Summer is so close you can almost taste it! That means Southwest Michigan will soon be filled with fun festivals and events. But what makes our festivals stand out from the rest?

We love to show off the best parts of our small towns and local businesses and share them with visitors. We celebrate our diverse communities, local agriculture, many wineries, breweries, and distilleries and the natural beauty that surrounds us. At our summer events, you can expect to find great food, cold drinks, music, good company and an even better view.

Check out this list of popular events and mark your calendars! Then plan your stay at one of our area lodgings.

CHCTSummer Solstice Art Hop- Benton Harbor Arts District- June 16

36th Antique & Classic Boat Show- Michigan Maritime Museum- June 17

Garden Party- Fernwood Botanical Garden- June 17

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest- Weko Beach- June 17

Lemon Creek Winery’s Father’s Day Festival- June 18

Founders’ Week at Silver Beach Carousel- June 19-25

Gene Harris Coming Home Coming Together Concert- Benton Harbor Arts District- June 25

Journeyman Distillery's Corsets, Whips, and Whiskey Festival- July 1

Reds, Whites, and Brews- Round Barn Winery- July 1

fireworksInternational Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship- July 1

New Buffalo Independence Celebration Week- June 28- July 4

SMSO Independence Day Celebration- Shadowland Pavilion- July 4

Celebrate Bridgman- July 5-9

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff- July 8-9

Mike Yore Memorial Car Show- Downtown St. Joseph- July 14

Music & Microbrews- Shadowland Pavilion- July 14-15

Lighted Boat Parade- July 15

Dowagiac Summer in the City- July 20

Domain Berrien Art, Wine, & Music Festival- July 22

Support Our Troops Festival- Baroda American Legion- July 29

Summer Jam- Shadowland Pavilion- August 4

Chalk the Block- Downtown St. Joseph- August 4-6

Coloma-Glad Peach Festival- August 4-6

Party on the Pavers- August 5

Lest We Forget- August 5-6

Ship & Shore Festival- Downtown New Buffalo- August 11-13

Concours d’Elegance- Downtown St. Joseph- August 12

Berrien County Youth Fair- August 14-19

Round Barn’s 25th Anniversary Harvest Party- August 19