BRIDGMAN — Celebrate Bridgman will feature a line-up of old favorites and new additions, starting next Thursday when the tent goes up in the parking lot at Lake and Vine Streets, through Sunday evening, July 15, with the sunset concert at Weko Beach by Red Deluxe to finish up festivities.

A wide variety of events are planned for the four-day event.

The Curious Kids Museum will set up shop under the tent on Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. for kids 12 and under. Sidewalk chalk art for all ages at the library starts Friday at 11 a.m., with a scavenger hunt on Saturday, July 14, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The library also is sponsoring a used book sale from July 12-14.

The event’s annual 5K/10K run/walk takes place Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. at the corner of Lake and Church streets. The route takes the run/walk through downtown to Stelter Farms, around the high school and through Water Tower Place Road. Course maps are available for the 5K at, and for the 10K at The pre-registration cost is $30 per runner (or $25 each for three or more family members). Participants can check in on race day, beginning at 7 a.m. under the tent near the starting line. For online registration, go to

The annual downtown parade is set for Saturday, July 14, beginning at Gast Road at 11 a.m. 

Following the parade, tunes and popcorn will flow from Chase Bank parking lot during the street concert on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. This will feature the “The Spaniels,” a 1950s doo-wop group, and “PastTime.” 

Saturday will also feature the Auto n’ Ales Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will take place at the Haymarket Brewery on its wooded grounds at 9301 Red Arrow Highway. Cars of all makes and vintages will compete for the custom-designed trophy and bragging rights. The donation of $10 goes to Woodland Shores Caring Cupboard.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Miss Bridgman and her court will host the Sand Art Contest at Weko Beach. Setting the tone for this will be the downtown display of sand sculptures and demonstrations on Saturday by Bridgman’s Sand Sculptor Laureate Janet Schrader.

The Firemen’s Street Dance will run for three nights, from Thursday-Saturday, from 6-11 p.m. Thursday is reserved for Teen Dance/Family Night, and Friday and Saturday is reserved for folks over 21. It runs from 7-12:30 p.m.

The Berrien Bus will be available on Saturday for getting to the different locations. Further information is available at and