The Fourth of July is almost here, and we are ready for a long weekend! Here’s a list of happenings to help you celebrate America’s birthday in Michigan’s Great Southwest.
(L to R) Benton Harbor Arts District; new sculptures with the Krasl Art Center; Blue Moon Vintage Market in Three Oaks
We’re kicking it off at noon in the Arts District! New Territory Arts Association and Three Pillars Music are hosting “Sun Sessions” at noon in Art's Park (right in the middle). Bring lunch and enjoy the live music in a really cool setting!
SUN SESSIONS CANCELLED TODAY (7/1)
The Krasl is also hosting a sculpture walking tour on Friday at 1:00. Meet at the Welcome Center (301 State St) for a guided tour of the new installations throughout the city and architectural highlights.
Blue Moon Vintage Market kicks off on Friday! This awesome market in Three Oaks boasts over 6000 square feet of vintage, primitives, salvage, and more. We checked them out on Facebook, and it looks like they have pieces of an old Iowan windmill! How awesome is that? You can find more information here; check them out throughout the weekend.
On Friday night, we’re in downtown St. Joseph for more live music with the Friday Night concert, sponsored by Boulevard Inn and Bistro! Dan Savoie will be taking the stage at the Howard Bandshell, playing blues, jazz and more with a view of the river, lighthouse and lake. You can take it in for free, starting at 7:30pm!
Friday night concert in the Howard Bandshell; every Friday this summer!
Fruitbelt Sparkling Tonic; new at this week's Farmer's Market!
On Saturday, the Farmer’s Market is back on the bluff! From 9:00-2:00pm, you can catch vendors selling produce, baked goods, local meats, and more. We’re introducing Fruitbelt Sparkling Tonic to the market this week. They offer “light and aromatic apple-based varietal fruit sodas that evoke the pleasure of visiting an orchard”. Yum! Of course, bring the dogs…FuzzyButz will be there, selling goodies for four-legged friends!
Across the river, The Queen’s Cup is coming to the St. Joseph River Yacht Club! This sailboat race goes across Lake Michigan, and promises incredible views and a great party. Open to the public, the festivities go all day on Saturday. You can find the full schedule and more information here.
Saturday is also the first installation of the “Movies in the Park” summer series. After it gets dark enough (around 10:00pm); Whirlpool Centennial Park will fill up with blankets and chairs for a screening of “An American Tale”. There’s no better way to catch a flick!
Movies in Whirlpool Centennial Park...awesome!
Treasures to be found at Antiques on the Bluff!
On Sunday, it’s Antiques on the Bluff! The bluff will be filled with awesome finds from 71 vendors. The antiques cover a wide range; you can find everything from jewelry to farm equipment to books to furniture! The show runs from 10:00-5:00.
Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery is hosting Reds, Whites and Brews! The event celebrates independence from corporate beer, and promises amazing local wines and brews, awesome music, and a bounce house and inflatable slide for kids! The small brewery will have hands-on viewing so that people can touch smell and taste what goes into a beer, and can explore the variety of malts and hops that can be used. We’re headed down on Sunday to hear Slim Gypsy Baggage, and you can find Saturday's lineup here, and Sunday's lineup here.
While we’re in the area, the Baroda fireworks are held at dusk on July 3rd!
Dablon Winery is staying open late for the pre-fireworks crowd, where you can catch live music by Erik Donner and have bites from Jim’s Smokin’ Café.
The Round Barn Public House in downtown Baroda is hosting a fireworks party with live music, drinks, and pizza and a clear view of the fireworks! You can find more information here.
On Monday, the weather says it’s 85 and sunny…perfect day to get outdoors and explore Michigan’s Great Southwest!
There’s a ton of fishing charters available; you can find the full list here.
Scooter Joe’s offers surrey bike rentals, awesome for exploring downtown St. Joseph! We love the kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals from Third Coast Paddling on the Paw Paw River and Jean Klock beach, too.
The St. Joseph fireworks (sponsored by WSJM) blast off at approximately 10:30pm. It’s a huge show; you can check them out on Silver Beach, toes in the sand and a breeze off the lake. Beyond the beach, there’s some other great ways to check out the fireworks! Here’s a few ideas:
The Livery Beer Garden
It's open mic night; stick around after the talent for fireworks and awesome beer!
SMSO 4th of July Concert
At Shadowland Ballroom, with music by Mark Ficks and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra!
Rooftop at the Inn at Harbor Shores
On the 9th floor of the Inn; what a view! Tickets by reservation only.
Have an awesome weekend in Michigan’s Great Southwest!