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Upcoming Events

Countdown to Summer

Fri. January 01, 2021
- Wed. May 26, 2021
Start time not specified.

Eat, Shop, Stay, Play to win! Countdown to Summer with SWMI businesses and restaurants.

Each time you spend $25 at SJT member location, one time or cumulative purchase, you can enter by turning in your receipts to St. Joseph Today. Qualifying purchases must be made between January 1-May 26.

Prizes, of $50 gift certificates from various SJT members, will be drawn weekly February 11-May 27.

2021 Magical Ice Fest

Fri. February 05, 2021
- Sun. February 07, 2021
Start time not specified.

Join us for the annual Magical Ice Fest sponsored by Silver Beach Pizza to celebrate the winter season! It’s a weekend that brings frosty fun to downtown St. Joe. Enjoy professional Ice Carving Competitions, a SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt, Ice Interactives and more!

5:00pm-8:00pm Professional Individual Carving Competition - Watch carvers magically turn frozen blocks into works of art!

7:30am-4:30pm Professional Team Competition - Watch a team of carvers create frosty creations made from 8 blocks of ice. 
9:00am Ice Fest 5k Chocolate Walk/Run presented by Sunset Coast Striders - Join us for the chilliest timed run in St. Joseph. Along with chocolate filled yumminess, the race will be chipped timed. Register here

View completed sculptures on the last day of this magical weekend! *Weather permitting

SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt - Stop in the Welcome Center to pick up a scavenger hunt map and learn the fun details! 

Stay with us for a night or the weekend! Visit for accommodations. 

2021 March Mannequins

Fri. March 12, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Eat, Shop, Stay, Play to win! Countdown to Summer with SWMI businesses and restaurants. 

Each time you spend $25 at SJT member location, one time or cumulative purchase, you can enter by turning in your receipts to St. Joseph Today. Qualifying purchases must be made between January 1-May 26. 

Prizes, of $50 gift certificates from various SJT members, will be drawn weekly from February 11-May 27.

2021 Antiques on the Bluff

Sun. May 02, 2021
10:00am - 5:00pm

Something old is new to you! Find hidden treasures along Lake Bluff Park at this premier antique show that overlooks Lake Michigan. This event features over 50 vendors and runs the first Sunday of the month, May through October. Rain or shine.

Want to become a vendor? Visit our Vendor Information page.

2021 St. Joe Farmers Market

Sat. May 29, 2021
9:00am - 2:00pm

Market-goers will enjoy fresh finds at the weekly St. Joe Farmers Market. Vendors will offer a variety of products including homemade goods, locally grown produce, perennials and cut flowers, meats and cheeses, coffee and more! This event is held Saturdays in the scenic Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan.





In & Around St. Joseph Blog

Winter Bucket List 2021

January 6th, 2021

Winter is here in Michigan's Great Southwest! Check out our bucket list to make the most of this frosty season.

Holly Jolly SWMI 2020

December 17th, 2020

There are still a number of festive events to help you celebrate the holiday season here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! From holiday stories to magically lit winter wonderland strolls, last minute wish lists to Santa and holiday shopping, we’ve got you covered.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts 2020

December 2nd, 2020

Tis’ the season for holiday shopping in Michigan’s Great Southwest and we’re here to help you make the most of it! Everything from the latest fashion trends and festive home decor to seasonal brews, delectable wines, handmade gifts by local artisans and more. We’ve got you covered!



Looking for the perfect gift for a craft beer aficionado? The Livery’s got you covered - check out their Mystery Merch Grab Pack which includes a gift card, stickers, glassware and apparel! Other great gifts include: gift cards, apparel, mug club memberships and more. Online ordering and curbside pick-up available.

Silver Beach Pizza offers e-gift cards this holiday season! Purchase online at

Curbside pick-up available at Watermark Brewing! Give the gift of tasty brews and fun loving merchandise. Place your order here!

Get a little bonus gift with Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen! Receive $10 back (dining certificate) on every $50 in gift card purchases now through January 6, 2021.

Silver Harbor Brewing offers some great swag at their online store! Featuring everything from gift cards to mug club memberships, glassware and apparel you’re sure to find something for everyone. Visit!



St. Joseph Today Gift Certificates can be used at over 80 participating locations, which makes them great gifts for any occasion! This program supports the community and great local businesses. Participating locations can be found throughout SWMI - see here for a full list! Certificates are available in increments up to $50.00 - anything over will be split up into multiple gift certificates (i.e. if you'd like a $75, you will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificates to equal your total amount). 

The Shop at the Krasl Art Center features both local and regional artists! Shop online at or book a private shopping appointment on Thursday, Friday or Saturday between 11:00am-3:00pm by emailing

Whether you’re looking to update your holiday home decor or searching for that perfect gift, Perennial Accents has you covered! Newly expanded, Perennial Accents features rugs, kitchenware, drinkware, pillows, cocktail and entertaining items, home furnishings and more! Right now you can enjoy 25% of all holiday decor while supplies last - “love where you lounge” this holiday season! Plus enjoy complimentary gift wrapping year-round. Plus enjoy complimentary gift wrapping year-round.

INSIDER TIP: Shoppers will enjoy The Cheese Lady Pop Up Shop
on Saturdays at Perennial Accents now through December 19.

This holiday season, Oh My Darlings is happy to help you pick out the perfect gift for you little ones! Owner Carla offers a personal shopping experience via video chat or will also text you product photos. Contact Oh My Darlings by phone (269) 214 6804, email - or message them on social media! 

Step back in time at the old fashioned five-and-dime G&M Variety! On Saturday, December 12, shoppers will enjoy 10% off ALL Melissa & Doug items. While you're there, check out their stocking stuffers, puzzles, home decor, toys, games, souvenirs and more!

Forever Clean Soap Works offers handcrafted bath and body products! Find everything from Santa bath bombs and Holiday Soapy Cupcakes to Spiced Cranberry Loofahs and Peppermint Chapstick, there’s a little something for everyone on your list. Plus, the ship! Just give them the mailing address and they’ll take care of sending out your gifts.

Maxwell Boutique, downtown St. Joseph’s newest store, offers women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry and accessories! Featured items include Haute Shore neoprene bags and crossbody messenger bags with guitar straps, plus KUT and Liverpool jeans. Ask about: gift cards, shipping, curbside, virtual shopping appointments this holiday season!

State Street Stuff hosts their Seasonal Sales Spectacular now through December 24! Enjoy dollar deals, half price holiday helpers and fantastic, fun, affordable finds - plus free gift wrapping! Phone orders and curbside pick-up available. 

Gift buyers will enjoy seasonal specials at Olive Cart! Free shipping on online orders over $59 - use coupon code FREESHIP59; $100 gift card for just $80 (online and in-store), take an additional 10% off 3 or more already-reduced gift sets (in-store), 10% off curbside pick-up - use code CURBSIDE for online orders (online or phone).



Get ready to enjoy the great outdoors this winter season with Third Coast Surf Shop! Did you know that you can surf Lake Michigan in the winter? Third Coast has you covered, with wetsuit rentals and even surf lessons! Additionally, winter enthusiasts will enjoy 15% off when you buy a snowboard + boots + bindings! Shop in-store or online at (free shipping on orders over $75). 

Give the gift of entertainment! The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College offers online programming - currently scheduled events include Broadway Talkback Series, National Geographic Live, Winter Delights and more. Purchase tickets online at!

Twin City Players has the perfect gift for the theatre lovers in your life! Gift certificates are available for purchase online at When Twin City Players reopens to the public, recipients will be able to redeem gift certificates online or by phone with the TCP box office.

Lazy Ballerina Winery, The Turquoise Top Hat and JLN Studios have teamed up to create Take & Make Wine and Craft Kits! They make great gifts for wine and craft lovers. Order online at

INSIDER TIP: Check out December workshops at
The Turquoise Top Hat!



Buy one night, get the second night 50% off at The Boulevard Inn now through December 21. Enter discount code FALLFRENZY at to receive this offer! *Excludes Fridays and Saturdays.

The Inn at Harbor Shores offers a December Family Package! Guests will enjoy a Harbor View Guest Room, Complimentary Kids Meal with Adult Meal Purchase in Plank’s Tavern, 2 Hot Chocolate Flights at Rise & Vine and Christmas Cookies. Limited time offer - December 1-30.



Countdown to the New Year with SWMI businesses and restaurants! Free entry with purchases made at participating locations November 20 through December 20.

To enter, fill out an entry form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from a participating location. St. Joseph Today will draw daily winners through the month of December. Winners will be announced on our Facebook event page and contacted individually. 

The grand prize will be drawn on December 31 for a $500 St. Joseph Today gift certificate good at over 80 locations. For more information visit



SWMI Holiday Cheer 2020

November 4th, 2020

We’re making spirits bright here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! As we head into the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to support local businesses and restaurants. From holiday open houses to festive workshops, winter events and Santa approved gifts we’ll help you check off your lists and make the most of this holiday season!



Kick off the holiday shopping season with Perennial Accents as they host their annual Holiday Open House Saturday, November 7 from 10:00am-8:00pm. Attendees will enjoy prize drawings every 30 minutes (need not be present to win) and a FREE gift with purchase.

Urban Garage Market hosts their Holiday Open House Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15! Celebrate the winter season with holiday decor, seasonal music and more. 

Get festive with Crystal Springs Florist as they host their Home for the Holidays event now through December 23. Attendees will enjoy a variety of holiday gift options and the chance to register for prizes!


Silver Harbor Brewing hosts a Brewer's Dinner on November 12! Attendees will enjoy a 4-course meal with beer pairing + an extra sample of a new beer release. Limited tickets available! 

Luminary | November 20 | 5:00pm-8:00pm
Stroll through our downtown as luminaires light your way to kick off the holiday season! Participating locations invite you to eat, shop, drink and be merry while you enjoy this charming lakeside town. 

Letters to Santa | November 25 - December 24
While Santa has to stay in the North Pole this year, his house will remain outside the Welcome Center to collect wish lists and letters! The St. Joseph Today staff have been entrusted by Santa and his elves to help get the letters to the North Pole! Stop by the Welcome Center for a candy cane treat – SJT will also have postcards for those last minute wish lists! Thank you to our sponsor The Herald Palladium

The YMCA of Greater Michiana hosts their annual Thanksgiving Day Run on November 26 at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA! Participants will be able to choose from a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, or a 1 Mile Fun Run. In-person and virtual options available!

Small Business Saturday | November 28
Celebrate small businesses in Southwest Michigan! Local businesses are excited to welcome the community into their stores to find unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise. Small Business Saturday promotes shopping small to support your neighbors, family, friends and local economy.

Light up the Bluff | December 4 - February 14
Lake Bluff Park is transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring 1 million holiday lights.

Window Wonderland | December 4 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Attendees will enjoy strolling through downtown to view the dozens of storefronts that have decorated their windows for the holiday season. Vote for your favorite window at

Reindog Holiday Parade | December 5 | 3:00pm
This event features dressed up pets and their owners in a variety of holiday garb. Be prepared to see all kinds of costumes from “Santa Bernards” to “Reindeer Rottweilers” – definitely a must-see event! Participants may register in-person at the Welcome Center or online at

Storytime with Mrs. Claus | December 8, 15, 22
Mrs. Claus will read some of her favorite holiday books during Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Stories will be released online at and on the St. Joseph Today Facebook page. Thank you to our sponsor The Herald Palladium


The Turquoise Top Hat hosts fall and winter workshops through November and December!

Winter Wood Sled Signs 
      November 14 from 10:00am-1:00pm
      November 22 from 12:00pm-3:00pm
      December 3 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Holiday Wood Flower Centerpieces
      November 15 from 12:00pm-2:30pm
      November 20 from 6:00pm-8:30pm
      November 24 from 600pm-8:30pm

Wood Succulent Christmas Tree
      November 21 from 10:00am-1:00pm
      December 5 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Holiday & Winter Porch Signs
      November 19 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
      November 29 from 12:00pm-3:00pm

DIY Ornament Bar
      November 27 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Check out additional classes and weekly kits!

JLN Studio hosts fall and winter classes this November! 

Red Christmas Truck Painting
      November 19 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

November Abstract Workshop
      November 22 from 2:00pm-5:00pm 

Check out additional classes!

Lazy Ballerina Winery offers make and take crafts this fall and winter season!

Take & Make Wine Craft Kit Offerings
      Night Sky | Swear Word Coloring Book for Parents | Fall Tree Lighted Bottle

Urban Garage Market hosts workshops through November and December!

Chunky Knit Blanket Workshop
      November 7 from 11:00am-1:00pm
      November 12 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
      November 18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
      November 21 from 11:00am-1:00pm

Paint Your Own Piece with Chalk Paint
      November 24 from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Intro to Modern Calligraphy
      December 5 from 11:00am-1:00pm

Check out additional classes!


Countdown to the New Year with SWMI businesses and restaurants! Free entry with purchases made at participating locations November 20 through December 20. To enter, fill out an entry form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from a participating location. St. Joseph Today will draw daily winners through the month of December. Head to for more information!

Lazy Ballerina Winery has partnered with the Humane Society of SWMI to feature adoptable animal photos on wine bottles! A portion of each bottle sold will benefit the Humane Society with matching funds by United Federal Credit Union

INSIDER TIP: Looking for a unique holiday gift?
You can special order wine bottles featuring
a photo of your favorite furry friend! 

Find gifts galore at Forever Clean Soap Works! Featuring everything from seasonal hand soaps and holiday bath bombs to scented candles and rejuvenating scrubs. You’re sure to find the perfect stocking stuffers!

Get holiday shopping done early this year with Wanderlust Outfitters as they host some amazing deals through the month of November! In-Store Specials include: Save $20 for every $100 you spend on regular priced items; Extended Black Friday Sales - don’t miss the Black Friday Preview Sale on November 20 during Luminary, this year many brands included in the preview will remain on sale through Cyber Monday. Online Specials include: Free shipping on $75+ orders; Free in-store pick up option; Promo codes for additional savings! 

The Buck Burgers & Brew hosts their annual gift card promo November 27-30! Buy $50 and get $10 free in gift cards.

This holiday season, find one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans during the Journeyman Autumn Artisan Market, November 21-22! Find everything from art/photography and home goods to clothing, health/beauty, pet products and more.

Get ready to snowboard with Third Coast Surf Shop! They have everything you need to shred this winter season. Get 15% off when you buy snowboard + boots + bindings.

Not sure what to buy? Consider a St. Joseph Today Gift Certificate! Our certificates can be used at more than 80 area locations including shops, restaurants, markets and more. SJT Gift Certificates can be purchased at the Welcome Center (301 State Street in downtown St. Joseph). Cash, check and credit card accepted.


Spooktacular SWMI 2020

October 14th, 2020

We’re on the search for all things spooky in Michigan’s Great Southwest! It’s been a fun packed fall with even more to come. With everything from trick-or-treating and spooky themed classes, a Hallowine event and more! Keep reading for festive events leading up to Halloween.

We'll help you find great ways to enjoy your time here.

Stop by the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center located on the first floor of 301 State Street for information on all the exciting things to do, see and experience in St. Joseph.

Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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Fax: (269) 985 0171
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