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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 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 18 @ 7pm

3rd Degree Burns

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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

Delaney Event

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.

July 23

Eastern Michigan State Fair

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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

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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

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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

Zaynab Event

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

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Enjoy Big Band Music from 40's Swing to Motown to Current Hits.

August 13 @ 7pm

Rich Eddy's Rockin' Oldies Band

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Come out and enjoy the great music of the 1950's and 1960's with this energetic duo!
August 20 @ 7pm

Bob Marshall Band

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A Real Cowboy bringing you real Country and Western music!

Ice Cream Social

2019 Lakestone Bank and Trust Ice Cream Social

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The Twelfth  Annual Lakestone Bank and Trust Ice Cream Social and Amazing Clark!

The Ice Cream Social will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 6-8 pm at the Lamb Steele Park.   As with previous years, the ice cream and following entertainment were FREE to residents, friends, and families!!

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

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

Last year the bank served over 18 gallons of ice cream to 350 people!

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
1:00 PM
Theme: Space

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
1:00 PM
Theme: Sharks

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
1:00 PM
Theme: Ice Cream in English and Spanish

Kids Reading(2)

Busker Festival Parade

June 15, 2019

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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 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

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.

Winter Playground

2019 Winter Playground

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Ruth Hughes
Springfield Industries
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See below for information from our 2018 Winter Playground.
(Activities will again begin at 5pm.)
The Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual parade which will march through town at 6:15 pm.  Immediately following the Parade, the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in front of the Police Station.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with the children and we will have a Roaming 'Gifting' Reindeer.
More details will follow as the season approaches but here is a tentative schedule.
Winter Playground
Friday, November 30, 2018
5:00 pm- 8:30 pm
Merchant Open Houses and shopping
Ruth Hughes Library "Snow Much Fun"
Craft Stations at a variety of merchant locations
Story times held at a variety of merchant locations
Face painting
Glow necklace give away
Warming Station
Marshmallow roasting
6:15 pm
Immediately following Parade
Community Tree Lighting at the Police Station
7:00- 8:30 pm
Visits with Santa
Mrs. Claus story time
Horse-drawn wagon rides
Roaming gifting reindeer
Balloon Twister
Thank you to our sponsors:
Vintech Industries
Tri-County Bank
Barbara Yockey Law Office
Springfield Industries
Liebler Agency
Doug Halabicky State Farm
Chemical Bank

10:00 AM-4:00 PM
May- October
Corner of Third & Main Streets

7:00 PM
Lamb Steele Park

September 28, 2019
6:00 PM- 10:00 PM
Downtown Imlay City

Friday, December 6, 2019
6:00 PM
Downtown Imlay City

Imlay City DDA

150 North Main Street

Imlay City, MI 48444

8:00 AM- 4:30 PM

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