FRIDAY, MAY 26th
The St. Joseph Memorial Day Parade is Friday, May 26th at 12:00pm! Join us on Lake Boulevard to honor our veterans, beginning the weekend in remembrance.
It’s time to prepare for the long weekend, so while you’re downtown, check out the Olive Cart’s red, white, and blue tastings. If you’re looking to amp up your bbq game, this is the place to head!
We’re traveling a little south to Three Oaks for the afternoon. Blue Moon Vintage Market is open for the weekend, and it’s a repurposed/antique/craft lover’s paradise. The market is open through Monday, but the early bird gets the vintage worm! Just down the road at Journeyman Distillery, you can find an open-mic night, along with their lauded craft cocktails made with their own spirits.
SATURDAY, MAY 27th
The first Farmer’s Market of the season kicks off on Saturday morning! From 9:00am-2:00pm, Lake Bluff Park will come alive with local produce vendors, wineries, artisanal meat and cheese, and so much more (sponsored by the Bistro on the Boulevard). It’s the perfect morning stroll, and you’re sure to find some tasty treats for the weekend, too.
It’s also the first “Beach Yoga” of the season! YogaLife studio in St. Joseph hosts Saturday morning yoga throughout the summer on Silver Beach, beginning on Saturday, May 27th. Meet at the studio (219 Main Street), then walk down to the sand at 9:30am. It’s just $15 for drop in, with class passes and memberships available too.
After the market and yoga, Saturday afternoon seems like a great time for beer! PurelyMichigan in downtown St. Joseph is hosting a Round Barn tasting from 1:00-3:00. It’s a great way to samples those brews (and Walnut Creme!) before you stock up for weekend bbq’s.
Saturday marks one year of beer Happy Birthday to North Pier Brewing! We’re excited to celebrate with them at their Saturday party from 12:00-8:00pm. “To Those Who Wander” marks the brewery’s first year and the introduction of their canning line. There’s awesome beer (of course), live chalk art, music, and a crawfish boil hosted by the Bistro on the Boulevard.
The Grille at Harbor Shores is hosting a beer-themed bash, too! Their Round Barn Kolsch Release Party is 5:00-9:00pm, with 50/50 raffles, giveaways, live music and Kolsch in cans for the first time.
SUNDAY, MAY 28th
Noah the Horse is back for his scenic trolley rides! Thanks to a generous grant from the Upton Foundation, you can catch a free trolley ride from 12:00-3:00pm. Pick up is at the corner of Elm and State; enjoy the clip-clop of hooves as you ride over cobblestone streets, with a view of the lake.
There’s fun happening in the vineyard over Memorial Day weekend, too! Check out Lemon Creek Winery's Art & Wine Festival from 12:00-6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s a celebration of regional art, live music, food and wine! The vineyards and fruit trees are beautiful here; it’s an awesome way to welcome summer to Southwest Michigan. Planting Hope will also be on-site with container flowers to take home, with proceeds going to SWMIHTTF.
Over at Round Barn Winery, they are celebrating the weekend by distilling island style. Their small beach spirits will be spun into amazing beach themed concoctions, with high-energy live music and tasty food .The Island Spirit Party is Saturday and Sunday, from 1:00-7:00pm.
If you’re looking to get active this weekend, Sarett Nature Center is hosting kayak lessons on Sunday, May 28th at North Lake Park. It’s a great way to learn the basics, and set the stage for a summer of kayaking fun. Call 269-927-4832 to register; it’s just $15 per person.
MONDAY, MAY 29th
Happy Memorial Day!
We’ll be open at the Welcome Center from 11:00-3:00pm, so you can stop in to grab your “Fishing For Fun” map and explore the new public art in downtown St. Joseph! The fish and sharks are in their summer homes; come see what you can catch!
We’re excited about getting on the river, too. Third Coast Paddling’s Paw Paw River site is open throughout the weekend, so you can rent Stand-Up-Paddleboards and Kayaks for plenty of fun.
If biking is more your style, Scooter Joe's rentals is also open for the season! Catch a surrey bike for an awesome ride through town, no reservations needed.