Summer Is Not Over as Free Labor Day Weekend Events Draw Families to Downtown St. Joseph

Downtown St. Joseph, Mich., is doing everything it can to keep the summer vacation spirit alive right up through Labor Day. The Lake Michigan resort community has planned a series of fun activities for all ages Aug. 31 – Sept. 3.

“It’s been a beautiful summer in St. Joseph,” said Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. “Come back and visit us for one more weekend of summer fun! Whether you enjoy the beaches, our beautiful downtown shops, and restaurants, local wineries, and breweries, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, or the downtown Magical Kingdom of St. Joseph Public Art exhibit, there is something for everyone!”

The weekend’s activities kick off with a free, outdoor concert on Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell overlooking the St. Joseph River. Concert sponsor The Boulevard Inn & Bistro will bring Summer Reunion to wow concertgoers with their classic rock.

On Saturday, visitors can get an up-close look at the sailboats that have raced from Chicago in the first leg of the annual Tri-State Regatta. They can then go to the Farmers Market in Lake Bluff Park to bring home fresh-picked apples, blueberries, squash, tomatoes, cheeses, bottles of wine, late summer fruits and vegetables, jams, honey, made-from-scratch pies, fresh cut flowers and much more. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the bluff, regional artisans and crafters will share their talent at the Lake Bluff Artisan Faire. Visitors can also shop and dine in downtown St. Joseph or play on several family-friendly beaches.

On Sunday, early risers can send off the sailboats as they race to Indiana. Then from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 50 vendors will showcase their treasures at Antiques on the Bluff. Music enthusiasts can also enjoy the season’s last Municipal Band concerts at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell. Free, horse-drawn trolley rides sponsored by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation will entertain all ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).

Zapal says the fun doesn’t stop after Labor Day weekend. “Later in September, we will host a Fall Festival weekend to celebrate autumn, which includes family fun activities in the daytime followed by a 21 and over event, Roots & Brews, in the evening.” Zapal adds, “St. Joseph is really a destination for year-round fun! In addition to the many spring and summer events, fall and winter are also jammed packed with fun for all ages. Meet me in St. Joseph – Explore all four seasons!”

St. Joseph Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events, visit, the Welcome Center or call 269-985-1111.