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 a 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, and parties. 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. 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo | 269-383-8761
Portage Community Center: Portage Community Center has three rooms available for rent for individual gatherings or parties. 325 East Centre, Portage | 269-323-1942
Oshtemo Community Center: The Oshtemo Community Center, originally a fire station, has two separate rooms available to rent – ideal for family get-togethers, baby showers, wedding showers. 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
Paw Paw District Library: The Paw Paw District Library offers a program room, with a capacity of 100 people, 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. 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. 9400 East CD Avenue, Richland | 269-629-9430
Other venues mentioned by readers:
Oshtemo Township: Oshtemo Township offers a number of rental options at Park Pavilions and Gazebo rentals.
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.
Portage Parks & Recreation: The City of Portage has several pavilions and facilities suitable for hosting many types of special events. Schrier Park, with its fireplace, makes an ideal setting for holiday parties. Call the Parks Department at 269-329-4522.
Kalamazoo Nature Center: KNC has a variety of scenic indoor and outdoor venues for rent. 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. 2545 South Charlton Park Road, Hastings | 269-945-3775