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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.

  • Portland Downtown

    Teams 4 #MiPortland

  • Business Enhancement

    This group provides the kind of support that both existing and potential downtown property owners and businesses need to thrive.  They work to stabilize our downtown, draw in new investors, and increase property values.  Strengthening Portland MI existing business base, while also opening doors and clearing pathways to expand it.

    Portland MI Economic WorkshopFocusing on:

    • Property & Business Inventory (coming soon)
    • Community Guide
    • Economic Vitality
    • Facilitating Business Resources
    • Workshops, webinars & online learning
    • Market Analysis Snapshot -link (coming soon)
    • Market Analysis Study – link (coming soon)

    Business Development Team meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month 4-5pm at City Hall

  • Design Team

    Town Clock - Portland MIThe Design Team is charged with enhancing the physical appearance of downtown Portland MI by focusing on historic preservation, public improvements, lighting, signage, storefronts and landscaping. 

    Projects that are overseen by this team include:

    The Design Team meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month 4-5pm at City Hall. 

  • Organization & Finance Team

    The O & F team works toward building a broad-based support system for the revitalization of downtown Portland MI by recruiting volunteers, raising funds, overseeing the budget and budget planning, and promoting the Portland Downtown Mission. 

    We Want YOU in Portland MIO & F Project work:

    • Budget
    • Beerfest on the Bridge
    • Fund Development
    • Volunteer Recruitment & Appreciation
    • Board Recruitment
    • Goal Setting & Planning

    The Organization & Finance Team meets the 4th Monday of each month 6-7pm at City Hall

  • Marketing Team  #miportland

    The Marketing team is responsible for promoting our downtown’s assets, enhancing its image, and supporting special events to build a fun and exciting atmosphere for residents, visitors and businesses – giving people a reason to come downtown, linger and enjoy what is special about Portland.

    Local Is Where "It's" At in Portland MI#miportland Signature Events

    Other Great Events Supported by Portland MI Downtown

    • Civic Players Live Theatre
    • Saturday Farmers Market, Friends of the Red Mill
    • Memorial Day Parade
    • Civic Players Thursdays on the Grand
    • St. Pats Summerfest
    • 4th of July by Portland Chamber of Commerce
    • Red Mill Community Day
    • Labor Day Bridge Walk – Portland Parks & Rec
    • Movie Night in the Park – Portland Chamber of Commerce
    • Fall Festival – St. Pat’s
    • Historic Cemetery Tour – Portland Historical Society
    • Spooktacular – Portland District Library
    • Haunted Red Mill

    This team meets the 2nd Tuesdays of each month 4-5pm at City Hall

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