Each year South Haven celebrates fall with the Haven Harvest Festival. This year’s festival will take place from Friday, October 19th to Sunday, October 21st. While the festival is only a weekend long, it is packed with activities that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, you get to enjoy everything fall throughout the weekend! Here’s a run down on the festival so you can start planning your weekend.
Festival Activities (note that things may change due to the weather)
The festival kicks-off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. Bring the whole family to enjoy a kid-friendly movie at the Black River Park Marina or come later in the evening for a feature film. Concessions will be available throughout the movies with all your fall favorites.
Headless Horseman Photo by Tom Renner
Saturday’s events run from sun up to sun down with someone for everyone in the family to do. On Saturday, you’ll want to spend some time downtown to visit our event merchant partners. They are always eager for you to visit their shops and eateries. All day long, orchards will be offering tours and apple picking so be sure to stop by your favorite.
The afternoon is filled with a variety of opportunities to munch on fall treats. At the Huron Street Pavilion, you can sample pies that are so delicious you’ll want to buy the whole thing, make and decorate caramel apples or learn how to press cider. Make sure you’re at the pavilion at 3 p.m. for the restaurant server race and obstacle course; it’s one of the most popular events so get there early for a spot along the course!
Pumpkin Chuckin' Photo by Dylan Nelson
Another festival favorite is the pumpkin chunckin’ in the river event! Test your strength from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverfront Park. Who knows, you may even win a prize!
What is a festival without live music? Spend the evening enjoying local beer, wine, and cider while listening to great bands at the Huron Street Pavilion from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rumor is the Headless Horseman may appear Saturday night!
Free Live Music Photo by Dylan Nelson
Start your Sunday at the Huron Street Pavilion for the pet costume parade! Kids will love seeing their four-legged friends dressed up in costumes starting at 11 a.m. The adults love it too. Don’t forget to dress up yourself, though! You’ll want to put on your costume for the BOO on Your Bike Kal Haven Trail event. Starting at the South Haven trail head, riders can enjoy cider, doughnuts and more before their ride on the trail which will have spooky guest along the way.
The Haven Harvest Festival is a great event to get you in the spirit for fall. Whether you bring the whole family, or spend time with your friends, you’re bound to have fun. Can’t make it to this year’s festival? There are plenty of other events to visit South Haven for; check them out here.