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Need a summer boredom buster for you family before the back-to-school crunch begins? Head to St. Joseph August 3-5 for the 22nd Annual Chalk the Block.


Friday, August 3rd

Kick off the weekend with a little Southwest Michigan history! The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center is offering Lighthouse Tours of the famous St. Joseph lighthouse! You can catch the tours from 11:00am-2:00pm (a guided walking tour beings at 10:00am) on both Friday and Saturday. The first floor of the lighthouse hosts a free exhibit, and it's just $5 to climb to the top. Tours are weather-dependent; check out their Facebook page for more information.


Friday evening, meet Polly & Dolly the rescue horses that pull our horse-drawn trolley! Stop by this unique meet and greet from 5:00-8:00pm on the corner of Elm & State Streets. They love taking photos so make sure to bring your camera! This activity is weather permitting; please check in with us!


INSIDER TIP: Come back on Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm for horse-drawn trolley rides! Free trolley rides are made possible by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation.
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Summer also means live music in Southwest Michigan! St. Joseph Today's free Friday Night Concert hosts Jack Adams at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell in downtown at 7:30pm. There's more music with a side of Michigan wine and craft beer at -


      Tabor Hill - Lindsey Mierau

      Sister Lakes Brewing - Ethan Sellers

      Dablon Vineyards - The Backsliders

      Vineyard 2121 - Karaoke 

      The Livery - May Erlewine

      Plank's Tavern - Larry Johnson


Visit North Pier Brewing on Friday (or anytime through the weekend) and try "Chalk the Beer" the official brew of Chalk the Block! It's a special brew created by Steve Distachio, lead brewer, to celebrate the upcoming Chalk the Block in downtown St. Joseph. It's a peach and pineapple wheat beer that tastes like summer. 


INSIDER TIP: Ask for "Chalk the Beer" sticker when you visit North Pier! Or grab one down at the event at the People's Choice tent located on Broad Street.


Kim Working

Saturday, August 4th

Artists begin working on their creations early Saturday morning - watch as they transform Broad Street with their chalk masterpieces! Visit to meet the 2018 artists.


INSIDER TIP: Vote for your favorite artist Saturday from 11:00am-8:00pm and Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm! Stop by the People's Choice tent located on Broad Street. It's $1 per vote - winner will be announced on Monday, August 6th!


There's more than an awesome view on the bluff - you can also visit the St. Joe Farmers Market in Lake Bluff Park from 9:00am-2:00pm! Our Saturday market includes jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, produce, dairy and much more. Held weekly on Saturdays through October 13. 


The Y-Country Summer Jam returns to the Shadowland Pavilion on Saturday at 4:00pm and features William Michael Morgan, Tucker Beathard, and Kari Holmes! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. For more information and to purchase tickets visit


Finish out your Saturday with a move in Whirlpool Centennial Park! The City of St. Joseph hosts "Hugo" - bring a blanket or chairs (take out from Silver Beach Pizza next door is always a plus!) and enjoy the free flick under the stars. It begins around 10:00pm!


INSIDER TIP: Swing by PurelyMichigan Friday and Saturday for free tastings! Friday: 4:00-6:00pm with Round Barn Winery, Saturday: 12:00-2:00pm with North Pier Brewing and 3:00-5:00pm with Brewt's Bloody Mary Mix!


Terralynn Working

Sunday, August 5th

Artists finish up their creations by mid-afternoon on Sunday! Winners will be posted on-site next to the individual block and at the Welcome Center.


INSIDER TIP: Check out the St. Joseph Today Facebook page the week of August 6th for event photos from Joshua Nowicki Photography!


Take a stroll through Antiques on the Bluff in Lake Bluff Park from 10:00am-5:00pm. This antique show is a premier event for St. Joseph and antiquers around Southwest Michigan.


The weekend wraps up with the St. Joseph Municipal Band! Catch free concerts at 3:30 and 7:30pm at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell.


INSIDER TIP: Planning a beach day? Check out the live feed from Silver Beach Cam to see conditions!