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The calendar says fall is officially here! As the air gets chillier and the days shorter, nature doesn’t disappoint with the changing of colors. All of Michigan will soon see the beauty of nature at work when the leaves change to bright reds, yellows, and oranges. We’ve compiled a list of places in the South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas areas that are perfect for enjoying the fall colors. 

 

Kal-Haven Trail

 

The Kal-Haven Trail is the ultimate leaf color changing spot. Stretching 34 miles, the trailheads are located in South Haven and Kalamazoo, but there are plenty of access points in between. As the weather cools down, it will provide the perfect temperature for taking in the colors while biking, running, or walking. Surrounded by beautiful wooded areas, the Kal-Haven Trail is the perfect backdrop for fall photos. 

 

Black River Preserve

 

With trails ranging from easy to difficult hiking levels, the Black River Preserve is another iconic place in South Haven to see the fall colors. Enjoy the fresh air while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. From ravines, streams, and the beech-maple forests, you’ll find yourself in the perfect spot for photos.

 

Oval Beach

 

Lake Michigan’s shoreline combined with dunes make a great place to view the fall beauty in Saugatuck. Stay close to the water to see the colors contrast with the shoreline or climb the dunes for a bird’s eye view. Either choice gives you prime spots to enjoy the colors especially during sunsets. 

 

Wades Bayou 

 

Want to be out on the water to enjoy the colors? Wades Bayou is perfect for you! Located in downtown Douglas, this is the perfect spot for fishing, kayaking, and wildlife watching. Rent a kayak and see the colors from the water or see the colors reflect off the water during the sunrise. 

 

With plenty of places along the lakeshore to see fall colors, you’ll want to make a weekend out of it! Book your stay here and enjoy the beautiful sights of nature in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas.

Enjoy the final weeks of summer by spending time on the lakeshore. From relaxing on the beach to water activities, to cruising around town on a bicycle there is something for everyone to enjoy! Read on to find out some of the things available to rent in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas.

 

South Haven 

 

Adventure Water Sports

 

Looking for some fun on the water? Check out Adventure Water Sports for your jet ski and boat rental needs. Boats launch from the South Haven Boat Launching Facility at Black River Park. Minimum age to operate a PWC is 18 years old. Must have a valid driver’s license or state I.D. to operate. 

 

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SoHa Surf Shop

 

If laying on the beach isn’t your thing then rent a kayak or paddle board from SoHa Surf Shop! Located in downtown South Haven, SoHa is a family run-lifestyle and sports store. Easily book your rental online for Black River, North Beach or South Beach. 

 

Learn more and book your rental here.

 

Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle

 

For a fun way to get around and explore South Haven, rent a bike from Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle! Ebikes, hybrids, kid’s bikes, and more are available for rent. The trail heads for Kal-Haven and Van Buren trails are less than a mile away from the shop. Check out the electric scooters if biking isn’t your thing! 

 

Check out Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle here.

 

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Saugatuck/Douglas 

 

In The Elements Rental 

 

Whether you prefer spending time at the beach or biking around town, In The Elements Rental has your rental needs covered! Rentals include beach supplies, kayaks, bikes, and more. Hourly, daily, and weekly rentals are available and you can have it delivered to your location making fun in the sun easy. 

 

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Retro Boat Rentals

 

Hit the water this month with a boat from Retro Boat Rentals! From donut boats to duffy boats, there is a boat for everyone. Some of the boats available are dog friendly and life jackets are available in all sizes. Stop by the Old Boat House for delicious food and drinks! 

 

Click here to learn more about Retro Boat Rentals.

 

Big Lake Outfitters

 

Want to rent a pontoon to experience a scenic tour of the Kalamazoo river? You can when you rent from Big Lake Outfitters! From bikes, paddle boards, kayaks, and more, get your rental needs taken care of in one stop. If you would rather go fishing, you’ll find fully equipped rods, bait, and tackle available! 

 

Learn more about renting from Big Lake Outfitters here

 

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Enjoy the dog days of summer on the lakeshore! From farmers markets to live music performances, there is something for everyone to enjoy this month on the lakeshore. To make your planning easier, continue reading to see what events are happening in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas! 

 

South Haven

 

The National Blueberry Festival | August 11th-14th

The National Blueberry Festival has been a signature event in South Haven since 1963! It’s a weekend filled with fun and blueberries! The festival will include a parade, free concerts, kids activities, blueberry pancake breakfasts, and more! 

Learn more about the festival here.

 

Ghostorama | August 20th

For a spooky good time head to the Paw Paw Playhouse! Kicking off the spirited event is an outdoor market and a building tour followed by a ghost tour. Also featured at the event will be paranormal groups, food trucks, live music, spooky vendors and more! 

To learn more about Ghostorama click here.

 

Rock the Boat | August 26th and 27th

Michigan Maritime Museum is throwing a totally 80’s summer blowout party! Spend the evening listening and dancing to live music from “The 1985” band while enjoying delicious food from Wood, Stock and Grill Food truck! Proceeds will benefit the Michigan Maritime Museum.

Click here to learn more about Rock the Boat.

 

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Saugatuck/Douglas

 

Annual Sidewalk Sale | August 18th

Sponsored by the Saugatuck Douglas Area Business Association, the much anticipated sale is back! Stroll through the colorful canopy filled street and find bargains on clothing, accessories, home and garden items, and more! 

Learn more about the sidewalk sale here. 

 

Beer on the Boat Featuring New Holland Brewing | August 20th

Enjoy a 90-minute cruise on the Star of Saugatuck! A representative from New Holland Brewery will provide information on a selection of their brews and samples! Must be 21 years and older to attend with a valid ID. 

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City Music Hall | August 25th

Enjoy a summer evening of free live music! The concert will feature New Orleans Brass music from the group Great Lakes Brass. The fun kicks off at 6:30pm and all ages are welcome! 

Learn more here. 

 

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It’s summer time in West Michigan! Enjoy everything the lakeshore has to offer from the beaches to the events! To help plan your lakeshore getaway, we’ve made a list of some events happening in South Haven and in Saugatuck/Douglas. 

 

South Haven

South Haven Evening Farm Market | July 7th

Stop by the market and pick up some fresh local produce, meats, cheese, flowers, plants, and more! The market takes place from 4pm-7pm at the Huron Street Pavilion in Downtown South Haven, MI 49090. 

Learn more about the market here.

 

Live Music: Jim Cooper Jazz | July 10th

Enjoy an evening at Harbor Light Brewery while listening to live music! Cool Jazz and the Jim Cooper Trio will be performing on July 10th starting at 4pm. 

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Riverfront Concert Series: Ken Cooper and Company | July 14h

After a day of fun, enjoy a free concert at the Riverfront Park. Ken Cooper and Company is a Chicago based jazz trumpeter. Our Town Players will provide pre-concert activity at 6pm and the concert will begin at 7pm. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome.

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Saugatuck/Douglas 

Tuesday Market at SCA | July 12th

Stroll through the market enjoying live music as you shop the local goods. Vendors will have a wide variety of items including fresh picked produce, custom coffees, all-natural honey, farm fresh eggs, and much more! Grab some food to go from local vendors and visit the cash bar. The market takes place from 10am-2pm. 

Learn more about the market here.

 

Saugatuck-Douglas Garden Walk and Perennial Plant Sale | July 23rd

Enjoy a tour of spectacular private gardens at the Saugatuck Douglas History Center! You’ll have the opportunity to purchase perennials to take home to your gardens. This event will begin at 10am and go until 4pm. Proceeds will go to scholarships for Saugatuck and Fennville High school seniors. 

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Village Square Art Fair | July 30th

Fine arts artists will showcase their work in a variety of media. From painting, glass, wood working, photography, there is something for everyone to enjoy! The art fair is a juried show with awards being presented to winning artists in the afternoon. The fair takes place from 10am-5pm. 

Learn more about the fair here.

 

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Summer is here and it’s time to get to the lakeshore! Enjoy the sun, sand, beach, and the events! To make your trip a little easier to plan, we compiled a list of events for South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas.

 

South Haven 

 

Swap Meet/Flea Market | June 10th – June 11th

The 24th annual swap meet will take place from 8am – 4pm. Featuring over 100 vendors selling a wide variety of things from antiques to apples. As a fundraiser for the Michigan Flywheelers Museum, it has grown into one of the largest flea markets in the area! 

 

Click here to learn more about this event.

 

HarborFest | June 17th – 18th 

Big boats are back! Celebrate the Michigan Maritime Museum with two days of fun! The 29th festival will feature dragon boat races, delicious food, live music, and more!  The fun starts Friday June 17th at noon and Saturday June 18th at 10am. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

Allegan Antiques Market June Show | June 26th

Featuring hundreds of antiques and collectibles, the market is one of Michigan’s finest antique shows! Exhibitors will have a wide variety of antiques and collectibles including furniture, advertising, vintage jewelry, sport and fishing, and more! The market takes place the last Sunday of each month through September and will be open from 8am – 4pm. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

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Saugatuck/Douglas 

 

The Market at SCA | June 3rd

Shop the seasonal market and enjoy fresh produce from local farmers. Also available will be a large variety of baked goods, farm fresh eggs, meats, cheese, coffee, and more! Browse the market while listening to live music, visit the cash  bar, and grab some food to go! The market takes place from 9am – 3pm through the end of September. 

 

Learn more about the market here.

 

Family Fun and Unique Wheels Show | June 18th

Jump into summer with food trucks, drinks, and hands-on art making activities! While soaking up the sun, see some unique vehicles! Head across the street for some family fun activities. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

Father’s Day Car Show | June 19th

The Major Auto Show is a free event for all ages! There will be games, live music, roasted chicken, and let’s not forget the cars! This year’s event will raise money for Semper Fi and America’s Fund, an organization assisting wounded veterans and their families. The car show starts at 1pm and ends at 5pm. 

 

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Winter has finally left us and now it’s time to enjoy spring on the lakeshore! Whether your spring trip takes you to South Haven or Saugatuck/Douglas, there are lots of things to do! To make planning your trip easier, we compiled a list of some events happening on the Lakeshore in May.

 

South Haven

 

South Haven Farm Market May 14th- October 8th

On Saturdays from May 14th -October 8th, visit the South Haven Farm Market at the Huron St. Pavilion. Pick up some fresh and delicious products while supporting the local community. 

 

Learn more about the South Haven Farm Market here.

 

Blessing of the Fleet and Summer Kickoff May 27th 

Celebrate the start of summer as the Michigan Maritime Museum kicks off the 2022 season with the 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. 

 

Learn more about the celebration here.

 

Allegan Antiques Market May Show May 29th

Featuring hundreds of quality dealers in every field of antiques and collectibles. Check out the large variety of antiques and collectibles including  glass, pottery, china, primitives, advertising, and much more. The market takes place the last Sunday of the month from May through September.

 

Learn more about the market here.

 

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Saugatuck Douglas

 

Art On Center May 14th

Six art galleries on Center Street are hosting and event for their season opening.  Participating galleries will feature new works of art, demonstrations, or artist receptions. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

Saugatuck Douglas Art Club Gallery Show and Sale May 20th

Exhibitors will include emerging artists as well as well known experienced artists. The exhibit and sale will provide a chance to purchase 2-D and 3-D art in a wide array of materials. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

The Market at Saugatuck Center for the Arts May 27th

Shop the seasonal market and pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables. Enjoy a wide variety of , all-natural honey, maple syrup, artisan baked goods, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, and more.

 

Learn more about the market here.

 

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