Everyone's favorite fall activities are coming together this weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest. The weekend includes a Fall Fest, Roots & Brews, the City of St. Joseph's Public Art Auction, Sidewalk Sales and more!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th
Kick off the weekend with a Family Fun Night at Silver Beach Carousel on Thursday from 4:00pm-8:30pm. This week's theme is SW Michigan Grows It and features a saltue to local farmers. Attendees that bring one can of fruit or veggies to donate to Feeding America-West Michigan will get a FREE Carousel ride (limited to one free ride person). All other Carousel rides are $1 for the night!
Celebrate Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day during the SWMI RACERS 3rd Annual Hobbiton Beer Run this Thursday at 6:00pm. This race starts at The Livery and features a 5K Walk/Run and a 2.5 Walk. Haven't registered yet? Same Day Registration opens at 5:00pm.
INSIDER TIP: Proceeds will help fund the Benton Harbor Public Library Children's Wing!
If you're not interested in racing, stop by The Livery's Hobbiton Pint Night
from 5:00pm-8:00pm and a dollar from each pint will suppor the library.
Sister Lakes Brewing hosts their weekly Team Trivia night on Thursday from 7:00pm-9:00pm. This free to play trivia night will test your knowledge as you drink some delicious craft beer. Prizes awarded to the top three teams.
INSIDER TIP: Catch Sister Lakes Brewing on Saturday at Roots & Brews!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
Sidewalk Sales will be held on Friday and Saturday from 10:00am-7:00pm in downtown St. Joseph! Participating locations will host outdoor sales featuring reduced price merchandise as they make room for new inventory. Come enjoy a beautiful weekend filled of shopping!
INSIDER TIP: The once-per-month Blue Moon Vintage Market in Three Oaks, MI
is open this weekend from 10:00am-5:00pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
This unique market is restaged every month and features over 6,000 square
feet of vintage, primitives, salvage and more. Bonus: No entry fee!
Friday evening, onlookers can cheer teams as they race bed frames to the finish line during the 6th Annual Great Bed Race at 4:30pm on Lake Boulevard. This fundraiser benefits Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary youth programs and the Slumberland Furniture 40 Winks Foundation that provides mattresses and bed to children who need them.
Theatre lovers have three chances this weekend to watch Chicago: The Musical presented by Twin City Players. Catch shows on Friday and Saturday starting at 7:00pm and 2:00pm on Sunday.
INSIDER TIP: Do you want to star in a future Twin City Players production?
Audition for Scrooge! this Sunday at 6:30pm.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd
Celebrate the first day of fall this Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm during the 6th Annual Fall Fest in Lake Bluff Park. Activities include Balloon Twisters, Face Painter, Storytime on the Bluff with Forever Books (11:30am), Critter Barn, St. Joe Farmers Market (9:00am-2:00pm), the Great Pumpkin Festival (10:00am-2:00pm) and more!
INSIDER TIP: The Critter Barn offers lots of hands on fun with animals!
Visit rabbits, goats, sheep and more from 11:00am-3:00pm in Lake Bluff Park.
Saturday brings two different back to back events with Polly and Dolly, the rescue horse trolley team! From 10:00am-Noon, enjoy Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides immediately followed by a Meet & Greet from Noon-2:00pm. They love taking photos so make sure to bring your camera! Free trolley rides are made possible by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation. This activity is weather permitting; please check in with us!
The City of St. Joseph is holding their annual Public Art Auction at 2:30pm. New location this year! Located on the corner of Lake Boulevard and Pleasant Street in downtown St. Joseph. The highest bidder gets to take home their favorite dragon, knight or castle from this year's public art display.
Craft beer, regional wine and cider lovers can close out the night at the inaugural Roots & Brews event. Everyone 21 years and older is invited to celebrate fall in Southwest Michigana at this new premier tasting event located on the corner of Lake Boulevard and Broad Street. This event features regional craft brews, wines, cider, local cuisine, live music and front row views of the sunset. Admission is $35 and includes a tasting cup, 12 tokens, and live music. Music will be provided by Niles, MI based band Elephant Rescue who will feature their New Orleans Swamp Funk and headliner Arizone based band Jared & The Mill who will showcase their Western Indie Rock.
INSIDER TIP: For a full beverage lineup visit stjoetoday.com/rootsbrews!
Food will be available for purchase from two local food trucks.
Tickets available now!
There's more music with a side of Michigan wine and craft beer this Saturday at -
Sister Lakes Brewing - 1/2 Way to St. Paddy's Day Party
The Livery - Live Music feat. The HillBenders
Vineyard 2121 - 4th Annual Pappy's Harvest Festival
Round Barn Winery - Jammin' in the Vineyard
Box Factory for the Arts - Unwrapped Concert Series feat. Danny Dine
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd
Fall is in full swing now - celebreate the season with some awesome autumn activities!
Nye's Apple Barn has begun their U-Pick Season, so head to their farm on Hollywood Road! They have Honeycrisp and MacIntosh apples ready for picking this weekend from 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday only.
INSIDER TIP: If you don't have time for U-Pick, their barn
on Niles Avenue offers apples by the pound!
Fall is a great time for paddling, too! Third Coast Paddling's rentals are open through September, and it's a great way to get the first peek at fall color. Check out their Facebook page for up to date rental info - this is weather dependant, of course.
We're always up for a fall swim, too. Interested in conditions? You can actually text a buoy in Lake Michigan and figure out if the temps are up to snuff for swimming! Text your buoy number (the closet one to us is 45026) to (734) 418-7299 for a report back of air and water temp, as well as wave heights. Find more on the buoys here.