Hosting events – birthday, graduation, reunion, baby shower, etc. – outside of the home can be a blast. After all, you don’t need to figure out how to get the chocolate stain out of your favorite chair after the party. However, finding the right venue can be tricky.
To help, we put together this list of venues you can book for your next group gathering. Have a look!
The Station: Conveniently located near downtown Kalamazoo attractions and shops, The Station offers a choice of two studios for rent for one hour or more. 169 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | 269-870-5226
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan: They have space available for meetings, weddings, corporate retreats, parties, and more. The Center has a kitchen, a meeting room that holds 200 people, a lobby gathering space, and a café on five acres of land. 601 West Maple Street, Kalamazoo | 269-532-7011
Kalamazoo County Expo Center: The Kalamazoo Expo Center offers indoor and outdoor event space perfect for any size reception, meeting or event, along with plenty of free on-site parking. 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo | 269-383-8761
Kalamazoo Valley Museum: The Museum offers a welcoming, fun environment for groups or individuals desiring a space for receptions, meetings, and parties. 230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo | 269-488-4204
Portage Community Center: Portage Community Center has three rooms available for rent, which can accommodate a group size from 10-90. 325 East Centre, Portage | 269-323-1942
Oshtemo Community Center: The Oshtemo Community Center, originally a fire station, was renovated into two separate rooms, with capacity of 40 to 60 people. These beautifully renovated rooms are ideal for family get-togethers, baby showers, wedding showers and many other occasions. 6407 Parkview, Kalamazoo | 269-375-4260
The Grange Hall : With hardwood floors and a raised stage area, the air-conditioned hall is a popular destination for dances and jam sessions. It is also a wonderful venue for family reunions, holidays, and wedding receptions. 3234 North 3rd Street, Kalamazoo | 269-375-4260
YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo: The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo rents its facilities at both the Maple and Portage branch on a request basis as a member benefit. Portage Branch: 2900 W. Centre, Portage, 269-324-9622 | Maple Branch: 1001 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, 269-345-9622
Paw Paw District Library: The Paw Paw District Library offers a community room, with a capacity of 210 persons, for not-for-profit use at no charge. An established hourly rental fee will be charged to for-profit users and also for social events such as parties, baby showers, and receptions and for out-of-district users. 609 West Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw | 269-657-3800
W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary: Spruce Lodge is nestled on the shores of Wintergreen Lake at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and provides a picturesque location for any event – birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, family reunion or any meeting. 12685 East C Avenue, Augusta | 269-671-2400
Richland Area Community Center: For indoor rental, the Sun Room & Kitchen is perfectly set for a shower or other family gathering and has a capacity of 60 persons. 9400 East CD Avenue, Richland | 269-629-9430
Other venues mentioned by our readers:
Oshtemo Township: Several outdoor options include:
- Oshtemo Township Park Pavilion holds 12 picnic tables and can be rented for a full day (11 AM – 8 PM) or a half day (11 AM to 3 PM, or 4 PM to 8 PM). 7275 West Main, Kalamazoo
- Flesher Field Pavilion holds 9 picnic tables. 3664 South 9th, Kalamazoo
- Gazebo rental at Flesher Field. The new gazebo and garden area can be rented for outdoor weddings, concerts and other special events. 3664 South 9th, Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo County Parks: Kalamazoo County Parks (Cold Brook, Markin Glen, Prairie View, Scotts Mill & River Oaks) all offer the perfect location for a family gathering, company picnic, school outing, or group picnic. Picnic shelters feature grills, electricity, water and clean modern restrooms at or near the shelters.
Portage Parks & Recreation: The City of Portage has several pavilions and facilities suitable for hosting many types of special events/meetings, which include:
- Pavilions: Ramona Park, Lakeview Park, Central Park, Westfield Park
- Facilities: Hayloft Theatre, Stuart Manor, Amphitheatre, Grain Elevator, Gazebo, Schoolhouse, Schrier Park, Overlander Bandshell
Visit the website for specific rental information on each venue or call the Parks Department at 269-329-4522.
Kalamazoo Nature Center: Member of the Kalamazoo Nature Center? The Tree Top room provides a great indoor spot for a small, informal gathering of up to 30 people and outdoors, the Picnic Area, located at the edge of the Arboretum, is a quiet get-away spot surrounded by the green of nature. 7000 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-381-1574
Texas Township: The Joyce I Neubauer Farmers Market Pavilion is home to the Texas Township Farmers Market during the summer months and is available to rent for community activities, birthday parties, celebrations, and other events during times of non-use. 7110 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-375-1591
Historic Charlton Park: Historic Charlton Park offers a variety of rental venues, both indoor and outdoor. Seasonally they offer a Mini-Shelter option that holds 50 persons, and rents from April through October. 2545 South Charlton Park Road, Hastings | 269-945-3775