Downtown Imlay City's Annual Events

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority offers many events throughout the year to bring the community together in the Downtown area.

The DDA sponsors events throughout the year.  We love to see community members and visitors in our downtown enjoying our beautifully landscaped streetscape and of course, patronizing our local merchants.

Imlay City Farmers Market

Our Farmers Market is open May 22 - October 15, 2020.  The Market is held at the corner of Main Street and Third Street on Thursdays from
10 am- 4 pm (weather permitting).

The Market accepts Debit Cards, EBT (Bridge Card), Senior & WIC Project Fresh and offers Double Up Food Bucks.

 

For an applications for the 2020 market season, please email your request to ddapromotions@imlaycity.org or call 810-724-2135.

 

The Imlay City Farmers Market is Farm Fresh and Locally Grown!

Market Season Payment Options

The Farmers Market will be equipped to handle Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), also known as the Bridge Card or food stamps this season. EBT users can double their Michigan-grown vegetable and fruit purchases up to $20 per market day with the Double Up Food Bucks program! If you spend $10, Double Up Food Bucks will give you $10! For more information regarding the EBT card and/or Double Up Food Bucks, contact the Market Manager.

The Senior Project Fresh Program will also be accepted at the Imlay City Farmers' Market this year. The Senior Project Fresh program provides seniors, age 60 and over, with fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Seniors participating in the program may purchase fresh, unprocessed, Michigan grown fruits and vegetables and select fresh herbs.

The market will accept Debit Cards. Just come to the Farmers Market information tent, swipe your Debit card, enter your pin and the amount of cash you wish to receive and the market manager will give you tokens equal to the amount of cash you withdraw. Most of our vendors will accept your tokens as cash. Shopping is easy at the market! (there will be a $0.50 surcharge per use of the Debit machine).

For information on EBT and Debit Cards - read here

El Mercado ahora esta aceptando tarjetas EBT o Bridge

  • Pase su tarjeta EBT y entre su numero PIN en el stand del encargado del Mercado
  • Con la aprobacion, se le daran fichas de $1 dollar
  • Compre a los vendedores participantes
  • Disfrute los productos frescos

El Mercado ahora esta aceptando tarjetas EBT o Bridge

Summer Concert Series

2020 FREE Summer Concert Series

Our Summer Concert Series begins on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Lamb Steele Park.  All concerts will begin at 7 pm unless stated otherwise.

June 9     Acoustic Ash -- Pop, Rock, Indie

June 16   TBA

June 23   Professor Wright & Friends -- Rock, Blues, Swing & More

June 30   Guy Louis -- Around the World Children's Music Show

July 7      TBA

July 14    ChoiceOne Bank Sundae Bar (Ice Cream Social) -- Gemini/Kids 

July 21    Bob Marshall Band -- Award-Winning Cowboy Rock n Roll

July 28    NO CONCERT -- Enjoy the Eastern Michigan State Fair

Aug 4     Delaney Natke -- Pop, Rock & Country

Aug 11   TBA

Aug 18   TBA

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority would like to thank the  Michigan Humanities Council for their generous support of the 2019 Summer Concert Series.
A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to strong communities and Michigan’s excellent quality-of-life, and ultimately, to Michigan’s economy.

 

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.

 

June 9 @ 7pm

Acoustic Ash (Ash Harris)

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With an acoustic guitar and an expressive, soulful sound, Acoustic Ash creates a platform for diversity and equality. "Leading the way with the Heart!"  She sings in a way that makes one want to be a better human!!

June 30 @ 7pm

Guy Louis - Worlds of Music

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Fun and interactive music for all ages!

July 21 @ 7pm

Bob Marshall Band

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A Real Cowboy bringing you real Country and Western music!

July 28

Eastern Michigan State Fair

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No concert will be held at the Lamb Steele Park on Tuesday, July 28. Please go and enjoy the Eastern Michigan State Fair! See you next week.

June 23 @ 7pm

Professor Wright & Friends

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Rock, Blues, Swing & More

July 14 Ice Cream @ 6pm

Lakestone's Ice Cream Social with Gemini Music for Kids

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Join us for a great night of family fun and entertainment.
Free ice cream, sponsored by Lakestone Bank and Trust.

 

August 4 @ 7pm

Delaney Natke

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Delaney Natke is a talented, young singer in our area. She was the 2018 Celebration of Music winner in Detroit, as well as the winner of the 20 Front Street Open Mic Night in Lake Orion.

Sundae Bar (formerly Ice Cream Social)

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The Thirteenth Annual Lakestone Bank Sundae Bar (Ice Cream Social) and Gemini for Kids!

The Sundae Bar will take place on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 6-8 pm at the Lamb Steele Park.   As with previous years, the ice cream and entertainment are FREE to residents, friends, and families!!  Come Join Us!!

The event is financed by Lakestone Bank and Bank their employees serve the delicious frozen dessert!

This is just one of the many ways that Lakestone Bank gives back to their community- and it is a definite crowd favorite!

Last year over 350 of our favorite folks enjoyed more than 18 gallons of ice cream!

Storytime at Lamb Steele Park

TO BE ANNOUNCED

The DDA is thrilled to work with the Ruth Hughes Library this summer to once again bring StoryTime to the Lamb Steele Park Gazebo!

Miss Mandy will again host this awesome event at the Gazebo for free, child friendly activities and reading. Check out the new and exciting Themes for Summer 2020!

Wednesday, June, 2020  (TBA)
1:00 PM
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Wednesday, July, 2020  (TBA)
1:00 PM
Theme: TBA

Wednesday, August, 2020  (TBA)
1:00 PM
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Busker Festival Parade

CANCELLED FOR 2020 -- SEE YOU ALL IN 2021

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The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority would like to invite you to be a part of this year’s Busker Festival Parade   Please join us on Saturday, June 13th at 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate Imlay City and the 3rd Annual Michigan Busker Festival.

The DDA sponsored Parade has been a long standing tradition that has featured civic organizations, entertaining high school marching bands, decorative floats, high-stepping dance demonstrations, honor and color guards, lively cheer leading squads, equestrian groups, and of course local firefighting/emergency units.

This year will be no different!

The Parade is a fun, effective and inexpensive way for your organization to reach several hundred parade observers, participants and their families.  Trophies will be awarded for a variety of categories.

 

Art in the Rough 2020 -- Saturday, September 19th from 6 - 10 PM

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This year marks our 6th Annual Art in the Rough Extravaganza to be held in Downtown Imlay City. Third Street is closed off for our private event and filled with pop-up galleries, food, beverages and live music. We feature dozens of Michigan artists in our downtown businesses. Come join us Saturday night on September 19th for a night of fun, culture, and more!

Artists, entertainment, and drink will be set up along a cordoned off area on Third Street. Tickets will be required for entry into Art in the Rough.

MAIN ART IN THE ROUGH EVENT
>> Our main event will be held on Saturday, September 19th, 2020 from 6 PM - 10 PM. The event will be located all along Third Street in Downtown, outdoors as well as inside many Imlay City businesses.

Advanced Art in the Rough Tickets  will be available July 1, 2020.  Stay tuned for more details.

ENTERTAINMENT:
>>6 PM – 8 PM:  TBA

>>8 PM – 10 PM:  TBA

VIP ART IN THE ROUGH EVENT
>> A private 21+ VIP cocktail event, happening 4 PM – 6 PM, at Third & Main Event Center, inside 244 E Third Street, Downtown Imlay City.

Stay tuned for more details.

ENTERTAINMENT:
>>4 PM – 6 PM: Jim Bach Trio, a 3-piece band setup, to perform for the private VIP event. Enjoy complementary drinks and appetizers while you meet the Michigan Artists and listen to live music.

OUR SPONSORS
>> Imlay City DDA
>> Lapeer Art Association

Imlay City DDA is proud to once again host Art in the Rough, with the Lapeer Art Association as our co-sponsor again this year. You can find more information about our event hosts at icdda.com or lapeerart.org

Winter Playground

Winter Playground 2020 -- December 5th @ 5 PM

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Every year, Imlay City aims to ring in the holiday season with something special: Winter Playground!

This is a family and community-oriented event, so come one and come all. Downtown businesses welcome you with open arms as they offer an assortment of holiday readings, crafts for kids and adults alike, as well as warming stations with refreshments! Every year, the outdoor highlights include the lighted parade, the tree lighting, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Imlay City puts all of this activity on for you free of any charge! We just want you and your family to enjoy our town.

Imlay City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered together to bring you another amazing Winter Playground! This year, the downtown event will be held on Saturday, December 5th, 2020, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring and organizing the annual Winter Playground Parade, which will march through town at 6:00 PM.

>>For more information about the Winter Playground Parade information, contact Shannon Hamel (Executive Director of the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce) at (810) 542 - 3256.

Immediately following the parade, the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in front of the Imlay City Police Department.

During the evening, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be around town for children's activities; our small businesses will have crafts and warming stations; and horse-drawn carriages and more will be available in downtown Imlay City.

>>For more information about Winter Playground 2020, contact Lorrelei Natke (DDA Director) or Katrina Morrow (DDA Assistant) at Imlay City Hall (810) 724 – 2135.