We’re gearing up for summer here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Enjoy the long holiday weekend with everything from a trip to the beach, live music, outdoor dining and a Farmers Market - there’s a little something for everyone! Read on for a full weekend guide. 

Dinner & Drinks on the Patio

  • bread+bar
    Enjoy a casual meal on the riverfront with a delicious cocktail! 
  • Plank’s
    Modern cuisine on the water’s edge! Whether you’re dining indoors or on the patio you’ll have a beautiful view of the St. Joseph River. 
  • RyeBelles
    A unique dining experience in downtown St. Joseph! Take in a sunset and a delicious meal on their rooftop patio.
  • Tapistry Brewing
    Tasty brews paired with a mouthwatering menu! Outdoor dining on their patio is back for the summer season.

Grill Out at Home

  • St. Joe Farmers Market
    Saturdays starting May 29 through October 9 (no market July 10) from 9:00a-2:00p in Lake Bluff Park. 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!
  • State Street Meats
    An upscale butcher shop and specialty market in downtown St. Joseph! Featuring gourmet cheeses, fresh produce, fresh quality meats and more. 
  • Caffe Tosi
    Grab some delicious sides for your weekend cookout! Featuring scrumptious soups, grain salads, breads, pastries and more. 
  • Perennial Accents
    A one-of-a-kind shop for all your home, kitchen and outdoor living needs! With two locations in downtown St. Joseph, you’re sure to find all of the key elements for your holiday weekend cookout - stop in for serving platters, glassware, napkins, serving utensils, craft cocktail bombs and more.

Beach Wear

  • Glik’s
    A family-owned clothing store and is known for being the 14th oldest retailer in the United States! Offering both mens and womens apparel, each store is curated for the community and you’ll never see two stores exactly the same.
  • Urban Found
    Offering a vintage urban atmosphere, shoppers will enjoy hand-selected styles of clothing and accessories at this boutique located in downtown St. Joseph!
  • Wanderlust Outfitters
    Every day is an adventure! This outdoor specialty store located in downtown St. Joseph offers apparel, gear and much more. 
  • Silver Beach County Park
    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.



Get Active

  • Scooter Joe’s Wheel & Water Rentals
    Explore St. Joseph! Offering a variety of rentals, take a ride on a beach cruiser, surrey, electric bike or tandem. Guests can also rent kayaks/canoes at the Inn at Harbor Shores rental location in addition to pontoon boats, speed boats, dinghies and jet skis through a partnership with Blue Water Boat Rentals!
  • Third Coast Paddling
    Get ready for a day outdoors! Rent kayaks or paddleboards at their three locations - Paw Paw River (Benton Harbor/St. Joseph), Galien River (New Buffalo) and Silver Beach (St. Joseph). All ages are welcome, schedule your trip today!
  • Whirlpool Centennial Compass Fountain
    Cool off at the Splash Pad! Hours include May 1 - 28 from Noon-8:00p; May 29 - September 6 from 10:00a-9:00p; September 7 - September 30 from Noon-8:00p. 
  • Southwest Michigan Cycleboat
    Hit the water with The Harbor Hopper for an experience like no other in SWMI. Book your water adventure!

Weekend Events

  • Round Barn Estate hosts their Island Spirit Party on Saturday, May 29 from 11:00a-7:00p. Attendees will enjoy a little slice of paradise in SWMI with tropical-themed crafted cocktails and live music!
  • Find live music this weekend at Sister Lake Brewing, Vineyard 2121, Haymarket Taproom and 12 Corners!
  • The Box Factory for the Arts hosts their annual MAAC exhibit Fridays-Sundays from Noon-4:00p. This event is a juried art exhibition that features 90 artists from Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana!
  • Join Silver Harbor Brewing and 221 Main as they kick off the 2021 season of the Pleasant Street Plaza. Enjoy live music and outdoor dining!


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