May 20 - Sept. 22, 2016

ST. JOSEPH IS ALL ABUZZ!Outdoor Public Art

May 20-Sept. 22, 2016


This summer, the City of St. Joseph is buzzing with 20 adorable Beach Bugs — bumble bees, caterpillars, snails and ladybugs — created by imaginative artists. You’ll have a blast flitting from bug to bug, crawling right up, giving them a hug and snapping selfies with the ones you love. (You’ll find them easily outdoors with a map from the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center.)


But wait! Don’t fly off once you catch the Beach Bugs! Our Lake Michigan resort town is humming with happy activities all summer long.


So bring a towel and splash at our soft, sandy beaches (the sunsets and lighthouse are breathtaking). Take in the wondrous sights and sounds during our good time events. Explore our inspiring museums and galleries. Create memories on the Silver Beach Carousel or at the Whirlpool Compass Fountain. Leisurely hang out in our restaurants and cafes, local craft breweries and acclaimed wineries. Bring home great finds from our stores and boutiques. Then curl up in our inns and hotels because you’ll want to “bee” here for more fun tomorrow, the next day and the next …

Susan Solon, Director of Communications & Marketing

LIVE AUCTION Sept. 24, 2016 at Whirlpool Centennial Park



Bring home one of 20 delightful Beach Bugs — bumble bees, caterpillars, snails and ladybugs — created by regional artists. The auction is part of a fun-filled fall weekend for all ages.


4-6 pm: paddle number registration
6 pm: auction

Auctioneer Jerry Glassman will start all bids at $500 or the figure’s highest Silent Auction bid. Highest bid wins!


Send your bid to Include the name of the art you want, your contact information and bid amount. All Silent Auction bids start at $500. Silent Auction ends at midnight, Sept. 23, 2016. Email a $1,500 offer on your favorite beach bug art before midnight Sept. 23 and it’s automatically yours!

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You can get to the City of St. Joseph Public Art exhibit as easily as hopping into your car, catching an Amtrak train, arriving by boat, or taking a plane. By car we are only 90 minutes from Chicago and a little more than three hours from Detroit and Indianapolis.

When you arrive, stop by the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center. We will give you a free guide to all the figures, plus all the information you need about our art galleries, cafes, renowned golf courses, farm markets, places to stay … and sandy beaches that bring out the kid in everyone.

City of Saint Joseph

700 Broad St. | St. Joseph, MI 49085