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Spectacular September Fun for Free or Cheap Around Kalamazoo


by Julie S


Are you looking for fun to do with your family as the fall season gets underway, but don’t want to break the bank? Look no further! September is filled with family fun, including some summer events that are still happening for another month, to annual fall festivals.


Lunchtime Live! | Bronson Park, Kalamazoo

Fridays in September from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Looking for fun music, good company, and great food? Visit Bronson Park for Lunchtime Live! Enjoy local live music, food trucks, retail vendors and summertime festivities. Great for a long family outing or a quick bite – the sights, sounds, and smells are sure to delight.

Hook, Line, & Sinker Kid’s Fishing | Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery, Kalamazoo

Saturdays in September from 9:00 am-11:00 am

This program is available on a first come, first serve basis, no pre-registration needed. All equipment is provided.


Vintage Market at the Meadow: presented by troVe | Gull Meadow Farms, Richland

Vintage Market Hours:
Friday, September 1 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday, Septebmer 2 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

You’ll find vintage inspired goods such as antiques, re-purposed items, vintage pieces, hand-crafted items, up-cycle creations, salvaged, hand-painted, signage, industrial finds, food and lots more. Your admission price of $5/person (children under 36″ are free), gets you into the Vintage Market and also gets you access to all of the farm activities that day, so there is something for the entire family to enjoy.


HarmonyFest | Downtown Three Rivers

September 3 from 1:30 pm – 11:30 pm

HarmonyFest is a family friendly music and entertainment event going on it’s 24th year. Occurring Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the streets are closed in Historic Downtown Three Rivers for musical acts, kids activities, and a beer garden featuring local craft beer and cider sections. Peace and Harmony is promoted at this event and all are welcome to attend for a relaxing day of enjoyment featuring great music.


Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival | Downtown Paw Paw

September 8-10, all day

Winery tours, a parade, grape stomping, an arts & crafts show, music, fireworks, and more! The festival is free to enter and explore and sprawls through downtown Paw Paw.


Free Back to School Bash | Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo

September 8 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Community organizations serving youth and families will fill the KIA lobby and school commons, each offering back-to-school info, activities, games, resources, and more to help all kids be their best for the start of the school year.


Eco Raft Race | Mayors Riverfront Park, Kalamazoo

September 9 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come watch teams compete in a rafting adventure with homemade rafts made from eco-friendly materials. Or create your own and register to be in the race!

Touch-a-Tractor | Gull Meadows Farms, Richland

September 9-10 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Stop by Gull Meadows Farms for this free event where you and your family can climb on different types of tractors and take photos. This event is free, however, if you choose to participate in any of the other fun farm activities, you must pay admission to enter the activity area.


Hot Wheels Racing | Kalamazoo Library – Washington Square Branch, Kalamazoo

September 13 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Build tracks, race cars, crash into LEGO buildings, jump block towers, and whatever else you can think of doing. STEM education has never been so much fun. Family welcome.


Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show | Historic Charlton Park, Hastings

September 22-24 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The public is invited to experience first-hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-to-mid 1900s. Admission is Adults $6.00 and Kids $4.00 ages 5 -12.



Annual Fall Fest | Downtown St. Joseph

September 22 from 4:30pm until September 23 at 4:00pm

Beginning with a race on Friday afternoon, this festival includes a visit from the Critter Barn, face painting and balloon animals, an art auction, and more.


Free Day at Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum | 301 S. Superior St, Albion

September 28 from 10:00am – 7:00pm

Albion is a bit of a drive, but on the 4th Thursday of every month, this museum offers free admission to all of their guests. They also extend their closing time to 7pm.


Giant Candyland | Portage Library, Portage

September 29 from 12:00-5:00pm

Drop in and play your favorite childhood game with your family. Stay and create a craft or play one of our other giant games.



And don’t forget to visit the Dinosaurs, Land of Fire and Ice exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum through September 17.








Julie S

Julie is stay-at-home mom who homeschools two beautiful rainbow girls, and a self-professed geek. She enjoys playing video and board games, writing, reading, tennis, traveling, and just about everything else. She never wants to stop learning and loves sharing what she's learned with Kzoo Kids readers.


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