An Afternoon on the Town

An Afternoon on the Town

An Afternoon on the Town is an opportunity for local businesses/services to welcome students and show them what they have to offer. All area businesses and groups are invited to participate and all students are welcome to attend.

An Afternoon on the Town will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 11 AM to 3 PM. 

Last year's event featured:

  • Over 50 participating businesses and organizations!
  • More than $3000 in prizes!
  • Over 70 prize giveaways!

This event is sponsored by: Student Leadership and Involvement, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, and Residence Education and Housing Services.

Thank you to all of our 2022 Prize Donors, including: Walmart, Incredible Bank, Border Grill, Magic Kiln Studios, Chickadees, Swift Hardware, the League of Women Voters (LWV), ReFill UP, Vertin Gallery, Goodwill Industries, MTEC SmartZone, Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA), Keweenaw Young Professionals, Evangel Community Church, Fresh Coast Yoga, The Well Read Raccoon Books & Curiosities, Breakwater Federal Credit Union, Fresh Coast Yoga, Copper Country Humane Society, Gemignani's Italian Restaurant, Steep and Brew, Urban Rustics, Respawn Tactical Laser Tag, Joey's Seafood & Grill, Black Ice Comics & Books, Sunflower Books and Coffee, Surplus Outlet, and Jim's Foodmart. 

Information for Students:

Starting on campus, down College Avenue, and throughout the downtown Houghton area there will be music, refreshments, and giveaways for student participants. Students will also be entered to win prizes after tapping their ID's at BOTH tapper locations on the route. The first tap in station and start of the route will be located on the north side of the Memorial Union Building. The second tap location will be located downtown on the south side of Shelden Avenue in front of the Quality Inn and Suites.  Check out our 2022 participating groups on the map below! The Walking Map shows where they will be for An Afternoon on the Town, while the Business Map shows the groups permanent locations. 

Explore the Map

This Year's Prizes!

  • MTU Hockey Jersey
  • Portable Hammock x2
  • MTU Bucket Hat x2
  • MTU Baseball Hat x2
  • Single Serve Keurig Coffee Maker
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick x2
  • HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
  • Bullet Journal and Fine Point Pen Set x2
  • Drop-in Class Pass to Fresh Coast Yoga x5
  • $25 Urban Rustics Gift Card
  • $25 Steep and Brew Gift Card
  • Free Ice Cream Gift Certificates at Black Ice Comics
  • Coleman 6-Person Dome Camping Tent
  • JBL Waterproof Portable Speaker
  • $25 Chickadees Gift Card
  • $10 Border Grill Gift Card x5
  • $25 Incredible Bank Visa Gift Card x5
  • $10 Magic Kiln Gift Certificate
  • Picnic Gift Basket by Swift
  • $50 Walmart Gift Card x20
  • Snack Box by Breakwater Federal Credit Union
  • KYP Color Run Registration
  • Gemignani's Gift Card
  • Treat Bag from Jim's Foodmart
  • Keweenaw Treat Gift Basket by LWV
  • Original Art by Vertin Gallery
  • $15 ReFill UP Gift Certificate
  • $100 Goodwill Gift Certificate
  • Portable Speakers from MTEC Smart Zone
  • "The Island Within Us" from IRKPA
  • Evangel Community Church Sweatshirt
  • $50 Well Read Raccoon Gift Certificate x2
  • 5 Drop-in Yoga Classes at Fresh Coast Yoga
  • Your choice of merch from the Copper Country Humane Society
  • A private laser tag session for 16 players
  • Joey's Seafood Dinner On Us Gift Card x2
  • Sunflower Books and Coffee Gift Certificate
  • Surplus Outlet gift

Information for Businesses:

Registration for An Afternoon on the Town has now closed. If you missed the registration deadline and would like to participate, please call our office at (906) 487-1963 to discuss available space.

As your group prepares for An Afternoon on the Town, please keep in mind:

  • There is no registration fee
  • The registration deadline will be Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 5 p.m.
  • This is your opportunity to connect with the students of Michigan Tech and allow them to get to know the services that are within distance of their new home in the Keweenaw!
  • Advertise services, specials, and what makes your business/group unique
  • You are asked to refrain from selling any type of food or merchandise at your table
    If you would like to provide food samples please refer to this website for permits, rules and regulations set forth by the Health Department:
  • Please remember to respect noise ordinances
  • Each business is responsible for cleaning up their space after the event

Questions? Please contact Student Leadership and Involvement at or call 906-487-1963.

See you at An Afternoon on the Town!