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
The Farmers Market is open May 16 - October 17, 2019. The Market is held at the corner of Main Street and Third Street on Thursdays from
10 am- 4 pm (weather permitting). There will not be a market on Thursday, July 4.
The Market accepts Debit Cards, EBT(Bridge Card), Senior & WIC Project Fresh and offers Double Up Food Bucks.
Applications for the 2019 market season can be found in the folder below.
The Imlay City Farmers Market is Farm Fresh and Locally Grown!
During our 2019 Market season we had all kinds of great activities!
2nd Thursdays of the month
Crafters & Artisans at the Market
3rd Thursdays of June, July and August
4th Thursdays of the month
Live music from Noon - 2:00 PM featuring Robyn Marriott
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
2019 FREE Summer Concert Series
Our Summer Concert Series begins on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Lamb Steele Park. All concerts will begin at 7pm. unless stated otherwise.
June 18 Third Degree Burns - Youth-Performed Rock'n'Roll
June 25 Lakestone Bank & Trust Ice Cream Social & Worlds of Music - Family Fun Concert
July 2 NO CONCERT -- Happy 4th of July
July 9 Delaney Natke - Pop, Rock, & Country
July 16 Zaynab Wilson - Caribbean-Inspired Folk Music
July 23 NO CONCERT -- Enjoy the Eastern Michigan State Fair
July 30 Rock of Ages Band - Swing Music, Vocals, and Show Tunes
Aug 6 Ground Zero Band - Youth-Performed Classic-to-Current Hits
Aug 13 Rich Eddy's Rockin' Oldies Band - Rockin' Oldies
Aug 20 Bob Marshall Band - Real Cowboy Rock'n'Roll
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 18 @ 7pm
3rd Degree Burns
3rd Degree Burns is made up of young musicians from the surrounding area. The band is made possible by a non-profit Young Musicians Community. Come out and enjoy a spirited performance!
July 9 @ 7pm
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.
Eastern Michigan State Fair
No concert will be held at the Lamb Steele Park on Tuesday, July 23. Please go and enjoy the Eastern Michigan State Fair, happening in Imlay City from July 23-27! See you next week.
August 6 @ 7pm
Ground Zero Band
Reason2Rock's Ground Zero Band is performing classic-to-current rock'n'roll hits. They are a not-for-profit project made up of kids, for kids; the band offers musical skills to young musicians who want to share their gift of music in a pay-it-forward kind of way.
June 25 Ice Cream @ 6pm
Ice Cream Social
Join us for a great night of family fun and entertainment.
Free ice cream, sponsored by Lakestone Bank and Trust.
July 16 @ 7pm
Zaynab Wilson, a Montreal-born Trinidadian-Canadian, will be singing Caribbean-inspired folk music. She brings a wealth of cultural and musical diversity to her sound, her heart, and her soul.
July 30 @ 7pm
Rock of Ages Band
Enjoy Big Band Music from 40's Swing to Motown to Current Hits.
August 13 @ 7pm
Rich Eddy's Rockin' Oldies Band
August 20 @ 7pm
Bob Marshall Band
A Real Cowboy bringing you real Country and Western music!
Storytime at Lamb Steele Park
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 2019!
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Theme: Ice Cream in English and Spanish
Busker Festival Parade
June 15, 2019
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 15th at 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate Imlay City and the 2nd 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
The DDA is proud to once again host Art in the Rough. This year’s event will again be held in downtown Imlay City, on Third Street, on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. The Lapeer Art Association co-sponsored our 2018 event and we look forward to partnering with them again this year!
Look for more details regarding the 2019 event soon!
Below you will find details regarding the 2018 event.
Tickets to the event are now available at a pre-sale cost of $15 at the City of Imlay City office, 150 North Main Street, Gallery 194, 194 West Nepessing Street in Lapeer, and online by clicking HERE. Tickets will be available the night of the event for $20. The cost of the ticket includes admission into the event and complimentary beer and wine tasting. At least 15 artists are scheduled to show and sell their works in buildings located along Third Street in Pop Up galleries. The event is 21 years of age and older.
Back by popular demand: The VIP experience. Tickets are $50 and include admission to the venue including the wine and beer tasting and a Meet and Greet with the artists from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Hiram's Tavern, 244 East Third Street. During the VIP event, guests will receive a complimentary. locally crafted ceramic mug, 2 drink tickets for specialty drinks only available at the VIP event, and appetizers. VIP members will enjoy music by local musician, Jamie Marvin, and have a chance to meet the participating artists. VIP tickets are also available at the City of Imlay City offices and Gallery 194.
Martina Hahn will have two performances during the event. You'll be amazed at what she can paint in a very short amount of time. Many of the artists located in the Pop Up Galleries will also offer demonstrations.
You won't want to miss spray paint artist, Joe Ferry! Joe will be creating a work of art right before your eyes!
We would like to thank our VIP sponsor, Milnes Auto Group, for their support of this awesome event!
Thank you to Vintech Industries for their sponsorship of Joe Ferry's appearance.
Also, thank you to Hiram's Tavern and the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce.