Smooth Sunset Weekend

Event Dates: 9/14/2018 to 9/15/2018
Downtown South Haven
South Haven, MI 49090
Contact: South Haven Visitors Bureau
Family Friendly Free



Feel the rhythm of South Haven featuring the second annual South Haven Jazz Festival! Come for cool beats, stay for the riverfront grill, harbor walks, interactive murals, mermaid experience, breathtaking sunsets over Lake Michigan and more. You'll love the buzz of art, music, and good times - on and off beach - all weekend long! 



Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, September 14

Jazz Festival Huron Street Pavilion, Downtown, 5-10 PM, Feel the beats of a variety of jazz styles as some of the hottest jazz performers in Southwest Michigan take the stage for the Second Annual South Haven Jazz Festival. Bands include: South Haven Men's Chorus, Jephri Carey and the What Not Band, Turbulence, Andrew Fisher Quartet.

Saturday, September 15

Downtown Fun All day, Enjoy shopping, food and drinks from our locally owned boutiques, shops and eateries. Special deals await our “Smooth” guests!

Farmers Market Huron Street Pavilion, 8 AM – 2 PM, A treasure trove of locally grown fruits and vegetables, plus a great selection fresh baked bread and pastries, USDA certified beef and pork products, honey, maple syrup, homemade jams and jellies and other uniquely prepared foods. Items for your home and garden are also available!

Lakeshore Harvest Ride 8 AM – 5 PM, Join in the fun with the Lakeshore Harvest Ride! A beautiful, picturesque bicycle tour through rolling countryside near the shores of Lake Michigan. Cyclists will pass by scenic cider mills, wineries, family farms, orchards and more and can even stop and sample the harvest! Go to to register and for more information.

Community Creation Riverfront Park, 10 AM – 3 PM, Express your artistic side at our huge interactive painting mural project that anyone can paint on for free! Paint your section of our Smooth Sunset scene, then come back at 3 PM to see how it all comes together!

Beach Glass Crafting Riverfront Park, 10 AM – Noon, The South Haven Center for the Arts invites you to make your own beach glass jewelry with the help of their experienced artisans. Glass, materials and instructions provided, donations appreciated.

Riverfront Grill Riverfront Park, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Have lunch along the water featuring a variety of unique mouth-watering specials from our local chefs! Relax and enjoy some great food overlooking the beautiful Black River Harbor. Live Jazz music from the Elaine Dame Duo will perform as you sample delicious menu items from local restaurants. Tickets are $1 each with the number of tickets needs to purchase various food choice at each grill master location. Check back to see what the restaurants and their chefs are planning to serve!

Local Artists and Blue Coast Artist Tour Self-guided tour from 11 AM – 5 PM, Get the behind-the-scenes look into twelve artist studios and galleries. Oil painting, pottery, woodworking, jewelry making, “carved air” metalwork, ceramics, and stained, blown and fused glass are all on the tour. Maps are available at the Visitors Bureau or online at Featured local artists will also be included in the tour.

Professional Chalk Artists Riverfront Park, Noon – 3 PM, Watch professional chalk artists transform a section of the sidewalk at the Riverfront Park along the Black River as they take on a South Beach scene.

Street Musicians Throughout town, Noon – 5 PM, Catch a variety of music performed by local artists on street corners throughout town.

Street Magicians Throughout town, Noon – 5 PM, Be entertained and amazed with the sleight of hand performing artists on the streets of downtown South Haven, with illusionists Don Voyt and Mike Riesik.

Jazz Festival Huron Street Pavilion, Downtown, 5 PM – 10 PM, A variety of Jazz styles with some of the hottest jazz performers in Southwest Michigan taking the stage. Bands include: Creative, Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Ensemble, Edye Evans Hyde, and Lake Effect Jazz Big Band.

Mermaids Swimming in the Lake South Beach, 6:00 – 7 PM, Visit with the Mermaids of the Great Lakes as they greet the public providing photo opportunities with children. You’ll love seeing them swim in the shallows of South Beach and listen as they share short stories of their “Lake Michigan underwater observations”. Learn fun facts about mermaids and pirates, all whilst listening to fantastic sea shanties, mermaid music and pirate ditties.

Beach Performance Artists South Beach, 7:00 - 7:30 PM and 8:30 - 9:00 PM, Illumination performance artists entertain and amaze. Glow in the dark bubbles and giant bubbles too!

Drum Circle (Sunset at 7:53) South Beach, 7:30 - 8:00 PM, Here’s your chance to participate in the beat of the drum circle and get ready for the sunset to light up the sky. Musician Josh Dunigan brings his drums and expertise!


South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252