Need a summer boredom buster for your family before the back-to-school crunch begins? We've got a weekend jammed packed with everything from live music, a Farmers Market and Antiques on the Bluff to Lighthouse open hours, Horse-Drawn Trolley rides and chalk masterpieces. Head to St. Joseph August 2-4 for the 23rd Annual Chalk the Block!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2ND
Kick off the weekend with a little Southwest Michigan history! Explore the St. Joseph Lighthouse during their open hours and Lighthouse tours provided by The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center! Public tour are available Friday and Saturday at 10:00am. No reservations required - $10/adult and $5/child (includes tower climb). Open hours are available, weather permitting, Wednesdays 7:00pm-sunset, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm and Sundays Noon-4:00pm. The first floor exhibit is free and it's just $5 for the tower climb!
Summer also mans live music in Southwest Michigan! St. Joseph Today's free Friday Night Concert Series hosts the B-Side Growlers at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell in downtown St. Joseph from 7:30-8:30pm.
Visit Silver Harbor Brewing anytime throughout the weekend and try "Golden Ticket" the official brew of Chalk the Block! It's a double chocolate oatmeal stout inspired by Gene Wilder and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Enjoy while supplies last - cheers!
INSIDER TIP: Just like the movie, the love for craft beer and the art behind thinking
bigger they've gone big by doubling up this beer. A double mash, double oatmeal
stout brewed with two different types of chocolate.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD
Artists can begin working on their creations early Saturday morning - watch as they transform Broad Street with their chalk masterpieces! Visit stjoetoday.com/chalktheblock to meet the 2019 artists.
INSIDER TIP: Vote for your favorite artist Saturday from Noon-6:00pm
and Sunday from 11:00am-4:00pm! Stop by the People's Choice
tent located on Broad Street. It's $1 per vote (CASH ONLY) - winner
will be announce Monday, August 5th!
Catch the St. Joe Farmers Market every Saturday through October 12 from 9:00am-2:00pm in Lake Bluff Park. Saturday morning at the Market now includes jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables and so much more!
St. Joseph native Dan Wheeler returns for a book signing of Hurricane of Love: My Journey with Beth Wheeler from 1:00-3:00pm at Forever Books.
The Y-Country Summer Jam returns to the Shadowland Pavilion on Saturday at 4:00pm and features Tyler Rich and Jameson Rodgers with special guest Sadie Bass! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. For more information and to purchase tickets visit summerjam.com.
Finish out your Saturday with a movie in Whirlpool Centennial Park, part of the Outdoor Summer Movie Series! The City of St. Joseph hosts "Incredibles 2" - 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 8:45pm!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH
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 5th
for event photos from Joshua Nowicki Photography!
Antiques on the Bluff returns to Lake Bluff Park in downtown St. Joseph this Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm. Something old is new to you at this monthly treasure hunt. This event features over 50 vendors and runs the first Sunday of the month through October!
Enjoy free Horse-Drawn Trolley Meet & Greet from 11:00am-2:00pm! Come meet the Gelding team that pulls the trolley along the streets of historic downtown St. Joseph. Locations: SE corner of Elm and State! Free horse-drawn trolley rides sponsored by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation.
If you're headed to the beaches of Lake Michigan, take a look a the links below. There's a real-time update of water temperatures as well as swimming conditions and the Silver Beach Live Cam.
The City of St. Joseph hosts their weekly Municipal Band Concerts at 3:30 and 7:30pm at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell! Free and open to the public.
INSIDER TIP: Visit sjcity.com/band for a complete summer schedule!