Our curated picks for events featuring loads of music, art, food, and drink. (And of course, fireworks!) The brilliant summer landscape makes it clear this is a season to celebrate, and so with gatherings large and small, we invite you to explore our vibrant lakeshore community.

A fresh white place setting on a rustic wood table 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.

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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

Fridays, Saturday & Sundays | 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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Mature oaks, green grass, and a vintage gazebo at Music in the Park in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Music in the Park

Saturdays | Three Oaks, MI

A perfect, small-town community concert series set in Three Oak’s Dewey Cannon Park. Pack a picnic or grab a phenomenally tasty slice at nearby Patellie’s pizza. The chill, neighborly vibe here is what summer on the lakeshore is all about.

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Coastline Children’s Film Festival Summer Series

June 15–September 9 | various locations

With a mission to make great films and opportunities for young filmmakers available to kids throughout the lakeshore region of Southwest Michigan, CCFF presents its first summer extension since its founding in 2011. Four free screenings for kids of all ages to share, discuss, and enjoy as a community.

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A young girl carrying a surfboard on the beach in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Kids Beach Camp by Third Coast Surf Shop

June 20–August 19 | New Buffalo, MI

Three hours of quality beach play led by Third Coast’s masters of fun in the sun. Kids 12 and under surf, skimboard, build sand castles, climb dunes, and even play soccer, making the most of summer days on the shore. Healthy snacks and water provided. $215/week or contact erin@thirdcoastsurfshop.com for day rates

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Dinner with Bill Welter, Founder of Journeyman Distillery

June 23 | Three Oaks, MI

Join Bill Welter still-side for a multi-course dinner paired with cocktails inspired by Journeyman’s award-winning Corsets, Whips and Whiskey. Be the first to taste special Corset’s variants and the Whiskey of the Year batch from the 2022 ASCOT Awards. $150/person includes a commemorative engraved bottle to take home, share, and enjoy.

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

Corsets, Whips and Whiskey Backyard BBQ

June 25 | Three Oaks, MI

Journeyman Distillery’s annual summer party to celebrate the release of Corsets, Whips and Whiskey, their single-grain, cask-strength, flagship spirit. Live music, cookout, cornhole, amazing craft cocktails, and Welter’s Folly, the distillery’s 18-hole putting course.

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Lakeside Garden Walk

June 25 | Lakeside, MI

Explore eight unique private gardens representing distinctive design and passion for horticulture. Shoreline residences, award-winning community gardens, and country estates open to the public just once every three years. $45

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A gold and red Bauhaus-style graphic promoting the NOMO concert at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan.

NOMO at Journeyman Distillery

June 26 | Three Oaks, MI

Genre-busting ensemble NOMO closes a special, limited-run reunion at Journeyman Distillery. Weaving Afrobeat, world, jazz, and electronica, this music is loud and full of life. A rare chance to see Elliot BergmanErik Hall, Dan Bennett, Justin Walter, Jamie Register, and Quin Kirchner —six diverse and individually accomplished musicians—perform the critically-acclaimed open terrain of NOMO’s catalog. Don’t miss this raucous, danceable show in Journeyman’s Still Room. $20

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New Buffalo Independence Day Celebration

July 2 | New Buffalo, MI

Celebrate the 4th a few days early with our annual fireworks extravaganza over Lake Michigan. Best viewed from the beach, plan to head down before dusk to find your spot in the sand.

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The Collective Artisan Market

July 10 | Baroda, MI

A curated artisan pop-up event on the Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery estate. Produced by The Collective, shop over 70 small, independent businesses or attend a workshop while you enjoy live music, food trucks, and a huge selection of craft beverages. $10, kids 12 and under are free

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State of the Unity Film Premiere at Acorn Theater

July 14 | Three Oaks, MI

In 2016, Brooklyn-based and Southwest Michigan-born duo The Bergamot embarked on a 50-state tour via station wagon with the wish to spread unity at a distinctly un-united time through music, community, and collaboration. State of the Unity is the award-winning film documenting that journey. Followed by Q+A and an acoustic performance, this may be the most thought-provoking and hopeful event of the summer.

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A dusty pink and red Bauhaus-style graphic promoting the Macie Stewart concert at Susan's in Sawyer, Michigan.

Macie Stewart at Susan’s

August 18 | Sawyer, MI

As in-demand polymath of Chicago’s indie rock scene, Macie Stewart is a shape-shifting virtuoso and celebrated collaborator. As solo artist and songwriter, she weaves her satin voice and finger-picked guitar into an exquisite suite of chamber-pop vignettes. Set on Susan’s terrace, we’re thrilled to welcome Macie and her band for this rare Southwest Michigan performance.

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The Milk Carton Kids at Acorn Theater

August 27 | Three Oaks, MI

Three-time Grammy-nominated The Milk Carton Kids make their Acorn debut. Beloved by folk and Americana fans for cascading acoustic guitar, transcendent harmonies, and a signature wit in between-song banter, this is sure to be a night of beauty, bite, and humor.

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An artist with his brightly colored grave rubbings at Outsiders Outside Art Fair in Harbert, Michigan.

Outsiders Outside Art Fair

September 2–4 | Harbert, MI

Celebrating its 25th year, Judith Racht hosts a weekend celebration of visionary, folk, and outsider art on the grounds of her schoolhouse turned gallery. Without a doubt, the most colorful event of the season.

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For more South Michigan Shore events, visit our friends at Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce.

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