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
  • Bands in the Big Tent from 6 pm -12:30 am. See Entertainment Tent

Family Events at the Park

  • Bouncers and More;  3:00 pm  – 8:00 pm
  • Nate the Great (entertainer); 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Billy P. Project (band); 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

5K Run/Walk

Race is at 9:00. Registration is between 8 & 9 am. at Alanson Public school. Race is sponsored by the Alanson Cross Country Team. For more info see: 5K Riverfest Run/Walk

Alanson Library Annual Book Sale

Saturday and Sunday at the Community Building, 10 am to 3 pm.

Family Events at the Park

  • Bouncers and More; 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Frog Jumping contest (BYOF); 11:00 am
  • Pie Eating Contest; 11:30 am
  • Nate the Great ( entertainer ) 1:00 – 6:00
  • Bark in the Park; 2:00 pm
  • Moors and Mccumber (band); 3:30 pm

Bark In the Park (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 2:00 – Registration begins at 1:30. 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.

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

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! Starts with an 8:45 prayer time, followed by meeting at 9am for fellowship, with an awesome service from 9:15 to 10:15am. The collection plate goes to the Alanson Fire Department to purchase needed equipment.

Alanson Library Annual Book Sale

Saturday and Sunday at the Community Building, 10 am to 3 pm.

Family Events at the Park

  • Bouncers and More; 11:00 – 4:00
  • Rosco the Clown (entertainer)
    • 12:00 – 1:00 @ River Street
    • 1:30 – 2:00 @ Village Park
    • 2:00 – 4:00 @ walk around Alanson
    • 4:00 – 5:00 @ Village Park
  • Ultimate Variety Party Band; 1:00 – 4:00 @ Village Park

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

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