Marquette Downtown Development Authority

MARQUETTE, MI--   Spring and summer events in downtown Marquette will be held as usual this year, with a few modifications.

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority says officials want to make sure the events are held as safely as possible.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The New Year’s Eve ball drop in Marquette has been canceled.

The event traditionally takes place on the 100 block of West Washington Street from 11:30 p.m. on December 31 through 12:30 a.m. on January 1. The Downtown Development Authority says the cancelation is due to COVID-19 safety concerns surrounding large-group gatherings.

Officials say they’re looking forward to partnering with the city and Double Trouble DJs next year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is giving the gift of free parking this holiday season.

Beginning Thursday and ending December 27, Monday-through-Friday enforcement of metered parking and two-hour parking areas will be suspended after 3 p.m. downtown. Drivers will be able to park in any of the public spaces except for handicapped and 24-hour reserved spaces or loading zones.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Farmers Market is now online.

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has launched a virtual marketplace in response to social distancing parameters. Customers can place orders from noon on Sundays to midnight on Wednesdays. They can pick up the orders at the Marquette Commons Saturday during an assigned pickup time.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority says it’s canceling several summer events. 

The Blueberry Festival scheduled for July 31; Classic Cars on Third set for August 15; and the June 18 and July 16 editions of Music on Third have all been suspended. Vendors and businesses who have already registered for the Blueberry Festival will have their registration fees refunded.

Officials say they’re saddened to make these decisions, but they feel they’re for the health and safety of the community.

MARQUETTE, MI--    The Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market is a go for the 2020 season, but in a different way. 

The season will begin with an online market only. The possibility of a physical market will be assessed later in the summer.

Market Manager Sara Johnson says a physical market would allow only about a third of vendors to participate. The number of customers would have to be limited, and there are restrictions on what types of vendors are allowed.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has created a webpage giving the status of businesses during the “stay at home” mandate.

Digital Downtown Marquette provides information on how to purchase items, how to contact businesses, and to find out if gift cards can be purchased.

Tara Laase-McKinney is the Marquette DDA Promotions and Events Coordinator. She says there is a desire right now to support local businesses as much as possible, as they are the lifeblood of the community.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is suspending enforcement of metered parking after 3 p.m. during the holiday shopping season. 

Beginning November 14 and ending January 1 metered parking and two-hour parking areas in public spaces will be free in the late afternoon. Overnight parking restrictions will still be enforced.

The free parking includes North Third Street, the upper and lower levels of the Bluff Street parking ramp, Commons lot, Main Street lots, Lakeshore Boulevard lot, Rock Street lot, East Baraga Avenue lot, and Spring Street lot.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Even though snow isn’t accumulating yet, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority is planning for its 9th annual “Winter Snow Fun” Holiday Parade. 

The DDA is inviting local businesses, organizations, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit. The parade will take place December 6 at 6 p.m. on North Third Street. It will conclude at the Marquette Commons, where the city’s 44th annual tree lighting ceremony will be held.


Marquette is known to be a supporter of arts of all kinds.  In its fifth year, the Marquette Art Week celebrates art in its many forms, celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Marquette.  Exhibits, performances, receptions, studio tours, a bike tour, demonstrations, and street performers are some of the ways that the arts are expressed and celebrated in this annual June event.

Tristan Luoma, Arts and Senior Services Coordinator with the City of Marquette, came to Public Radio 90's studios to speak with Kurt Hauswirth about all that Art Week 2019 has to offer: