Come rain or shine! There will be plenty of room for you under the big tents. You’re welcome to bring your own camping chairs. However, please leave your pets, coolers, drinks and food outside the gates – they’re not allowed on festival grounds. No smoking is permitted, either. Need to know more? Call 269-985-1111. For current news and updates, please “Like” our Facebook page and check “Interested” or “Going” on the Makers Trail Festival event.
Band Line Up Dance or chill to our music makers at no extra charge. We’ve stacked the lineup with your kind of beach music. Listen by the lake to four bands pumping out their playlists all festival long. 1-2 p.m. - DJ Mark Durocher 2-3:15 p.m. - JR. Clark Band 3:45-5 p.m. - Size Matters 5:30-7 p.m. - Crawpuppies
FOOD MAKERS Favorite food makers will be here, too! In addition to the drink tastings and music entertainment, popular local food vendors will dish up fresh, summer flavors that taste great with your wine, beer, cider and spirit choices. Don Chepe Tacos (Mexican) Nola Roux (Cajun) The Brick House On Wheels (Burgers & Sandwiches) Twisted Dawg (Hot Dogs) Wood, Stock & Grill (BBQ)

Weko Beach in Bridgman is the place to be June 10, from 1-7 p.m. with the return of the annual Makers Trail Festival. This year’s event will be produced by St. Joe Today, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in St. Joseph, Michigan.

“St. Joe Today is excited for the opportunity to grow our organization’s footprint by hosting an event in Bridgman, and we’re grateful to work with such strong partners,” said Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joe Today. “The CGA, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber and City of Bridgman created a wonderful event and it’s been amazing to watch it grow over the years.

Makers Trail Festival attendees can try new and go-to-favorites from local Southwest Michigan craft beer, wine, cider and spirit makers using beverage tickets purchased when they arrive. Music will be heard throughout the day starting with DJ Mark Durocher, followed by live bands the JR Clark Band, Size Matters and the Crawpuppies.

But it doesn’t stop there. Guests can try local favorite food trucks, which will be dishing out fresh, summer flavors that taste great with their craft beverage choices. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase.

Those interested in attending should buy tickets ahead of time. Advanced entry tickets are $10 each for ages 12 and up. Tickets purchased at the gate on festival day are $20 each. Children under 12 years old get in free, making this a perfect event for friends and family. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1 online at

This is a cash-only event, so guests should bring cash money to buy drink tickets at $1 each and to purchase food directly from vendors. There will be free parking with free shuttles. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the event so guests can come and go when they want. Parking locations will be close to Weko Beach and exact locations will be posted closer to the event. There will be no parking available at Weko Beach.

Come rain or shine — there will be plenty of room for everyone under the big tents. Guests are welcome to bring their own camping chairs, too. However, pets, coolers, drinks and food should be left outside the gates – they’re not allowed on the festival grounds. No smoking is permitted, either.

For more information, visit or call 269-985-1111. For current news and updates, please “Like” the Makers Trail Facebook page and check “Interested” or “Going” on the Makers Trail Festival event.

Catch these upcoming St. Joe Today events:

● Antiques on the Bluff: First Sunday of the Month, May-Oct. (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

● Memorial Day Parade: May 26 (Noon)

● St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 27-Oct. 14 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)

● Wednesday Night Market: Wednesdays, May 31-Aug. 30 (4-8 p.m.)

● Lake Bluff Artisan Fair: June 3, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 2 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)


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

The Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council connects visitors and locals alike with things to do in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties. View their curated itineraries, Makers Trail and Creative Connections destinations, blogs, trail guides, newsletters and more online. For more information, visit or, or call 269-925-6301