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Board Members:

Mark Featherson
Cadillac News

Lisa Swanson

Janeen Russell
The Sweet Shop

Jamie Nelson
Blossom Boutique

Sheila Denison
The Ultimate Gift Shop

David Gaunt
The After 26 Depot

Contact Information:

Joy VanDrie
Executive Director
201 N. Mitchell St.
231 775-0657

Area Events throughout the Year

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ArtWalk & Meet the Artist
May 1 - June 7, 201
9th Annual ArtWalk

“Pure Michigan listed ArtWalk in their Top 10 Artsy Spots to Visit!"

Art is Blooming in Downtown Cadillac. Various Cadillac Area Artists are showcasing their talents in Downtown Cadillac Businesses. Art will be on display from May 1 - June 7 in downtown stores. ‘Meet the Artist' on May 16th, from 10am - 4pm throughout Downtown Cadillac stores - artists on-site and in the stores to meet, discuss and sell their art. The Art Walk is two weeks of art in Downtown Cadillac that will surely tantalize your art taste buds: watercolor • acrylic & oil paintings • mix media • glass etching • wood carvings • music • literature • fabrics and more • Snacks and refreshments • Artwork on display starting the first weekend in May!

ArtWalk Map - 2015 posted by May 1
(2014 map click here)
Meet the Artists - 2015 Line up posted by May 1
About Last Year's Artists, Where they were, How to Contact Them and more.

2015 Artists Application (deadline for Artists Applications is April 17)
2015 Host/Sponsorship

Please call 231-775-0657 or artwalk@downtowncadillac.com if you are interested in sponsoring the event or an artist.

Click here for Yarn Bombing Info...
Adopt a Yarn Bomb Item now thru April 30!
Starting May 1 be part of Cadillac's 2nd Yarn Bombing.
Click here for Yarn Bomb Info

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Memorial Day Weekend in Cadillac
Rotary Strive for Stride 5k on Memorial Day
  • Rotary Club and Dynamic Physical Therapy Partner up for this event.Over 1,000 walkers, runners and ‘Girls on the Run' participate every year.
  • Go to www.cadillacrotaryclub.org for more information.
Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade - May 26
Organized by Cadillac area Veterans Associations, please see www.cadillacmichigan.com calendar for parade details.

Added in 2012 is a salute to all area Veteran’s you are invited to come walk in the parade, line-up starts in the City Park at 9am.

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Back to the Bricks Cruise Cadillac
June 6-7, 2015
Join Us in Downtown on Mitchell Street (North Street to Cass Street)

The Back to the Bricks Cruise Cadillac will showcase Classic Cars on Mitchell Street for the 4th year. The Downtown Cadillac Association, City of Cadillac and the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau work in tandem to offer a funfilled weekend.

NEW in 2014 we added events on Saturday - a Blessing of the Classics, Fun Run, Lakes Cruise, Sock Hop and Awards.

NEW for 2015 we have added more to Saturday with the Pere Marquette 1225 Steam Train Rides, an Artomotive Display and Live Music Saturday in the City Park.

Sunday is the BIG Car show, expecting over 600 cars this year, we’ve expanded the event to North Street on Mitchell Street, adding room for 200 more cars!!

For full weekend details and to pre-register your car go to our NEW website www.backtobrickscadillac.org

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July with Cadillac Freedom Festival - July 4-7

Celebrate our freedom all weekend, see line-up of events and times at Freedom Festival.

The Downtown Cadillac Association is presenting the Fire on Water Military Tribute this year. Tribute forms will be available in downtown member businesses mid June. The Tribute forms fuel the Fire on Water as we pay tribute with three floating bonfires, one for veterans past service & sacrifice, one for current military serving and one for peace and protection for the future. With each bonfire lighting, a peaceful flying lantern is ignited and lost into the night. This is a peaceful tribute along the water front on Lake Cadillac, we invite and encourage all area veterans to partake, and we fully encourage area residents to attend in military silence. We have a tribute ceremony planned that will begin at 10pm, with the bonfires being lit at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to sit peacefully along the area we will enjoy our celebration fireworks the following evening. This ceremony will remind you of ‘what’ and ‘why’ we are celebrating over Independence Day and ensure that our military know that we support them.

A Fire on Water Bonfire vessel will be displayed at the intersection of Mason and Mitchell, one along the Lake Cadillac City Park Shoreline and one at the Cadillac Sands for up to 3 weeks prior to the event to encourage support of our military and this event. This event is the brain-child of Joy Liptak VanDrie, and supported by fellow downtown merchants and citizens. It is ever evolving, if you would like to get involved in the planning of this tribute, please contact Joy at 231-775-0657.

For event details go to www.cadillacmichigan.com

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Art Festival & Fine Art Fair
July 1
8-19! - Art, Food, Music & Fun in Cadillac City Park

The Cadillac Arts Council organizations entertain the crowds - starting Friday evening with the Taste of Cadillac food booths. There is music and entertainment of all kinds during the evening on Friday and all day long at the Rotary Arts Pavilion next to beautiful Lake Cadillac. Over 100 Fine Art Booths exhibit and sell juried artwork throughout the City Park.

Go to Cadillac Area Artists Association


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Downtown Sidewalk Salebration - July 25-26
Customer Appreciation Specials & Activities

Enjoy shopping downtown Friday and Saturday, Super Summer Specials all weekend!
If you are interested in vending your product, service, music, etc. at this event please click here...

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Lumberman's Duathon & Triathlon - July 27

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Cadillac Festival of Races - Labor Day - August 30
2014 is the 42nd year of the 10K, the longest continually running 10K in Michigan. This year we are continuing the “festival” atmosphere established last year with vendors and live music. Come join us!

When: Saturday August 30, 2014 - 9:00 A.M.
Where: Cadillac City Park and Rotary Pavilion area on Lake Street - Cadillac, MI


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LIVE Music at the Rotary Pavillion, City Park - June to September

Mondays – Clam Lake Band…. 7:30 pm Monday, Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion. Go to www.cadillacmichigan.com calendar for specific dates from July to August.
Tuesdays – Jack Pine Pickers, first and third Tuesdays
Wednesday – Gospel music, varies
Thursdays – UpBeat Cadillac with folk, R&B, Jazz…

See www.cadillacmichigan.com for entertainment details...

Most all entertainment at the Pavilion begins at 7pm each night, open to the public, donations welcome.

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Made in Michigan Market - May to Oct
Every Thursday, 7am – 1pm & Saturday, 8am – 1pm
City Park Parking Lot (Thurs) & City Complex Parking Lost (Sat) Downtown
Come down before work and at Lunch…support local farmers, crafters, bakers, florist, artisans and musicians…and have a little fun too!

Note: Applications and/or forms are in process 2014. Please call 231-775-0657 if not yet posted for this event.

For Market Rules and Regulations click here...

Click here for Handouts to help us spread the word

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Farmer's Market - July-October
8:00am - 4:30pm Tuesdays & Fridays
(Parking next to AmVets Downtown)

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Visit us on Facebook...Cadillac's 4th Annual Craft Beer Festival - September 27

City Park, Downtown Cadillac
Go to www.cadillaccraftbeerfest.com and www.facebook.com/cadillaccraftbeerfestival for tickets, vending, and event details.

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Color Tour Trains
October 4 – Cadillac to Boyne
October 18 – Mt Pleasant to Cadillac, Cadillac to Yuma

Cadillac to Boyne Roundtrip and Cadillac to Yuma round Trip. All boarding in Cadillac downtown at the City Park.
Go to www.michigansteamtrain.org for ticketing and ride details.
Go to www.cadillacmichiganc.com for accommodation specials.

Note: Applications and/or forms are in process 2014. Please call 231-775-0657 if not yet posted for this event.

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Christmas in the Park - November 28
Come to the downtown Cadillac City Park Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion during the evening for singing, dancing, carols, kids activities and Santa arrives a new Christmas book for each family! The City of Cadillac, along with Santa, present the lighting of the Christmas tree and lights along the lakefront. A true community event, bring the children and come on downtown.
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Small Business Saturday Downtown Open House
November 29

Small businesses and supportive customers throughout the nation will be celebrating Small Business Saturday by shopping small for big rewards. Downtown Cadillac will host an open house from 10am – 5pm, with various entertainment, sale specials, beverages, a Facebook Passport Contest, the Toy Town annual Toy Trot 5k and other activities in the various businesses.

Facebook Passport Contest - Participating businesses will hand out SBS Passports showing your support of our small businesses by getting as many stamps as possible, then take a SELFIE with your stamped passport and post it to our new Downtown Cadillac facebook page to win one of 20, $20-$50 gift certificates to shops and restaurants. See how spending your money locally effects our local economy.
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2015 event dates and information will be posted at the first of the year, please use this information below as annual reference to the upcoming events, with dates over the same general weekend every year... Stay tuned...

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