Say goodbye to cabin fever with this curated guide to spring events. From festivals to outdoor adventure to a homegrown celebration of Pride, find your perfect road trip-worthy happening along the South Michigan Shore.
Journeyman Artisan Market
April 9-10 | Three Oaks, MI
Journeyman Distillery welcomes 75 regional artisans to its historic, 19th-century factory space for this fun biannual market. Sip a handcrafted cocktail while you shop, then recap your favorite makers in Journeyman’s lively dining hall, Staymaker.
Welter’s Folly Big Cup Putting Tournament
April 10 | Three Oaks, MI
Get your game on with big cup putting at Journeyman Distillery. Hosted on their 18-hole putting green, cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in two categories, plus a little something for last place because, you know, it’s all in fun. $40 team entry includes a $10 Staymaker gift card and commemorative PRO VI ball.
Spring Birding Hike
April 20 | New Buffalo, MI
Conservationist Dan Engel leads an all-skill-level birding hike through Galien River County Park. Spot the resident and migratory birds that make this Great Lakes marsh such a rich habitat.
April 28-May 1 | various locations
A three-day, community-wide celebration of ‘all that is art.’ Explore openings, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks, and interactive activities in a wide range of media. Produced for an astonishing 27 years by sisters Rita and Jennifer Cochran of Local Color Gallery, Art Attack is our most homegrown and eclectic art event of the year.
Spring Wildflower Walk
May 7 | Three Oaks, MI
Woodland flowers are an ephemeral springtime treat and for some, you have to know where to look! Explore Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve with botanist Nathanael Pilla hosted by our local steward of greenspace, Chikaming Open Lands.
Jammin’ in the Vineyard at Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery
Saturday-Sunday begins May 7 | Friday-Sunday begins May 27 | Baroda, MI
The best party on the wine trail happens every weekend at Round Barn. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and drinks on an estate with plenty of space to play, dance, and relax. The friendly folks here have absolutely mastered this scene.
Taste of Granor Dinner Series
Friday-Saturday begins May 13 | 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 a Granor-grown meal that celebrates the brilliant food culture of southwest Michigan. Served at long community tables that encourage conversation, dinners here are uniquely engaging—and delicious. Tickets are limited, so early purchase is a must.
Granor Farm Organic Seedling Sale
May 27-28 | Three Oaks, MI
A flagship event for organic gardeners, Granor’s annual sale takes place in their stunning new greenhouse this year. Find certified organic vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings—all grown on site—as well as expert advice from the team. Don’t miss a visit to the farm store while you’re there for fresh produce, grains, and super tasty prepared fare from the Granor kitchen.
Harbor Country Pride
June 1-6 | various locations
Six days of music, movies, dance, drinks, and drag celebrate the spirit of inclusion and queer expression in our lakeshore communities. There’s even a chance to revisit prom if you dare! All are welcome to this buoyant, colorful gathering.
Makers Trail Festival
June 11 | Bridgman, MI
Southwest Michigan winemakers, brewers, and distillers gather for an annual day-into-night party at Weko Beach. Live music, food trucks, and a beautiful lakefront setting make for a spirited summer kickoff. $10-20