Everyone’s favorite fall activities are coming together Sept. 20-21 in downtown St. Joseph, Mich. The Fall Fest weekend planned by St. Joseph Today includes so much autumn fun planned in this Lake Michigan resort community that visitors will want to spend the night so they won’t miss any of the sunrise-to-sunset entertainment.
Fall Fest, sponsored by Spectrum Health Lakeland, includes the following activities:
Sidewalk Sales: Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21
Enjoy Sidewalk Sales in downtown St. Joseph from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 20 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 21.
Fall Fest: Saturday, September 21
The Critter Barn brings rural living to the city featuring goats, rabbits, ducks and more animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lake Bluff Park. Families can gather up just-harvested fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, cider and fall decorations at the downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along Lake Bluff Park.
Story Time on the Bluff with Forever Books, 11:30 a.m., and the Benton Harbor Public Library, 12:30 p.m., will also be hosted on the bluff along with other activities including a face painter and balloon twisters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NEW for 2019: Girls on the Run and the YMCA of SWM will host interactive booths for more family fun! Forté Coffee and Dog House Donuts will provide food and beverage for purchase.
The Great Pumpkin Festival: Saturday, September 21
Presented by the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. This fun-filled event includes pumpkin carving and decorating contests and culminates with the Great Pumpkin Race at 1:45 p.m. Participants will cheer on a flotilla of mini numbered pumpkins dropped in a pool on site. 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. All tickets will be sold by 1:45 p.m. and entrants do not need to be present to win.
The Great Bed Race: Friday, September 20
Presented by the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary on Lake Boulevard at 4:00 p.m. Onlookers can cheer teams as they race bed frames to the finish line. This fundraiser benefits Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary youth programs and the Slumberland Furniture 40 Winks Foundation that provides mattresses and beds to children who need them.