Signature Area Events

In South Haven, we know how to have FUN! Each each thousands of people visit to take part in our signature events & festivals. We would love to have you join us! Listed below are the events and festivals that have been announced as happening this summer. Click on the links associated with each to learn more.

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South Haven Steelheaders Pro Am - May 15 and 16

South Haven Steelheaders Pro Am - May 15 and 16

This is the community event that signals the start of the boating season in South Haven! For the past 34 years, the weekend after Mother`s Day, the best salmon and trout fishermen on Lake Michigan converge on South Haven. Ranked as one the best small towns by Midwest Living and recognized as one of the best Yachting towns in the world by Yachting Magazine; South Haven has earned a long list of accolades from regional and national travel publications. Celebrating over 100 years as a historic summer resort community, South Haven has a vibrant year round downtown dining and shopping district perfectly positioned right on the harbor overlooking Lake Michigan!
Location: South Haven
Phone: 269-214-6934
Blessing of the Fleet & Summer Kick Off

Blessing of the Fleet & Summer Kick Off

Join the Michigan Maritime Museum for a celebration of the 2021 summer season. Festivities begin with our annual Blessing of the Fleet where tall ship Friends Good Will, Museum vessels, and other South Haven harbor boats are part of a ceremony for a safe and successful season. The Blessing is followed by the kick-off fish fry at the most picturesque location in the heart of South Haven`s Maritime District.
Location: Michigan Maritime Museum
Phone: (269)637-8078
Swap Meet/Flea Market - June 11-12

Swap Meet/Flea Market - June 11-12

Come visit one of South Haven`s largest outdoor Swap Meet/Flea Market! This two-day event features over 160 sellers offering everything from antiques to tractor parts. Admission is a fundraiser for the museum, Adult admission is $2 per person per day. Children 12 and under are free with a paid admission.
Location: Michigan Flywheelers Museum
Antique & Classic Boat Show - June 19

Antique & Classic Boat Show - June 19

The Michigan Maritime Museum presents the 40th Antique & Classic Boat Show in South Haven. This event celebrates all kinds of antique and classic small craft from power boats to paddle boats. Woodworkers and collectors alike will show their boats, demonstrations on boat building techniques will be features, and toy boat building will be available for kids. The aim is to help perpetuate the building, restoration, and use of classic boats and small craft to give participants and the public an entertaining and informative learning experience. Fun for the whole family!
Location: Michigan Maritime Museum
Phone: (269)637-8078
Mermaid Festival - June 18-19

Mermaid Festival - June 18-19

Mermaid MegaFest is a three-day celebration of merfolk on a mission.
Location: South Haven
Annual South Haven Art Fair - July 3rd and 4th

Annual South Haven Art Fair - July 3rd and 4th

The South Haven Center for the Arts hosts this annual event in Stanley Johnston Park, a beautiful shady setting along the harbor. Artists from all over the Midwest showcase their creative spirits with oil paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and more. A handful of vendors will offer classic lemonade, kettle corn and upscale fair foods. It`s two days of fun with family and friends!
Location: South Haven
South Haven 4th of July Parade - July 4

South Haven 4th of July Parade - July 4

The classic small town parade travels through the heart of downtown! Complete with marching bands, floats, pageant queens and fire trucks, you`ll find yourself cheering and waving to the kids in the parade. Step off from the High School at 11:00.
Location: South Haven
Annual Fish Boil - July 10

Annual Fish Boil - July 10

The Michigan Maritime Museum Fish Boil is the largest fundraiser for the Museum each year, raising close $5000 at the event! Everything from the fish to the napkins is donated through the the generosity of businesses and organizations in our community. With the doubled campus size, we can host this event safely with even more waterfront views! Stop by for a delicious meal and great company this summer.
Location: Michigan Maritime Museum
Phone: (269)637-8078
National Blueberry Festival - August 12-15

National Blueberry Festival - August 12-15

South Haven`s Annual National Blueberry Festival is something you shouldn`t miss! Spanning over four days, the Blueberry Festival provides fun for people of all ages, and is something you will remember for a long time.
Location: Huron St. Pavilion, South Haven
National Blueberry Festival Craft Fair - August 14-15

National Blueberry Festival Craft Fair - August 14-15

With over 175 unique art & craft vendors plus gourmet and fair food, you definitely should not miss this! A fun and fitting end for the Annual National Blueberry Festival.
Location: Stanley Johnston Park, South Haven
MerFest International - August 20-22

MerFest International - August 20-22

MerFest International is the new Mermaid MegaFest located at Lake Arvesta Resort in South Haven, MI. This event will encompass all the principals of MegaFest but expand into further entertainment from Live Bands, 2 Mermaid Tanks, waterpark fun, exciting night time aerial and water performances and so much more!
Location: Arvesta Sports Complex
All Crafts Fair - September 4-5

All Crafts Fair - September 4-5

Arts & Crafts Fair in Stanley Johnston Park. Runs from 9AM to 4PM.
Location: Stanley Johnston Park, South Haven
Phone: (269)637-5171
South Haven Jazz Festival - September 17-18

South Haven Jazz Festival - September 17-18

The South Haven Jazz Festival is something you would not want to miss. A relaxing weekend listening to Jazz music with fellow Jazz-lovers!
Location: South Haven
10th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride - September 18

10th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride - September 18

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 along the way. And there are individual bike routes for every rider, ranging from 15 to 67 miles in length.
Location: South Haven and Douglas