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Ship & Shore Festival brings the best to New Buffalo

Ship & Shore Festival brings the best to New Buffalo

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A crowd-pleasing tradition for over a quarter of a century, the Ship & Shore Festival, August 8-10, 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 St. Julian Wines, Twisted Teas and Lemonades, or fresh Michigan craft brew from Bell’s. Families love the ‘Family Fun Fest’ section with kids activities ranging from booth, ice-cream-eating contests to face painting, carnival games and so much more.

Not your ordinary street festival, Ship & Shore features top-notch popular bands like Sixteen Candles, Mr. Blotto and Jedi Mind Trick. “These phenomenal bands are from all over the Midwest.

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 dedicated to our friend Tom Neubauer.

“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.”


The Annual Bison Boosters stampede 5K Walk/Run starts and finishes at the beautiful New Buffalo Beach with a scenic route through New Buffalo. Snacks and awards are provided at end. T-shirts are guaranteed with pre-registration

at Race day registration and packet pickup at the beach parking lot begins at 7:45am on Saturday, August 9 and the race begins promptly at 8:30am. Free parking at the beach until 10:30am.


Something for every member of the family at this year’s Ship & Shore Fest with hands-on, experiential activities from Curious Kid’s Museum, Chicaming Open Lands activity plus carnival games, face painting, ice cream and watermelon eating contests.


The weekend entertainment is as follows:

Friday Line Up

• Sixteen Candles 10-12pm

• The Personnel 7:30-9:30pm

• Top Secret Band 5:30-7pm

Saturday Line Up

• Jedi Mind Trip 10:15-12

• 90’s Exp - Second Hand Smoke (Sublime) 8:45-9:45

• 90’s Ex-Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 7:15-8:15

• 90’s Exp - Don’t Speak (No Doubt) 5:45-6:45

• Slim Gypsy Baggage 3:30-5

• Rebecca Anne Band 1:30-3

• TBD – Noon

• Fireworks sponsored by Casey’s New Buffalo dedicated to Tom Neubauer

• Lighted boat parade hosted by New Buffalo Yacht Club

Sunday Line Up

• Mr. Blotto (MIX SET) 4:30 - (DEAD SET) 5:30

• Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts 2:30-4

• Venetia Sekema and the Luna Madre Band 12-2


$5 suggested donation price and children 12 and under are Free. For more info: Or call 888.660.6222. Festival operating hours are Friday August 8: 5pm-midnight; Saturday August 9: 11am-midnight; Sunday August 11: 11am-7pm.


We are back on Whittaker Street in beautiful downtown New Buffalo, Michigan. Join the celebration!


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