A crowd-pleasing tradition for over a quarter of a century, the Ship & Shore Festival, August 9-11, is a three-day signature festival presented by the New Buffalo Business Association and Four Winds Casino.
This family-friendly fest taking place in New Buffalo, Michigan features fireworks, live music, lighted boat parade and unique art vendors - to name just a few of the attractions. The festival will feature local cuisine, local artists, crafts, clothing, jewelry, live music and more. Sample handcrafted wines from Round Barn Winery and Free Run Cellars, or fresh Michigan craft brew from Bell’s. Families love the ‘Family Fun Fest’ section with kids activities ranging from ice-cream-eating contests to face painting, carnival games and so much more.
Not your ordinary street fair, Ship & Shore features top-notch popular bands like P.S. Dump Your Boyfriend, Mr. Blotto and Libido Funk Circus. "These phenomenal bands are from all over the Midwest. We even have a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, 5 O’Clock Somewhere, perfect for a beachfront town!" says Tom Neubauer, festival producer from Traffic PR & Marketing. "People have a great time dancing, and the music highlights everything while people stroll along the street to shop at the craft booths and art vendors, sample the local wines, and enjoy the shoreline sights."
Excitement is in the air as dusk nears on Saturday night, when everyone picks a favorite vantage point to view the Lighted Boat Parade followed by an amazing fireworks display sponsored by Casey’s New Buffalo. It's a dazzling spectacle of floating yachts, pleasure boats and cruisers, each draped with twinkling lights, parading the waters of the harbor for an unforgettable scene. Afterwards, the night skies light up again with a spectacular fireworks display generously presented by Casey’s New Buffalo.
"It's such an enjoyable weekend and one of the most scenic sights anywhere in the Midwest," says Migs Murray, Ship & Shore Festival chairperson. "The backdrop of beautiful Lake Michigan makes it a fantastic event. There's something magical about the location of the fest in this terrific beachfront town."