Harvest Fun Abounds Sept 22 in St. Joseph!

Saturday, 22 September 2018 (All day)



Fall Fest, Roots & Brews and Public Art Auction Top Weekend Activities


Everyone’s favorite fall activities are coming together Sept. 22 in downtown St. Joseph, Mich. The weekend planned by St. Joseph Today includes a Fall Fest, Roots & Brews, and the City of St. Joseph’s Public Art Auction of its knights, dragons, and castle sculptures. There is so much autumn fun planned in this Lake Michigan resort community visitors will want to spend the night so they won’t miss any of the sunrise-to-sunset entertainment.



Featured Weekend Event:


Roots & Brews: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 22
St. Joseph Today invites everyone 21 years and older to celebrate fall in Southwest Michigan at this new premier tasting event. This event features regional craft brews, wines, cider, local cuisine, live music and front row views of the sunset. Admission is $35 and includes a tasting cup, 12 tokens, and live music. Music will be provided by Niles, MI based band Elephant Rescue who will feature their New Orleans Swamp Funk and headliner Arizona based band Jared & The Mill who will showcase their Western Indie Rock.


Featured breweries include B. Nektar, Founders Brewing Co., The Livery Microbrewery, North Pier Brewery, Peat’s Cider, Round Barn Brewery, Silver Harbor Brewing, Sister Lakes Brewing Co., Tapistry Brewing, Three Blondes Brewing and Watermark Brewing. Featured wineries include 12 Corners Winery, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lake Michigan Vintners, and White Pine Winery. Food will be available for additional purchase from two local food trucks, Nosh Village and PotLuck. Tickets are on sale now, for more information visit stjoetoday.com/rootsbrews.
Sponsored by Vail Rubber and the Paul & Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust.



Additional Weekend Activities include:


Sidewalk Sales: 10am-6pm on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22

Enjoy Sidewalk Sales in downtown St. Joseph from 10am-6pm on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.


Fall Fest: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 22

The Critter Barn brings rural living to the city featuring goats, rabbits, ducks and more animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lake Bluff Park. Families can gather up just-harvested fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, cider and fall decorations at the downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along Lake Bluff Park. Story Time on the Bluff with Forever Books will also be along the bluff along with other activities including a face painter and balloon twisters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by MedExpress Urgent Care.


City of St. Joseph Live Public Art Auction: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22

Since mid-May, the City of St. Joseph has displayed The Magical Kingdom of St. Joseph featuring sculptures painted by regional artists. Bid on your favorite brave knight, dragon or castle during the Public Art Auction.Returning this year for bidders who are unable to attend the live event to participate is a silent auction. To participate, bidders are asked to submit their contact information, the name of the art piece and the bid amount tosmccallum@sjcity.comor awright@sjcity.com. The Silent Auction will end at 11:59 p.m. September 21st. To snag a sculpture instantly, be the first to email an offer of $2,000 for the art you want to smccallum@sjcity.comby 11:59 p.m. September 21st. Include the name of the sculpture which can be found online at stjosephpublicart.com. A live auction will be held on Sept. 22 at the Roots & Brews grounds (corner of Lake Blvd. and Pleasant St.) at 2:30 p.m. Professional auctioneer Jerry Glassman will manage the auction for these original works. Registration for paddle numbers runs from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact: Greg Grothous, ggrothous@sjcity.com269.983.5541.


The Great Pumpkin Festival:10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.on Saturday, September 22

Presented by the Benton Harbor Sunshine Rotary. This fun-filled event includes pumpkin carving and decorating contests and culminates with the Great Pumpkin Race at 1:45 p.m. Participants will cheer on a flotilla of mini numbered pumpkins dropped in a pool on site. The first five pumpkins to cross the finish line will win $1,000, $300, $200, $100 and $50. A $10 entry fee will benefit Benton Harbor youth programs. All tickets will be sold by 1:45 p.m. and entrants do not need to be present to win.


For a full weekend of autumn fun, join us on Friday, September 21 for the Sixth Annual Great Bed Race. Onlookers can cheer teams as they race bed frames to the finish line. This fundraiser benefits Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary youth programs and the Slumberland Furniture 40 Winks Foundation that provides mattresses and beds to children who need them.


St. Joseph Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about Fall Fest, Roots & Brews or upcoming events, visit stjoetoday.com, facebook.com/stjoetoday, the Welcome Center or call 269-985-1111.

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