Festivals in Southwest Michigan

Festivals in Southwest Michigan are plentiful and a joy to experience.

Bridgman is known for its Wine Festival at Weko Beach, situated on Lake Michigan.  This festival, which is held adjacent to the beach, features live music, a great variety of food tents, and the perfect way to sample many of the award-winning Michigan wines. The festival is a joint effort between the Economic Growth Alliance and the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. You are sure to enjoy the view, as you "toast the coast".

Dowagiac is home to the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, which is a weeklong festival. They honor the fine arts by featuring live entertainment, readings, sculpting, dancing, storytelling and more. You can purchase tickets through their website.

Holland is the place to go during the springtime celebration of Dutch heritage and culture.  The Tulip Time Festival features three amazing parades, Dutch Dance shows, concerts, Dutch cuisine, children's activities, trolley tours and more.  Many come simply to enjoy the enormous array of tulips, which blossom in more colors and volume than you have ever seen.

New Buffalo hosts a large variety of festivals throughout the summer season.  However, the New Buffalo Winter Festival is a particular favorite.  This is a weekend full of winter fun, featuring ice skating, ice sculpting, sleigh rides and a Winter Ball.  Tickets for the Winter Ball can be purchased on its website.

St. Joseph is home to the monthly Antiques on the Bluff.  It is held outdoors, overlooking the lake,  the first Sunday of each month, May through October.  Stroll along the walk and enjoy the scenic view as you hunt through the many antique stands.  St. Joseph also hosts the Brownbag Concert Series, which offers live entertainment, while you sit outdoors and enjoy the view of the St. Joe River.  Pack a lunch and head over to the John E.N. Howard Band Shell, Wednesdays at noon, June through September.  It is a great way to break up your work day. The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is located at Bluff Park in downtown St. Joseph, overlooking Lake Michigan.  It is a prestigious art fair, rated as one of the top 100 art fairs in the nation.  The Krasl Art Fair features over 200 artists and admission is free.

The Magical Ice Carving Festival takes place in St. Joseph every winter.  Sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, these ice sculptures are judged on originality, artistic quality, technique and design. There are many fun winter activities to participate in during this Festival, but one of the most intriguing things to do is actually watch the sculptors work.

The Luminary Festival of St. Joseph is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.  As you roam through the candle-lit streets you will see over 800 luminaries throughout downtown St. Joseph.  You will feel like you have stepped back in time when you take the free horse-drawn Trolley Ride and gaze at the decorated store windows in town.

Saugatuck is home to the magnificent Venetian Festival.  Plan a picnic or sample a variety of local specialties from the food tents.  The boat parade will float right past you as the participants compete for the coveted "Venetian Cup". The Festival features live entertainment, family fun and has become a favorite for many.

South Haven is proud to call itself the "Blueberry Capital of the World". The National Blueberry Festival is their way of celebrating this self-proclaimed title, with parades, entertainment, art fairs and every possible taste treat you can imagine, made with South Haven's very own blueberries.

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