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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. 

Michigan’s Great Southwest is packed full of autumn fun! Everything from walking trails, fall themed drinks and food, farm visits, golfing excursions, live music - there’s something for everyone! Read on for a fall guide; #MeetMeLocally.

Michigan’s Great Southwest is packed full of autumn fun! Everything from walking trails, fall themed drinks and food, farm visits, golfing excursions, live music - there’s something for everyone! Read on for a fall guide; #MeetMeLocally.

EXPLORE OUTDOORS

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!

Fernwood Botanical Garden sits on 105 acres and features beautiful gardens, trails, a visitor center, art gallery, arboretum, fern conservatory, education center, cafe and gift shop! Explore the outdoors in Michigan’s Great Southwest. 

Head over to Nye’s Apple Barn for some delicious seasonal produce, apple cider, take n’ bake pies, pumpkins and more! 

Shuler Dairy Farm is a 5th generation Centennial farm located in Baroda, MI. Take a tour of the farm and learn about it’s rich history! At the end, treat yourself to fresh ice cream! Call (269) 326 0366 to schedule your tour today.

Take it outdoors and explore Michigan’s Great Southwest at these amazing Berrien County Parks: Madeline Bertrand, Love Creek, Silver Beach County Park, Galien River County Park, Rocky Gap and Paw Paw River County Park. Annual park permits are available for $35 and are valid through December 31, 2020.

 

A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN 

Explore Southwest Michigan’s local wines and craft beers! Featuring pet-friendly locations, unique tasting experiences, seasonal drinks and specials.

Round Barn Brewery & Public House

FALL BEER: Pumpkin Ale, 6% ABV - a delicately balanced aroma of pie spices, featuring fresh ground nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean. Left Coast Mirage, 6.4% ABV - a very pale and effervescent IPA, with a light body, dry mouthfeel and subtle citrus profile. 
FALL CIDER: Basswood Bliss, 6.9% ABV - made with local Jollay Orchards apples back-sweetened with Michigan made honey.
FALL COCKTAILS: Bourbon Apple Cider, Nutty Pumpkin, DiVine Pumpkin Mule.

Silver Harbor Brewing

FALL BEER: Das Gute Zeug (The Good Stuff), 5.1% ABV - a balance of rich malty sweetness paired with mild woody bitterness with notes of caramel, nuts and biscuit flavors. 
FALL SPECIALS: Special OktoberFest Menu available through October 4.

Sister Lakes Brewing

FALL BEERS: Polk Island (Oktoberfest), 5.2% ABV - SLBC's take on the traditional brew served at the fall festival in Bavaria. This malty German-style lager has a rich, bready flavor and pairs perfectly with crisp fall weather. Flaming Chocolate (Chipotle Chocolate Milk Stout), 4.2% ABV - SLBC has taken their house chocolate milk stout brewed with lactose and cocoa nibs and added chipotle peppers to create this spicy treat!
FALL SPECIALS:
 Monday - Gyros & Pint, Wednesday - Pizza & Pint, Thursday - Wing Basket & Pint, Friday & Saturday - Prime Rib & Baked Potato, Sunday - Chili Cheese Dog, Chili Cheese Nachos or Cup of Chili.

Tabor Hill Winery

FALL SPECIALS: Thursday - Surf & Turf, Friday - BBQ Ribs, Saturday - Prime Rib
MT TABOR TRAILS: A little over 3.5 miles of beautiful trails that connects Round Barn Estate and Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant!

The Livery

FALL BEER: Oktoberfest, 6% ABV - full classic German malt flavor with a nice bit of German hop flavor and bite. 
FALL PIZZA: Oktober-izza! Hand-tossed spent grain dough with salted crust, topped with housemade whole grain mustard base, 5 cheese blend, sauerkraut cooked with caraway, Mollie’s Delicious apples, pork bratwurst, white onions. 

Watermark Brewing

FALL BEER: Ironwood, 5.5% ABV - American Brown Ale. Flat Earth Lager, 5.4% ABV - Premium Lager. Windy City Slicker, 6% ABV - IPA. Air Locked, 6.3% ABV - Wheat Lager.

 

FALL EVENTS

  • 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! Catch the last two markets of the 2020 season - October 3 & 10 from 9:00am-2:00pm in Lake Bluff Park.
  • Urban Garage Market hosts a variety of workshops this fall - Chunky Knit Blankets, Intro to Caligraphy, Paint Your Own Piece with Chalk Paint
  • “Hop” around participating locations in the Benton Harbor Arts District during the BHAA Fall Art Hop on Friday, October 23 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
  • Krasl Art Center hosts Third Thursday: Glass Artist & Water Street Glassworks Studio Manager Eli Zilke on Thursday, October 15 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
  • The Turquoise Top Hat hosts a variety of fall workshops - Fall Flowers Wood Round Sign, Blended Pumpkin Signs - and offers a “Kit of the Week” (a special take-home project). 


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