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South Haven Michigan Calendar of Events

Every weekend in South Haven holds the opportunity
for something new!

Anytime is the time to visit South Haven Michigan and our beaches. Arts, cultural events and festivals celebrating our Lake Michigan heritage keep things lively and our beaches always offer a warm summertime welcome.

Today's Date: Saturday, 18 April 2015

Annual Events

• Steelheaders Pro-Am Fishing Tournament
May 16 - 17, 2015: This is the Steelheader's biggest tournament event of the year. Multiple divisions for Pros and Ams plus the 1-Day Shoot Out. Guaranteed Payouts of $5,000 (Pro), $2,000 (Am) and $1,000 (Shoot Out). Registration and Captain's Meeting will take place on May 16th at the South Haven Moose Lodge. For more information contact Chad Bard at (269) 214-6934.

• Blessing of the Fleet & Public Sails Begin!
May 22, 2015: The Friends Good Will is blessed & begins another season of sailing! Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Avenue. 5:30 - 6:30pm. For more info call (800) 747-3810

• Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2015: Come join us for our annual memorial day parade downtown South Haven. Fire trucks, local pageant winners and much more! The parade will kick off at 9am, beginning at Center Street and Michigan Avenue and continuing to Phoenix Street to Bailey Avenue, then north on Bailey to Lakeview Cemetery where a ceremony will take place around 9:45am. At 1pm, there will be a sloppy-joe lunch, free of charge, at the American Legion!

• Festival of Cars
June 6, 2015: 16th Annual Festival of Cars/Kruisin' for Kylie. Fun for the whole family downtown South Haven. Free admission for spectators, donations accepted.

T-shirts will be for sale & a silent auction will be held. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales & 100% of proceeds from the silent auction will go to Hunt for a Cure, targeting Cystic Fibrosis.

To show your car for $12, early registration or $15 day of the event – call (269) 637-0345 for details.

•  Michigan Flywheelers Annual Swap Meet & Flea Market
June 12-13, 2015: Like to buy, sell or trade? Then visit this one-of-a-kind outdoor flea market where you can find all sorts of treasures! Antiques! Furniture! Crafts! Household Items! Tractor & Engine Parts! Garden Items! Books! Knick-Knacks! Jewelry and more! Something for everyone!

Only $2 per person! Children 12 years and younger free with adult. Gates open at 8am. Charge for personal transportation vehicles (golf carts etc.). Dogs allowed only with campers & sellers.

At Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Need more info? Call (269)639-2010

• Steelheaders Ladies Fishing Tournament
June 13, 2015: Steelheaders Fishing Tournament Annual & competitive tournament on Lake Michigan! For more information call (269) 637-5536.

• Waterfront Film Festival
June 11-14, 2015: Now in its 17th year, Waterfront Film Festival celebrates independent film and filmmakers in a non-competitive environment. Located along the Michigan lakeshore, WFF is one of the leading destination film festivals in the Midwest, regularly hosting Midwest premieres of Academy Award-winning and nominated documentaries. Recognized as a top five film festival, WFF is a non-profit event committed to creating a “middle coast” venue for independent filmmakers while further enhancing the cultural draw of West Michigan. For more information on the coming festival, visit www.waterfrontfilm.org, “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/WaterfrontFilm and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/#!/WaterfrontFilm!

• Classic Wooden Boat Show Festival
June 20, 2015: Michigan Maritime Museum. Boat owners will demonstrate knot tying, rowing and building techniques for visitors. Over 40 power, sail, oar and paddle boats will be on display in the museum, on the lawn and in the water throughout the day. Most of the classic boats and small craft have been restored or built by their owners. For more information call (800) 747-3810.

• HarborFest
June 18-21, 2015: Enjoy the weekend along the riverfront. Dragon boat races, craft fair, kids activities, food, and free concerts happening all weekend. Fun for the whole family! Downtown South Haven.

• Cottage Walk
June 27, 2015: Spend a lovely summer afternoon touring 5-6 summer cottages & homes in the South Haven Area. Tickets sold in various downtown shops and at the South Haven Visitors Bureau (546 Phoenix Street). Refreshments served in Dyckman Park (across from City Hall). Tickets also sold at the park on the day of the Cottage Walk. $15. Noon - 5pm.

• 77th annual sailing of the Queen’s Cup Race
June 26 - 28, 2015: 77th annual sailing of the Queen’s Cup Race, a storied yachting event. Sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club, this annual overnight sprint across Lake Michigan departs for South Haven MI June 26. Your hosts on the other side will be the gracious members and staff of South Haven Yacht Club.

We ancitipate that more than 200 boats with crews of more than 1,200 people will venture onto the open waters for this legendary race to the dawn. It's our second trip to South Haven. Those of you who did the first one know that the entire town rolls out the red carpet for racers on the other side.

The Queen’s Cup is one of yachting’s most renowned offshore races, drawing plenty of tricked-out rockets with the latest carbon fiber sails and go-fast gizmos. Bur for those who cruise with a barbecue on the stern and the wine rack well-stocked with primo Pinot, it’s also an unforgettable way to start your annual cruising vacation. You will cross in style as part of a big, organized fleet, in the company of some of the best sailors on the Great Lakes.

• Fireworks: Light up the Lake!
July 3, 2015: See one of the best fireworks displays on the Lake Michigan and listen to the Light Up The Lake soundtrack LIVE on SuperHits 103.7 COSY-FM! The fireworks shoot off synchronized to the music! Approximately 10:30pm on the Lakefront.

• 57th Summer Art Fair Weekend
July 3 - 4, 2015: Works of art from local artists, as well as artists from surrounding states, will be on display & for sale in Stanley Johnston Park! 10am - 5pm. Free Admission. For additional information call the South Haven Center for the Arts @ (269) 637-1041.

• 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2015: Our annual parade with marching bands, pageant winners, patriotic floats, fire trucks & lots of candy! Downtown @ 11am.

• Garden Club Walk
July 11, 2015: Tour beautiful local gardens (rain or shine) with the South Haven Garden Club! The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum will host refreshments and the boutique. For more info call Esther at (269) 637-2478

• Canoe Building Class
August 19 - 21, 2015: Learn to build a solo canoe from the experts at the Michigan Maritime Museum. For more information and registration details, call (800) 747-3810

• South Haven Center for the Arts Exhibition
July 31, 2015: 6th Annual Juried Exhibition. Artists are invited to submit their work. Their art work is judged & the top pieces chosen. Especially this year, the focus is on attracting new young artists. Always a well received exhibit. For more info, call (269)637-1041

• Steelheaders Annual Fish Boil
August 8, 2015: The South Haven Steelheaders' Annual Fish Boil. 4 pm to ???. Come on down and help!

• National Blueberry Festival
August 6 - 9, 2015: This is the 52nd Annual National Blueberry Festival. Kid's Carnival, 5K Run/Walk, Pie Eating Contest, Arts & Crafts Fair, Riverfront Concerts, Parade, Vegas Night and more! Fun for the entire family. For more information visit BlueberryFestival.com.

• Airport Fly-In & Pancake Breakfast
August 9, 2015: What Blueberry Festival would be complete without this annual event? Vintage planes, aviation activities, and a great breakfast! See you at the South Haven Airport, 73020 CR 380. For more information, call (269) 637-7343.

• Steelheaders Perch Tournament
Aug 15, 2015: Yellow Perch Fishing Tournament. $15 Registration Fees/Person. Payout Cash & Prizes Based on Entries. Fishing Times 7am-Noon. Weigh-In 1:30pm @ Moose Lodge. Top 35 fish = payout + Heaviest Goby Weight Awarded Prize as Well! For more info, call (269) 214-6934.

• Lakeshore Harvest Country Bike Tour
August 15, 2015: 4th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Country Bike Tour (LHCBT). The ride begins at the Kal-Haven Trail Head, off north Bailey Ave. in South Haven, MI. Registration is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Riders should be off of the course before 3:30 p.m. Register before August 1st and save $15. A LHCBT T-shirt is available for purchase, an order form is part of the application. Shirts will also be sold at the ride, but supplies will be limited. visit www.lhcbt.com for more info and to register.

• Riverfront Concerts
May - Aug, 2015: The Community Riverfront Concert Series begins its season in May. Each Thursday evening at 7pm, South Haven's Riverfront Park will host a variety of musical performances, including jazz, classical, folk and contemporary. Concerts are free to the public.

Nestled on the banks of the Black River and located just one block west of downtown South Haven, Riverfront Park provides an ideal setting for the concert series. The performances are next to the marina with seating along a gently sloping grassy hill. Concert-goers will enjoy views of boats traveling on the river, as well as fantastic sunsets over Lake Michigan.

The concerts will typically last an hour and a half and are free to the public. You may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. A light coat may also be appropriate as gentle breezes coming off the lake are common. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held under the pavilion in the Huron Street parking lot.

• Michigan Flywheelers Museum Engine & Tractor Show
September 10 - 13, 2015: One of the largest annual "Antique Engine and Tractor Shows" in the state of Michigan. Come out and see how a group of volunteers restores and preserves antique gas and steam engines and tractors. For more information, call (269) 639-2010.

Special Events

• South Haven Performance Series
Founded in 2010, the South Haven Performance Series is an all-volunteer community based organization dedicated to providing a rich mixture of professional music and the performing arts for residents and visitors of South Haven, along with performance art education opportunities for local youth. In its short history the Series has made a positive impact on the cultural fabric of the South Haven community.

$10 and always at the door! No tickets needed. Just come as you are for a great evening. All children and students are admitted free of charge.

Events include:

Friday, June 26, 2015: The Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet (pictured above) featuring Dan Graser, Zach Stern, Joe Girard and Danny Hawthorne-Foss.

Friday, July 31, 2015: Pianist May Phang

Friday, August 28, 2015: The Merling Trio featuring Bruce Uchimura (cello), Renata Artman Knific (violin) and Susan Wiersma Uchimura (piano)

Sunday, November 15, 2015: Calvin College Alumni Choir

Location: First United Methodist Church of South Haven, 429 Michigan Ave, South Haven.



Last Modified: Thursday, 29 January 2015

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