Downtown Menominee, Michigan, is one of the loveliest spots on the Great Lakes. Menominee, Michigan's charming bayfront downtown is the site of a four-day festival on the first full weekend in August. Waterfront Festival is in its 30th year. The event is, as of 2012, still free to the public. It includes kids' events, music, food, beverages, a 5/10-k race, a parade and a huge fireworks display. While this may be the premier event, there is much more. Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park's bandshell is the site of outdoor concerts in the summer, coordinated by the City of Menominee and supported by local businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition, there is an art show, fishing tournaments, kids' events, a car show, sailboat races and a Christian music festival - all in the park or on the marina, regarded as one of the nicest on the Great Lakes. The Menominee Downtown Business Association holds several events throughout the year, including a popular holiday open house with horse-and-carriage rides. Most of the downtown buildings have been restored or renovated so the 19th century charm is still there. In recent years, the area has become one of the city's two "restaurant row" areas. You can enjoy upscale dining, takeout, pub food and healthy from-scratch food. An Italian restaurant just joined the lineup, which includes a fine dining establishment, several pubs, a from-scratch cafe and a sandwich shop. In downtown Menominee, you can buy outdoor adventure gear, books, quilt fabrics, gifts, jewelry, framed artwork, flowers, ice cream cones, office supplies and more. Historic sites to view include the Old Water Plant, now a city-owned boaters' lounge, an old post office converted to a private business, and the 110-year-old Menominee Opera House, which a group of citizens is determined to save and re-open.