This weekend, Aug. 4-7, St. Joseph, Mich., is packing in as much summer family fun as it can! While chalk-wielding artists take center stage, there is plenty of entertainment for all ages in this Lake Michigan resort town. Here are some must-dos:
20th Annual Chalk the Block
For 20 years, regional artists have been creating beautiful works of art out of chalk pastels using the downtown streets of St. Joseph as their canvas. This year they’ll be mapping out their ideas and transforming them into masterpieces on Broad St. between Lake Blvd. and State St. Artists draw whatever they choose so each piece is unique. You can watch the artists at work starting early Saturday morning right up to the big reveal at 5 p.m. Walking by you’ll see why this event is a perennial favorite for thousands of locals and visitors. The artwork will be showcased all weekend long so you will have plenty of chances to enjoy it.
Tip: Kids can create their own chalk works of art in front of the Silver Beach Carousel.
Thursday, August 4:
Sidewalk Sales in downtown St. Joseph:
Sidewalk sales will take place downtown through Sunday, August 7. While you’re finding great deals, look for the 19 adorable Beach Bugs public art figures that have St. Joseph all abuzz this summer.
Trio Attrito at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center: 6 p.m.
Be the first to hear in concert the Chicago-based Trio Attrito, an ensemble featuring two violinists and a cellist. Their debut performance will include classics from the Romanticism period by composers Beethoven, Schubert and Dohnányi. This is part of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra Casual Classics Series and tickets can be purchased online.
Friday August 5:
Chalk Workshop at the Box Factory for the Arts: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Do you wish you could create pastel perfection just like the Chalk the Block artists? Here’s your chance to learn how! Professional chalk artist Nate Baranowski will instruct beginners to experts, ages 12 and up. Cost is $35, which includes admission, materials, light appetizers and refreshments with the Chalk the Block artists. Spots fill quickly, so sign up today using this form.
Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (weather permitting)
Your carriage awaits you at the corner of Elm and State Street. Experience the historic downtown of St. Joseph on a horse-drawn trolley ride. The best part is; it’s FREE! All thanks to the Frederick S. Upton Foundation. (Rides will also be held Sunday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Friday Night Concert Series at the John E.N. Howard Band Shell: 7:30 p.m.
Bring your friends and family and enjoy a FREE concert on the bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan. The band “Past Time” will perform 50’s and 60’s classic rock. Thanks goes out to the Boulevard Inn and Bistro for sponsoring this event!
Saturday August 6:
Farmers Market: 9 a.m-2 p.m.
Find Southwest Michigan’s best local produce at the St. Joseph Farmer’s Market located at Lake Bluff Park. A nice selection of wines and cheeses are also available.
2016 Summer Jam presented by 97.5 Y Country at Shadowland Pavilion: 4 p.m.
Every year Y Country brings rising country stars to St. Joseph to showcase the next big thing in country music. This year’s Summer Jam will kick off with opener Stephen Neal followed by Jared Knox, all leading up to the 2016 headliner, Michael Ray. Seating is available as well as lawn seating (bring a blanket or chairs). Advance and day-of-the-show tickets are available. Parking is first come first serve at Silver Beach Park for a fee. There is free parking available above the bluff also, just be prepared to walk. This will give you a chance to check out the Chalk the Block art in progress on your way down! Vendors will be inside concert grounds serving food and beverages (no coolers allowed). Wines from Tabor Hill, craft beers, Budweiser and Bud Light will be served until the music stops so come and live it up at this summer celebration!
Tip: Bring cash for parking, tickets, food and drinks and wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Summer Movie, Zootopia, at Whirlpool Centennial Park: 10 p.m.
What’s better than enjoying a family movie beneath the stars? Bring your blankets and chairs and settle in at Whirlpool Centennial Park (right across the street from the Silver Beach Carousel) for the FREE Summer Movies series presented by the City of St. Joseph. Want popcorn? You can buy fresh popped corn before the movie from the concession stand at the Carousel.
Tip: Wearing bug spray is always a good idea during outdoor events.
Sunday August 7th:
Antiques on the Bluff: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shop for antiques in Lake Bluff Park, rain or shine, all while enjoying a beautiful view of Lake Michigan.
Municipal Band Concerts: 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Listen to the St. Joseph Municipal Band perform at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell! Concerts are FREE and are brought to you by the City of St. Joseph. What a great way to end your weekend.