While things may look a little different this year, there's still plenty to do this holiday weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest! Explore the area with a surrey bike, take to the water on a paddleboard adventure, walk the local nature trails, be a beach bum for an afternoon, wind down the Maker's Trail and more. Join us in around St. Joseph! #MeetMeLocally



Enjoy the St. Joe Farmers Market every Saturday through October 10 from 9:00am-2:00pm in Lake Bluff Park. Market-goers will find jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables and so much more!

Soak up the summer days with Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals! They offer a variety of ways to explore St. Joseph - take a ride on a beach cruiser, surrey, electric bike or tandem. Guests can also rent kayaks/canoes at their Inn at Harbor Shores rental location in addition to pontoon boats, speed boats, dinghies and jet skies through a partnership with Blue Water Rentals!

INSIDER TIP: NEW this summer! Book a 90 min Surrey Sculpture Scavenger Hunt
on a Surrey Bike to search for Krasl Art Center sculptures! 

Explore the local nature trails at Sarett Nature Center. Their five-mile trail system includes boardwalks, observation platforms and a barrier-free walkway. Trails are open from dawn to dusk!

INSIDER TIP: Check out their Nature Discovery Kits for some at-home nature exploration!

Downtown St. Joseph is home to many charming locally owned businesses. A couple of stores are geared towards families include: The Toy Company and Forever Books. Make your visit memorable - check out for a full list! 

Heading to the beautiful Southwest Michigan beaches? Take a look at the links below. There's a real-time update of the water temperatures as well as the swimming conditions, and the Silver Beach County Park Beach Cam. 





Summer also brings live music, sometimes with a side of wine or craft beer! Check out these locations and even a virtual event this holiday weekend:

Sister Lakes Brewing:
           Friday, July 3 - David O'Leary from 5:00pm-8:00pm
           Saturday, July 4 - Anna PS from 5:00pm-8:00pm

Plank's Tavern on the Water:
           Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
           Sunday, July 5 from 4:00pm-7:00pm

           Friday, July 3 - E-Man from 3:45pm-6:45pm
           Sunday, July 5 - Matt Gabriel from 2:30pm-5:30pm

City of St. Joseph:
           Saturday, July 4 - St. Joseph Municipal Band Virtual Concert
           Visit for a complete summer schedule!

           Saturday, July 4 - Mark Ficks from 6:00pm-10:00pm

Vineyard 2121:
           Friday, July 3 - Karaoke by DJ Dale Owen at 6:00pm
           Saturday, July 4 - High Vizz Live! at 6:00pm
           Sunday, July 5 - Michael McIntosh Live! at 2:00pm



Southwest Michigan Cycleboat and SWMI Brew Tours have partnered to create a unique SWMI experience - Lake & Land Tour! Guests will enjoy two hours on the water followed by three chauffeured stops to local wineries/breweries (approx. five hours total). Book your trip today!

Round Barn Estate presents their annual Red, Whites & Brews holiday event on Saturday, July 4. Guests will enjoy live music from 1:30pm-3:30pm feat. Pablos Great Revenge and from 4:00pm-6:30pm feat. Weekend Social (trio). Additionally, the first 100 attendees will receive a souvenir Reds, Whites & Brews growler with a purchased growler fill!

INSIDER TIP: Check out the new Mt Tabor Trails - over 3.5 miles of beautiful trails that
connect Round Barn Estate to Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant.

Journeyman Distillery hosts a Distillery Brunch every Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm through October 11. Attendees will enjoy donut, hot dog and taco bars, a brunch buffet featuring a wide variety, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and more! $20/adult, $15/children 5-12 years old, FREE for children under 5. 

Silver Harbor Brewing and 221 Main present the Pleasant Street Plaza, weekends through the summer! Enjoy outdoor dining, live music and games. The fun starts Friday at Noon through Sunday at dusk!

Explore Southwest Michigan's local wines and craft beers on the Maker's Trail! Featuring pet-friendly locations, unique tasting experiences and seasonal events - there's something for everyone on the Maker's Trail!

INSIDER TIP: The Maker's Trail passport program has been extended to July 15 so
there's still time to claim your prizes! Visit for more info.



Stay the weekend with us! Check out these summer offers below. Visit for additional area lodging.

The Boulevard Inn - "Book One Night, Get The Second Night 50% Off" now through September 3! Enter discount code summer20 at to receive this special offer!

The Inn at Harbor Shores - "Weekday Escape to Pure Michigan" for stays a minimum of three consecutive nights. Package includes 10% off spa services, shuttle to the beach, access to 12 miles of hiking/biking trails, on-site kayak rental. This offer is a limited time offer until August 31. Visit to book your stay!



Enter for the chance to win one of three St. Joseph Experience Gift Bags during the #MeetMeLocally giveaway! Visit our #MeetMeLocally Blog from prize information.

- Must post a photo of location "in and around St. Joseph"
- Use hashtag #meetmelocally
- Tag St. Joseph Today
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