Celebrate SW Michigan During Love Local Weekend


St. Joe Today invites the community to celebrate all things Southwest Michigan during the Love Local Weekend, August 19-21. This Love Local weekend features live music, extended shopping hours, special offers, St. Joe Farmers Market, Lake Bluff Artisan Fair and more! 

Starting the weekend off with a bang, St. Joe Jack and the Good Time Co. will be performing Friday, August 19 from 7:00p-8:00p as part of the Friday Night Concert Series. This free, hour-long concert will be held at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell. Visit stjoetoday.com/fridaynightconcertsfor a complete schedule. And, it’s not the only musical draw for Friday evening, as various businesses host live music of their own. 

While still humming the music from the night before, swing by the St. Joe Farmers Market on Saturday, August 20 which features extended hours, 9:00a-5:00p and a limited quantity of free market bags; first-come-first-serve. Continuing along Lake Bluff Park, check out the Lake Bluff Artisan Fair where over 50 vendors showcase their handcrafted goods. For more information, visitstjoetoday.com/farmersmarketandstjoetoday.com/artisanfair

To end the Saturday of Love Local, bring the kids down to Whittlesey Park to view the showing of Sing 2 at 7:30p, hosted by the City of St. Joseph as part of the Summer Movie Series. Visitstjoetoday.com/moviesfor a complete summer movie schedule.

On Sunday, August 21, the Love Local Weekend wraps up with a free Municipal Band Concert held at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell at 7:00p. 

All weekend long, residents and visitors 21+ can enjoy the Downtown Social District, sponsored by Sturgis Bank. For more information visit stjoetoday.com/socialdistrict. “Love Local Weekends are an entirely unique experience,” said Amy Zapal, executive director, St. Joe Today. “Each Love Local Weekend offers different specials that are inspired by the fantastic agriculture in Southwest Michigan.” 

These events just scratch the surface of the Love Local weekend, as folks can enjoy extended shopping hours, featured menu items, and other area specials throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest. Visitstjoetoday.com/lovelocalfor a complete list of all that our various stores and restaurants offer. 

Catch these upcoming St. Joe Today summer events:
            St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays through October 8 (9:00a-2:00p)
            Love Local Weekends: Third Weekend of the Month, August-September
            Friday Night Concert Series: August 19, September 16 (7:00p-8:00p)
            Antiques on the Bluff: September 4, October 2 (10:00a-5:00p)
            Lake Bluff Artisan Fair: August 20, September 3 (10:00a-5:00p)
            Fall Fest: September 17 (10:00a-3:00p)

St. Joe 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 upcoming events and details call St. Joe Today at (269) 985 1111 or visitstjoetoday.com.