Meet Southwest Michigan’s makers at Weko Beach!


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Drink in their amazing craft during our 1st Annual Makers Trail Festival

We’ll be popping corks, tapping kegs and pouring your favorite spirits ’til sunset. Come party with us at Weko Beach – with nothing but gorgeous Lake Michigan to the west – and Southwest Michigan’s premier wine, beer and spirits makers under one big tent. This is one fun place for you and your friends to try new drinks or stick with your go-to favorites using beverage tickets purchased when you arrive. There will be water, soda and juices for your DD and you, too.

Arclight BrewingBlackDragonGravity2Greenbush BrewHaymarket BrewingHickory CreekJourneyman DistilleryLake Michigan V2Lazy Ballerina2Lehmans Orchard 1Lemon CreekLivery BrewMoonriseNorth PierRed TopRound BarnSilver HarborTabor HillTapistry BrewingTransient AlesVineyard 2121Watermark BrewingWhite Pine

Dance or chill to our music makers at no extra charge – YES! Nashville's Billy Strings is playing here! We’ve stacked the lineup with your kind of beach music. Listen by the Big Lake as five bands pump out their playlists all festival long. It doesn’t get better than this.

Headliner Performance - 7:30-9:45 pm  Billy Strings:

Nashville’s phenom bluegrass guitarist will bring your heart rate up as the sun goes down! Our headliner plays hard, lives hard and strums so blistering fast strings go flying. Billy grew up in Michigan before relocating to the “Music City” in 2016 where his career has exploded! In August 2017, Rolling Stone named Strings among the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” and The Journal of Roots MusicNo Depression” newsletter said Strings’ September 2017 debut album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, is “a fiery, down-home, foot-stomping, barn burning, sawdust flying” collection of music. Billy is passionate about the roots of American music and we’re excited to bring him on stage in his native state.

1:00-2:00 pm The Undertakers Blues Band: You’ll dig this trio’s mix of jump/swing blues, funky blues and tunes for traditional blues fans.

2:30-3:30 pm The Andrew Fisher Quartet: These crowd-pleasers play wave after wave of Michigan neo-soul, funk and jazz.

4:00-5:00 pm StarHeart: This brother and sister duo sing a combination of folk, rock, blues, funk, hip-hop and country that put listeners into a joyful groove.

5:30-6:45 pm James Neary & The Bevy Blue: here’s where blues fuses with rock and soul and brings audiences to their feet again and again and again.

Favorite food makers will be here, too! In addition to the drink tastings and music entertainment, these popular vendors will dish up fresh, summer flavors that taste great with your wine, brew and spirit choices. There will be sodas, water and juices for your DD and you, too.

Advance tickets: $10. (ages 10 and up) are on sale now! Gate tickets: $15; children under 10 years, free. Invite your friends and family to join you for a great day at the beach!

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Bring cash to the festival. This is a cash-only event, so please bring money to buy your drink tasting tickets ($1 each) and food from our vendors. For your convenience, we’ll have an ATM on site.

Free parking. Free shuttles.

That’s right. No charge. Shuttles will start at 9 a.m. and will run frequently throughout the event, so you can come and go when you want. Multiple lots will be available and they will be filled in this order:

  • Eagle Technologies, 9850 Red Arrow Hwy.
  • American Electric Power (AEP), 9970 Red Arrow Hwy.
  • Toth Street Park, 9841 Toth St.
  • Bridgman Library, 4460 Lake St.
  • Bridgman City Hall, 9765 Maple Street,
  • Edgewater Bank, 4509 Lake Street
  • Bridgman High School, 9965 Gast Rd.

Hotels Participating in Transportation

  • America’s Best Value Inn
  • Baymont Inn
  • Candlewood Suites
  • Comfort Suites Stevensville
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express Benton Harbor
  • Holiday Inn Express St. Joseph
  • Inn at Harbor Shores
  • SpringHill Suites
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Super 8


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Come rain or shine! There will be plenty of room for you under the big tents. You’re welcome to bring your own chairs. However, please leave your pets, coolers, drinks and food outside the gates – they’re not allowed on the festival grounds. No smoking is permitted, either.

Need to know more? Visit makerstrail.org or call 269-925-6301. For current news and updates, please “Like” our Facebook page and check “Interested” or “Going” on the Makers Trail Festival event.


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