this year,” says Bacigalupo. “Feet On The Street are also going to be happening all summer long as well.”
Much as the summer events kick off with a celebration of beer, they end tipping the glass once more.
“Sept. 8, is the Downtown Bay City Wine Walk,
” he says. “So we started out drinking beer to start the summer and we end the summer by drinking wine.