by Jill P 

Where did the month of June go? Wow! Does anyone else feel like summer is flying by? We have put together a listing of some great FREE or Cheap events ($6 or less per person in most cases) happening around SW Michigan this month. We’ve included events happening outside Kalamazoo this month, too.

Have you join our  “FREE and Cheap Family Events” page listing linked to our KZOO KIDS Facebook page? You’ll find great ideas that we post throughout the week. These ideas will keep your kiddos from saying, “I’m bored” this summer.

Plus, watch for our “Anytime FREE Activity” article coming out soon!




Here are 10 FREE events that are happening in the month of July that you won’t want to add to your summer bucket list.


1. 4th of July Fireworks and Parades

The 4th of July is just around the corner and we have plenty of ideas of great local parades and firework displays. Check out this listing for some good, old-fashioned fun!


2. Kindleberger Summer Theatre Performances

As part of the Kindleberger Summer Festival, you’ll want to check out one of the outdoor community theatre performances. These are FREE and are always a fun time. This year’s shows are: Oklahoma and the Ballard of Jessie James running July 8-July 12.


3. Bronson Kids Clinic with the Kalamazoo Growlers*

The Bronson kids clinic is a clinic for kids who want to get outside and enjoy fun games and activities on July 11th from 2-3:30 pm. Kalamazoo Growler players and coaches will be on hand to interact with participants and to sign autographs with players. The kids must be between the ages of 6-13, and must bring a ton of energy to the event. Snacks will be provided. FREE.

*We’re assuming a dry field and that this event will go on as scheduled. 


4. Pups & A Picnic

Plan to watch the fantastic feats of America’s Best Frisbee Dogs on July 11 at the Portage District Library! Bring a picnic and join the PDL at 5:00 pm for the old-fashioned summertime fun of sack races and Frisbee-throwing contests. Stay and watch the dogs perform at 6:00 pm. This FREE event will be held outdoors on the green space south of the PDL parking lot after regular library hours. No registration required.


RELATED: 2015 Summer Planning Checklist & Ultimate Summer Fun Guide


5. Vehicle Days at the KPL & Big Truck Petting Zoo

Have fun with large vehicles at the Kalamazoo Public Library -Washington Square Branch on July 16 starting at 11:00 am! Weather permitting. This is a FREE family event and all ages welcome!


Meet Big Truck Driver Mike and learn some construction site safety at the Portage District Library at 10:00 am on July 20. Gather in the lower level meeting rooms for safety information. Afterward, you can climb aboard real dump trucks, excavators, front-end loaders, and more. (Parking is limited so you’ll want to plan ahead). FREE. 


6. Olde Tyme Tractor & Steamer Show

A blast from the past best describes that Olde Tyme Tractor & Steamer show happening on July 18 at Scotts Mill County Park. Some of the activities Include: threshing machines, community wide garage sale, community wide parade, antique cars, antique tractors, blacksmithing, flea market & crafts, flour mill demonstrations, food concessions, kiddie train, and more! Admission is $5; children 12 and under are free.


7. Civil War Muster

Have a kiddo or even an adult that is a Civil War buff? You won’t want to miss the Civil War Muster on July 18-19 at the Historic Charlton Park in Hastings. See history come alive with hundreds of re-enactors depicting Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, see military demonstrations. Admission rates are as follows: adults $6.00, kids $4.00 ages 5 – 12 years, 4 and under are free. (Watch for our full review coming out next week).


8. Taste of Portage

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 on July 18 celebrates the citizens and community to encourage all to love where they live. Free from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm, $5 per person from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm, $10 per person from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. Check out for the Kids Zone running noon to 2:00 pm where you’ll find obstacle courses, make it take it projects, a treasure chest for winning the games, and even fishing.


(Taste of Kalamazoo-photo courtesy of Townsquare Media) 

9. Taste of Kalamazoo 

Join the Taste of Kalamazoo in downtown Kalamazoo running July 23 -July 25 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. Free entrance before 4:00 pm and $10 after 4:00 pm.


10. 19th Annual Chalk the Block

Head over to St. Joseph for their 19th Annual Chalk the Block on July 31 or August 1 and watch as the streets of downtown St. Joseph are transformed into beautiful works of art. During this weekend’s festivities, you will also find sidewalk sales July 30 – August 2 hosted by shops downtown, the Friday Night Concert Series, Farmers Market, Antiques on the Bluff, and Movie in the Park. FREE. 



Hope you can enjoy one of these FREE family events!






By | 2015-07-01T07:19:50+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on 10 FREE or CHEAP Events In July You’ll Want To Check Out

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.