SATURDAY, JULY 1st
Start your morning at the St. Joseph Farmer’s Market on the bluff; this is a great season to be in Southwest Michigan! You can find local produce, wines, jams and more. We recommend you check out the housemade poptarts from the Bistro on the Boulevard. In honor of the 4th, they’ll have America-inspired flavors, like apple, mixed berry, and (most excitingly) a savory BBQ pork poptart, too! The market runs from 9:00am-2:00pm in Lake Bluff Park.
You can also find a yoga class on the beach! Lead by YogaLife studio, the class meets in their downtown studio at 9:30am then strolls to the beach. All levels are welcome; you can pay per class or grab a punch card. YogaLife studio is located at 219 Main Street in St. Joseph.
After time on the bluff and the beach with the lake and lighthouse in the distance, why not head over? The picturesque St. Joseph Lighthouse is open from 11:00am-2:00pm (the guided walking tour kicks off at 10:00). It’s free to view the first floor exhibit! To tour the lantern upstairs, it’s $10 per adult and $5 per child (at least 4ft tall).
Check out downtown St. Joseph for the afternoon; there’s plenty of unique spots for all of your weekend supplies! Wanderlust Outfitters kicks off their weekend-long sale, offering up to 30% off gear, apparel and footwear for your adventures in Southwest Michigan. If you need BBQ supplies, the Olive Cart offers plenty of creative spins on your favorites. Beer is an important part of the BBQ scene, too. Head over to Purely Michigan for two free tastings; Atwater Brewing from 12:00-2:00pm, and B.Nektar from 3:00-5:00pm.
Saturday also begins the “Summer Movies in the Park” series, hosted by the City of St. Joseph. “The Secret Life of Pets” begins at dusk (approximately 10pm) in Whirlpool Centennial Park. Bring your chairs and blankets for this fun family flick; it’s closed-captioned so everyone can enjoy.
SUNDAY, JULY 2nd
It’s treasure hunt time! Antiques on the Bluff returns to the lakeview park on Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm. Whether you need décor, dishes, or a dresser, you can find it all! There are 59 vendors, offering you the chance to explore unique antiques.
The free trolley rides, made possible by a generous grant from the Upton Foundation, are also happening! Climb aboard at Elm and State Streets for a ride beside the bluff and down cobblestone streets. Come check it out between 1:00-3:00pm; it’s a different way to treasure hunt on the bluff!
And speaking of treasure hunts, Blue Moon Vintage Market in Three Oaks is open for the weekend. The monthly market offers 6000+ square feet of vintage, primitives, industrial, architectural, re-purposed items, barn doors, Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and much more! Blue Moon Vintage Market is restaged every month…so we’re hoping for some patriotic finds.
We’re also planning on stopping by Round Barn Winery’s weekend-long Reds, Whites and Brews festival. Celebrating “independence from big corporate beer”, the fun is both Saturday and Sunday. There’s a full music lineup, as well as a bounce house and yard games at the family-friendly event.
For early-evening entertainment, we’re headed to the waterfront for live music at Plank’s Tavern! Their “Sunday Night Dockside” happens from 4:00-7:00pm, offering entertainment, drink specials, and a water view.
MONDAY, JULY 3rd
We hope you have Monday free, and ready to adventure!
We’re planning on enjoying some quality Lake Michigan time on Monday, checking out the rentals at Third Coast Paddling at Jean Klock beach (photo above!). They are open from 10:00-6:00, so we’re planning on heading to the beach with a picnic and testing out some paddleboards.
If you’re headed to the beaches of Lake Michigan, take a look at some of these links. It’s a real-time update of the water temperatures, as well as the swimming conditions. Super helpful!
Keeping with a water theme, we’re headed to Watermark Brewing in Stevensville on Monday night. They are presenting the “Declaration of Funk” with DJ Hardbargain, offering their own musical fireworks alongside craft beer.
It’s also the night of the Baroda fireworks. Lake Michigan Vitners (the new downtown tasting room) will be open late with a view of the fireworks, with local food truck Sammy Arepas posted up.
TUESDAY, JULY 4th
Happy Fourth of July! We’re open in the Welcome Center from 11:00am-3:00pm.
It’s the best time of year to enjoy the Whirlpool Centennial Fountain, located just below the bluff. You can cool off in the jets and count down for the big blast of overhead water cannons! Great for all ages, the fountain is open from 10:00am-9:00pm. The Silver Beach Carousel, at just $2 a spin, is right across the street!
The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra continues their annual Independence Day concert tradition on Tuesday evening. Held at Shadowland Pavilion, the gates open at 5:30, with the Van Dyke Revue at 6:00pm, followed by the symphony at 9:00pm. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture will play with fireworks display overhead. We heard there would be tacos from BajaGringo Taco Truck too...
The St. Joseph Fireworks are Tuesday evening, around 10:00pm. There’s plenty of great viewing, at Silver Beach, Tiscornia, Lake Bluff Park, and the deck at Ryebelles.
Have an awesome time celebrating this weekend!