ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — The third weekend of the month, June through September, St. Joe Today invites the community to celebrate all things Southwest Michigan during Love Local weekends. 

“Businesses will be offering everything from extended shopping hours, free gift wrapping, new products, live music, featured menu items, specials and more!” said Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joe Today. “We encourage the community to support small businesses and area restaurants throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest.” 

The Friday Night Concert Series returns this summer on the Friday nights of Love Local weekends. This free, hour-long concert will be held at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell. 

June 17 – PastTime, 7:00p 

July 15 – Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, 7:00p 

August 19 – St. Joe Jack and The Good Time Co., 7:00p 

September 16 – St. Joe High School Jazz Ensemble, 7:00p 

“The bandshell has both bench and lawn seating, so it’s an awesome place for all ages to experience the joy of listening to live music,” said Zapal, “Concertgoers can get take-out food from a variety of restaurants and enjoy a light dinner or sweet treat.” 

The team at Lazy Ballerina Winery says, “Shopping small is important [to us] because these businesses are how many people, including us, make a living. We want to support our neighbors and we enjoy knowing who we are supporting.” 

For a continually updating list of Love Local participants head to

Additional upcoming spring and summer events: 

St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 28-Oct. 8 (9:00a-2:00p) 

Lake Bluff Artisan Fair: June 4, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 3 (10:00a-5:00p) Antiques on the Bluff: June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 (10:00a-5:00p) Mike Yore Memorial Car Show: Friday, July 15 (4:00p-8:00p) 

Chalk the Block: August 5-7 (All Weekend) 

St. Joe Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to producing fantastic events and promoting local businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events and details call St. Joe Today at (269) 985 1111 or visit