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  • Mid-Michigan's Favorite BeerFest Returns

    Recently voted “Best Local Event” by local beer aficionados, Portland Downtown Executive Director Tina ConnerWellman is excited to be part of #BeerOnBridge.

    "I get to work with great promoters and outstanding volunteers. It’s exciting to see the community come together to welcome visitors from everywhere, all enjoying each other’s company in a fun and inviting environment.   I see why it was voted ‘Best Local Event.’ Cheers to great tastes!” said ConnerWellman.

    It’s about the people and, of course, the craft beer, wine, cider, soda and, for the first time, spirits - all provided by fermented and distilled artisans including American Fifth Spirits, Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, BrickHaven Brewery, ConfluxCity Brewing Company, Cranker’s Brewery, EagleMonk Pub and Brewery, Ellison Brewery, Dark Horse Brewery, Grand Armory Brewing, Lansing Brewing Company, Looking Glass Brewing Company, Leelanau Cellars, Ridge Cider Company, The Sanctuary, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Schmohz Brewery, and Tabor Hill Winery.

    Also featured each year is a new flavor brewed just for this event ~ Portland Strong signature beer.   

    Unique eats are provided by a variety of food trucks and caterers.  Live music always completes the ambiance.  However, it’s about more than the drinks, food and music, according to festival promoter Eric Proctor.

    “The boardwalk, bridge, and park surrounding the river are what separates this festival from other beer festivals out there. At the end of the day, a beer festival is a beer festival. However, Beerfest on the Bridge has one of the most vibrant atmospheres,” said Proctor.

    Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman agrees.

    “Beerfest on the Bridge has become a hallmark event that showcases our historic downtown and local landmarks — the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the boardwalk overlooking the Grand River,” says Gorman. “We are extremely proud of our community and what it has to offer and look forward to showing it off.”

    This festival is held on the historic metal truss bridge that has been in continuous use since 1890. The bridge offers a historic and exciting entrance into downtown Portland.

    The earlier you buy - the more you save!  VIP entry gives an extra 'first hour' (2pm entry) of beer fest and 15 tasting tickets with a logo lasting glass.  General Admission begins at 3pm with logo tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.  

    Save 1/2 off Day of General Admission  & 40% off VIP early April - Mid May or until this limited batch is sold out
    $20 General Admit   $30 VIP   Online Purchases Only  

    Save 35% Summer Savings  mid-May  -  early July   (or until this limited batch is sold out)
    $25 General Admit    $35 VIP  Online or at Portland Party Store

    Regular Pricing starts in July and ends when sold out or midnight the evening before the event.
    $30 General Admit    $40 VIP

    Any Tickets still Available Day of are sold at the gate only
    $40 General Admit    $50 VIP

    Designated Driver Tickets: $10 
    Non Alcoholic, 6 Tickets for water or craft soda and collectors 16 oz glass.

    For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit beeronbridge.com.

  • Shop Small Business Saturday .18

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    Name: Shop Small Business Saturday .18
    Date: November 24, 2018
    Event Description:

    Celebrate #SmallBizSat with us on Nov 24! #ShopSmall

    Participating Businesses updated regularly - check back often!

    • Welcome Center Portland Downtown @ Escape Rooms 10am - 1pm
      • Canvas Small Business Saturday Tote Bag to first 25 to visit
      • Wine, cheesecake & sweets sampling
      • Draw for your deal on Portland Prime Community Gift Certificate Purchases made at the welcome station.
        • from purchase $25, get $5  all the way to Buy one, Get one equal value - instant winners
    • Escape Rooms -    Reservations or gift cards purchased in-person at Escape Rooms Portland Michigan on Small Business Saturday (10/24/2018 from 11 am - 5 pm) will enjoy complimentary gift cards for future visits: 
      • - Spend $150+ and receive a $50 gift card 
      • - Spend $100+ and receive a $30 gift card
      • - Spend $50+ and receive a $15 gift card 
      • Each purchase made at our location on Small Business Saturday will enter you into our SBS Raffle to win a gift certificate for one private room experience ($200 value)!    
    • Country Cupboard  -    40% off Melissa & Doug Toys, 20% off new Clothing Line, refreshments & more!
    • MO's Needle & Thread -  Purchase 5 Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths, One Yard Cuts, or 3 Yard bundles and get 5 of equal or lesser value FREE.  Offer only good on pre-cuts, not fabric cut off the bolt!                   
    • The Reading Room - Stop in for great gift certificate deals - buy 2 get 1 free, no limits!!  
    • ConfluxCity Brewing Co. ​-Spend $30- get $10 GC, Spend $50- get $15 in Gift Certificates.
    • The Pizza Shop - $2.00 off 16" Pizza
    • Fabiano's   -    Buy Gift Certificates, Get Bonus Certificates
    • The Blue Mason Jar -     Always great pricing, offering refreshments and they'll pay your sales tax. 
    • Hot Shots Tavern  -    Happy Hour extended 2-6pm
    • Chocolate Moose  
    • Hometown Sports -    10% off orders placed and paid for during Small Business  Saturday hours - excludes Varsity Jackets
    • Olivera's  -    Buy Gift Certificates, Get Bonus Certificates

    There's nothing small about the dreams of small business owners.  Portland Downtown reminds you that shopping local supports the businesses that build a strong community.  

    Portland has nearly 40 businesses where you can find gifts and services for everyone on your list.  
    Think, eat, live, shop local first where business owners are planning special deals, refreshments, and promotions in anticipation of your visit!  

    Want to add more fun to your Small Busijness Saturday Shopping Plans?  Grab a friend, family member, or group and visit Portland first, then road trip to Ionia for their small business specials too. We're friendly neighboring communities, with lots to share.  

    When you spend local, Small Business Saturday Nov 24, or any time of hte year - There's a business owner doing a little happy dance behind the counter!

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    Throughout Portland MI - Support the businesses who support the community we love!
    Date/Time Information:
    Saturday November 24 - check local stores, services and restaurants for their hours and specials!
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