Community Calendar


Dowagiac Summer Concert Series

7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Reminiscent of the musical fare presented during the late 1800s by Round Oak Band, families gather downtown on Thursday evenings for Dowagiac’s Summer Concert Series, beginning June 3. Concerts will be hosted upon the grounds of the James E. Snow Professional Building at Main and Front streets downtown.   Music enthusiasts enjoy vocal and instrumental performances from the big band sound of the ‘40s to rhythm & blues, jazz, bluegrass and rock and roll.


July 22, 23 and 24

Niles First Ward

Community Garage Sale

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Niles First Ward community is hosting a three-day garage sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, contact Niles Councilmember Georgia Boggs, (269) 683-3873.


July 24

Trinity Episcopal Church

Ice Cream Social

2 to 4 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 9 S. Fourth St., Niles, will host an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. July 24.


July 25

Stone Lake Open Jams

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The village of Cassopolis is welcoming musicians of all skill levels, all genres to perform in the new downtown on the edge of Stone Lake. The village asks musicians to bring their own instruments. Contact Ricky Drews at 269-340-9142


July 27

Federal Employees Meeting

5 p.m.

The Southwest Michigan Chapter 572 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will hold their monthly meeting in a member’s garage at 2894 Sandra Terrace, St. Joseph. Current and retired federal employees, spouses and friends are welcome – you do not need to be a member to attend.  There will be updates on the 2022 COLA for retirees, and on pending bills in Congress.   Contact Jean Rowe at 269 782 2769 or


Aug. 1-7

Cass County Fair

The Cass County Fair will return to Cassopolis, featuring exhibits by 4-H youth, tractor pulls, carnival rides, monster truck shows, live entertainment and more. Visit for more information.


Aug. 3

National Night Out

Dowagiac’s Public Safety Department will host a National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. Organizers say National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Attractions include child fingerprinting, a K9 Tole demonstration, fireTrucks, True’s Towing and Git-Up dance challenge.


Aug. 5, 6, 7, and 8

Niles Riverfest

The Riverfront Optimist Club of Niles will host Niles Riverfest at Riverfront Park and Plym Park. At Riverfront Park in Niles, the club will host live music, food and vendors throughout the weekend. At Plym Park, just south of the tennis courts, food and carnival rides will hosted. More details to be determined by the Riverfront Optimist Club of Niles.


Aug. 7

Edwardsburg Art Fair

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Edwardsburg will be host to an inaugural art fair at the Edwardsburg American Legion 25980 US-12. The fair will feature more than 30 vendors displaying their finest arts and crafts: paintings, jewelry, candles and more will be up for sale. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.


Aug. 7-8

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology

Open House

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All are invited to learn about the “People of the Post” at Fort St. Joseph organizers highlight the men, women, and children of various cultures, ethnicities, and occupations who resided at the fort in the 18th Century. Those attending will be able to explore the site and our excavations, view recently discovered artifacts, learn about the people of the past through a living history village, experience a canoe ride on the St. Joseph River in a replica birchbark canoe, discover what types of animals were used for food and fur in the St. Joseph River valley, and more.


Aug. 8 and 22

Stone Lake Open Jams

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The village of Cassopolis is welcoming musicians of all skill levels, all genres to perform in the new downtown on the edge of Stone Lake. The village asks musicians to bring their own instruments. Contact Ricky Drews at 269-340-9142.


Aug. 11

Sacred Heart of May

Book Discussion

Sacred Heart of May Catholic Church, located on Topash Street in Dowagiac, will host book discussion at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Parish Hall.

The August event will focus on “Too Much for Human Endurance” by Ron Kirkwood, a local author who wrote about the George Spangler Farm Hospitals at the Battle of Gettysburg during the U.S, Civil War. For more information, contact Charlotte Poole at (269) 424-3221m or Terri Moore at (269) 782-6925,


Aug. 16-21

Berrien County Youth Fair

The Berrien County Youth Fair returns for its 75th year Aug. 16-21. Attractions include youth exhibitors, fair food, carnival rides, contests and more. Grandstand entertainment includes Scotty McCreery, The Oak Ridge Boys and Emily Ann Roberts. More information can be found at


Sept. 16

Cass County Chapter of

the Michigan Association

11 a.m.

The Cass County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will host its regular meeting at Edward Lowe Center Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis.


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