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Summer Guide to Parades and Festivals

by Jill P

 

 

Experience all that Kalamazoo and the surrounding towns have to offer by attending one of the numerous local parades and festivals in our area this summer! So grab the kiddos and head out to one of these fun local events! 

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Here is a listing of parades scheduled (4th of July parades will be in a separate article) for our area:

General Parades

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(Do-Dah Parade)

Do-Dah ParadeDowntown Kalamazoo

June 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

Everybody from the ghost busters, drag queens, and a roller-skating Richard Simmons has graced the annual Do-Dah Parade in downtown Kalamazoo – and this year won’t disappoint. The Do-Dah Parade on June 6 is no ordinary parade – it’s absurd, goofy, and downright hilarious. It’s filled with local people who dress the part of parodies, spoofs, and characters – and they create lots of laughs while doing it. The parade is fun for all ages and celebrates the one time of year when “silly and satire” rule the streets of downtown Kalamazoo.


 

Cereal City Grand Cereal Parade, Battle Creek

June 12, 2015  at 6:00 pm

Th parade to celebrate the Cereal City’s history begins at 6pm! Free to all, the parade takes place downtown on Michigan Avenue froim Gould Street to Division Street.This is the kick off event for the Cereal City Festival.


Kindleberger Summer Festival Parade, Parchment

July 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

The parade route runs along Riverview Drive coming from G Ave, around the library to Maple Street, and ends at the United Methodist Church. It’s highly attended and parade-goers stake out their favorite spot to view the parade early in the morning.


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(National Blueberry Festival Parade)

National Blueberry Festival Parade, South Haven

August 8, 2015 at 11:00 am.

Parade route is off from Phoenix Street in downtown South Haven. Check out www.blueberryfestival.com for a full listing of events offered during this festival.


St. Julian Festival Parade, Paw Paw

September 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

More details to come regarding parade route. Check out www.wineandharvestfestival.com for a full listing of events offered during this festival.


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FUN FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER

We love all of the great festivals in our area. Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas have so many fun and unique festivals, you won’t want to leave town in the summer.

Here is a listing of fun festivals and similar events scheduled for our area:

 

JUNE FESTVIALS

Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids, June 5-7, 2015

2015 will be the 46th Festival of the Arts, making it one of the longest-running festivals in the state. Festival always takes place the first full weekend in June in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 2015 dates are June 5-6-7.

Festival of the Arts is a community celebration in downtown Grand Rapids, featuring arts, entertainment, food and fun activities for the entire family.


Kalamazoo Greek Festival,  Kalamazoo, June 4-6, 2015

Thirty nine years ago it all began with a small gathering of friends enjoying the Greek culture in the basement of Dionysos Restaurant. Little did Theo and Stacy know that the people of Kalamazoo would embrace and accept their heritage with overwhelming enthusiasm. The festival is a three day event where musicians, singers, and dancers would come via Greece and share the authentic Greek experience.

Join us on Saturday June 6 from noon to 4 p.m. for Family Fun Day in the Wonders of Hercules Tent.


Festival of Cars/Kruisin’ for KylieSouth Haven, June 6, 2015

South Haven Festival of Cars / Kruisin’ for Kylie car show (come out and meet Kylie) is celebrating it’s 15th year. 200+ cars, trucks, and bikes come to display downtown. Entertaining the crowd of spectators with a live band and hot rods for all ages. The shows main goal is raising funds for cystic Fibrosis, benefit Hunt for a Cure Michigan


Battle Creek’s Cereal City Festival, Battle Creek, June 13, 2015

There will be vendors, entertatinment, and activities for the children until 2:00 pm!


Vicksburg Old Car FestivalVicksburg, June 12 & 13, 2015

Join the fun in Vicksburg on Friday evening a cruise in from 6:00– 10:00 pm. Saturday is Old Car Show on the Downtown streets of the Village of Vicksburg. Special guest cars, entertainment people choice car judging, Clark Park Arts and Craft Show, Antique Gas and Steam Engine Show, “Tin Can Tourists” antique camper and trailer display and special events at the Historic Village park.


59th Annual Water Festival,Three Rivers, June 18-20, 2015

The Water Festival offers a car show, midway with rides, kids activities, a parade, arts/crafts booths, and fireworks.


Harborfest, South Haven, June 18-21, 2015

A celebration of Southwestern Michigan’s unique maritime history with live music all weekend plus….Dragon Boat Racing, craft and food fair, pancake breakfast, kids activities, and Beer Garden.


Greater Galesburg Days, Galesburg, June 20, 2015

This City of Galesburg Celebration is the third Saturday in June every year. Everything starts at 11:00 am with the parade through downtown, followed by: Car Show Downtown 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Kids/Family activities, live band, community garage sale, and more.


Family Fit Festival, Kalamazoo, June 25, 2015

Brought to you by the Champions for Healthy Kids Coalition, the Family Fit Festival is sure to have something for everyone, whether it be fun group activities, exercise and educational sessions or inflatables. Highlights include: mini-farmers market, family fun run, youth events, food trucks, giveaways and more! FREE!


Kalamazoo Irish Festival, Kalamazoo June 26 & 27, 2015

The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo’s annual celebration of Irish culture with food, drinks, vendors and more.


 

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(Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival)

JULY FESTIVALS

 

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, July 1-5, 2015

This great family event will play host to more than 50 hot-air balloons, night balloon illumes, an air show featuring top performers from around the country, a full carnival, awesome food booths, arts & crafts, fireworks, bands and more!


Kindleberger Festival, Parchment, July 8-13, 2015

This festival includes a car show, arts and crafts day, 5K community race, 3K Stroller Stroll, Kids Fun Run, parade, kid’s area, and food vendors. There are great opportunities for families to spend a day enjoying a wide-range of activities and community. Also, check out the great family stage productions.


Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Kalamazoo, July 9-11, 2015

The 22nd annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival will feature three days and nights of local, regional and national blues bands.


Celery Flats Music Festival, Portage, July 12, 2015

Enjoy an afternoon of Bluegrass and Americana music in a natural setting. Sponsored by the Portage Park Board and the K’zoo Folklife Organization, the event will benefit the Portage Friends of the Parks. Well known local and regional groups and performers will entertain the crowd in an outdoor concert setting – bring a chair or blanket. Food concessions will be available.


Taste of Portage, Portage, July 18, 2015

Celebrate the history, unique restaurants, brew pubs, and traditions that make the City of Portage an amazing place to live, work, and enjoy. Taste of Portage celebrates the citizens and community to encourage all to love where they live. This years headlining band: The Spazmatics (Chicago) – Playing 8:30 pm – 10 pm.


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(Taste of Kalamazoo, photo courtesy of Townsquare Media)

Taste of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, July 23-25, 2015

Every year, on the fourth weekend of July, thousands of hungry festival-goers flock to downtown Kalamazoo to enjoy the endless variety of foods prepared by Kalamazoo’s most popular eateries, celebrating local food and brews from around Kalamazoo. Cuisine from over 30 restaurants will be available, offering mouth-watering combinations of ethnic items, family favorites, exotic dishes, and local specialties.


Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven, July 24- August 2, 2015

This Festival unofficially began in 1924 and has grown to one of the biggest festivals in the area. Join the fun for parades, fireworks, carnival, car shows, ship tours, and more!


 

AUGUST FESTIVALS

 

Ribfest, Kalamazoo, August 6-8, 2015

The festival features three solid days of food, entertainment and fun! Gates open at 11:00 AM daily. Ribfest is one of the oldest festivals in Downtown Kalamazoo, and it attracts over 30,000 people each summer.


National Blueberry Festival, South Haven, August 6-9, 2015

The 52nd Annual National Blueberry Festival features lots of activities and entertainment for the whole family! Blueberry pie social, opening ceremonies, youth pageant, free outdoor concert, kids activities all day on Friday, kids blueberry pie eating contest, free outdoor concert, and more!


Kalamazoo County Fair, Kalamazoo, August 10-15, 2015

The fair includes a great array of events and activities to keep the kids busy. Check out all of the 4-H animals, carnival rides, Kids Zone Stage entertainment, pony rides, farm equipment, and more. Check back for more details.


Midwest Soda Pop Festival, Gobles, August 15, 2015

Enjoy Music, Arcade & Pinball games and over 130 flavors of glass bottled soda pop. Cost for admission is only $5 person (Kids under 5 free) Drink samples are only $.50 each. The $5 admission includes playing all the Arcade & Pinball games.


Island Festival, Kalamazoo, August 27-29, 2015

Get ready for some good times with three days and nights of reggae music rocking Kalamazoo! Food, drinks, beer, and wine are available by the purchase of tickets, each costing $.50 for items usually priced between three and eight tickets. Great emphasis must be placed on the available variety and quality of Jamaican and Caribbean inspired cuisine.

 

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Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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