Camp for a cause and help raise money for KOA's official charity, KOA Care Camp. This program provides kids with cancer with a camping experience at specialized campgrounds across North America. Campers who stay with us as paying guests on Friday, May 11, will receive their stay on Saturday May 12, for just $20.00. All of the $20 fees go directly to the KOA Care Camps Trust Fund.
As we kick off what many consider the first weekend of summer, let's honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy the blessings of freedom. The weekend includes a local parade. At the campground we will have our holiday weekend pancake breakfast to benefit Kids Care Camps, a bike parade, craft time for kids and adults, root-beer float special in the General Store Cafe, and our inaugural Outdoor Family Movie Night.
New in 2018, families can enjoy Outdoor Movie Night every weekend in the summer! Bring your camp chair and kick back as you enjoy popular, family-friendly movies under the stars. Movies will start at dusk and be shown by the pond. Snacks and themed treats will be available for purchase. If weather is inclement, this event will be held in our Club House.
Dad's will have a special weekend surrounded by the little ones that gave them the most important job they'll ever have. Kids camp free and will build special memories enjoying all our free campground amenities, a planned laser tag activity ($), and a themed Family Movie Night.
America's birthday and camping go hand-in-hand. Area fireworks will be the pinnacle of a fun-packed weekend that includes a pancake breakfast, red-white-and-blue bike parade, craft time, root beer float special, and our new Outdoor Family Movie Night.
NOTE: In 2018, because the 4th is on a Wednesday, these campground activities will be repeated on both weekends before and after the holiday!
Christmas comes to town in what promises to be a joyous weekend. Time with families will be memorable as campers are encouraged to decorate their sites with lights and decorations. Votes will be cast to choose the best site! Craft time, holiday-themed games, Outdoor Family Movie Night and even a visit from our own Santa Clause are expected.
Making this weekend even more special, we will have a praise-band come in from a local church to lead us in a time of singing Christmas songs in our Club House!
Pure Michigan summer and water are on tap for this fun-packed weekend. Water games such as human bowling slip-n-slide, a visit from the local Fire Department, and a themed Family Movie night will have everyone gushing with laughter.
Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer by bringing your "best friend" camping! During this weekend, we will celebrate our dogs with a special Friday Night Ice Cream Social. For $2.00 per ice cream serving, including a "Doggie Dish" for Fido, all monies raised will be split between two charities; KOA Care Camps and the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. On Saturday night, we will have a Doggie Parade where your pooch can strut their stuff with all their other canine pals. Your pet will be sure to enjoy hanging out with you at your site, running around in our K-9 Park, or going for a walk on our nature trail.
Celebrate all your hard work and the final weekend before the fall schedule kicks back into session full-swing. Our holiday pancake breakfast starts off your Sunday. Kids will enjoy making a craft, and march throughout the campground in a glow stick parade, and enjoy our final Outdoor Family Movie Night of the season.
Value Kard Reward members get a FREE night! Allow us to show our appreciation for the loyalty our Value Kard Reward members have shown all year. Stay with us on Friday, September 14, and get your second night free!
You'll discover the Columbus Day Weekend, which is the last three-day weekend for many of our guests, ends with a fun time that includes our nature trail scavenger hunt, crafts, and a bonfire in our large group area we call "The Meadow."
Fall camping brings more memories as we enjoy cooler temperatures. Guests are encouraged to prepare their famous chili recipes for this charity event (KOA Care Camp). Participants and hungry campers meet inside our Club House for our second annual Chili Cook-off competition. Guests are also encouraged to decorate their camp sites, and wear fun costumes to participate in a campground parade and "trailer-treating" at night.
We also will bid our guests a fond farewell as this weekend concludes our 2018 camping season.
Southwestern Michigan is a treat for your senses in the spring. All across our countryside verdant orchards and vineyards explode in pastel blossoms and sweet scents. Our markets reopen, with trays and baskets of ready-to-plant flowers in a brilliant array of colors. It's a great time to take a wine tour, or pick up jars of tantalizing jams and jellies, bunches of just-snapped asparagus, creamy chocolates and palate-pleasing wines and cheeses along the way. You can even participate in Blossom Time Festival activities, such as the Grand Floral Parade. This event is Michigan's oldest and largest multi-community festival.
Antiques on the Bluff is held along tree lined Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan. This antique show is a premier event for St. Joseph and antiquers around Southwest Michigan!Located in Lake Bluff Park the show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month May-October.Rain or shine event.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The City of St. Joseph has decreed that everyone will have fun during its 15th annual public art exhibit, “The Magical Kingdom of St. Joseph.” The popular outdoor event held on the city's downtown sidewalks will feature 15 sculptures depicting knights, dragons and a kid-size castle painted by regional artists.
Celebrate spring and get ready for summer! Enjoy live music, craft beer, regional wines, and local BBQ! This event will be located in Whirlpool Centennial Park, just below the bluff from downtown St. Joseph.
The Golf Course at Harbor Shores, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, will once again host the Senior Professional Golf Championship. With its challenging holes and stunning views of Lake Michigan, golf fans will be able to enjoy seeing some of the greatest names in golf showcase their skills on this Jack Nicklaus-design course. Less than 8 miles from our campground, golf fans will find unparalleled convenience traveling to and from this professional sporting event while staying in the comfort of their own RV or in one of our cabins.
A parade to honor those veterans who have served this great country of ours and sacrificed their lives to keep our freedom. Parade starts at the intersection of Lake Blvd. and Park St. and travels down Lake Blvd. to the John E. N. Howard Bandshell. A short program at the bandshell will be held after the parade.
Every Saturday (9am-2pm), there is a farmer's market at Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, located between Broad and Plesant Streets. Enjoy locally grown jams, honey, hearth-bread baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables and so much more!
The 57th Annual Krasl Art Fair, presented by Krasl Art Center is the host of one of the premier art shows in the country. Music and entertainment will be provided all day long while you browse more than 200 artist vendors.
This is an annual celebration of the gladiolus flowers and peaches, which are both grown locally. The festival provides three days of family fun for all ages. Events include live music on two stages, a classic car show parade. and a beautiful aerial fireworks display.
Watch as the streets of downtown St Joseph are transformed into beautiful works of art. Artists begin working on their blocks on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and finish on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Blocks are judged and prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. View the blocks all day on Sunday. Also, don't forget to check out the downtown Sidewalk Sales.
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 producer of highbush blueberries, and Michigan as a whole produces upward of 100 million pounds each year. Growers, packers, u-picks, specialty equipment, agritourism, cottage industry and more convene right here in Southwest Michigan, and it's all thanks to the delicious and healthy king of fruits- the almighty blueberry!
The 1.2-mile swim in the clear refreshing waters of Lake Michigan, begins on the beach. The bike course winds through rolling wine country and orchards, and the shaded run is lined with enthusiastic volunteers. Athletes finish on the beach, where families can hang out and play until athletes finish the race. Come participate or watch world-class athletes as they compete for one of the slots to the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.