Filled with music, food and fun for the whole family, BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass kicks off summer in St. Joseph! Meet us in Whirlpool Centennial Park on Saturday, May 19th for the sixth annual event. Read on for insider tips to maximize your weekend of fun! 

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The festival offers 8 hours of music, so you'll definetly have time to check out our awesome local food vendors and grab a craft brew (or two!). 

Beverage tickets can be purchased with credit cards and cash. There’s a ticket tent for those - look for it on your left as you enter the festival! Beer drinkers can cool off with local suds or a classic Bud Light. There’s six local wineries pouring, cider available, and three flavors of Goose Island Soda. 

You can pay food vendors directly for their delicious bbq. Most will take credit cards, but it’s a good idea to come with some cash, too. There’s lots of awesome BBQ and classic sides, varying in spice for all tastes. We’re welcoming back the famous pulled pork sandwiches from Lark’s and Piggin’ N Grinnin’, as well as smoked meats from Coach’s and Smokin’ D’s. Vegetarians will be able to find tasty fare, too - the Nosh Village food truck and Silver Beach Pizza will offer awesome options! 

No outside food or beverages are allowed into the festival. Reusable water bottles are ok, though!   

INSIDER TIP: Local brewers will be at the festival - ask them about their beer and get some great pairing ideas for the BBQ tastes! 

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It’s festival seating at Whirlpool Centennial Park, so bring your blankets and stretch out in the grass for the day. The field gives lots of options - you can be up close and rockin’ with the bands, seated up on the small hills, or sit a bit further back to enjoy the music while you chat. Chairs are welcome, but no beach umbrellas or tents (everyone has to see, right?). 

This is a rain or shine event, so come prepared! 

INSIDER TIP: There’s shaded seating under the beer and wine tent! It’s a great spot to meet friends. 


It’s a good idea to get tickets early! Whirlpool Centennial Park is a great spot to hang out for the day, and the festival does fill up. Tickets are available in person at the Welcome Center (301 State Street) If you purchase online, you’ll be able to pick up at Will-Call at the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center on Friday, May 18th from 10:00am-8:00pm, or at the gate starting at 11:00am on Saturday, May 19th. 

INSIDER TIP: We’ll check your ID when you pick up Will-Call tickets, so have it ready! 

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Kids have an awesome time at BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass! The tickets are free for ages 8 and under. There’s Goose Island soda for purchase, and lots of BBQ vendors are bringing their house mac n’ cheese (Coach’s is awesome, trust us!). Couple that with some music great for dancing, and young bluegrass fans are bound to have a ball. 

INSIDER TIP: Wristbands allow for re-entry, so if you need to cool off in the fountain, at the Silver Beach Carousel, or with some Kilwin’s, you can get back in easily! 


The fun in St. Joseph starts early! On Friday, the “Magical Kingdom of St. Joseph” appears downtown (it’s the new public art installation). You can come to the kickoff party, with brand-new art unveiled and live entertainment from the Summer Reunion Band. Abonmarche sponsors “Artists Bucks” for the event. This means the first 300 adults receive $5 in artist bucks to be spent downtown that evening, starting at 5:30pm! 

Saturday morning, fuel up for the day with the Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake Breakfast at the Whitcomb. Flapjacks are served from 8:00am-12:30pm! Tickets are just $5, and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club and many other area organizations. 

Lory's Place is also hosting their annual Run, Walk and Rock on Saturday morning. The beautiful race course will start and end at Lory's Place, going over beaches, brick sidewalks, and even some sailboat sightings!  

Friday and Saturday also host Sidewalk Sales on State Street. Check out the Facebook event for more - we’re excited to have DK Boutique, Friends By Design, FuzzyButz, Grins of St. Joseph, Lana’s Boutique, Lazy Daisy, Moxie's Boutique, Olive Cart, PurelyMichigan, Re-Imagine, State Street Stuff, The Candlestick Maker, The Toy Company, Third Coast Surf Shop, Wanderlust Outfitters, and Waterfront Framing & Fine Art offering awesome deals right on the sidewalk. 

INSIDER TIP: Your ticket and/or wristband gets you access to exclusive deals on Friday and Saturday! Head above the bluff to score 10% off your purchase at Third Coast Surf Shop, and 15% off full price merchandise at Grin’s of St. Joseph. Be sure to bring your ticket or wear your wristband! 

Tickets are still available! Click here to purchase