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We manage to pack more full-scale fun into our annual calendar of events than most communities even dream of enjoying! Our fairs and festivals alone attract people from all across the Great Lakes region and the rest of the nation as well. Eager revelers can hardly wait each year for the annual Blossomtime Festival, the area’s largest (not to mention the state’s longest running) festival to salute the bounty of spring blossoms. A tribute to the vital role of agriculture in the community, week long festivities include a carnival, youth parade, a 10k run and the spectacular Grand Floral Parade, one of the largest parades in the nation.

Summertime is welcomed by the annual Krasl Art Fair, one of the top 50 juried art shows in the nation with artists from Maine to California on exhibit. The Venetian Festival on the St. Joseph River plays host to more than 200,000 people who flock to our shores for a "Taste of Southwest Michigan," sail boat races, national recognized entertainment on three stages, professional volleyball tournaments and waterside activities. The highlight of the four-day event is a lighted boat parade and spectacular fireworks display.

graphicThe largest youth fair in the midwest takes place each August right in our backyard. The Berrien County Youth Fair is preceded by an open horse show, and boasts a full week of food, rides, craft and animal exhibits, and national entertainment.

But wait...there’s more! Weekly Brown Bag Concerts in Lake Bluff Park, The Tri-State Regatta & Sailing Festival, The Western Amateur Golf Tournament, The Family Fourth of July, and tons more.

Blessed with miles of sandy beaches, colorful rivers and delightful inland lakes, water activity is a given. Public boat launches invite everyone to set sail for a relaxing afternoon.

Naturally, we’re your perfect choice for anchoring anything from your dinghy to your yacht with thousands of boat slips just minutes from the waters of Lake Michigan. Our non-profit U.S. Power Squadron will even turn landlubbers into safe, yet adventurous boaters, through boating safety courses.

The fishing is fantastic for those with a taste for steelhead trout, coho salmon, perch, chinook and more. Charter a boat for the day if you haven’t got your own...or wander down to the pier and drop a line in the water. Kids of all ages will be unable to resist taking a dip in our cool waters on a hot day. Health clubs offer wonderful amenities from racquetball to kickboxing. Fans of a great walk in the woods have tremendous opportunities including the Cook Energy Information Center’s nature tour and great nature centers at Love Creek, Sarrett, Madelaine Bertrand Park and more. The Cook Center also combines state-of-the-art rotating theater magic with hands-on activities as you learn about nuclear power. A quick drive through the area shows the popularity of golf for residents and visitors alike. With nine public courses and three outstanding country clubs, there’s always somebody trying to master the greens. And don’t forget the challenges of winter...cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, sledding, tubing and more are all right here at home.


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