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Where's the Witch

Sat. October 01, 2022
- Mon. October 31, 2022
9:00am - 5:00pm

Where's the Witch - Downtown St. Joseph Scavenger Hunt! Can you find the witch in all 12 participating locations?

PROGRAM DATES: October 1-31, 2022

HOW IT WORKS:
- Get your passport from the St. Joe Today (SJT) Welcome Center located at 301 State Street in downtown St. Joseph
- Go around to participating businesses to find the witch
- Get the passport stamped or initialed once you find the witch
- Turn in your finished passports to SJT for a prize!

PRIZE:
- Special prize from St. Joe Today
- Entry to win a St. Joe Today Gift Bag
- The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, November 2

2022 St. Joe Farmers Market

Sat. October 08, 2022
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.

2022 Pumpkins on Parade

Fri. October 21, 2022
- Mon. October 31, 2022
Start time not specified.

SWMI Businesses and restaurants will display their decorated pumpkins from October 21 through October 31!

Visit participating locations and vote for your favorite pumpkin! Voting will be available at stjoetoday.com/vote from 10:00am October 21 to 11:59pm October 31.


PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS:

Anchor's Way Marina
Baroda Founders Tasting Room
Benton Harbor Public Library
Box Factory for the Arts
Caffe Tosi
Chill Hill Winery
Citadel Dance & Music Center
City of St. Joseph
Forever Clean Soap Works
G&M Variety
Glik's
Grins of St. Joseph
Holt Bosse
Infusco Coffee
Jimmy Johns
Krasl Art Center
Lazy Ballerina Winery
Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library
Oh My Darlings
Olive Cart
Perennial Accents
Schroeder Furniture
Schu's
Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach Pizza
Silver Harbor Brewing Company
SMSO
South Shore Health & Racquet Club
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra
St. Joe Community Taproom
St. Joe Today
State Street Stuff
Storage of America
The Candlestick Maker
The Cheese Lady
The Culinary Cottage
The Livery
The Inn at Harbor Shores
The Whitcomb
Tim's Too
United Federal Credit Union
Wanderlust Outfitters
White Pine Winery

 

Spooky Tours

Sat. October 22, 2022
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Enjoy a 45min guided tour of the St. Joe City Cemetery, including the Mausoleum.

- Listen to true spooky stories as you're guided through the City Cemetery and Mausoleum
- Tours will start on the hour, quarter, half, and 3/4 (ex. 1p, 1:15p, 1:30p, 1:45p)
- Maximum of 20 guests per tour
- Rain date: Saturday, October 29

Tickets are available online only and will go on sale at 11:00a on Saturday, October 1 - bit.ly/3fqp0AX

2022 Halloween Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Mon. October 31, 2022
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Calling all ghosts, goblins and ghouls for an evening of treats! Merchants of the Benton Harbor Arts District and Downtown St. Joe are excited to welcome trick-or-treaters at this festive event!

 

DOWNTOWN ST. JOSEPH PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES

First Congregational Church
Forever Books
Fusion Center for Dance
Glik's
Jimmy John's
Olive Cart
SMSO
St. Joe Community Taproom
St. Joe Today
State Street Stuff
The Cheese Lady
The Tea Annex
The Whitcomb
Wild Ginger Flowers & Gifts

And more TBA!

 

BENTON HARBOR ARTS DISTRICT PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES

Benton Harbor Public Library
Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary
Citadel Dance & Music Center
SMSO
St. Joe Today
Storage of America
The Livery

And more TBA!

 

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Fall Bucket List 2022

September 27th, 2022

Fall is here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Check out our bucket list to make the most of this autumn.

2022 Fall Fest + Love Local Weekend | September 16-18

September 13th, 2022

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!

2022 Labor Day Weekend in SWMI | September 2-4

August 26th, 2022

Summer’s not over in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Keep reading to maximize your holiday weekend plans. This holiday weekend features everything from business anniversaries and sales to sun-filled beach days, a tri-state Regatta, a Farmers Market, Artisan Fair and Antiques on the Bluff!

2022 Love Local Weekend | August 19-21

August 16th, 2022

Southwest Michigan is celebrating its August Love Local Weekend, but it’s not just the locals who get to feel the love. Featuring extended shopping hours, live music, markets on the bluff, and special menu items, Love Local is a celebration for tourists and locals alike.

2022 Chalk the Block Weekend | August 5-7

July 25th, 2022

Art is alive in Southwest Michigan, especially during Chalk the Block in St. Joseph, MI! Running all weekend, catch the amateur and professional artists from around the country as they showcase their chalk masterpieces downtown. But, the fun doesn’t end there. Read more below to find out about the other spectacular events going on the weekend of August 5-7. 

Soak up the last bit of summer in Michigan’s Great Southwest this holiday weekend! Enjoy everything from anniversary celebrations, water adventures, live music and a Farmers Market - there’s something for everyone! Read on for a full guide to ensure that you enjoy every last minute; #MeetMeLocally.

Soak up the last bit of summer in Michigan’s Great Southwest this holiday weekend! Enjoy everything from anniversary celebrations, water adventures, live music and a Farmers Market - there’s something for everyone! Read on for a full guide to ensure that you enjoy every last minute; #MeetMeLocally.

 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Enjoy the St. Joe Farmers Market every Saturday through October 10 from 9:00am-2:00pm 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! 

Get ready for a day outdoors with Third Coast Paddling! 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!

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!

Cool off at the Whirlpool Centennial Compass Fountain! Open daily from 10:00am-9:00pm. Please observe the signs at the fountain entrances concerning COVID-19 modifications. 

Explore St. Joseph with Scooter Joe’s Wheel & Water Rentals! They offer 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!

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. 

GREAT LAKES WATER TEMPERATURES & SWIMMING CONDITIONS

SILVER BEACH COUNTY PARK BEACH CAM

 

LOVE LOCAL SHOPPING

Wanderlust Outfitters celebrates their 4th anniversary this September! Don’t miss their annual Wanderversary, held September 1-7. Shoppers will enjoy giveaways and in-store specials all week long!

Chartreuse Art Gallery is a collective of individual local artists who create a wide array of art media including ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry, metalwork and glass. Members work together year round to create a magical art experience and update displays almost daily. Stop in this fall to celebrate their 14th anniversary and to find that perfect gift or souvenir! 

INSIDER TIP: NEW hours after Labor Day! Open daily,
Friday-Monday from
11:00am-6:00pm.

Wolf’s Marine has everything for you to have fun on or in the water! They’re new 2021 AB Inflatables have arrived. To make room for new inventory, they’re offering special package prices for models 2019 and older!

Enjoy specials throughout the month of September at White Pine Winery as they celebrate their 10th anniversary! Enjoy 5% off 4 bottles, 10% off 6 bottles and 15% off 12 or more bottles.

Oh My Darlings hosts a Labor Day Weekend Sale! Enjoy 20% off bathing suits and select summer merchandise!

 

LIVE MUSIC 

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: 

City of St. Joseph
    Sunday, September 6 - St. Joseph Municipal Band Virtual Concert
    Monday, September 7 - St. Joseph Municipal Band Virtual Concert 

Dablon Winery:
    Friday, September 4 - The Backsliders from 3:45pm-5:45pm
    Sunday, September 6 - Mike Talbot from 2:30pm-5:30pm

Free Run Cellars:
    Sunday, September 6 from 2:30pm-5:30pm

Plank’s:
    Friday, September 4 - Lexi Adams from 6:00pm-9:00pm
    Saturday, September 5 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
    Sunday, September 6 from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Sister Lakes Brewing:
    Friday, September 4 - Midwestern Lull from 7:00pm-10:00pm
    Saturday, September 5 - Terrestrial Peasants from 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Sunday, September 6 - Vincent Hayes from 7:00pm-10:00pm

Vineyard 2121:
    Friday, September 4 - Karaoke by DJ Dale Owen at 6:00pm
    Saturday, September 5 - Dart Board Compromise at 6:00pm
    Sunday, September 6 - Michael McIntosh from 2:00pm-5:00pm

 

BEER, WINE & SPIRITS

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

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!

Round Barn Estate celebrates this year’s harvest at their annual Harvest Party on Saturday, September 5 from 11:00am-7:00pm. Attendees will enjoy live music, delicious drinks (including a special fall cocktail) and food! This event also marks the release of the popular Salted Caramel Cream.

 

INSIDER TIP: Round Barn Estate will also host Jammin’
in the Vineyard on Sunday, September 6 &
Monday, September 7!

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