Road trip-worthy happenings along the South Michigan Shore

Explore our curated picks for fall fun during this special season of plenty. Events that highlight music and makers. Friendly competition and freewheeling dance. Plus an incredible lineup of farm and food adventures entirely unique to the Lake Michigan shore.

Winter is coming (and that’s okay!). But for the next few months, let’s revel in the vibrant landscape and innate desire to share, surprise, and delight.

The top of the white round barn against a blue sky at Round Barn Winery in Baroda, Michigan.

JAMMIN’ AT THE VINEYARD AT ROUND BARN WINERY, DISTILLERY, AND BREWERY

Saturday & Sundays through October | Baroda, MI

The best party on the wine trail happens every weekend at Round Barn. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and drinks (so many kinds!) on a vineyard estate with plenty of space to play, dance, and relax. The friendly folks here have absolutely mastered this scene.

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A long table set with wine glasses and daffodils in front of a modern wood wall at Granor Farm in Three Oaks, Michigan.

TASTE OF GRANOR DINNER SERIES

Fridays & Saturdays | Three Oaks, MI

Granor Farm’s popular weekly dinner series returns with a stunning new dine-in greenhouse. Tour the farm before sitting down to an organic Granor-grown meal that celebrates the expansive food culture of Southwest Michigan. Served at long community tables that encourage conversation, dinners here are uniquely engaging—and super delicious. Tickets are limited, so early purchase is a must. $130-$200

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SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

September 17 | Three Oaks, MI

A Ravinia-style evening of Indo-Flamenco music under the stars in Dewey Cannon Park. Flamenco, Indian, Arabic, and West African beats performed by the musicians and dancers of Surabhi Ensemble. BYO food and beverage—prizes will be awarded for the most creative spreads. Tickets benefit School of American Music’s Future Fund, established to provide music education for under-resourced students. $50

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An exterior view of River Saint Joe's cortex steel and glass tasting and brew building in Buchanan, Michigan.

HOP HARVEST FESTIVAL AT RIVER SAINT JOE

September 18 | Buchanan, MI

Farmstead brewery River Saint Joe celebrates the hop harvest with live music, games, and face painting for the kids. Set on their expansive beer garden among the fields of Flatwater Farm, tickets include a commemorative glass, food off the smoker, and first pours of new-release beers. $10-$25

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A toddler crawling among the pumpkins and gourds at Dinges Fall Harvest in Three Oaks, Michigan.

DINGES FALL HARVEST

September 24-October 31 | Three Oaks, MI

Every autumn, the Dinges’ charming farmstead transforms into a spooky, silly spot for pumpkin patch adventure. Go for the amazing selection of pumpkins and gourds (u-pick or pre-pick), stay for the old-school family fun and Halloween-inspired attractions.

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Two cyclists driving past an old brick schoolhouse on a country road during Apple Cider Century bike tour.

APPLE CIDER CENTURY

September 25 | Three Oaks, MI

Experience the midwest’s most popular century bike tour. From hard-core, kit-wearing packs to families with little ones fresh off training wheels, ACC offers fully-supported 15, 25, 37, 62, 75, or 100-mile tours through stunning Lake Michigan shore countryside.

Learn More | Explore ACC

A blue and red Bauhaus-style graphic promoting the Daniel Villarreal concert at Seedz Brewery in Union Pier, Michigan.

DANIEL VILLARREAL AT SEEDZ BREWERY

September 29 | Union Pier, MI

Beloved Chicago drummer and bandleader Daniel Villarreal performs work from his debut solo LP, Panamá 77, at Seedz Brewery. A vibrant batch of jazz-laced, psychedelic, Latin funk informed by his Central American upbringing, expect positive vibes and infectious grooves. A perfect toast to summer’s end. $20

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OKTOBERFEST AT SEEDZ BREWERY

October 1| Union Pier, MI

Wildly popular in its first year, Seedz Oktoberfest returns with four bands, three food trucks, and a fest lager created especially for the occasion. A small-batch brewery led by hometown beer hero Ryan Ziarko, Seedz is dedicated to crafting delicate lagers, ales, and mixed fermentation beers from 100% locally grown ingredients. Tickets include a commemorative clay or glass stein. $25-$75

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THE COLLECTIVE ARTISAN MARKET

October 2 | Baroda, MI

A curated artisan pop-up event on the Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery estate. Produced by The Collective, shop over 75+ small, independent businesses or attend a workshop while you enjoy live music, food trucks, and a huge selection of craft beverages. $5, kids 12 and under are free.

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NEW BUFFALO HARVEST & WINE FESTIVAL

October 8 | New Buffalo, MI

This annual lakefront celebration is more than the name might suggest. Yes, a fine representation of Lake Michigan Shore wines, but also regional beers and ciders. Tasty food trucks. A craft, farmers, and producers market. Kids activities. And, of course, music! A community gathering for visitors and locals alike, it’s a day-into-night event full of smiles and gratitude for all the region provides. $10 suggested donation

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WORLD’S BEST PUTTER COMPETITION AT JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY

October 9 | Three Oaks, MI

Compete for a cash prize and the title of World’s Best Putter at Journeyman’s annual all-in-good-fun competition. Open to all ages, entrants 21 and over enjoy complimentary spirit tastings. Set on the distillery’s beautiful 18-hole putting green, Welter’s Folly. $22 entry fee

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JOURNEYMAN BARREL-AGED BREWFEST

October 15 | Three Oaks, MI

Explore single-batch, barrel-aged beverages produced by 30 regional breweries, wineries, and mead/cideries as they compete for bragging rights and the coveted Golden Barrel Trophy.  A benefit for Journeyman’s non-profit Islay’s Barrel, this event draws a committed group of craft brew fans every year. $50-$80

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A green and orange Bauhaus-style graphic promoting the Rodeola concert at River Saint Joe in Buchanan, Michigan.

RODEOLA AT RIVER SAINT JOE

October 20 | Buchanan, MI

Rodeola is Bloomington’s Kate Long, an indelible, emerging voice among folk-rock peers like Joan Shelley and Julien Baker. Earning unsolicited praise from Pitchfork for her 2021 album Arlene, Rodeola’s sound is lush, contemplative, witty, and complex. Both contemporary and timeless in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, we’re thrilled to bring her to Southwest Michigan for this autumn show set among the fields of River Saint Joe. $20

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A group of people walking along a gravel trail at Granor Farm in Three Oaks, Michigan.

BEAN NOUVEAU AT GRANOR FARM

October 21-22 | Three Oaks, MI

Inspired by France’s Beaujolais Nouveau Fete, Bean Nouveau celebrates the first of the season’s bean harvest with conversation and dinner in Granor’s stunning glass greenhouse. Primary Beans founder Lesley Sykes joins the Granor team to chat heirloom and heritage beans, followed by a multi-course meal and wine pairings that highlight new harvest legumes from both the farm and shop. A Granor x NBX Event, follow us on social for reserve ticket announcements. $150

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HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY AT JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY

October 29 | Three Oaks, MI

Always a sell-out, Journeyman’s annual Halloween party features spooky-themed cocktails, DJ, and a high-stakes costume competition for cash prizes. Set on the grounds of a historic factory-turned-distillery, it’s an ideal spot for a night of alter-ego fun. $12

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DRAG-ULA’S BALL

October 31 | Three Oaks, MI

Celebrate Halloween with Michigan’s most glamorous drag queens! Presented by Harbor Country Pride and Acorn Theater, expect a night of performance, dancing, drinks, and untold shenanigans. Plus a costume contest judged by the Queens themselves. $35-$60

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A wood board with various cheese, charcuterie and vegetables from Elderslie Farm.

MEET THE PRODUCER DINNER: ELDERSLIE FARM

November 4-5 | Three Oaks, MI

Elderslie Farm chef and cheesemaker Katharine Elder joins Granor Farm chef Abra Berens for an evening of conversation and collaborative cooking. Tickets include a multi-course meal with wine pairings served in Granor’s remarkable glass greenhouse. A Granor x NBX Event, follow us on social for reserve ticket announcements. $200

Tickets Nov 4 | Tickets Nov 5

Cocktails, a golf ball, and putter with Welter's Folly putting green in the background at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan.

WELTER’S FOLLY BIG CUP PUTTING TOURNAMENT

November 5 | Three Oaks, MI

Journeyman Distillery’s annual 9″ putting tournament on its Scot-inspired, 18-hole putting green. Play is in teams of two with cash prizes for the top three positions, plus a little something for last because it’s all in good fun. $40 entry per team

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NOKTOBERFEST AT FROEHLICH’S

November 5 | Three Oaks, MI

Celebrate Froehlich’s heritage at their third annual Noktoberfest. An evening of German culture expressed through food, music, dance, and drink, the highlight is Ein Prosit, a 35-piece band with full Alpen horn section. $30-$40.

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A bright orange Bauhaus-style graphic promoting the Califone concert at Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks, Michigan.

CALIFONE AT VICKERS THEATRE

November 12 | Three Oaks, MI

A very special night with critically-acclaimed experimental-rock outfit Califone. Blending electronic noise with acoustic texture and Appalachian tones, Califone draws from a deep catalog of kaleidoscopic rock, sleeper hits, and enduring classics. Led by Tim Rutili’s rough, dusty vocals, these are songs for the ages. An NBX Event, tickets are $20.

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MASON JENNINGS AT ACORN THEATER

November 13 | Three Oaks, MI

With a career that spans 25 years and 15 albums, folk-rock singer-songwriter Mason Jennings calls his 2022 release Real Heart ‘the unabashed folk record I’ve been wanting to make for years.’ A warm mix of acoustic guitar, unforced vocals, and autobiographical lyrics, it’s a perfect match for Acorn’s intimate theater. $35-60

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Emma Zimmerman in a red textured dress in front of a holden wheat field.

BOOK + SUPPER CLUB WITH EMMA ZIMMERMAN

November 18-19 | Three Oaks, MI

Emma Zimmerman, miller and author of The Miller’s Daughter, Unusual Flours and Heritage Grains, joins Granor Farm chef Abra Berens for conversation and a multi-course meal inspired by the book. Served in Granor’s stunning glass greenhouse and accompanied by wine pairings selected by P&E Bottle Shop, each guest receives a copy of the book with time for signing after the meal. A Granor x NBX Event, follow us on social for reserve ticket announcements. $200

Tickets Nov 18 | Tickets Nov 19

Preserved butterflies and insects at Journeyman Artisan Market in Three Oaks, Michigan.

JOURNEYMAN ARTISAN MARKET

November 19-20 | Three Oaks, MI

Journeyman Distillery welcomes 75 regional artisans to its historic 19th-century factory space just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. Take the chill off with a handcrafted cocktail while browsing the wares and chatting up makers. It’s a delightfully low-key holiday kickoff.

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Dudeck’s Pine Country

November 25-December 23 | Rolling Prairie, IN

An 80-acre Christmas tree farm with a special gift for holiday cheer. Hunt evergreen-covered hills by foot or horse-drawn wagon, chat with Santa, and shop fresh handcrafted greenery and rustic decor. The place is as wonderful as the people.

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The title page copy and illustration of Lindsay Gardner's book Why We Cook.

BOOK + SUPPER CLUB WITH LINDSAY GARDNER

December 2-3 | Three Oaks, MI

Lindsay Gardner, illustrator and author of Why We Cook, joins Granor Farm chef Abra Berens to discuss the cookbook-making process and the current state of food writing. A multi-course meal inspired by the book follows, with wine pairings by P&E Bottle Shop. Guests will receive a copy of Lindsay’s book with time for signing. A Granor x NBX Event, follow us on social for reserve ticket announcements. $200

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A smiling Ouita Michel in chef's coat and apron.

BOOK + SUPPER CLUB WITH OUITA MICHEL

December 16-17 | Three Oaks, MI

Ouita Michel, famed chef, restaurateur, and author of the recently published, Just a Few Miles South joins Granor Farm chef Abra Berens for conversation and a multi-course meal inspired by the book. Covering topics like life as a chef in Lexington, running nine restaurants, and why it’s important to recognize the nuance in ‘southern food,’ guests will receive a copy of the book with time for signing. A Granor x NBX Event, follow us on social for reserve ticket announcements. $200

Tickets Dec 16 | Tickets Dec 17

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