This summer & fall, all are welcomed to these new spaces for dining, drinking, and gathering together in the streets of our Great Lakes Bay cities!
Feet on the Street in Bay City | @jeffcaverlyphotography
Feet on the Street
Bay City

Visit Bay City’s Downtown & West Side riverfront neighborhoods, day or night, for Feet on the Street events, Eats on the Street indulgence, good vibes & great times all around!

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Feet on the Street

Dancing to dining, live music to yoga, in addition to outdoor restaurant patio seating (serving delicious specials and drinks as we speak), Bay City’s new “green spaces” in the streets are welcoming & whimsical places to gather outdoors. Made possible by purposeful street closures, Feet on the Street is for everyone to enjoy!

Think late-night pizza and cocktails after whooping it up at live concerts in the streets to mellow morning meetups with friends over a good cuppa — with daytime activities, local business pop-up events, and seating & spaces that simply welcome fun — and you get the idea of some of what Bay City’s Feet on the Street is all about!

Families, too, will have a blast at these neighborhood hangout spots! Right in the “grass” lined streets, you’ll find balloon artists, magicians and stilt performers, music for little ones, face painting, outdoor family movies, and more. You’re sure to make memories at Feet on the Street and capture fun photos together with multiple “Selfie Station” backdrops throughout!

Feet on the Street in Bay City | @baycityphotos

Eats on the Street

Summer & fall are primetime for dining al fresco, and restaurants around every corner in Bay City are offering expanded outdoor seating and exceptionally fresh seasonal flavors — enjoy!

If you’re in the neighborhood on the first Thursday of any month this summer, get truckin’ to Downtown Bay City’s Wenonah Park plaza for waterside views and Eats on the Street! An all-out food truck frenzy of flavorful options, Eats on the Street is different each time & delicious every time — come hungry!

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Look for Tell-All QR Codes!

Scattered throughout the street closures & green spaces, simply scan the code with your smartphone to check out upcoming Feet on the Street events and dates!

Feet on the Street in Bay City Find up-to-date street closure information, parking maps, and participating businesses here: LEARN MORE +
The Commons in Midland | @molassesmidland
The Commons

Make your way to Downtown Midland, where the streets are filled with picnic tables aplenty — lawn games, live music, and delicious local flavors — all summer & fall!

The Commons in Midland | @downtownmidlandmi

The Commons Pedestrian Plaza

Eat fine foods together, listen to wonderful music, laugh… dance! All are welcome to the handicap-accessible & parking-friendly new gathering spaces in Downtown Midland!

Main Street’s vibrant Pedestrian Plaza includes live turf areas with trees and plants, and the intimate space offers ample shade & seating throughout. When the sun goes down, solar-powered lights shine on the trees, and firework lights set the evening mood of the outdoor space.

With activities including Sidewalk Days, Mini Golf on Main, and more, The Commons Pedestrian Plaza is the ultimate gathering space. Open to all ages, kids and “big kids” alike will find it the place to be for all kinds of outdoor fun!

Follow Downtown Midland on Facebook for details on what’s happening while you’re here, and come prepared to play oversized lawn games like Jenga, Connect 4, and cornhole at lunchtime on Wednesdays during Adult Recess!

The Commons in Midland | @oxygenbarmidland

The Commons Refreshment Area

For good-time vibes & adults-only fun, find your way to The Commons Refreshment Area in Downtown Midland — an area where alcoholic drinks are openly allowed outdoors, craft brews and cocktails flow freely, and live music gets people dancing in the streets!

Notably larger than the Pedestrian Plaza, The Commons Refreshment Area is a social district that stretches from Gordon Street, by the H Hotel, all the way to Larkin Street.

Get to this fantastical spot for downtown fun and bring your dancing shoes! Or maybe a lawn chair, your call. Local musicians play from 7 - 9 p.m. every Friday & Saturday night at the intersection of Main and McDonald during The Commons Live Music Series!

The Commons in Midland Find up-to-date street closure information, parking maps, and participating businesses here: LEARN MORE +
Drydock Beer Garden | @zentxmediagroup
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Gathering Spots

Experience the new outdoor gathering spaces in Midland and Bay City, absolutely! You must! And be sure to blend your adventure with these craft beer hotspots and food truck hangouts that have long made our outdoors so inviting!

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Belly up, sip cold craft brews, and laugh out loud under twinkling lights at these welcoming outdoor watering holes: Drift Shoreside Beer Garden (coming late-summer 2021 to the riverfront in Bay City), Drydock Beer Garden in Bay City, Schnitzelbank Bier Garten in Frankenmuth, and Larkin Beer Garden in Midland.

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Fall in love with local flavors at these Great Lakes Bay food truck parks and food truck festivals: Eats on the Street and Drift Shoreside Beer Garden in Bay City, Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival, Midland Food Truck Festival, and Saginaw’s Food Truck Faceoffs.

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