Fall is here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Keep reading to maximize the last Love Local Weekend of the 2022 season. Featuring everything from a Farmers Market, Fall Fest, and live music to Love Local special sales/offerings, fall craft workshops, live theatre shows and more!



Don’t miss the last Friday Night Concert of the 2022 season from 7:00p-8:00p at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell! Featuring performances by The GhostLight Theatre. This free, one-hour concert will include selections from “Little Women” and “Violet”, plus a preview song from “Once”, which premieres in 2023.

Twin City Players is celebrating their 90th Mainstage Season with Monty Python’s Spamalot, the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Catch this show Friday-Sunday now through September 25. 

Join Lazy Ballerina Winery for a Friday Night Pop Up from 4:00p-6:00p featuring Kimy Battista! Enjoy a glass of wine while browsing Kim’s fall collection of handmade clay earrings.

Shop at The Christmas Tree this Friday from 10:00a-6:00p and Saturday from 10:00a-3:00p, mention Love Local Weekend and receive a surprise gift! Shoppers will also enjoy 30% off a new Christmas Wreath of their choice.

LOVE LOCAL OFFERINGS: Stop by the @properties location at 520 Pleasant St. for a chance to win a $100 gift card to use at your favorite downtown St. Joseph merchant; Mention St. Joe Today Love Local to Blue Water Boat Rentals to receive 20% off; Swing by the Box Factory for the Arts to visit the Art Market and Galleries featuring the Berrien Towne and Country Quilters Quilt Show; Forever Books is open until 9:00p on Fridays; G&M Variety open Friday & Saturday from 9:00a-8:00p and Sunday from 10:00a-6:00p; Check out the sales rack at Glik’s for some awesome savings, shoppers will enjoy complimentary gift wrapping and more; Shoppers will enjoy extended hours and specials at Grins of St. Joseph.


Stop to get some fresh eats at the St. Joe Farmers Market, running from 9:00a-2:00p in Lake Bluff Park. Market-goers will find a variety of products including baked goods, locally grown produce, perennials and cut flowers, meats and cheeses, coffee and more!

Downtown St. Joseph is hosting the annual Fall Fest from 9:00a-3:00p in Lake Bluff Park and Monte’s Lot, sponsored by RE/MAX by the Lake and Holt Bosse! Fall Fest activities include the RE/MAX by the Lake Big Balloon Walk-Through (9:00a-11:00a), Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Pumpkin Raffle (9:00a-2:00p), Interactive Booths from RE/MAX by the Lake, YMCA of Greater Michiana, OutCenter of SWMI, First Congregational Church, MOMS Club of St. Joseph, Interact Club, Brown and Luczak Family Dentistry, Trinity Lutheran and Fusion Center for Dance (10:00a-3:00p), Balloon Twisters (10:00a-3:00p), Critter Barn (11:00a-3:00p), Storytime with Poppy and Diana from Forever Books (11:30a and 12:30p), Storytime with St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library (12:30p).

St. Joe Today is hosting three businesses inside the Welcome Center from 11:00a-4:00p for Love Local Weekend. Stop by to visit Forever Clean Soap Works, Storage of America and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Berrien County Recycling invites Berrien County residents to a Community Recycling Event at Silver Beach County Park from 9:00a-1:00p. Accepted items include household chemicals, electronics and foam/polystyrene.  

Local breweries throughout Southwest Michigan are celebrating Oktoberfest! Watermark Brewing kicks their festivities off at 11:00a, with a $15 admission those 21+ will receive a 16oz glass beer stein ($5 for those under 21) and a day filled with live music. Sister Lakes Brewing will be offering German-style food specials, Polk Island Oktoberfest Beer Release and live polka music by Virgil Baker from 2:00p-6:00p. 

INSIDER TIP: Try the new Fall drink menu at St. Joe Community Taproom,
including Oktoberfests, Stouts and Ciders!

Swing by Wanderlust Outfitters from 10:00a-1:00p for their annual KUHL PANTcakes event! Featuring 20% off all KUHL products, a free gift when you try on two pairs of KUHL pants, freshly flipped pancakes from your favorite KUHL reps, hot brewed coffee from Wanderlust Outfitters and a Sidewalk Sale - take up to an additional 10% off select clearance!

Stop by the Silver Beach Carousel for their new weekend hours Saturday, September 17 from 11:00a-5:00p and Sunday, September 18 from 12:00p-5:00p + sneak peek at Halloween decorations!

LOVE LOCAL DEALS: Enjoy 25% off all NOBO and MISCHIEF products for the weekend when you mention LOCAL LOVE (not stackable with other offers; Oh My Darlings is featuring new fall baby apparel daily and invites shoppers to check out the “Princess Area”; Shoppers at Olive Cart will get a free pasta of their choice with any purchase over $40 when you mention Love Local, plus enjoy free tastings of all their yummy gourmet products; Perennial Accents along with Designer CottageScapes of Harbor Country are hosting a huge sale, shoppers will enjoy 50% off everything at the 515 Pleasant Street location!


The YMCA of Greater Michiana is partnering with The Livery to host Yoga on Tap from 12:30p-1:30p! Cost $25/person, for one hour of yoga followed and one tasty craft beverage (or non-alcoholic beverage).

Spruce up your fall decor with Urban Garage Market and The Turquoise Top Hat during their Seasonal Porch Signs workshop at 12:00p! Choose from one of two designs and then customize it with a wreath or florals. All skill levels, ages 12+ welcome!

Head to Wild Ginger Flowers & Gifts for 15% off select beach accessories during Love Local Weekend! Sale items include towels, visors and bucket hats, beach bags, fanny packs and headbands. 

Find your new favorite wine at the St. Joe Wine Shoppe! Every Sunday, they open three different styles of wine during Wine Sample Sundays from 1:00p-5:00p! 

All weekend long those 21+ can enjoy the Downtown District, sponsored by Sturgis Bank, for more information visit

LOVE LOCAL DEALS: Third Coast Paddling is offering kayak and paddleboard rentals on weekends at the Paw Paw River (St. Joseph/Benton Harbor), the Gailen River (New Buffalo) and Warren Dunes State Park (sandboard rentals for riding the dunes available too!), take 15% off your booking with promo code SJT15 at check-out; Shoppers will enjoy $100 off stand-up paddleboards and select surfboards, 20% off all skimboards and new 40% off markdowns throughout the store at Third Coast Surf Shop; Mention St. Joe Today to receive 20% off Men’s or Women’s Sperry Shoes at Wolf’s Marine; Enjoy 10% off on 4 or more bottles of wine and check out newly released wine at White Pine Winery!


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