Monday, July 30, 2018

Blue Water to the Blues: What's happening the first weekend of August on Michigan's eastern shores

If you're one of many who has looked at the calendar and thought "August is already here. This summer has been flying by fast" you're not the only one.

The thing is though there IS still plenty of summer left and the eastern shores of Michigan have plenty of things going on.

From the Blues to the Blue and the Grey. Port Sanilac has it happening this weekend.


The boogie is going to be full effect on Friday along the lakeshore. The Port Sanilac Blues Festival kicks off at 3pm and runs through Saturday evening.


It's a battle of the Blue and the Grey in Port Sanilac this weekend too. Check out Civil War Days at the Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village on Saturday & Sunday for battles and skirmishes, an artillery demonstration, fashion show and more.


Promising a fantastic atmosphere with a wide variety of two dimensional and 3-D professional artists, the Lexington Fine Arts Street Fair will provide spectacular music, tasty food vendors and raffles. It runs this Saturday and Sunday.


Starting on Friday and running through Sunday, Marine City's Maritime Days feature 3 stages of live music, a lighted boat parade, an arts & crafts Show, antique tractors, Jet-Ski races, food and a whole lot more! It starts on Friday and runs through Sunday.

Other events this week include Rockin' The Rivers at Port Huron's Keifer Park on Thursday and the Harsens Island Field Day on Saturday. Also on Saturday is St. Clair's Mardi Gras Party and the Bi-Yak-A-Thon in Harbor Beach.

Looking towards next weekend, the Yard Sale Trail is happening, Marysville has its Art In The Park, and Detroit's Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis, plays at Lexington's Concerts In The Park.

Find many things to do and see around the Blue Water Area at our events page.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Hot Cars to Hot Dogs: What's happening this week in the Blue Water Area

Even though this weekend is the last one for the month, there's still plenty of time left to celebrate summertime. The Blue Water Area has quite a few things happening over the weekend to finish up July and welcoming in August.



Come see what Port Huron has to offer, view the many cars, see old friends and make new ones this Saturday. The MainStreet Memories Car Show will many have sweet machines of the past up to modern times to check out downtown starting at 10am and through the afternoon. Find out more at their website.


How long will a cardboard boat float? How fast can an outhouse move? And, most importantly, who will be the next King and Queen of Bologna. All these questions and more will be answered at the Yale Bologna Festival this weekend. This 3-day weekend event closes the streets of Yale's downtown and transforms the community of just under 2,000 to a gathering of over 20,000 Bologna starved party-goers! Find out more at the Yale Bologna Festival website. You can also download the schedule here

The water is gonna roar and there's a party on the shore at St. Clair's Riverfest this weekend.


On the St. Clair River thundering powerboats charge in a race to be the fastest machine on the water! On land, there will be a carnival midway along with live music from headlines Great White on Friday and Detroit's own Sponge on Saturday. Admission to the races and concerts are FREE!

See the whole schedule of the action at the Riverfest website.


Port Crescent State Park takes a blast to the past this Saturday at the annual Vintage Camper Show. Last years saw Tin Can Tourists bringing close to 100 cool, classic and kitschy vintage trailers and campers to the park to show off and have people check out. Visit and see how your grandparents luxury camped. 


Another port along the eastern shores is having a party too. Starting Friday at 5pm with a barbecue and a beer tent, The Port Sanilac Summer Festival kicks off and runs through Sunday. The fun for the weekend includes Kid's carnival games, a watermelon eating contest, inflatables, a karaoke contest and live music.


On Saturday, the Schoolhouse Grille in Harsens Island invites you to bring a lawn chair, your favorite friend or friends or come alone and meet someone during this casual and easy summer day and enjoy some music to warm your soul. The Harsens Island Roots Music Festival starts at 2pm and will feature music throughout the day as well as a fish fry, a barbecue and local vendors. 

Other events happening along the Blue this weekend include the Blue Water Volleygrass Festival at Port Huron Northern and  Our Lady Of The Lake Huron's Summer Festival in Harbor Beach.

Looking towards next week, the Port Sanilac Blues Festival is August 3rd and 4th, Marine City is having its Maritime Days and the Lexington is the place for the Fine Arts Street Fair.

What are your plans for a Blue Water weekend?

Monday, July 16, 2018

The County Fair to Cart Racing: What's happening this week in the Blue Water Area


Each July, when the stables and stalls at Goodells County Park are teeming with movement of not only humans but horses, cows and many other creatures, it can only mean one thing. It's time for the St. Clair County 4-H Fair.

Named one of the best family fairs in the state of Michigan, the fair opened today and runs through Saturday the 21st. Along with the usual fare such as a carnival, fried treats and livestock shows and auctions, the St Clair County 4-H Fair also has entertainment throughout the park each and every day.

Admission to the fair is $7 per person.  Children 8 and under are always free and no charge for parking. There's also an option of a daily admission for $20 at the gate.  Each daily admission admits one car and all occupants on the date purchased.

Every summer Harbor Beach's Trescott St. has many people on it heading down to the water. One Saturday each July though there's transportation a little more unusual than a normal making way to the shore.


Based on the same type of set up one would see at an American Soapbox Derby Association competition, it's time for the annual Harbor Beach Cart Derby on Saturday, July 21st.

This community event, co-sponsored by the City of Harbor Beach and The American Legion, is open to ages 8 years old an up with four division competing throughout the day.

The first green flag drops at 9 in the morning with the over 18 group and races continue through to around 2 in the afternoon. Come on down, cheer them on and make summertime fun memories for the young and young at heart.

See photos and more from last year's derby at the Harbor Beach and American Legion Cart Derby Facebook page.


This Saturday, the Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum in Port Sanilac celebrates folkies to Flower Power with the Singin' the Sixties Festival. All across the village's grounds, there will be music and discussion of the decade that changed history forever.

Looking towards next weekend, Riverfest and River Classic Offshore Powerboat Race roars into St. Clair, the Mainstreet Memories car show is in Port Huron, vintage and classic campers show off at Port Austin's Port Cresent St. Park, Port Sanilac has its annual summer festival, Harsens Island is having its Roots Music Festival and the city of Yale throws a party of bologna.

Discover the Blue when you check out all the happenings at our events page.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Boats and Beaches! Two big summer festivals this week in the Blue Water Area

Port Huron's biggest event returns this week. Featuring live music, food, fun, boats and more, Blue Water Fest is an area tradition and this year provides the fun for the entire family.


Things kick off Wednesday, July 11th with the International Rotary Day Parade at 6:30pm. The parade route starts at Huron and Glenwood Avenue, runs through downtown Port Huron and ends at Oak Street.

Photo by Dale Merrill

Thursday, July 12th and Friday, July 13th will feature live music, beer tents, vendors, food, a carnival and more!

Thursday is Family night. Among the things happening that evening is Operation Transformation's Outreach from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. by the 10th St. Bridge. It will include live pony rides, a petting zoo, Detroit Tiger mascot PAWS, grilled food & drinks and a whole lot more!

Family Night caps off with fireworks over the St. Clair River!

New this year at Blue Water Fest, Q Country 107 presents Boats and Boots a two-day country concert event!


Thursday night it's Craig Morgan.




Friday Phil Vassar takes the big stage.



You can get tickets for these two shows here.

Along with Craig and Phil there will be several stages featuring local and regional musical artists playing throughout the weekend too.

Saturday morning is the Bell's Beer Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race. See the boats head out to the course throughout the morning along Black River and the St. Clair River and heading north to Lake Huron.

Photo by Dale Merrill

Get full details on the race at the Bayview Yacht Club page.

Just because the boats have left doesn't mean the fun is over though. Blue Water Fest continues through Sunday. Find out everything it has in store at thebluewaterfest.com

Port Huron is not the only Blue Water Area community celebrating summer with a festival this weekend. The 15th Annual Harbor Beach Maritime Festival is this weekend too.


Along with the usual favorites the Maritime Festival has like a ton of live music, beach bocce and volleyball tournaments, frog jumping and hot dog eating contests, fireworks on Saturday night, the car show and much more, this year also includes races done in kayaks and on standup paddleboards.


If you happen to be in Harbor Beach on Saturday morning, be sure to hop the boat taxi and take the lighthouse tour. They're offered every Saturday from 9am to noon through September 22nd.

See the full schedule for the Harbor Beach Maritime Festival at themaritimefestival.com

Other events this weekend include The Harsens Island Car Show on Saturday afternoon, Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso at the Lexington Village Theater on Saturday evening.

Looking toward next week the St. Clair County 4-H Fair begins on Monday, July 16th.

Find out about many of the events in the area when you Discover The Blue at BlueWater.org

Monday, July 2, 2018

Red, White and the Blue Water Area: Independence Week and Weekend Celebrations

The 4th of July celebrations will be plentiful in the upcoming week. Picnics and parties are on many agendas to celebrate the United States independence from the British Empire. Two of the main things that people look forward to during the holiday are the fireworks displays and parades. Many of Blue Water Area communities will be having both this week.



Wednesday, July 4th, Port Austin starts off with floats and pageantry with a parade at 1pm. At dusk, families and friends will gather at Bird Creek County Park, Veterans Waterfront Park, Port Austin State Harbor and along the shoreline to watch the fireworks.

St. Clair invites you to grab and blanket or lawn chair and sit down along their newly renovated boardwalk on the evening of the 4th around dusk. That's when their fireworks happen over the river too.

Lexington is celebrating Independence Day over the weekend, July 6th and 7th, with fireworks down along the harbor on Friday Night. On Saturday morning, there will be a parade. Saturday evening, Elton Rohn fills Tierney Park with the music of Elton John.

Just a quick ten minute drive north from Lexington is Port Sanilac. They're having fireworks on Saturday night.



This weekend brings the Blue Water SandFest to the grounds of the Fort Gratiot Light Station in Port Huron. Now in its 6th year, Sandfest is Michigan’s first and only master sand sculpting and advanced amateur competition and festival. Each year, SandFest brings more and more people from all around to see the sculptures, listen to the live music and much more.


Along the beautiful St. Clair riverfront, many classic cars and trucks will be on display throughout the day at the Annual River Classic Car Show on Saturday!

Coming up next week, the Blue Water Fest and Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race and Harbor Beach are having their Maritime Festival.


Find out more about these and the many other summer events happening around the Blue Water Area at our events page.