Explore your downtown, Kalamazoo! There are amazing events planned for you this month, including Art Hop, Rib Fest, summer concerts, food truck events and more!  See you downtown!

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Your August Guide to Fun and Affordable Around Kalamazoo

Discover Kalamazoo’s best events & things to do with kids this August. We are all caught in between enjoying the remaining lazy days of summer and anxiously awaiting the first day of school for many. The calendar is brimming with FREE and inexpensive activities for families this last official month of summer.

Check out our picks for must-try activities for all ages. We’ve listed over 30 events that are free (or reasonably priced) to enjoy with the family this August!

Don’t forget to check out our EVENT calendar as activities are always being added. 

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Things to Do Around Kalamazoo

August is the month to explore downtown Kalamazoo. There are a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes happening – the annual Rib Fest offers a finger-licking good time. Art Hop is happening the first Friday. Also, local food truck events and homegrown musical talent are on tap.



Downtown Kalamazoo Events

Heading to Downtown Kalamazoo can be just the fix for some summertime fun. Consider these fun ideas happening downtown that will keep you close to home.

Wednesday, August 1

Lunchtime Live! Presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union

Bronson Park, Kalamazoo | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Head to Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo for a Friday afternoon on the town. Taste local food truck offerings and enjoy some homegrown musical talent. Event reoccurs August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (SUP Yoga) combines a love of nature, adventure, and yoga. Come and explore a yoga practice on the water! Location: Woods Lake. Event reoccurs August 8, 15, 22, 29.

Thursday, August 2

Market Fresh Yoga | 5:30 PM

Grab your yoga mat and join Down Dog Yoga for a delightful, outdoor yoga practice at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market. Wake up your body and soak up the energy of our local community – a great way to start your day! Additional class August 28 at 10:00 AM. 

Saturday, August 11

Mommy and Me Painting Class: Otters!

Brite Eyes Brewing Company, Kalamazoo | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Brite Eyes Brewing Company in Kalamazoo is hosting a painting extravaganza event for a mother and child. This session’s theme: Otters. Advanced registration required.

Sunday, August 12

Sunday Brunch Food Truck Rally at Arcadia Creek Festival Place

Arcadia Creek Festival Place, Downtown Kalamazoo | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Come on down to Downtown Kalamazoo for an outdoor brunch event with local food trucks, music and arts and crafts. Event reoccurs August 19 and 26.

Friday, August 17

Sherlock Gnomes at Fray’s Park

Fray’s Park, Kalamazoo | 7:30 PM

Family-friendly activities will begin at 7:30 PM followed by the movie at dusk. Snack and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Free (or Affordable) events around Southwest Michigan

Wednesday, August 1

Animal Habitats of the World

Kalamazoo Public Library – Alma Powell Branch, Kalamazoo | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

With the help of some LIVE animals, everyone will discover the wonder of the world’s diverse habitats! FREE ticket required.

Open Roads Fixapalooza for Tweens and Teens

Kalamazoo Public Library – Alma Powell Branch, Kalamazoo | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Drop in, get free parts, and learn how to get your bike into good shape this summer.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Barn Theater, Augusta | 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Enjoy the classic Disney tale based on the award-winning family favorite, you’ll be swept away into this enchanting musical. Shows running through August 12.

Thursday, August 2

WGVU Kids Day at John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoological Gardens, Grand Rapids | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Don’t miss WGVU Kids Day at the Zoo. There will be booths, giveaways, games, characters, and admission to John Ball Zoo is only $4.00 per person.

Music and Magic with Mr. Jim at Richland Community Library

Richland Community Library, Richland | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Experience music and magic from around the world with Mr. Jim.

Bicycle Helmet Fittings

Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Safe Kids Kalamazoo is offering bicycle helmet fittings at a reduced cost.

Summer Concert Series: Glenn Miller Orchestra

Overlander Bandshell in Central Park, Portage | 7:00 PM

Listen to the music at the summer concert series featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Friday, August 3

Everyone’s a Member Day at the KIA

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo | 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The KIA hosts their annual day of value (FREE admission) and art fun for everyone.

Hook, Line and Sinker Kid’s Fishing at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Learn how to fish for bluegill and bass at the FREE kids fishing program.

Wolf Lake Fish

Saturday, August 4

22nd Annual Chalk the Block in St. Joseph

Downtown St. Joseph, St. Joseph | 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

View chalk artists creations and enjoy the festivities of St. Joseph.

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop – Bookworm Bookends

Home Depot, Portage | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Register your child and together you can build a set of bookworm bookends, perfect for your child’s personal library.

Sunday, August 5

Kindleberger Summer Concert Series

Kindleberger Park, Parchment | 6:30 PM

Bring the family, pack a picnic, and enjoy a relaxing evening in Kindleberger Park. Additional concerts this month on August 12, 19, and 26.

Monday, August 6

Community Appreciation Day at Flash Flood Water Park

Flash Flood Water Park, Battle Creek | 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

FREE admission to Flash Flood Water for ages 12 and under and discounts on concessions.

Bike the Zoo’s Community Bike Ride

PFC Natural Grocery and Deli, Kalamazoo | 6:00 PM

Bring the whole family for a free and fun community bike ride around the urban core of Kalamazoo.

Tuesday, August 7 – 11

Kalamazoo County Youth Fair

Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo | August 7 – 11, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

An annual tradition, the Fair is dedicated to providing an affordable family event full of grandstand entertainment, kids zone activities, carnival rides and educational experiences for everyone.

Youth Fair

Lakeview High School Step Team in Battle Creek

Miller Stone Building – Willard Library, Battle Creek | 1:00 PM

Get ready to see an amazing step performance from Lakeview High School Step Team.

Wednesday, August 8

Thomas the Tank Engine Party at Three Rivers Public Library

Three Rivers Public Library, Three Rivers | 1:00 PM

Bring the kids out for crafts, games, and activities all about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.

Zoorific Kids Night

Paramount Charter Academy, Kalamazoo | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Binder Park Zoomobile presents interactive animal presentations along with petting zoo, feed the goats, and animal fun.

Thursday, August 9

Super Science: Catapults at Ransom District Library

Ransom District Library, Plainwell | 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Launch projectiles across the library lawn! Intended for children in elementary school or older.

Friday, August 10

Vibe at 5: Bob Seger Tribute

Friendship Park, Battle Creek | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bring the family out to enjoy The Bob Seger Tribute concert.

Saturday, August 11

A Summer Afternoon of Magic at Paw Paw Playhouse

Paw Paw Playhouse, Paw Paw | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Magician Joe Bennett graces the stage of the Paw Paw Playhouse. This program is open to children of all ages and Joe’s Magic is sure to entertain and amaze.

Sunday, August 12

Community Picnic in the Park with Galesburg-Charleston Memorial District Library

Galesburg-Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Bring a salad or dessert to share and the library will provide the main course and fun! The entertainment includes live music, games, and prizes.

Monday, August 13

Binder Park Zoomobile at KPL Central Branch (for teens)

Kalamazoo Public Library – Central Library, Kalamazoo | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Register for this event to learn about poaching, illegal wildlife trade, and vanishing species. Meet live animal ambassadors and see real poached items from various endangered species around the world.

Tuesday, August 14

Chocolate Olympics (ages 8-12) at Three Rivers Public Library

Three Rivers Public Library, Three Rivers | 1:00 PM

Participate in a Whopper relay, or Pictionary with dark chocolate. Have fun with chocolate!

Wednesday, August 15

Hands-On Happenings: Animal Instincts at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Drop in to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum to create an animal craft and participate in hands-on activities that highlight different parts of the museum.

Thursday, August 16

Oshtemo Movies in the Park

Oshtemo Park, Kalamazoo | 9:00 PM

View the movie, Wonder Woman with your family outside at Oshtemo Park. Movie theater popcorn will be provided by Kalamazoo 10!

Saturday, August 18

Ramona Beach Bonfire

Ramona Park, Portage | 8:00 PM

Gather with friends and family for this summer tradition under the stars. S’mores making materials provided, while supplies last.

Tuesday, August 21

Playhouse Puzzles at Paw Paw Playhouse

Paw Paw Playhouse, Paw Paw| 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Solve the riddles and work the scavenger hunt! Fun for ages 5 and up.

Friday, August 24

Just Move Park Playdate

Bronson Park, Kalamazoo | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join Miss Heather under the trees at Bronson Park for FREE moving and grooving! The songs and activities are geared to the toddler and preschooler set but the whole family is encouraged to participate!

Kalamazoo Balloon Fest 2018 at Gull Meadow Farms

Gull Meadow Farm, Richland | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Kalamazoo Balloon Fest will take to the skies over Gull Meadow Farms and will feature family fun – a balloon glow, entertainment, and vendors. A weekend of fun!

Saturday, August 25

Breakfast on the Farm 2018

Hoods Farm Family Dairy, Paw Paw | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Enjoy a pancake breakfast and tour the farm. Your family will see cows, baby calves, and tractors.

Pig Out at Public Safety

Central Park, Portage | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Enjoy FREE family-fun at this back-to-school event! Enjoy a cookout, backpacks stuffed with school supplies (while supplies last), Public Safety vehicle displays, face painting, Magic by Brian Penny.

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About the Author:

Laura is the mom of two young children and enjoys living in the Portage area. A teacher at heart, she is often exploring venues in the area that offer fun and educational activities for her family. Laura enjoys running, reading, trying new recipes, and relaxing with her family.