Monday, June 24, 2019

Hot Cars, Classic Rock and Cool Art : What's Happening This Weekend in the Blue Water Area

School's out and the sun is shining. Time to get out, explore and discover. This weekend, there's plenty to see and do when you Discover The Blue.

Car enthusiasts from all around the area are getting revved up to be in Fort Gratiot as it is time for Blue Water Cruise Weekend. Festivities start Thursday with a carnival at the Birchwood Mall. On Friday evening many sets of wheels will be showing off their shine along 24th Avenue in Fort Gratiot and north Port Huron's main drag.

The show of chrome and high-gloss continues into Saturday the 29nd with the Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show at the Birchwood Mall during the day and fireworks in the evening.  To see the full schedule of events, check out the Blue Water Cruise Weekend website.

Now in its 48th year, the St Clair Art Fair is one of the oldest art fairs on this side of the state. This weekend there will be over 120 artists located throughout the Riverview Plaza and Palmer Park along the St. Clair River. Find out more about the artists participating here.

Starting this Saturday and then on each one through August 4th, you can catch the boat taxi and take the one mile ride out to tour the Harbor Beach lighthouse.

This Saturday, The Sanilac Consortium for the Arts and Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with the grooviest festival in the Thumb. Singing The 60's will feature local musicians celebrating the songs of Woodstock and the 1960’s in four performance areas. There will also be a vintage car show, arts & crafts vendors, a hippie drum circle, children's area, craft beer and great eats. 

Looking towards the Independence Day weekend, Algonac hosts their annual Pickerel Festival. For fireworks, Port Austin and St. Clair will have them on July 4th, Lexington and Algonac on the 5th and Port Sanilac on the 6th.

Find out all the things that are happening in Michigan's ThumbCoast at our events page.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

School's out and it’s time to explore: What's happening this weekend in the Blue Water Area

School's out and it’s time to explore. This weekend there's plenty to see and do when you Discover The Blue.

The weekend kicks off with bargains to be found in Downtown Port Huron on Friday. Just like the good ol' days, merchants on the city's main street will be having sidewalk sales from 10am to 5pm! Many businesses will be participating so put on your walking shoes and head downtown!

Classic and vintage boat enthusiasts are invited to come see "Where it all began" in Algonac this weekend. The annual Algonac Antique and Classic Boat Show starts Friday and runs through the weekend.

Saturday will be a great day to take a walk around Port Austin. Especially if you're a music fan. The 4th Annual Port Austin Porch Fest is a casual gathering that gives visitors a chance to hear a wide variety of music, take a stroll, maybe grab a bite to eat and check out the beauty that the tip of Michigan's Thumb has to offer.

Also in Port Austin this weekend is the Sea Kayak Symposium. This event focuses on paddlers with day touring and touring kayaks.  The instructors and coaches are hand selected to provide the students with fun, safe classes to develop long-term paddlers.

If you prefer to pedaling over paddling, why not ramble this Sunday? The 38th annual Blue Water Ramble is a bicycle tour of the beautiful Blue Water Area region with  27, 46, 63 and 100 mile route options available.

Other things happening this weekend include Emerson Drive at the Lexington Village Theater and Moonlight & Magnolias at the Snug in Marine City.

Looking towards next weekend, there's the Blue Water Cruise in Fort Gratiot and the St. Clair Art Fair.

Find out more about the many of the things to see and do in Michigan's ThumbCoast at our website.

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 out more about the many of the things to see and do in Michigan's ThumbCoast 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.