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Indiana Dunes Sand Sculpture Contest

Photo by Victoria Pickering
Photo by Victoria Pickering

If you’re a closet Da Vinci or just like to appreciate a work of art, a good time at the beach, or all of the above, the Indiana Dunes State Park’s Sand Sculpture contest might be right up your alley.

Each year teams descend on the Chesterton, IN beach and mold castles, dragons, whales and more from sand and water. Registration begins at 9AM, but eager sand sculptors can begin their projects at 7.

Judges award two prizes: one for teams of kids aged 15 and under, and one for individuals and families of less than 8 people. Judging begins at noon and prizes are awarded at 1PM. Bystanders can get in on the fun by voting for a Viewer’s Choice award.

The 2017 Indiana Dunes Sand Sculpture Contest takes place on July 15.

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.

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Tall ships stand in the harbor, throngs of people walk along the boardwalk and delighted screams of carnival-goers rise above the din. It’s Coast Guard Festival week in Grand Haven.

Each year at the end of July and beginning of August the town gears up to celebrate the Coast Guard and all that they do. Organizers schedule events for each day of the week long celebration, with the biggest draws happening near the end of the week. Most festival events take place along the waterfront and on the streets of downtown Grand Haven.

Visitors can take part in numerous activities and events all week long. There’s a 5k and 10k run, classic car show, quilt show, kids parade and pancake breakfast on the first weekend. Ships parade into the harbor at 1:00 on Monday, and the Coast Guard ships are open for tours the rest of the week. There’s a kids day, a senior day, and a carnival opens downtown on Tuesday. A street dance occurs during the week, and on Friday festival goers can shop for everything from paintings to hair ribbons at the arts & crafts show across the street from the library.

What many consider the highlight of the week is the second Saturday, when the floats and bands of the Coast Guard Parade march through town and spectacular fireworks explode in the night sky over the harbor. Saturday is also the last day of the carnival. Parade lovers stay up Thursday night until midnight, when they can reserve their spot for the parade or fireworks with chairs or blankets.

These are just a few of the things going on during Coast Guard week – to see the full schedule of events, please follow the link below.

Website: Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

The 2017 Coast Guard Festival takes places from July 28 to August 6.