On Aug. 3-6, 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:
21st Annual Chalk the Block
For 21 years, regional artists have been creating beautiful works of art out of chalk pastels using thedowntown 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 noon on Friday and all day Saturday. 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 3:
Sidewalk Sales in downtown St. Joseph:
Sidewalk sales will take place downtown through Sunday, August 6. While you’re finding great deals, look for the 19, larger-than-life fish and shark public art figures that have St. Joseph fishing for fun this summer.
Historic Walking Tour: 5:30 p.m.
The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center and the Krasl Art Center will offer public historic walking tours. The guided tours start at 5:30 p.m. and last about one hour. While the tour is free, a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.
Chalk Artist 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 Shawn McCann 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.
Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (weather permitting)
Your carriage awaits you at the corner of Elm and State Streets. Experience the historic downtown of St. Joseph on a horse-drawn trolley ride. The best part — it’s FREE! All thanks to the Frederick S. Upton Foundation.
Friday Night Concert Series at the John E.N. Howard Band Shell: 7:30 p.m.Saturday August 6:
Bring your friends and family and enjoy a FREE concert on the bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan. Jack Adams & the Breakers will perform oldies, pop and rock hits. Thanks go out to the Boulevard Inn and Bistro for sponsoring this event!Farmers Market: 9 a.m-2 p.m.
Saturday August 5:
Farmers Market: 9 a.m-2 p.m.
Find Southwest Michigan’s best local produce at the St. Joseph Farmers Market located at Lake Bluff Park. A nice selection of wines and cheeses are also available.
North Pier Lighthouse Open Hours: 11a.m.-2p.m.
2017 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 pre-show performer Zach Dubois (4:30 p.m.) followed by opener The Kari Lynch Band (5:30p.m.), all leading up to the 2017 headliner, A Thousand Horses (7:00p.m.). 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 served at Silver Beach County 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). Wine, craft beer, 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, Inside Out, at Whirlpool Centennial Park: 10 p.m. (dusk)
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 6:
View the Completed Chalk Art: all day; judging at noon
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 Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Listen to the St. Joseph Municipal Band perform at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell! The concert is FREE and is brought to you by the City of St. Joseph. What a great way to end your weekend.