Blog Take Over Presents: Summer Fun in Downtown Mt. Pleasant by Melinda Salchert

June 28th, 2018

Summer is well under way in Downtown Mt. Pleasant and boy, do we have some fun events coming up!

It’s our third year of Thrilling Thursdays and each year they get better and better! Every Thursday from now until August 16th, we have activities planned to take place at Town Center beginning at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Upcoming Thursdays will be filled with fun ways to learn more about bugs, nature, science and more! These activities are free and fun for the whole family.

In August, we will be making Stepping Stones, followed by the return of “Urban Printmaking.” Art Reach of Mid-Michigan will be partnering with us to help you take one of our T-shirts and make a permanent print off of an authentic City of Mt. Pleasant manhole cover or grate.

The series concludes with a community water fight at Island Park and our friends from Art Reach of Mid-Michigan will be back with water related artsy fun and CMU’s Play on the Way will be joining with games and fun ways to cool off as well.

Throughout the summer, family and friends can enjoy the 10th Anniversary of Max & Emily’s Summer Concert series! We close Broadway Street in Downtown Mt. Pleasant and all shows begin at 6 p.m. with local artist who will warm you up for the headliner at 7 p.m.

Brian Vander Ark (The Verve Pipe) and The Ragbirds come back to the stage with new songs and the same charm as in previous years. Mt. Pleasant native, Monique Berry, and a new local favorite band, Paddlebots, will knock your socks off and get you jumping in your seat. The series will wrap up in August with the anticipated return of Jeff Daniels, who will perform with his son, The Ben Daniels Band.

Every Saturday in August, experience an outdoor movie on the lawn of City Hall at dusk for the Movies by Moonlight series. The family friendly lineup this year includes Jumanji, CoCo and more! Regardless of the title, it’s fun to watch a movie outdoors on the big inflatable screen, just like the drive-in movies of years past.

We also have the weekly Farmers’ Markets, an HBA Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, Art Walk Central, Public Safety Night and more coming up this summer.

Learn more about upcoming events at the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events page. Upcoming events, include:

Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series
June 28 – Brian Vander Ark & Friends
July 19 – Monique Berry
Aug. 9 – Paddlebots
Aug. 16 – The Ragbirds
Aug. 25 – Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band

Thrilling Thursdays
Thrilling Thursday #3 – June 28: Fun with Vegetables!
Thrilling Thursday #4 – July 5: Scavenger Hunt
Thrilling Thursday #5 – July 12: Bugs-R-Us
Thrilling Thursday #6 – July 19: Mad Science Fair
Thrilling Thursday #7 – July 26: It’s Nature!
Thrilling Thursday #8 – Aug. 2: Stepping Stones
Thrilling Thursday #9 – August 9: Urban Print Making
Thrilling Thursday #10 – August 16: Supersoaker Festivus!

Movies by Moonlight
Aug. 4 – Leap
Aug. 11 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Aug. 18 – CoCo
Aug. 25 – Jumanji

Find Downtown Mt. Pleasant on social!
Facebook: @downtownmp
Twitter: @downtownmp
Instagram: @downtownmp

For more information or questions contact Melinda Salchert, Special Event Coordinator, at or call 989-779-5349.

Melinda Salchert, center, is the Special Event Coordinator at the City of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Photographed is her daughters Myra (right) and Megan (left). Melinda enjoys many things in life, but nothing quite as much as watching her daughters grow.

2 responses to “Blog Take Over Presents: Summer Fun in Downtown Mt. Pleasant by Melinda Salchert”

  1. Downtown Mt Pleasant was my only destination from May, 1940 until Dec 1960
    Grew up in the Campbell Bldg until 1958, 107 N Main, now the Town Center parking lot.
    The only park we had in the 40s and 50s was Island Park, even though Nelson is the oldest park, it was a weed patch throughout all those years.

    I’ve been back to MP many times in the past 60 years, twice in the past 3 years, and I will be there in 2 months for my 60th MPHS reunion. The thing that impresses me the most is what the city has done with it’s parks. Especially the Mill Pond and Chipp a waters Park.
    I walked the River Walk several times and planning on leading some of my class mates on that walk in August.

    • Angela Martin says:

      The Mt. Pleasant area truly is a sight to see. But what’s even better than the beautiful park system, quaint downtown and tasty eats, is the extraordinary community behind it all.

      We’re happy to hear you will be back in a few months!

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