Area Events

Annual events mark this vacation spot in Southwest Michigan. South Haven and the surrounding area are famous for many of them. Starting with Harborfest and continuing through the summer season with art fairs, craft fairs, music fests, the National Blueberry Festival, and on and on. In recent years the events continue on through the fall, winter, and spring. View more on the South Haven VanBuren County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

  • South Haven Harborfest

    South Haven Harborfest

    It’s a great family-oriented event. Harborfest, an annual event going back 30 years in South Haven, takes place on the second weekend in June. There are activities for the kids and great music for everyone to listen to. It’s just a fun time by the water. The festival includes a variety of attractions including Dragon-Boat…

  • Riverfront Concert Series

    Riverfront Concert Series

    Foundry Hall and The City of South Haven present the annual series. Concerts take place every Thursday at 7pm throughout the summer (June – Sept) at Riverfront Park, a short walk from the hotel to the park along the river by the South Side Marina. The concerts are free. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are…

  • Annual South Haven Art Fair

    Annual South Haven Art Fair

    The first weekend in July: The South Haven Art Fair, produced by the South Haven Center for the Arts, is a two-day juried festival held one block from the Lake Michigan shore in Stanley Johnston Park. This fine art fair features painting, pastel, drawing, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, clay, jewelry, and wearable art.

  • The National Blueberry Festival

    The National Blueberry Festival

    SOUTH HAVEN’S SIGNATURE EVENT SINCE 1963 The National Blueberry Festival is held on the second weekend of August each year, and is one of the country’s oldest continuously-running fruit festivals! We’re proud of South Haven’s tremendous blueberry crop, and the important industry it represents in our area. Van Buren County is the Nation’s most prolific…

  • Annual All-Crafts Fair

    Annual All-Crafts Fair

    Labor Day Weekend Stanley Johnston Park near the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Annual All-Crafts Fair featuring over 150 artisans and crafters displaying their creations for sale. You will find unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home decor’, jewelry, children’s apparel and toys, handmade soaps and bath products, pet items, quilts,…

  • South Haven Jazz Festival

    South Haven Jazz Festival

    Fantastic music, appreciative audiences, good beer, lovely wine, yummy food and hopefully cooperative weather for this popular festival in Mid-September. No matter though, this annual event takes place in the park as well as under the adjacent Huron Street Pavilion. Gather in Dyckman Park for live music during this two-day festival.

  • Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride

    Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride

    Saturday, Mid-September – “It’s a Harvest for your senses.” Welcome to the one Michigan bike tour that lets you see, touch, smell and taste the riches of this breathtaking region. The Lakeshore Harvest Ride glides you through the rolling countryside of Southwest Michigan. You can visit wineries, cider mills, family farms, orchards and art studios…

  • Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour

    Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour

    An annual West Michigan event past its 33rd year. Take in the autumn color while touring 9 studios between South Haven and Saugatuck. Each site will feature original artwork, refreshments and most artists will offer demonstrations. This Two Day Event Happens in Early October, 10am-6pm. Various Locations from South Haven to Fennville.

  • Bangor Apple Festival/Bangor Lions Club Car Show

    Bangor Apple Festival/Bangor Lions Club Car Show

    An Annual Event the 2nd Weekend in October Bangor’s Apple Festival/Lions Club Car show. Featuring a pancake breakfast, motorcycle show, car show, food trucks, magic show, kids activities, craft show, pie sales. live music, scarecrow contest, corn hole tournament, 5K and much more. Bangor is a small town that is 11 miles from South Haven…

  • South Haven Boo Bash!

    South Haven Boo Bash!

    Saturday, October 28, 12-8pm. Ghouls and Guests, Welcome to South Haven’s inaugural Boo Bash! Get ready to dive into an all-ages Halloween haven featuring: Live music, flavorful offerings from food trucks, trunk-or-treating fun, and of course costume contests for pets and people! Line the streets at dusk in your eeriest attire to witness everyone’s favorite…

  • Holidays in South Haven

    Holidays in South Haven

    Holiday in the Park (November 24th, 2023) is the official start of the holiday season in South Haven. The festivities begin with the Santa Paws Parade at 4:30 p.m. The parade of holiday-clad dogs and their owners (sponsored by Al-Van and Decadent Dogs) travel from Riverfront Park down Phoenix Street to Dyckman Park, every year.…

  • Mistletoe Market at the South Haven Center for the Arts

    Mistletoe Market at the South Haven Center for the Arts

    Shop this Fine Art Market Mid-November through the First Week of December. This “holiday-based consignment shop” transforms the South Haven Center for the Arts into a fine art market for the holidays. The South Haven Center for the Arts resides in a Carnegie Library built in 1905. Purchase the fantastic art items at this annual…

  • “It’s The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” Murder Mystery Experience

    “It’s The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” Murder Mystery Experience

    For one night only, December 30th, join us at the Historic Hotel Nichols for our annual Murder Mystery Event! Last year we nearly sold out so please purchase your tickets in advance. “It’s the Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” is back again in 2023! All you can eat hors d’oeuvres & drinks will be…

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration Downtown South Haven

    New Year’s Eve Celebration Downtown South Haven

    Ring in the New Year in South Haven where the streets close, 1,000 beach balls drop in the center of town and fireworks dazzle at midnight. Stay in town, play in town and be safe during a night of celebration for the whole family! As you stroll the downtown streets, stop by warming stations hosted…

  • Annual Ice Breaker Festival, First Weekend in February

    Annual Ice Breaker Festival, First Weekend in February

    Ice Breaker Festival promises winter fun for the whole family! West Michigan’s predominant and growing winter festival is showcasing dazzling ice sculptures, Chili Cook-off, Cardboard Sled Race, Pub Slide, outdoor ice skating, Disc Golf Tournament, S’mores Roasting, Snowsuit Fashion Competition, Frozen Fish Fling, and many more exciting activities throughout downtown South Haven. Break the Ice…

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