Things to Do

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Seasonal Activities / Events

Kids' Beach Camps

Monday-Friday through August 8, New Buffalo Beach
Third Coast Surf Shop’s weekly half-day camp for kids. Surf, skimboard, sandboard, and lots of other fun beach activities.


August 1, Acorn Theater, Three Oaks
An eclectic alt-rock collaboration inspired by country, punk and surfer rock, Cracker has continuously toured and performed originals for over a decade, and have most recently found their way onto big screen soundtracks. Opening act: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts.

Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie

August 1 & 2, Lakeside Inn, Lakeside
O'Neill's classic two-person play set in the lobby of a shabby midtown New York hotel in the late 1920's. Presented by Three Oaks Theater Festival and Seanachai Theatre Company.


August 2, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo
With over 35 million records sold worldwide and a career spanning four decades, rock-n-roll mavens Ann and Nancy Wilson perform their classic megahits.

30th Annual Ship & Shore Festival

August 8-10, downtown New Buffalo
A New Buffalo summertime tradition. Three days of live music, local food, beer and wine, arts & crafts and more. Saturday features a lighted boat parade in the harbor and fireworks on the beach.


August 15, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo
Eight Grammy Awards, three Latin Grammy Awards and over 90 million records sold worldwide, Santana continues to tour on the release of their new album Corazón.

33rd Annual Lakefront Art Festival

August 16, Washington Park, Michigan City
Over 100 fine artists and crafts people from across the country represent in this juried event that includes demonstrations, kids activities and a beachfront food court.

Steamroller Printmaking Project

August 23, Uptown Arts District, Michigan City
A day of art, live music, food and drink in Michigan City's Uptown Arts District. Eleven artists collaborate for a month to carve  3'x7' wood blocks to be printed in the streets with an actual steamroller, producing 30 works of large-scale art.

Round Barn Winery Harvest Party

August 23 & 24, Baroda
Celebrate the harvest with live music, wine tasting and food served on the vineyard grounds. Grape stomping, hay rides and a bounce house make this a great family event.

20th Annual Outsiders Outside Art Fair

August 29-31, Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert
The Midwest's largest art fair celebrating folk, visionary and outsider art from across the country. Enjoy live music by Slim Gypsy Baggage at the preview party on Friday.

Blackbird Crossing, a Vintage Market

August 29-31, Three Oaks
A monthly pop-up market of vintage and antique furnishings, art, clothing and home accessories presented by dealers from throughout the region.

The Doobie Brothers

August 29, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo
With four Grammy awards, 16 Top 40 hits and over 30 million albums sold, The Doobie Brothers show no signs of slowing down as they continue to write, record and tour the world performing their classic hits and new music inspired by a recent residency in Nashville.

Red Arrow Road Show

August 30, Hearthwoods Custom Furnishings, Lakeside
Enjoy live music, beer and wine as you browse a new collection of antiques, industrial art and found objects.

Kris Allen

August 31, Acorn Theater, Three Oaks
American Idol’s season eight winner, singer songwriter Kris Allen, performs original tunes on Acorn’s intimate stage.

Music in the Pavilion

Wednesdays, New Buffalo Township Memorial Park
A weekly concert series featuring some of the area’s most talented singers and songwriters. In addition to the pavilion, the park includes a playground, splash park, nature trail, basketball and volleyball courts.

Music in the Park

Saturdays, Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks
Enjoy live music as you picnic on the lawn of Three Oak’s historic park.

Journeyman Distillery Tours

Saturdays, Three Oaks
Journeyman distillers share the history of the Featherbone Factory building as well as the step-by-step of spirit making. A tasting in the industrial-chic lounge follows the tour.

Jammin' in the Vineyard

Saturdays & Sundays, Round Barn Winery, Baroda
Enjoy live music and Round Barn wines, spirits and microbrews on the beautiful vineyard grounds. Make it a picnic with food from the cafe.

Skip's Open Air European Farmers Market

Saturdays & Sundays, New Buffalo
Locally grown seasonal produce, gourmet foods, fresh cut flowers, crafts and more.

August at Acorn Theater

Three Oaks
A turn of the century corset factory turned live performance theater, the Acorn is a Harbor Country jewel. Performances in August feature an eclectic array of live music, theater, comedy and storytelling.

August at Vickers Theatre

Three Oaks
Another turn of the century building lovingly restored into a beautiful film house and gallery. The Vickers offers a well-curated selection of independent and foreign films.

Live Music at Hard Rock Café

Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo
Regionally and nationally known bands perform nightly at Harbor Country’s newest music venue.

Four Winds Casino

New Buffalo
Gaming fans will find a Vegas-caliber casino set deep in the woods, just minutes away, at Four Winds Casino. Don't feel like driving? Enjoy complimentary shuttle service.

Southwest Michigan Wine Trail Tours

Maps are available at the Front Desk for an easy self-guided tour to our fifteen area vineyards and wineries. Or, if you prefer to explore the wine trail without having to worry about driving, private charters and hop-on tours are available through Leisure Limousine , Grape & Grain Tours , and Fruitful Vine Wine Tours.

Galien River Kayak and SUP Tours

New Buffalo/Galien River Access

Surfboard, Skimboard and SUP Rentals and Lessons

New Buffalo Beach

Jet Ski and Boat Rentals

Oselka Marina, New Buffalo

Sea Rocket Tours

Oselka Marina, New Buffalo

Fishing & Sunset Cruise Charters

Oselka Marina, New Buffalo
Lake Michigan offers freshwater fishing at its finest. Fishing charters may be arranged with Steel-n-Time Charters, Cap’n D Fishing Charters or Fisher of Men. For more information, please see the Front Desk.

New Buffalo Sailing Excursions

Oselka Marina, New Buffalo

Scooter Rentals

Harbor Country Adventures, New Buffalo

Summer Hiking

Harbor Country offers great hiking in diverse settings. Explore Warren Dunes State Park, Chikaming Park & Preserve, Robinson Woods, Warren Woods and Galien River County Park. Or, walk for miles on New Buffalo's majestic public beach.

Deer Creek Hunt Club

Three Oaks
Three sporting clay courses and upland bird hunting on 500 acres of beautiful ravine woodlands, streams, rolling hills and contoured cover fields.

Shopping and Gallery Tours

Harbor Country is loaded with unique places to shop, but some of the best are located just off the beaten path. We can design individual mini-tours by town or by interest. Please inquire when making your reservation – we’ll have a list of shops, hours and directions ready for you at check-in!



Bentwood Tavern

brunch, lunch and dinner

Blue Plate Café

breakfast and lunch

Brewster's Italian Cafe

lunch and dinner

Café Gulistan


Casey's Bar & Grill

lunch, dinner and drinks

David’s Delicatessen

breakfast and lunch


breakfast and lunch

Hello Donuts


lunch, dinner and drinks


coffee market, wine, beer and gourmet snacks

Luisa’s Café

breakfast and lunch

Mesa Luna

brunch and dinner

Michigan Thyme Café

breakfast and lunch

Pierre Anne Creperie

brunch and lunch

Pleasant House

lunch, dinner and drinks

Red Arrow Roadhouse

lunch and dinner


lunch and dinner


breakfast and lunch


lunch and dinner

Stray Dog Bar & Grill

lunch, dinner and drinks

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant

lunch and dinner

Terrace Room

dinner and drinks






Captain Mike's Fun Park

I Love Toys & Trains

New Buffalo Township Park & Preserve

playground, splash park, basketball, bocce, volleyball, nature trails and amphitheatre

Washington Park Zoo

Outdoor Activities

Chikaming Township Park & Preserve

Deer Creek Hunt Club

Harbor Country Adventures

sea rocket tours and scooter rentals

New Buffalo Sailing Excursions

Oselka Marina

boat and wave runner rentals

Outpost Sports

bike and kayak rentals and lessons

Stateline Stables

horseback riding

Steel-N-Time Charters

Third Coast Surf Shop

surf and kayak rentals and lessons

Warren Dunes State Park

Waya Rentals

boat rental


Abigail Heche



women’s boutique

Catherine Doll

women's fashion, art and gifts

Center of the World Woodshop

handcrafted Art & Crafts furnishing

Charm Cottage


Customs Imports

home furnishings and pottery


women's boutique


garden-inspired gifts and home furnishings

French Twist

designer fashions

Go Fish

antique and vintage

Granor Farm Store

organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers

Harbert Antique Mall


Hearthwoods Custom Furnishings

home furnishings

Ipso Facto

antique, vintage and unique furnishings and objects

Lakeside Antiques

antique mall


Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets

Little Princess Treasures

children's clothing and accessories
baby equipment rental


sustainable foods and cured meats

Lovell & Whyte

home furnishings

Marco Polo

antiques and vintage finds

Margaret Sullivan

women’s apparel and jewelry

Mix & Mingle

home furnishings and design

Outpost Sports

bike and kayak rentals and lessons

Season's Harvest

gourmet sauces and gifts


vintage and modern

Third Coast Surf Shop

surf clothing and gear


vintage, antique, art, design

Urban Soles

men and women’s footwear and accessories

Whittaker House

men’s and women’s apparel

Theatres / Entertainment

Acorn Theater

live music and theater

Dunes Summer Theatre

community theater

Vickers Theatre

independent film

Wine, Beer & Spirits