Labor Day Weekend is almost here! The close of summer is upon us, and we're celebrating the awesome summer that was, and the fall ahead! Here's what's happening for the long weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest!
(L to R) Watermark Brewing in Stevensville; Lake Bluff Craft Fair; music in the vineyard at Round Barn Winery
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st
The interior of Wanderlust Outfitters, now open in downtown St. Joseph!
It’s a long weekend, so why not start on Thursday?
We’re kicking off Labor Day weekend by welcoming the newest storefront to downtown St. Joseph- Wanderlust Outfitters at 120 State Street! The outdoor specialty store offers gear, apparel, and expertise for your next adventure. Their official ribbon cutting is at 4:00pm, but the store will be open to explore before that. Cultivate Brewing will be on hand for tastings on Thursday, and there’s events throughout the weekend. Check it out here!
On Thursday night, we’re planning on “wandering” over to Stevensville for their newest addition- Watermark Brewing! We’ve heard incredible things about the taco truck that parks there on Thursdays, and everything pairs well with their Uglyface IPA.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd
Friday Night Concerts at the Howard Bandshell in downtown St. Joseph
Join the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center for a historic walking tour of St. Joseph at 1:00pm! The tour is $5, and covers the historic beauty of homes and buildings in downtown St. Joseph. Meet at the Welcome Center for the hour-long tour.
While we’re downtown, there are plenty of sales to catch for Labor Day! Friends by Design will have sidewalk sales out, with a seasonally appropriate 25% off all nautical red, white and blue items! There’s also 60% off all white apparel (bargain of the summer!) and drawings each day for one $25 gift certificate. DK Boutique will be offering their last chance for 70% off summer clothing, as well as $5 of fNFL, MLB, Collegiate and Armed Forces Alex and Ani!
Head over to the Arts District for Beach Bash on Friday night! Held at ARS Gallery, the event benefits the “I Am The Greatest” project. You’ve seen the orange statues about town; here’s your chance to get involved! The IATG project supports area youth through arts and cultural education, and uses the story of Muhammad Ali to teach at-risk youth lessons about community and personal growth. Through a partnership with Third Coast Surf Shop, the event includes live music by The Concussions (putting a modern spin on 1960s instrumental surf music), as well as local artist and surfer Gustavo “Goose” Lamas creating a Muhammad Ali-inspired painting live in the gallery (and available for auction later). Tickets are available for $30 in advance, or $35 at the door.
The Friday night concerts, sponsored by the Boulevard Inn and Bistro, have their season finale tonight. 6th Generation will be playing- it’s 60’s music at it’s best! The concert is held in the Howard Bandshell at 7:30pm. As always, the concert is free. Seating is available, or you can bring chairs. Ice cream is always welcome!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd
Unique finds at the Lake Bluff Craft Fair in downtown St. Joseph!
We’re starting off the morning at the Lake Bluff Craft Fair! Twice per year, the bluff fills with crafters sharing their talents. The show is in high demand (vendor spaces have been sold out since spring!), and we’re excited about the talent coming in. Browsing is free, but bring your wallet for awesome finds!
If crafting has made you hungry, the Farmer’s Market on the bluff is right next door! It’s an awesome time of year to visit the produce stands like Granor Farms, offering local, organic veggies, or Palis farms, with fruits of the season. You can also find Fruitbelt soda, cheese from the Stamper Cheese Company, and pizza crusts from Bova Bakery.
The St. Joseph River Yacht Club is hosting an all-day party on Saturday, too! The Tri-State Regatta is arriving from Chicago, prompting a party with live music, food, and a beer truck. The event promises awesome boat-watching, dancing, and a view of the sunset that can’t be beat. You can find more information here; it’s going to be busy, plan to go early!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th
Free horse-drawn trolley rides on Sunday, September 4th in downtown St. Joseph!
Ready for a treasure hunt? Antiques on the Bluff is back on Sunday! The bluff is hopping this weekend, and Sunday is no exception. Stroll up and down to explore 70 different vendor’s offerings, from vintage jewelry to books to cookware and more!
Kids (and the young at heart) can enjoy free horse-drawn trolley rides downtown…especially if the grownups need more shopping time! Noah, the trusty steed, picks up passengers at State and Elm Street. The rides are free, thanks to a generous grant from the Upton Foundation. This is weather and humidity dependent- be sure to check the St. Joe Today Facebook page for updates; call the Welcome Center at 269.985.1111 to check, too!
If you’re still in a “vintage” mood, head over to Eden Springs Park at House of David for a historic base ball game! The House of David Echoes are playing the Grace Lutheran Hornets on their home turf (793 M 139 in Benton Harbor). Historic base ball is a sight to behold; head on out to the ballgame!
Round Barn Winery promises a lot of weekend fun, and this Sunday is no exception. All weekend, they are offering the “Fruits of Our Labor Party”, with music in the vineyard, delicious drinks, and tasty food. We’re excited about Slim Gypsy Baggage playing on Sunday, September 4th at 4:00pm! Admission to the grounds is $5 (includes a bounce house, too!); you can find more information here.
If you're staying closer to shore, the St. Joseph Municipal Band will be playing free shows at 3:30pm and 7:30pm at the Howard Bandshell, too!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th
Open Mic night at the Livery Microbrewery in Benton Harbor.
Happy Labor Day!
It’s the last day of summer for many…we’re planning on getting a few spins in at the carousel (they move to winter hours on Tuesday the 6th), and running through the fountain, too. It’s also a great day to check out the St. Joseph Today Scavenger Hunt. Pick up this hunt at the Welcome Center (301 State Street) for a self-guided tour of downtown!
The St. Joseph Municipal Band is playing in the Howard Bandshell at 3:30 and 7:30pm again on Monday, September 5th. The concert is free; stroll in to sit on one of the benches, and bring your ice cream right on in!
The New Territory Arts Association will be hosting an Open Mic at the Livery in the Arts District on Monday night. Sign-up starts at 7:00, show begins at 7:30. We’ve heard everything from original music to Johnny Cash covers to slam poetry to offbeat comedy. There’s no cover, but the beer and food is awesome, so bring your wallet!
Have an awesome weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest!