Fall Fest September 15-17


 Everyone’s favorite fall activities are coming together during Love Local Weekend, September 15-17. Throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest, businesses will host extended shopping hours, free gift wrapping, new products, specials and a wide variety of area events!

Weekend activities include the annual Fall Fest and weekly St. Joe Farmers Market in downtown St. Joseph on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00a-2:00p.

Fall Fest activities in Lake Bluff Park include:

St. Joe Farmers Market | 9:00a-2:00p
Market-goers will enjoy fresh finds at the weekly St. Joe Farmers Market. Vendors will offer a variety of products including baked goods, locally grown produce, perennials and cut flowers, meats and cheeses, coffee and more! This event is held Saturdays in the scenic Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan.

Interactive Fun in Lake Bluff Park | 9:00a-2:00p
Attendees will enjoy interactive games, crafts and/or photo opportunities with our Fall Fest vendors: RE/MAX by the Lake, Balloon Twisters, BOSS Services, Boys & Girls Club, Carol Wight-Barrett @ EXP Realty, Citadel Dance & Music Center, Freedom Plasma, Fusion Center for Dance, Interact Club, Krasl Art Center, LECO/Fit 4 Fall 5K, Michigan DHHS, MOMS Club of St. Joseph, Paws of Hope, South Shore Health & Racquet Club, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, St. Joe/Benton Harbor Rotary, The Little Play Things Cafe and Trinity Lutheran!

Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Pumpkin Raffle  | 9:00a-2:00p
Presented by the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Club from 9a to 1:45p, this fun-filled event culminates with the Great Pumpkin Raffle drawing at 2p. The first five tickets pulled win $500, $400, $300, $100 and $50. A $10 raffle ticket benefits the Benton Harbor Rotary community youth projects, including the construction and distribution of over 400 student desks to promote home learning and an outdoor STEM learning platform at the Boys & Girls Club. All tickets will be sold by 1:45p and entrants do not need to be present to win.

Critter Barn | 10:00a-2:00p
Enjoy their FARM ON THE GO! and meet the animals of Critter Barn.

RE/MAX by the Lake Big Balloon Walk Through | 11:30a-1:30p
Join the RE/MAX by the Lake team for a “walk through” of the partially inflated hot air balloon! This activity will be located in the lot at the corner of Lake Blvd. and Pleasant St.

Storytime in Lake Bluff Park | 11:30a & 12:30p & 1:30p
11:30a - Storytime with the St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library   
12:30p - Join Forever Books for Storytime with Poppy & Diana!
1:30p - Storytime with Cherie Okonski, Author of "The Secret of Gumper the Rabbit"

All weekend long, area businesses and restaurants will host special offers as part of the September Love Local Weekend. Promotions include, but are not limited to: Sidewalk Sales from DK Boutique, Perennial Accents, Lee & Birch, Grins of St. Joseph, Glik’s and The Lilac Loft; Fall Merchandise release from St. Joe Community Taproom; Enjoy 10% off House-Made Fudge, Chocolate and select items at Sweet Haven and the annual Kuhl PANT-cakes event hosted by Wanderlust Outfitters on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00a-1:00p. Visit stjoetoday.com/lovelocal and stjoetoday.com/fallfest for more information. Fall Fest is sponsored by RE/MAX by the Lake and Holt Bosse; Love Local is sponsored by Corewell Health, Corewell Health Foundation Southwest and The Boulevard Inn & Bistro.

The fun continues as we head further into the fall and winter season. “We have a full roster of events scheduled for the last quarter of the year,” said Zapal. “Everything from the St. Joe Farmers Market and Pumpkins on Parade to Luminary, Countdown to New Year, Window Wonderland, Small Business Saturday, Reindog Holiday Parade and more!”

Catch these additional upcoming St. Joe Today fall and winter events:

St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays through October 14 (9:00a-2:00p)
Antiques on the Bluff: October 1 (10:00a-5:00p)
Pumpkins on Parade: October 20-31
Halloween Trick-or-Treat: October 31 (4:30p-6p)
Luminary: November 17 (5:00p-8:00p)
Window Wonderland: November 17 (5:00p-8:00p)
Countdown to New Year: November 17-December 17
Small Business Saturday: November 25 (All Day)
Merry & Bright Weekend: December 1-3 (All Weekend)
Reindog Holiday Parade: December 2 (3:00p)
Santa Series: December 2-23 (Select Dates/Times)
Holiday Artisan Fair: December 3

St. Joe Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events and details call St. Joe Today at (269) 985 1111 or visit stjoetoday.com.