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Countdown to Summer

Fri. January 01, 2021
- Wed. May 26, 2021
Start time not specified.

Eat, Shop, Stay, Play to win! Countdown to Summer with SWMI businesses and restaurants.

Each time you spend $25 at SJT member location, one time or cumulative purchase, you can enter by turning in your receipts to St. Joseph Today. Qualifying purchases must be made between January 1-May 26.

Prizes, of $50 gift certificates from various SJT members, will be drawn weekly February 11-May 27.

2021 Magical Ice Fest

Fri. February 05, 2021
- Sun. February 07, 2021
Start time not specified.

Join us for the annual Magical Ice Fest sponsored by Silver Beach Pizza to celebrate the winter season! It’s a weekend that brings frosty fun to downtown St. Joe. Enjoy professional Ice Carving Competitions, a SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt, Ice Interactives and more!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
5:00pm-8:00pm Professional Individual Carving Competition presented by Caffe Tosi - Watch carvers magically turn frozen blocks into works of art!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
7:30am-4:30pm Professional Team Competition - Watch a team of carvers create frosty creations made from 8 blocks of ice. 
9:00am Ice Fest 5k Chocolate Walk/Run presented by Sunset Coast Striders - Join us for the chilliest timed run in St. Joseph. Along with chocolate filled yumminess, the race will be chipped timed. Register here

11:00am-4:00pm Ice Interactives - Enjoy interacting with some of the carved creations! 
Tic-Tac-Toe presented by BIGGBY Coffee & Zoup!
Fish Toss presented by The Livery

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
View completed sculptures on the last day of this magical weekend! (Weather permitting)

ALL WEEKEND
SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt presented by Berrien Community Foundation - Stop in the Welcome Center to pick up a scavenger hunt map and learn the fun details! 


Stay with us for a night or the weekend! Visit stjoetoday.com/stay for accommodations. 

2021 March Mannequins

Fri. March 12, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Eat, Shop, Stay, Play to win! Countdown to Summer with SWMI businesses and restaurants. 

Each time you spend $25 at SJT member location, one time or cumulative purchase, you can enter by turning in your receipts to St. Joseph Today. Qualifying purchases must be made between January 1-May 26. 

Prizes, of $50 gift certificates from various SJT members, will be drawn weekly from February 11-May 27.

2021 Antiques on the Bluff

Sun. May 02, 2021
10:00am - 5:00pm

Something old is new to you! Find hidden treasures along Lake Bluff Park at this premier antique show that overlooks Lake Michigan. This event features over 50 vendors and runs the first Sunday of the month, May through October. Rain or shine.

Want to become a vendor? Visit our Vendor Information page.

2021 St. Joe Farmers Market

Sat. May 29, 2021
9:00am - 2:00pm

Market-goers will enjoy fresh finds at the weekly St. Joe Farmers Market. Vendors will offer a variety of products including homemade goods, locally grown produce, perennials and cut flowers, meats and cheeses, coffee and more! This event is held Saturdays in the scenic Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan.

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Winter Bucket List 2021

January 6th, 2021

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Holly Jolly SWMI 2020

December 17th, 2020

There are still a number of festive events to help you celebrate the holiday season here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! From holiday stories to magically lit winter wonderland strolls, last minute wish lists to Santa and holiday shopping, we’ve got you covered.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts 2020

December 2nd, 2020

Tis’ the season for holiday shopping in Michigan’s Great Southwest and we’re here to help you make the most of it! Everything from the latest fashion trends and festive home decor to seasonal brews, delectable wines, handmade gifts by local artisans and more. We’ve got you covered!

SWMI Holiday Cheer 2020

November 4th, 2020

We’re making spirits bright here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! As we head into the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to support local businesses and restaurants. From holiday open houses to festive workshops, winter events and Santa approved gifts we’ll help you check off your lists and make the most of this holiday season!

Spooktacular SWMI 2020

October 14th, 2020

We’re on the search for all things spooky in Michigan’s Great Southwest! It’s been a fun packed fall with even more to come. With everything from trick-or-treating and spooky themed classes, a Hallowine event and more! Keep reading for festive events leading up to Halloween.

The winter doesn't slow things down in Michigan's Great Southwest! This January weekend brings a Chili Tour, Winter Beer Fest, live music, trivia nights, art classes and more! Check out all the awesome winter activities starting Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26.

The winter doesn't slow things down in Michigan's Great Southwest! This January weekend brings a Chili Tour, Winter Beer Fest, live music, trivia nights, art classes and more! Check out all the awesome winter activities starting Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26.

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

Kick off the weekend with a spin on The Silver Beach Carousel as they reopen with their "Snow Kidding" - We're Open Again Family Fun Night from 4:00-8:30pm! Attendees ages 3-13 can enter FREE hourly drawings for Snowman Snow Cone Shooters. All ages will enjoy $1 rides that evening!

Sister Lakes Brewing Co. hosts Team Trivia every Thursday night from 7:00-9:00pm. Sip on some delicious craft beer as you test your trivia skills. Always free to play, the top three teams will win a SLBC gift certificate!

INSIDER TIP: The Buck Burgers & Brew hosts a Soundcheck Music Match BINGO night at 7:00pm!

Join The Turquoise Top Hat for a Thursday Night DIY Signs: Pick Your Project Class from 6:00-9:00pm! Ages 12+ welcome. Each attendee will leave with a fully finished wood sign ready to hang on the wall!

The Bistro on the Boulevard invites you to wind down with them on Thursday nights during Martini Madness from 5:00-11:00pm! This event features select $5 martinis.

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

Warm up with us as downtown St. Joe hosts the 8th Annual Chili Tour from 5:00-8:00pm! Participating locations or "Chili Stops" will play host as you have the opportunity to try their best recipes. Get started at the Welcome Center! It costs $2 per participant (includes a Chili Tour Map that doubles as your People's Choice Voting Ballot). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.

INSIDER TIP: Chili Tour maps will be available for purchase day of!

Enjoy a night of sharp wit and incredible talent at the Dueling Pianos event presented by SMSO! Start the night with cocktails at 6:30pm followed by a 7:00pm performance. Tickets sell out each year so make sure to purchase yours soon!

Get ready for two full hours of ABBA Mania from 8:00-10:00pm at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College! Timeless hits including "Dancing Queen", "Mamma Mia" and "Take a Chance on Me" are sure to get you dancing in your seat.

Head over to Benton Harbor to catch some live music at The Livery at 8:30pm! Grab some delectable food and tasty brews as you settle in fora night of progressive rock/funk and jazz-fusion featuring Chirp. Tickets - Honor Cover ($10 suggested admission). 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

Bundle up and join us from Noon-4:00pm for the 5th Annual St. Joe Winter Beer Fest in downtown St. Joe! Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy sampling from local and regional Michigan breweries. Cost $35/person. Includes: Admission, sample cup, 12 tokens, winter comradery and music! One token is a sample. Must be 21+. Tickets are selling fast and a limited amount are available through The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

INSIDER TIP: Food will be available for purchase from Nosh Village and the Twisted Dawg!

The Inn at Harbor Shores has the perfect family fun activity for a winter weekend! Don't miss their January Family Movie Night. Packages include an overnight stay, kids friendly dinner buffet, 7:00pm showing of Toy Story 4, and an Inn Souvenir (limited to on per room). Visit the innatharborshores.com for more details.

Demo MSR snowshoes with Wanderlust Outfitters at Sarett Nature Center from Noon-2:00pm. The Wanderlust crew will be there to answer any questions.

Head over to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College for the Wedding World 2020 Exhibition from 11:00am-3:00pm. Held in Grand Upton Hall, this is Southwest Michigan's Premier Bridal Show that features 60+ local vendors!

Curious Kids' Museum hosts "Animals Alive" from Noon-4:00pm. Get ready to meet some reptiles and amphibians up close! Free with museum admission.

Swing by ARS Gallery for Mimosas with the Artist, featuring artist Scott Elliot, from 11:00am-1:00pm. Hear Elliot speak about his career as an artist, curator and world traveler! Free and open to the public.

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

Catch some live music featuring Dale Wicks at Dablon Winery from 2:30-5:30pm! Grand Rapids based musician Wicks will showcase his alt-country and rolk-rock traditions.

JLN Studio hosts a Fundraiser Art & Canvas Night for a local child in need of a service dog! This class will be held from 2:00-4:00pm and will cost $35 per person (includes an 11 x 14 canvas).

Spend the day with friends at The Livery as they host the 3rd Annual Euchre Tournament for the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen from 1:00-4:00pm! $25 per person and includes The Livery's famous pizza bar

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The 16th Annual Magical Ice Fest returns bigger and better than ever and is packed full of family fun, ice competitions, frozen fish and more! Get ready for some frosty fun Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2. 

 

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