Pick your own fall fun during St. Joseph Michigan's festivals and public art auctions
SEPT. 26-27, 2014.
Southwestern Michigan is a fantastic place to visit in the fall … with the colors changing, lots of produce and markets to visit and more than a dozen wineries to check out as well – we think your audience will want to know more!
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — There is a cornucopia of good times waiting for all ages in downtown St. Joseph, Mich., on Sept. 26 and 27. St. Joseph Today has gathered a weekend of favorite fall activities. In fact, there are so many ideas to pick from that visitors to this Lake Michigan resort community will want to spend the night to take it all in. For lodging information, visit www.stjoetoday.com/sleep.
Fall Festival: Sept. 26-27
Event activities include:
The Second Annual Rotary and Slumberland Great Bed Race will get the fun rolling at 4:30 p.m. on Lake Blvd. Teams will raise funds for the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary youth programs and for Slumberland Furniture 40 Winks Foundation which provides mattresses and beds to children who need them.
Then from 5 to 8 p.m., downtown merchants and restaurants will participate in “It’s Finally Friday” festivities. Sales, harvest menus and entertainment will fill the evening.
Day on the Farm, sponsored by United Federal Credit Union, will feature just-harvested fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats and fall decorations at the downtown Farmers Market. A free petting zoo will give visitors a chance to interact with goats, rabbits and ducks. Face painting and live music will round out the activities.
The Great Pumpkin Festival, sponsored as well by Benton Harbor Sunshine Rotary starts at 10 a.m. This all-day event includes pumpkin carving and decorating contests, pumpkin games and prizes, plant and bake sales and culminates with the Great Pumpkin Race at 2 p.m. Participants will cheer on a flotilla of numbered pumpkins. The first five pumpkins to cross the finish line will win $1,000, $300, $200, $100 and $50. A $10 entry fee will benefit Benton Harbor youth programs.
St. Joseph Wine Festival & Public Art Auction: Sept. 27
Whirlpool Centennial Park will host wine tasting, local cuisine, live music and a fun-filled auction of the city’s public art lighthouse sculptures from 4 to 9 p.m. This is a great opportunity for adults to sample vintages from Baroda Founders, Burgdorf Wintery, Fenn Valley, Lemon Creek Winery, Round Barn Winery, St. Julian, Tabor Hill, Warner Vineyards, White Pine Winery, Virtue Cider and more. Medicinal Groove will perform live music from 4-5 and 6:30-9 p.m. within yards of Lake Michigan and its picturesque sunsets. All proceeds from the public art auction will go to the Lighthouse Forever Fund.
Event sponsors include the City of St. Joseph, Lighthouse Forever Fund, 98.3 The Coast, Beaudoin Electrical Construction and WSJM. To learn more about these and other fall events, contact St. Joseph Today, a membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and business in St. Joseph and its surrounding communities. Visit www.stjoetoday.com, facebook.com/stjoetoday or call 269-985-1111.