New Buffalo: Events Calendar

Every weekend in New Buffalo holds the opportunity for something new. We host a variety of special events throughout the year ó from street festivals and blockbuster art shows to fireworks on the water and exciting sports like Great Lakes surfing.

(All Times are Eastern Standard)

See our Nightlife & Entertainment Listings for more to do while visiting New Buffalo, Michigan.

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Annual Events

    • Art Attack 2017
    Apr 28 - April 30, 2017: Join the excitement of the Midwest's most eclectic, interactive celebration of "All that is Art". Enjoy a full palette of colorful activities featuring a weekend showcase of gallery receptions, artistís demonstrations, exhibitions, theatre, music, wine tasting, open houses and an overall great time! For more info, call (269) 469-5409.

    • Open-Air European Farmers Market
    May 20 - Oct 8, 2017: Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road in New Buffalo (Skip's Restaurant Parking Lot). The market is the place for everything natural and created by artisans: produce, fresh-cut restaurant-grade steaks, art, jewelry, photography, breads, pastries, coffees, lattes, smoothies, concrete garden art, clothing, candles, soaps, flowers and so much more.

    • St. Mary of the Lake Festival
    May 25 - May 29, 2016: This Festival festival is the official start to summer activities in New Buffalo and annual fundraiser for St Mary of the Lake School. Food, rides, games, silent auction, and live music ó fun for the entire family.

    • Memorial Day Parade
    May 29, 2017: Annual tribute to Veterans. Parade leaves downtown New Buffalo and proceeds along US-12 to the Cemetery where a memorial service is conducted. Line-up will begin at City Hall at 9:00 a.m. with the parade kicking off at 10:00 a.m.

    • Thursday Night Farmers Market
    June 1, 2017 thru September 7, 2017: Every Thursday night (4pm - 8pm / weather permitting) enjoy the Farmers Market offering different vendors each week including: produce, meats/seafood, artisan cheeses, baked goods/desserts, artists, crafts, food vendors, clothing, antiques, services, and live entertainment (5-7pm). Featuring food trucks for Thursday night dinners too! Free to the public, ATM on-site, and public restrooms available.

    • Classic Car Cruises
    June 7, 2017 to August 2, 2017: Enjoy a summer night in downtown New Buffalo with over 40 classic and vintage cars on display. Located on N. Whittaker Street in New Buffalo. 6 - 9PM (EST). 1st Wednesday of each month June - Aug, weather permitting. Free to the public, pet and child friendly! Car owners: Free to join, no prior sign sign up needed.

    • Music in the Park
    June 14 - September 13, 2017: Live music featuring local and nearby talent at the Band shell in the New Buffalo Township Memorial Park - 17425 Red Arrow Hwy. Discounted food from local vendors/restaurants available starting at 6:30pm (cash only). Music @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm (EST). A splash pad available for children, and bocce ball 7#150; for any age. Seating available but lawn chairs/blankets welcome. The park is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and a pet-free environment. Limited parking.

    • Big Smiles 5K Run
    July 1, 2017: Annual Big Smiles 5k run / walk @ 8-11am Ė Lions Park (registration and fee required. ) Over 300 runners / walkers expected. Proceeds as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, go directly to The Dreaming Big Fund and The Logan Center. Help us put big smiles on the faces of children with autism and their families in the New Buffalo area. For registration info and additional information, please visit

    • Independence Day Fireworks
    July 3, 2017: Independence Day FIREWORKS and Concert by the LaPorte Symphony at Lions Park (free admission) - 7pm-midnight.

    • Corn & Sausage Roast
    August 5, 2017: Food, drink and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere on the doorstep of the New Buffalo Yacht Club. Starts at noon. For more information call (269) 469-9808.

    • Ship and Shore Festival
    August 11,12,13, 2017: Celebrate 33 years of this beachtown festival, in downtown New Buffalo. The main street closes down to traffic but opens to art/craft vendors, food, kids activities, great beer, wine and non-stop live music! At night the shore comes alive with a lighted boat parade and fireworks to light up the sky! $5 entry donation - Kids under 12 FREE! Friday: 6pm-midnight, Saturday:10am-midnight, Sunday: noon-6pm For more info call 888-660-6222.

    • Michigan's Longest Garage Sale
    August 11 - 13, 2017: Michigan's longest yard sale held every year during the second week of August is on U.S. 12 from New Buffalo to Detroit. The highway, nation's second oldest, stretches along an old Native American trail. It is one of 16 Michigan Heritage Routes, designated by the State Legislature to preserve the state's historic highways. The yard sale has been an annual event since 2003. For more information and an online, interactive map showing sale locations, visit

    • Apple Cider Century Bicycle Tour
    September 24, 2016 Nationally recognized recreational 25, 50, 75 and 100-mile bicycle tour in neighboring Three Oaks, Michigan. Safe fun time for all participants. Advance registration is required by calling (269) 756-3361

    • Harvest & Wine Festival
    October 7, 2017: In celebration of the harvest in Southwest Michigan, this one-day event boasts all day live music and the best wines from several local vineyards along with several craft beers, all under one roof! Local food vendors, horse drawn hayrides through New Buffalo, kidís art activities and unique craft exhibitors round out this annual event. Come rain or shine, the event is tented so you can come out and stay all day! $5 admission per adult at the gate, kids under 12 are free! Noon - 10pm.

    • Harvest Days Chili Cook-off
    October 8, 2017: Annual Harvest Days Chili Cook-off @ corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road in New Buffalo (Skip's Restaurant) from 1-5pm. The Chili Cook-off will feature some hot competition this year when 11 teams prepare their best chili, hoping to win the coveted Best Chili Award.

    This is the last day for Skip's outdoor Farmers Market. The market will remain open during the chili cook-off, which opens to the public at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. - or whenever the chili runs out. There is a $10 entrance fee to the cook-off; children 6 to 12 are half price and children under 6 are free. For more information about the cook-off, call Skipís at (269) 469-3341.

    • Fall Arts & Crafts Show
    October 14, 2017: More than 90 arts and crafts booths, baked goodies and luncheon foods will be for sale from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. A great place to get a jump on the holidays. Located at New Buffalo High School Gym. Food and bake sale available. Sponsored by the New Buffalo Service League. Admission: $1. Call (269) 469-3180 for the details.

Special Events

    • Buddy Guy
    May 12, 2017: Buddy Guy will perform the Silver Creek Event Center. Showtime is 9 p.m.(EST). Ticket prices for the concert start at $40 plus applicable fees are available exclusively through Ticketmaster.

    • George Thorogood in Concert
    May 26, 2017: George Thorogood & The Destroyers will perform at the Silver Creek Event Center. Showtime is 9 p.m.(EST) Ticket prices for the concert start at $25 plus applicable fees and are available exclusively through Ticketmaster.

    • George Thorogood
    May 26, 2017: George Thorogood & The Destroyers will perform at the Silver Creek Event Center. Showtime is 9pm (EST). Ticket prices start at $25 plus applicable fees exclusively through Ticketmaster.

    • Beach Boys
    June 30, 2017: The Beach Boys will perform at the Silver Creek Event Center. Showtime: 9 p.m.(EST). Tickets are sold exclusively through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices start at $49 plus applicable fees.

    • I Love the 90ís Tour
    July 15, 2017: 'I Love the 90ís Tour' will perform at the Silver Creek Event Center. Showtime 9 p.m. Ticket prices start at $90 plus applicable fees and re available exclusively through Ticketmaster.

Community Notes

    • Goodwill Donation Center
    Goodwill of Southwest Michigan operates a donation center at 601 West Buffalo Street.

    Drop off/Collection Hours:
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:30PM to 5:30PM
    Tuesday, Thursday: Closed
    Saturday-Sunday: 11:00AM to 4:00PM

    • Farmer's Market
    Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May - October bringing a complete array of fresh produce from local farms! Located at 910 W Buffalo St (Next to Promeny Cafť | Across from Rios)

    • Hazardous Materials Disposal/Recycling Day
    June 17, 2016: Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT, 17655 Clay Street, near the Rt. 12/Red Arrow Hwy/Clay St. intersection, New Buffalo.

    For a complete list of accepted items go to, click "Household Hazardous Waste Collections." View the County Recycling Guide online. For more information, call Jill Adams, county environmental specialist, at 269-983-7111 ext. 8234.

    • Kids Beach Camps
    June 26 - August 4, 2017: Third Coast Surf Shop hosts weekly beach camps for kids ages 8-12 at the New Buffalo Public Beach Monday - Friday, 8-noon. Reservations are required. Each 5-Day Camp is $195 for the first child and $165 for each additional child. For reservations and details, call (269) 932-4575 or visit

Note: While makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of this data, we cannot be held responsible for changes in dates, venues, etc.