Columbus Day Weekend Perfect to Discover NB Harvest & Wine Fest

If we take a page from Christopher Columbus himself this month and set out to do a little discovering in Michigan’s Great Southwest we have a great chance to discover the bounty of the entire region at the 14th Annual New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Fest.

The Columbus Day weekend will be jam-packed in Harbor Country thanks to the big event on Saturday, October 12th from noon until 9pm.

In Southwest Michigan, nothing says “Autumn” quite like the harvesting of fully ripened crops,  plump fruits, and the grapes that evolve into award winning wines from across the region. In preparation and celebration of the plentiful season the New Buffalo Business Association is hosting its 14th Annual New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Fest on Saturday, October 12th in Lion’s Pavilion Park adjacent to the boat launch and beach parking lot in downtown New Buffalo.

Representing all that the season has to offer, the Harvest & Wine Fest boasts an abundance of family-friendly activities including:

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  • Nonstop live music under a big top tent
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides through town
  • Unique art & craft vendors
  • Farm market vendors
  • Award-winning wines from all over Michigan
  • Local beer and hard cider
  • Tasty fare from area restaurants
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Inflatables
  • Demonstrations from Harbor Country’s “Sand Pirate” Janet Moore Schrader

There is truly something for everyone, so the New Buffalo Business Association homes you’ll bring along the entire family.

Live music includes:

  • The Black Lillies headline at 7:30 pm
  • The Andrew Fisher Quartet at 5:30pm
  • Top Secret Band at 3:00pm
  • Rebecca Anne Band at 1:00pm

Between bands, be sure to check out special performances from Harbor Country’s very own Sawyer Dance Troupe.

Planned over the Columbus Day Holiday for those with an extended 3-day weekend, the New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Fest serves as a focal-point in downtown New Buffalo, making it a full-on destination attraction.  Organizers say, “Come for the day and stay for the weekend!” You can find suggested lodging options at this link:

The Harvest & Wine Fest kicks off at noon and runs until 9pm Eastern Time. Admission at the gate is $5 per person– children 12 and under are FREE. For updates and more information, you can go to or call 888.660.6222.

The event wouldn’t be possible without event underwriters and sponsors including:

  • Bluefish Vacation Rentals
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • @properties
  • Yellow Bird Vacations
  • Equilibrium Fitness
  • Hidden Gem
  • David’s Deli
  • Pristine Pool and Spa
  • Wightman
  • Abonmarche
  • Antero Group
  • It’s a Breeze
  • Meridian Title