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JUNE 27th, 2020

Festival 2020 Cancelled

It is with deep regret that the Long Lake Lights Festival committee announces the cancellation of the 11th annual festival, triathlon and fireworks show scheduled for June 27th, 2020 due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. This decision has been difficult, but we believe it is the right decision at this time.

We realize that this is one of the biggest events of the year in our area and could have been a great way for local businesses to recoup some of the lost revenues this devastating shutdown has caused. However, weighing that with the current uncertainty regarding mass gatherings at public events, the health and safety of the community and the unfolding financial impact to event sponsors, we decided to make those factors the forefront of our decision making.

A large part of the problem is raising enough money during this crisis since we are fully funded by personal and business donations. Asking for funds during these unprecedented times is not something we feel comfortable with. Prior to this crisis we had already received several generous personal and business donations for which we are grateful. Those, combined with the funds we currently have in the bank, will give us a great start for an amazing fireworks show in 2021!

It is difficult to accept that this cherished event cannot continue as planned this year. We look forward to the day when we can all come together once again and celebrate. Once restrictions are lifted, Lights Festival hopes to host some live music events at the Sandies this summer.

We hope to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Long Lake Lights Festival fireworks show with you all on June 26th, 2021!!!

Thank you for your support and please stay safe!

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Over the past decade the Long Lake Lights Festival has entertained the residents of Alpena and neighboring communities with an entertaining fundraising dinner and auction followed by a fun-filled family day at the Long Lake Park.  We have very much enjoyed being able to bring these events to our community.  However, as time goes by, change is inevitable, and this year is a pivotal turning point for the Festival.  We want to keep you up to date on those changes...


What will be Discontinued...


Fundraising Dinner:  Sadly, we will no longer be hosting our annual fundraising dinner at the Aplex. This was a very difficult decision to make since nearly half of our fundraising goals are met on that evening alone.  We know you all enjoyed the event, and we enjoyed doing it! Nevertheless, the auction/dinner has outgrown the small number of dedicated volunteers who make up our small committee. 


In lieu of the money our gracious attendees have spent at the dinner on auction items, purchasing tickets, etc., we hope they will still support our fundraising efforts by making a cash donation,  participate in the online auction event we will be organizing in the near future, purchase raffle tickets, or donate in some other way. 


Park Activities:  Many of you know that the Alpena County Parks Commission is putting in a new boat launch at the Long Lake Park.  Although this will be a very nice upgrade, due to those  renovations we will no longer be holding events such as the arts & crafts show, Kids Zone,  petting zoo, horseshoe or volleyball tournaments. 


The new boat launch is being supported by Alpena County and the Alpena Youth and Recreation Committee; as well as two grants through the Michigan DNR.  Construction on this project is expected to start in the spring.



What Will Still Take Place...


Triathlon:  The South Beach Triathlon basically funds itself with cash left over to pour  into the fireworks show.  We will keep the triathlon running since that area of the park will not be under construction.  You can register online here or at the park between  7:30 – 8:30 AM on the day of the event ...  June 27, 2020.


Live Entertainment:  Due to popular demand, the 20x award-winning, CMA member, “Donald Benjamin” and his band will be playing from 6PM – 11PM.  There is one Grand Finale donor spot open for the Live Entertainment Sponsorship!


FIREWORKS SHOW!   Starting at dusk (approx. 10PM) we will Light Up the Sky over Long Lake with our amazing fireworks show.  At this point we do not for see any issues with the boat launch construction being a problem for attendees who wish to view the show from the Long Lake park.  We will again provide shuttle service to and from the Dodge Marine parking lot, as well as Handicap parking inside the park.  The shuttle service has been graciously donated once again by   Dean Transportation.

June 26, 2021

View the 2019 Fireworks Show!

Lights Festival 2019 Highlights
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Address:  1728 Gitchi Manitou Rd

Alpena, Michigan  49707


Telephone:  989-657-4726




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