Our curated picks for events along the South Michigan Shore this season. The range is broad this time — outdoor adventure, friendly competition, inspiring design, homey organic meals, and, of course, plenty of craft beverages. From world-class to small-batch, we think you’ll find something worth venturing for.
Journeyman Artisan Market
April 4–5 | Three Oaks, MI
Journeyman Distillery welcomes 70 regional artisans to its 19th-century event space for this fun biannual market. Sip a handcrafted cocktail while you browse, then recap your favorites in Journeyman’s lively dining hall, Staymaker.
Blue Moon Vintage Market
April 24–26 | May 22–25 | June 26–28 | Three Oaks, MI
Browse over 6,000 square feet of artfully staged vintage, primitive, architectural, and industrial finds at this expansive monthly market. A separate salvage room offers barn wood, doors, windows, shutters, light fixtures, hardware, and more.
Knit 1 Custom Fit Weekend Intensive
April 24–27 | Union Pier, MI
Knit 1 dives deep into the genius sweater design system of Amy Herzog at this weekend knitting intensive. Set at Dwell Vacation’s stunning Primrose location, the retreat includes individual instruction, private chef dinners, and much more. $1000-2200
Spring Amphibians and Wetland Hike
April 25 | Lakeside, MI
Reconnect with your childhood frog-hunter at this wetland adventure exploring life cycles, ecology, and native species. We all like to wander around in the woods — why not learn something, too? Produced by our favorite local steward of greenspace, Chikaming Open Lands.
Spring Wildflower Walk
May 2 | Chikaming Township, MI
Woodland flowers are a super ephemeral springtime treat and for some, you have to know where to look! Take them in led by Peg Kohring, a botanist and conservationist hosted by our local steward of greenspace, Chikaming Open Lands.
Welter’s Folly Big Cup Putting Tournament
May 9 | 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.
Supper & Brunch at Granor Farm
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning May 15 | Three Oaks, MI
James Beard-recognized chef Abra Berens shares her passion for local, sustainable, what she calls ‘homey’ meals at Granor Farm’s weekly dinner and brunch series. Take a tour, shop the farmstand, then sit down to a truly engaging and delicious meal. Plan in advance as dinners sell out quickly. $45-90
Birding for Beginners
May 19 | New Buffalo, MI
Up your hipster cred at this early evening birding adventure overlooking a rare Great Lakes marsh. Produced by Chikaming Open Lands, birder Pat Underwood will guide beginners on what we hear quickly becomes a healthy outdoor obsession.
Senior PGA Championship
May 19–24 | Benton Harbor, MI
Let the seniors show you how it’s done at this gorgeous Jack Nicklaus signature course. And if sport and setting aren’t enough, stay hydrated at the Maker’s Trail 19thHole Pavilion featuring ten regional brewers, winemakers, and distillers. Tickets begin at $29.
St. Mary’s Fest
May 21–25 | New Buffalo, MI
Small-town family fun just like you remember it. Carnival rides and games, food your doctor would not approve of, and a beer tent with local bands covering all the classics. You know exactly what this is. Go ahead, enter the time machine.
Wander Woman Wellness Retreat
June 5–7 | New Buffalo, MI
Mackenzie Phillips of Maeve40 Fitness brings her unique blend of glamour and grit to New Buffalo for a weekend wellness retreat with an entirely ‘both/and’ attitude. Yoga, meditation, strength and conditioning, real talk, fellowship, and healthy meals set on the waterfront at Marina Grand Resort. $1000-1200
Heartland Alliance + Designs For Dignity Home and Garden Tour
June 20 | Lakeside, MI
Spend a day scouting the work of acclaimed designers, architects, and landscapers on this tour of exquisite homes and gardens along the Lake Michigan shore. Proceeds benefit Heartland Alliance and Designs For Dignity. $110
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival
June 20 | Sawyer, MI
Explore the wine trail without ever leaving the beach at the Lake Michigan AVA’s largest and longest-running wine fest. Live music, food trucks, and select vintages from 18 wineries set beneath the towering dunes of Warren Dunes State Park. $20-40