Everything You Need to Know Happening this Summer in Downtown Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo Events Summer

Summer in Downtown Kalamazoo Sizzles

Time to get downtown Kalamazoo this summer!

Whether you are looking for a long overdue date night, a family outing with the kids, or to check out exotic cars or threads, downtown Kalamazoo is sizzling with plenty of entertainment, food, and fun for a non-stop summer.

Discover with downtown Kalamazoo – something to fill every niche, no matter how small.

Family-friendly events and activities await in bustling downtown Kalamazoo.

Workout and Chill Out Wednesdays

All summer long, Wednesday evenings offer a choice of two free public events – guaranteed fun for all ages.

Choose to join Workout Wednesdays at the Arcadia Festival Place, from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM for a variety of FREE workout genres presented by local Kalamazoo businesses. Yoga, Pilates, dance, strength and conditioning training – learn something new and get fit at the same time.

Take the family over to Bates Alley for Beats on Bates from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Enjoy dinner or a beverage at one of several restaurants on Bates Alley, listen to live music from local artists, and enjoy backyard games along the alley.

Wednesdays are the perfect mid-week way to energize every family member.

family events summer downtown kalamazoo

Bikes, Beats, and Cars Hit Up Bates Alley

Bates Alley, a newly renovated space between 200 and 276 E. Michigan Avenue, is hosting a variety of summer weekend events, perfect for kicking back in Kalamazoo.

  • June 15, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, exotic sports cars and live jazz music will fill up the alley and nearby parking lot during Autos & Eats On the Alley, presented by Fresh Coast Detail.
  • Every first Friday of the month (through October) from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Vintage in the Zoo (V.I.T.Z.) HOP-UP Block Party is full of music, artists, and a vintage market with a rotating selection of everyone’s favorite vendors.
  • The 3rd Sundays of every month (through September) from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, custom and vintage bikes take over the alley with the ZooMoto Motorcycle Gathering. There’s a bike for everyone with a mix of custom European, Japanese, and American bikes, along with custom shops, vendors, and mouth-watering food offerings by the restaurants lining the alley. Drop in on your Sunday ride, come and eye the bikes, or absorb the culture.


Summer Events Downtown Kalamazoo

Festivals and Shopping + Means Fun for the Family

Don’t forget about everyone’s favorite festivals that families have come to love – the Kalamazoo Blues Festival (July 12 – 13), and RibFest (August 1-3).  Hosted at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place, the festivals are the perfect outing for friends and family to gather.

Listen to music showcasing a collection of local, regional and national artists from multiple genres. Savor the delicious smell and taste of barbeque. Downtown Kalamazoo festivals are a must do each and every year.

Love a good deal? The Summer Sidewalk Sales are the perfect place to stroll on July 25-27. Live music, family activities, and big savings for your family.

Plenty of fun, plenty of parking, and plenty of reasons to head to downtown Kalamazoo this summer with the entire family.


More About the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership

Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is a private, non-profit organization that works with both the public and private sectors in preserving and enhancing the economic health of Kalamazoo’s downtown area and, in turn, the Kalamazoo community.

In conjunction with its affiliate organizations, it manages a full range of activities that include capital improvement projects, business development and recruitment programs, image marketing and event planning in order to establish Downtown Kalamazoo as an accessible, diverse, green, progressive and vibrant urban center.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy everything that Kalamazoo has to offer this summer, and head downtown.

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