Under the new Alive Anytime! events banner, the South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced the schedule of events for the Haven Harvest Festival weekend, which will be held October 20-22, 2017.
The Visitors Bureau is proud to support this wonderful fall celebration that was started several years ago by downtown merchants and non-profit organizations of South Haven. Once again, the best of fall will be celebrated in South Haven as hayrides roll, pumpkins fly, headless horsemen ride, and haunted houses awaken. Guests will experience a true South Haven harvest with fun games, petting zoo, hay bale mazes and pumpkin carving, crisp cider and live music, and good-as-grandma’s pies. The splendor of fall can be enjoyed all weekend long with these fun and mostly-free events, designed for the whole family:
Schedule of Events Highlights (full schedule of events is at southhavenevents.com)
Friday, October 20
Movies at the Marina 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, Riverfront Park It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Hocus Pocus, and House on Haunted Hill will be the featured cinema classics. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets – snacks and drinks available for purchase!
Haunted Museum 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Maritime Museum Brave souls can venture to the Haunted Museum campus at the Michigan Maritime Museum for thrills and chills from the FALLOUT-themed haunts.
Saturday, October 21
All Day Long: Best Scarecrow Voting, Local Orchards and U-Picks, and Boutique Shopping & Dining
Family Fun, Farm and Hay Bale Maze 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Stanley Johnston Park Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo is bringing in a variety of animals for this fun, interactive, and memorable experience. There will also be fun games for the kids, bouncy houses, a hay bale maze, face painting and clowns with bubbles and balloons. Also features a dog trick show and agility course courtesy of the Al-Van Humane Society. Tickets only $5 and can be purchased at the event. Lunch also available for $5.
Walking Tour of the Historic North Shore 10:00 am, Bunde’s Good Eats Hosted by Joe Ashen of the Historical Association of South Haven.
Mitten Made Makers Market 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Huron Street Pavilion West Parking Lot The South Haven Center for the Arts presents this market featuring unique handmade products created by Michigan craftsmen, including artisan foods, gifts, and gadgets for the entire family.
Spooky Lou 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Michigan Maritime Museum Enjoy a free shuttle across the Black River aboard the Michigan Maritime Museum’s Lindy Lou river launch.
Pie Sampling, Pumpkin Painting, Apples for the Arts, Cider Press Demo, and Restaurant Server Race and Obstacle Course 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Huron Street Pavilion The Huron Street Pavilion will be the place to be as there are numerous events taking place. The South Haven Center for the Arts invites guests to create a caramel apple sensation – plus there will be pie sampling and pumpkin decorating. The apple cider press demonstration is from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and the Restaurant Server Race takes place at 3:00 pm.
Horse Drawn Hay Rides 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, next to Chemical Bank Rides are free and last approximately 15 minutes.
Live Music and Cider, Wine, and Beer Tent 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Huron Street Pavilion Free music with the Aces of Eights and Bronx Brothers. Wine and beer tent available for purchase courtesy of the South Haven Rotary Club.
Headless Horseman Ride 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm, throughout Downtown Attendees are on the lookout for a glimpse of this spooky sight.
Haunted Museum 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Maritime Museum Night two of the Haunted Museum campus at the Michigan Maritime Museum’s FALLOUT-themed haunts.
Sunday, October 22
Mitten Made Makers Market 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Huron Street Pavilion Day two of the South Haven Center for the Arts’ market featuring one-of-a-kind handmade products created by Michigan craftsmen.
Pet Costume Parade 11:00 am – Noon, Huron Street Pavilion Everyone is invited to bring their furry friend all dressed up and ready to show off.
BOO on Your Bike Noon – 3:00 pm, Kal Haven Trail A free annual event held by Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle of South Haven. Riders of all ages are invited to dress up in costume and get out for a scenic fall bicycle ride. Prizes, candy, apple cider, doughnuts, free helmets for children will all be given out. Plus there will be a bike rodeo supported by the South Haven Police Department. Riders can expect to see fairies, witches, goblins, and ghouls along their ride! The costume parade will run from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
In addition to the above, more than 50 of South Haven’s quaint shops, merchants, and restaurants are participating in the event weekend with special offers and promotions. Many of our unique inns, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are offering great lodging deals for the weekend as well.
Lodging options and trip planning information can be found at southhaven.org.