Category Archives: South Haven

South Haven Harborfest

south haven lighthouse 2

Spend a weekend celebrating the inviting blue waters of Lake Michigan and the Black River at the South Haven Harborfest.

Each night festival goers are treated to live music from a variety of bands – local, nationally known, country, pop and oldies – with a beer garden on hand for beverages and food vendors serving up tasty eats.

From Friday on, enjoy a stroll along the picturesque Black River waterfront leading out to the lighthouse while browsing amongst the creative offerings at the Craft Fair. Everything from hats to jewelry to summer sausage is available for purchase.

Little ones can enjoy face painting, and the festival’s carnival rides are bound to be a hit with the kids.


The popular Dragon Boat Races take place all day Saturday, with race finals happening on Sunday. Check out the competition rules on the festival website and get your own group together (registration ends the week prior) or just come down and cheer on your favorite team.

For details about bands, times and additional events, check out the festival’s events calendar.

South Haven Harborfest

The 2017 South Haven Harborfest takes place on June 16-18.

South Beach, South Haven, MI

South Haven Lighthouse image by Mic Stolz

We walked toward the South Haven lighthouse, admiring the views of white boats zipping out of the harbor and into the wide blue expanse of Lake Michigan beyond.  As we neared the pier we spotted colorful beach umbrellas dotting the sand like confetti, people splashing in the Lake Michigan waves and children constructing magnificent structures out of sand.  We’d found South Beach.

South Haven visitors have several beaches to choose from, but South Beach is a crowd pleaser. Adjacent to South Haven’s jaunty red lighthouse and close to downtown, South Beach offers a concession stand for hungry sun worshippers, a playground, skateboard park and fishing. Then there’s that lovely Lake Michigan water.

South Beach is a short walk from the downtown shopping district, along Phoenix Street, which cuts through downtown before turning into Water Street and ending at the beach. There is a small beach parking lot that charges around 5 bucks a car, plus meter parking just outside the lot. A beach bus can take you to North Beach for just 50 cents.  South Beach is open year round from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

South Beach
Water St.
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269.637.0726