2015 Schedule of Events

Look for the DDA silent auction located in front of the entertainment tent. Items are made by local tradesman and women.

Fun for the Whole Family

  • Music all Weekend (see band listings on Entertainment Tent page)
  • Flea Market and Arts and Crafts Fair all Weekend
  • Kid’s Trout Fishing on US 31 behind Youngs Bait sponsored by Michigan Bait Fish Farms and the Bouncer Carnival at the Park with new items.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Volunteer party

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Big Tent.  Your volunteer shirt and name badge will be available for pickup or you may stop in to sign up for a fun filled shift but be early to secure the spot you want.  First come, first serve.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Alanson Riverfest Teen Dance

In the Entertainment Tent on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Cover charge is just $3.00.

Friday, August 14, 2015

  • Arts, Crafts and Antique Flee Market
  • Carnival in the Park
  • Round Wolf Primitive-Fur Trader demonstrations
  • Tommy Tropic and son-Jugglers and Magicians
  • Bands in the Big Tent from 6 pm -12:30 am. See Entertainment Tent

Bark In the Park Till Dark (No cost to watch)

An event for animal lovers and their pets! Bring your pooch to the Village park for a series of contests.

Events begin at 6:30 – Registration begins at 6:00. Events:

  • Best Dressed
  • Mutt-Strut
  • Best-Trick
  • Look-a-Like

Sponsored & Managed by Friends of Alanson. This event is a fundraiser for Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network. You can get your registration form at friendsofalanson.org or fill one out before the events begin.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Guided Kayak Excursion/Fundraiser

Let’s color up the beautiful Crooked River with Kayaks for this first ever, 2 hour guided kayak paddle and fundraiser.  The Inland Water Route Historical Museum’s new Truscott replica is under construction and when finished will take guests for river trips and cruises down the Crooked River just like our many ancestors had many years ago. Your $15.00 entry fee will help fund this project.

This event will start at 9:00 am at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge on US31 just north of Alanson with an optional breakfast from 7am to 9am for $5.  No need to pre-register.  Call Wayne Blomberg at 231-838-5309 for more details.

Sponsored by Ryde Marine


Race is at 9:00 am but be sure to register in the park behind the Library at 8:00 am. Race is sponsored by the Alanson Cross Country Team.

The Depot Restaurant will do a Free Pancake Eating Contest!

Saturday, August 9th at 10:00am. (sign up begins at 9:45am). It will be held on their deck, under the canopy. The winner will get a Depot T-shirt and gift certificate for a pizza.

Rock 105Frozen T-Shirt Contest!

  • Noon to 2:00 pm Saturday, located on River Street next to Tigerlilly’s Flower shop
  • Brrrrrr! Melt the shirt and put it on!
  • Free – but must register. Frozen T-Shirt Contest Application

Sponsored by The Alanson Depot Restaurant

At the Park Saturday Morning, Noon to 1:00 pm: Contests

  • No Registration
  • Frog Race (BYOF) 11:00 am win Bounce Carnival bracelets!
  • Whip-Cream-Pie-Bubble-Blowing Competition at 11:30 am winner presented with a plaque!
  • Tot-Trot at 12:30 am. Must be 1-4. Special prizes awarded!
  • Free face painting
  • 12:45 pm Kids fun run 5-7
  • 1:00 pm Kids fun run 8-11

Friends of the Alanson Area Library Annual Book Sale

Saturday at the Community Building, 10 am to 2 pm

At the Park Saturday Afternoon

Pinata sponsored by That’s My Dawg 1:30 pm
The Northern Lights Irish Dancers 2pm – 4pm
Bouncer Carnival
Tommy Tropic

Bands in the Big Tent

From 6 pm -12:30 am. See Entertainment Tent.

SUNDAY, August 16, 2015

Alanson Area Church Community Service (In the Big Tent)

Hosted by the Alanson Church of the Nazarene
Meeting at 9am for fellowship with an awesome service from 9:15 to 10:15am

A Free will offering will help buy the Alanson Fire Department a new Thermal Imaging Unit.

The Petoskey Steel Drum Band

Petoskey Steel Drum BandNoon to 1:00pm Playing in the Village Park Next to the Swing Bridge- Free Concert. Formed in 1997 under the direction of Barry Bennett, The Petoskey Steel Drum Band has performed throughout the state of Michigan and at other venues including; Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, Mardi Gras in New Orleans-7 times, the Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii. The group also just finished building a double decker “parade trailer”. This 2 story trailer was designed specifically for the New Orleans Mardi Gras parades but is also be used in local parades and festivals. The group performs 30-40 concerts a year and over 20 during the summer and annually at the Alanson Riverfest!

Sponsored by WW Fairbairn and Sons

Harbor Springs Highland Fling

2:00 pm In the Park enjoy the lively Scottish Dancers as they demonstrate the heritage of their people.