Monday, June 10, 2019

Mid June Happenings in the Blue Water Area

From antique tractors and trucks to summer craft fairs, Michigan's ThumbCoast offers a myriad of things to see and for the weekend of June 14-16th.


Kicking off this Thursday and running through the weekend, Summerfest is happening in Marysville. Featuring a full carnival midway with dozens of rides and games, a petting zoo, beer tent, live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, the festival concludes with fireworks Sunday at dusk. Find out more about Summerfest at their website.


This Saturday, trucks of all ages and sizes will be lining the downtown streets of Harbor Beach. Along with them and many exhibits, The Harbor Beach Truck Show will have inflatables and face painting for the kids and there will be live bands playing country music through the day. At dusk, there will be a lighted Truck Parade. See the full schedule here.


In Lexington on Saturday, work vehicles of a different sort will be on display. The Antique & Vintage Tractor show will be happening from 10am-5pm behind the A&W on Main Street.


Also in Lexington this Saturday and Sunday is the Lakeside Craft Show in the village's Tierney Park.  Over 100 artisans from around the country take part in this annual event and exhibits will include metal sculptures, stained glass, handmade leather purses, garden crafts, paintings, hand-made dolls, marine photography, candles, jewelry and more.

Other things happening around the Blue Water Area this weekend include the Skatepark Summer Jam in St Clair, Kid's Day at the Port Austin Farmers Market, Motown tribute group The Persuasion Band at Lexington Village Theater and the Snug Theatre in Marine City presents Moonlight & Magnolias.

Upcoming events later June in the Blue Water Area include Porch Fest in Port Austin, St. Clair's Beer & Wine Festival On The River, The Blue Water Cruise Weekend Celebration in Fort Gratiot and the St. Clair Art Fair.

Find about many of the things to see and do at our website.

Monday, June 3, 2019

From Art On The River to the Early Settlers Along The Lake: What's Happening This Weekend in the Blue Water Area


All along Michigan's eastern shores, there's plenty going plenty to see and do this coming weekend. Let's take a look at some of the events happening in the Blue Water Area.


Art On The River, a three day art and music festival, has become a tradition for the second weekend of June in Port Huron. This family friendly event, which is chock full of art workshops, music and food, kicks off this Friday evening at Kiefer park with a dance party and beer tent.



The headliner for Art On The River this is year is Derek St. Holmes. Most well known as the rhythm guitarist and voice on Ted Nugent's early solo hits such as "Stranglehold" and "Hey Baby", Derek St. Holmes has also worked with Aerosmith's Brad Whitford and the Michael Schenker Band. Derek takes the stage on Saturday evening.


On Saturday, June, 8th see hot rods, custom and muscle cars at Rumble In The Park at Marysville Park.  The next day, the park will host stock and unmodified rides that are at least twenty five years old for The Past and Its Wheels. This show is well known for having quite a few Wills Sainte Claire cars. Wills built approximately 12,000 cars between 1921 and '26 in a Marysville factory. There are only 75 remaining in the entire world.


In Port Sanilac this weekend the Native, Voyageurs & Settlers Days are at the Sanilac County Museum & Historical Village are happening. At this event, families can learn about and experience the rich history connected with the voyageurs, early settlers, American Indians, and military of the Great Lakes Fur Trade period. This reenactment of the life-styles and skills of this era will include demonstrations and displays of traditional crafts and skills, trade goods and artifacts, campfire cooking, military life, weaponry, and much more! It runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Looking ahead into June events include, Marysville' Summerfest kicks off on 13th, Harbor Beach holds its annual Truck Show on the 15th, Porch Fest is happening in Port Austin on the 22nd, the Blue Water Cruise weekend in Fort Gratiot starts on the 27th and runs through the 30th and the St. Clair Art Fair is the 29th and 30th. 

Find out more about these and many more happening when you Discover The Blue at our events page.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Celebrating the 'First Long Weekend of Summer' in the Blue Water Area

Memorial Day weekend is coming up quick. First observed as Decoration Day in 1868 as a day of remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, the name of the day gradually shifted to Memorial Day throughout the years and was officially changed to that name in 1967.

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.


Many Blue Water Area communities will be having Memorial Day parades, observances and ceremonies on Monday the 27th.

At 10AM,  Harbor Beach will hold military honors at Rock Falls Cemetery. The parade starts at the American Legion Hall on Trescott Street then goes through downtown ending at Veteran’s Park.

Marine City also honors veterans with their parade at 10 AM.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Lexington invite you to join them at to remember those who help keep the country safe at 11 AM.

Also at 11AM, the Port Huron Memorial Day parade will start at the corner of Huron Avenue and Quay Street, downtown Port Huron and travel north to Pine Grove Park where a memorial service will follow.


Port Austin pays tribute to the men and woman who've served at 11:30 AM.

At noon, Port Sanilac blesses the fleet with a 21 gun salute and echo taps from their area chapter of the VFW. It will be followed by a 

St. Clair's American Legion post will have their parade at 1 PM and a ceremony following at Memorial Park.

Along with honoring those who've served and kept us safe, there are quite a few other events happening over Memorial Day weekend too.



Harbor Beach will be a treasure hunt from Thursday the 23rd through Sunday the 26th as it is time for their annual city wide garage sale. You never know what you'll find!


May 25th & 26th, you can take a step back in time at the Feast of the Ste Claire. Held at Port Huron's Pine Grove Park, this event has been a long running tradition in the city with periods of early Michigan history brought to life by re-enactors living in historic-style camps and demonstrating daily life of that era.


Don't forget that the Lady's Slippers are in full bloom if you visit Port Austin on Memorial Day weekend too. The Lady’s Slipper Festival at the Huron County Nature Center welcome you to join them for food, fun, crafts, music and activities for all ages on Sunday the 26th.

Another sure sign that summer is just around the corner is that plenty of the Farmers Markets will be open. Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach are on Friday. Port Huron and Port Austin have them happening on Saturday.

Looking ahead, the first weekend in June is next week. Things happening then include Port Huron's Be A Tourist In Your Own Town and the Blue Water Sturgeon Festival.

Later in June, you can discover the blue of Michigan's ThumbCoast at Art On The River in Port Huron, Maryville's Summer Fest, Porch Fest in Port Austin, The Blue Water Cruise Weekend, The St. Clair Art Fair and much more.


To find out more all the happenings in our area, Discover The Blue at our events page.

What are your plans for the upcoming long weekend?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rev It Up!: 2019 Blue Water Area Car Shows


So, you've got the motor running and heading out to the highway. Why not rev it up and head to one of the many classic car shows happening in the Blue Water Area this summer.


The season of shows kicks off in June with two cars in one weekend at Marysville City Park. On Saturday, June 8th, Rumble In The Park will feature hot rods, custom and muscle cars.

The next day the Past and its Wheels show will feature not only many un-modified and in stock condition rides but also quite a few Wills Sainte Claire cars. Wills built approximately 12,000 cars between 1921 and '26 at a factory in Marysville. There are only about 75 Wills Sainte Claire automobiles remaining in the entire world.


If you're a fan of bigger machines, check out the Harbor Beach Truck Show on Saturday, June 15th. The downtown streets of this ThumbCoast community are closed off and then lined with over 75 trucks ranging from semis to pickups and tankers to trailers. Along with the trucks of all sizes, there will be food, beverages, vendors and live music.


From trucks used for work to equipment for working in the field. Take a trip back to see how farming was done in earlier times at the Lexington Antique Tractor Show. Taking place behind Lexington’s A&W restaurant, tractors will stand shiny and tall for viewing for vintage farm equipment enthusiasts. It's happening on Saturday, June 15th.


The last weekend of June is a huge weekend for classic car enthusiasts from Michigan's ThumbCoast and beyond. Running from June 27th through the 30th, the Blue Water Cruise Weekend kicks off with a carnival at Birchwood Mall. 

On Friday, the 28th, the wheels will be in motion as the cars cruise 24th Avenue and Pine Grove. 

Get a closer look at many of the cars from the cruise on Saturday at the Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show. That evening, check out the fireworks display along 24th Ave.


July is definitely a time to roll down the windows and take a casual drive on Michigan highways and byways. While doing so, why not check out some of the others out there doing the same. Both Harsens Island and St. Clair are hosting their annual car shows on Saturday, July 13th.


The streets of Downtown Port Huron will be glimmering with high gloss and chrome on Saturday, July 27th. The Mainstreet Memories Car Show is a community-based, non-judged event that brings auto aficionados from all over the area to check the many sweet street machines.


What goes with summer and classic cars? Vintage campers of course. Saturday, July 27th is the day for the 11th annual Vintage Camper Show in Port Austin. Coordinated by the Tin Can Tourists, America's oldest trailer and motor coach club, this show brings antique trailers, some of them dating back to the 1930s to Port Crescent State Park. This year there will be over 100 trailers to celebrate our Michigan State Parks' 100th anniversary.

Wrapping up car show season in the Blue Water Area for the summer is The Rumble On The River. Held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, this is a one day show that coincides with Algonac's annual art fair. It's one of many great ways to cap off summer adventures for both art lovers and car lovers in the Blue Water Area.

To find out more about these things to do and the plenty of others when you discover the blue, check out our events page here

Monday, April 29, 2019

Discovering Michigan's ThumbCoast In May


Ahhh, the warm weather months. You’re starting to feel it in the air, aren’t you?

If that, along with the calendar telling us the month of May is about to arrive, wasn’t enough to show signs that the sunny season is straight ahead, the many events going on sure would.

Here's a look at some of the things happening over the next four weeks in Michigan's ThumbCoast.


The first weekend starts the month hoppin'!

On Friday, May 3rd, Downtown Port Huron presents Art Hop Spring 2019.  Art Hop is a mini-sidewalk festival inspired event which brings the art enthusiasts, fun-seeking families and merrymakers together to the city's main street.

May 4th & 5th, finds railroad enthusiasts gathering at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron for the Tunnel City Railway Train Show, a family-friendly event which will feature dealers, manufacturers, scale train layouts much more.


There will be a lot of "horsing around" in Lexington from May 3rd through the 5th.

Derby Days start with a horse parade on Friday at 7pm and most stores downtown will be staying open to 9pm. From 9pm to 2am there will be country line dancing at Steis's Village Inn.

On Saturday, things start with at noon with kid's pony rides until 4pm. At 6pm the derby will be shown on the big screen at Lexington Village Theater.  In the evening the Windjammer will be having mechanical bull riding and there will be live country-rock music happening at Steis's.

Sunday there will be an all day Cinco De Mayo party which will include a Cinco De Mayo Closest to the Pin Challenge at Lakeview Hills Golf Resort.



Remember those old game shows on TV and wished you had been on one of them? Now is your chance! On Saturday, May 11th, The Harbor Beach Gameshow Series brings back the television magic of yesteryear right in the Harbor Beach Community Theatre.

Even if you don't hit the big money at the Game Show Series, you may find the deal of the century at Harbor Beach's Citywide Garage Sale running May 22nd through the 27th.


During Memorial Day weekend celebrate the pageantry, history and flavor of Michigan from 1750-1840.

Port Huron's Feast of the Ste. Claire brings to life four periods of early Michigan history with re-enactors living in historic-style camps demonstrating the daily life of these eras.


If you're looking to fish, and like a little friendly competition while doing so, the Blue Water Area has several tournaments happening in May.

The MMA Walleye Classic is in Port Huron on Saturday, May 4th as is the Can2Can Tournament in Harbor Beach. From May 17th through the 19th, The Marbleye Classic will be happening in St. Clair.


After a day outside discovering the blue in May, take in a live stage show in the evening.

This weekend the Port Austin Players wraps up their presentation of Neil Simon's God's Favorite and Port Huron's Citadel Stage starts its run of Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood. The Riverbank Theatre in Marine City has its production of Nunsense this month and The Barn Theater in Port Sanilac kicks off their summer season at the end of the month with the Sam Bobrick's classic comedy Annoyance.

Discover more about what's happening in the Blue Water Area at our events page.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Reeling Them In: It's Fishing Tournament Time!


There are countless ways to enjoy the lakes and rivers of the Blue Water Area. For many, it's to cast bait a hook, and reel in the fish. While some enjoy angling for its laid back and relaxing pace, there are others who seek more action and competition in the sport. For them, there are quite a few fishing tournaments happening in the area throughout the sping and into the summer.


The action starts in St. Clair on April 27th. That's when the Blue Water Salmon Stakes happen. The tournament, first organized by Quota International of Port Huron and the Blue Water Sportfishing Association four decades ago, is the longest running contest of its kind in the area. 

Blue Water Salmon Stakes catches photo via the Times Herald

At the Salmon Stakes anglers will compete for a share of thousands of dollars in prize money for the largest King, Coho, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Walleye in addition to the “super skipper”.  

Fishing is from 6 am to 1 pm by boat on the day of the tournament, with the weigh-in taking place in St. Clair at the Voyageur Restaurant. Potential prize-winning catches will be open for viewing by the general public from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 pm in the Voyageur’s parking lot, along with great prize raffles and activities for children or all ages. 

Proceeds from the tournament go to support various service projects benefitting the hearing and speech impaired and disadvantaged women and children in the Blue Water Area. 

You can register for the 2019 Blue Water Salmon Stakes at The Voyageur Restaurant and Anderson’s Pro Bait.  For more information visit the Blue Water Sportfishing Association on the web



St. Clair is also the host of the annual Blue Water Marbleye Classic which runs from May 17th through the 19th. On this weekend hundreds of fishermen drop their boats and lines into the quick and swift currents of the St. Clair River in hopes of landing the Hog-the biggest walleye during the annual tournament. 


On Saturday, May 4th, many boats and hundreds of fishermen will be on the waters of Harbor Beach for the 2019 Can2Can Fishing Tournament. Hosted by the Thumb chapter of the Steelheaders, proceeds from this event go to help their Net Pen Project, which helps maintain and preserve the fish stock of the region. Visit the Can2Can website for more information and registration.

Harbor Beach is also hosts a Veterans Fishing Outing on June 8th.




In Port Huron, Moose Lodge #158 invites you to join them for a day of fishing out on Southern Lake Huron and the St. Clair River on May 4th for the Walleye Classic. The best five walleye caught will win prizes.


Now in its eighth decade, the Algonac Lions Club Pickerel Festival is one of the celebrations of its kind in the Blue Water Area. Running July 3rd  through July 7th, the festival not only includes daily cash prizes for the three largest fish but also a grand prize for the “whopper” which is awarded on the final day. There are also carnival rides, food, live music and fireworks throughout the weekend. Visit the Algonac Pickerel Festival website for more information and how to register for the tournament.

The best of luck to all the anglers out there. Fish on!

Find out about more summertime things to do in the Blue Water Area visit our events page.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sport your green. It's time to make the St. Paddy's weekend in Port Huron scene!

Photo by Dale Merrill

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. It's a time for those who are Irish (or simply Irish at heart) to wear their best green and celebrate. With the things going on to commemorate the holiday in the Blue Water Area, celebrating is definitely on the agenda.


The party in Port Huron starts the day before on Saturday the 16th. In the morning you can raise your spirits and your heartbeat with the Y’s Leprechaun Loop in Port Huron at 9am.

Photo by Dale Merrill
Also at noon on Saturday, March 16th, the streets of Port Huron will be filled with the Celtic spirit when the St. Patrick's Parade starts at Pine Grove Park and then winds through downtown.

Following the parade, the revelry continues in Port Huron with the 2019 Pub Crawl.



Many of the stops along the party bus route will have live entertainment.

Catch Dusk Til Dawn from 2-5pm at City Limits. 

At the Outpost, Chain Reaction get the party started early in the day. Alter Ego will keep the celebration going later in the day.

Indecision kick off the rockin' at Tailgators that afternoon at 3pm. Following them after 7pm, Jorden Road kick out the jams into the evening.

Other entertainment during the crawl includes the band Closing Time and karaoke at Captain Skrip's Office Bar & Grill. The Port Huron Yacht Club will be playing host to the purveyors of fine Irish songs and miscellaneous musical mayhem known as Keltara. At Freighters, enjoy the country rock sounds of The Family Tradition Band.

If dancing to what the DJ plays is more of your thing, the Roche has DJ's J-Me & Me II spinning starting at 1pm.

Watch the Blue Water Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page throughout this week to see the latest updates the fun the participating pubs have in store for this Saturday.

Check out the map below to see all the places the party buses are stopping. To hop on a bus, you need a wristband. They're $15 each and are available at all the participating pubs and the Blue Water Area CVB office.



You can also see the full list of the participating pubs here.

Use the hashtag #PHPubCrawl on your social media and share with the world about how you partied on the day.

To find out more about these events along with many other things happening in the Blue Water Area this month, Discover The Blue's event page.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Why walk to the local pubs when you can crawl? It's Pub Crawl Time in Port Huron!

If you have never been to the annual St. Paddy's Pub Crawl in Port Huron, you're missing out on one of the biggest parties the Blue Water Area throws to celebrate the ending of winter and the eventual start of spring.


This year it will be no different as nineteen different locations will be participating in the festivities on Saturday, March 16th.



Why walk to all the local pubs when you can crawl? All you need is a wristband to do so. Then you can hop on the party buses which will take you to nineteen of Port Huron's favorite pubs. The wristbands are $15 each and are available at all the participating pubs and the Blue Water CVB offices.

The party buses will run in north and south routes with the transfer point on Quay Street. They will be running between 1 and 7pm.


Come visit the port town St. Paddy's weekend. Sport your green and dig the Pub Crawl scene!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

TBT: Bathing Beach Port Huron, Michigan

Let's take a second and pretend it's not a cold winter day today. Instead, let's imagine it is summer.

For this Throwback Thursday here's a postcard from the early 1900's featuring a day at the beach in Port Huron to help with that thought.