[note] Thank you to Little Chick Shoe Shop for their sponsorship of this guide. If you haven’t gotten summer shoes or sandals for the kiddos, Little Chick Shoe Shop offers a great selection and awesome customer service! [/note]

by Jill Piwko



One of the great things that we love about Kalamazoo in the summer is all of the great outdoor concerts, performances, and now, the outdoor movies! We are fortunate to have so many great options…Best of all they are free! Thanks to all of the great local organizations that make these summer series possible! Enjoy!

Summer Concert Series at Bronson Park

Bronson Park, 200 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI

Concerts in the Park will be offered Sundays from June 8 – August 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Bronson Park at the Rotary Club Stage. Concerts are free and family friendly. Bring your picnic basket, a blankets,  and plan to spend a late summer afternoon listening to the variety of music offered at the Concerts.

Concert Schedule
  • June 22 – Kalamazoo Concert Band
  • June 29 – Motor City Women & Detroit Express
  • July 13 – Gene Knific Trio
  • July 20 – Schltiz Creek Bluegrass Band
  • August 3 – Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • August 10 – Seventh Son
  • August 17 – Lake Effect Jazz Big Band
  • August 24 – The Verve Pipe 


Summer Concerts at Kindleburger Park

Kindleberger Park, Parchment, MI

Enjoy a relaxing evening in Kindleberger Park at The Stage. Bring the kids, a picnic dinner and your lawn chairs for an entertaining night in Parchment! All concerts are scheduled for Sundays at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Rain site for Sunday Summer concerts is Haven Church, 5350 N. Sprinkle Road.

Concert Schedule
  • June 22 – Matt King – Elvis Tribute!
  • June 29 – Bronk Bros.
  • July 14 (Monday), Festival Concert “SHOUT!” – a Beatles Tribute! 6:30pm
  • July 20- Voices of Freedom
  • July 27- David Gerald Blues
  • August 1(Friday)- Teen Night Movie- “Hunger Games – Catching Fire” 9:00pm
  • August 3- 33rd Street Band
  • August 8 (Friday)- SPECIAL EVENT: Kid’s Sing-a-long with Jim Gill 6:00pm
  • August 17- Michigan Hiryu Daiko – The Flying Dragon Drummers

33rd Annual Kindleberger Festival of the Performing Arts!

Kindleberger Park, Parchment, MI

As part of the Kindleberger Festival of Performing Arts, head out to Kindleberger Park to enjoy an outdoor stage performance. Enjoy the annual family musical or the youth play, or both!

Performance Schedule
  • July 9-“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood”- 5:30 pm & “Children of Eden”-7:00 pm
  • July 10-“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood”- 5:30pm &”Children of Eden”-7:00 pm
  • July 11-“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood”-5:30pm &”Children of Eden”-7:00 pm
  • July 12-“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood”-3:30pm & “Children of Eden”-5:00 pm
  • July 13-“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood”-3:30pm & “Children of Eden”-5:00 pm

Thursday Night Jazz In The Park

Bronson Park, 200 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI

Third Thursday Jazz New this summer – Jazz in Bronson Park! In collaboration with Fontana Chamber Arts, the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo will bring cool jazz to the third Thursday evenings in Bronson Park. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm. Food trucks will be available around 5:00 pm.

Concert Schedule
  • June 19-Ceclie McLorin Salvant, vocal
  • July 17-Mitch Frohman Latin Jazz Quartet
  • August 21-Occidental Gypsy

For more information on time, rain location and schedule, visit, www.kalamazooarts.org or call 269.342.5059.

Lunchtime Live!

Bronson Park, 200 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI

The “Lunchtime Live!” summer event series is back by popular demand! Bronson Park will come alive with live musicians, pop-up retail vendors, local food trucks, and summertime activities. Stroll down during your lunch hour or bring the kids during summer break because there will be something for everyone. Scheduled Friday from 11:30 am -1:30 pm.

  • July 11 – September 12, 2014

Movies Under the Stars at Oshtemo Park

7275 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI

See an outdoor movies at Oshtemo Township Park! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, bug spray, and a flash light (park is not lighted). Co-sponsored by Oshtemo Friends of the Parks and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Weather permitting.

Movie Schedule
  • June 19 (at dusk)-Chimpanzee —
  • July 17 (at dusk)-His Girl Friday —
  • August 21 (at dusk)- Ghostbusters

Movies By Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department

Grab a chair or blanket and join us under the stars for our “Movie in the Park” series, it’s FREE! Family-friendly activities and games will begin around 7:30 pm with the featured movie beginning at sunset. Popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase.

Movie Schedule and Location
  • June 27- Disney’s “Finding Nemo”, Upjohn Park, 1018 Walter St., Kalamazoo
  • July 18 -“Field of Dreams”, Mayors’ Riverfront Park, 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo
  • August 1- “The Lego Movie”, Riverview Launch, 1523 Riverview Dr., Kalamazoo
  • August 22-Disney’s “Frozen”, S. Westnedge Park, 1101 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
  • September 5-“The Hunger Games”, Arcadia Creek Festival Site, Downtown Kalamazoo

Celery Flats Music Fest

Celery Flats Historic Area, 7335 Garden Lane, Portage, MI

Enjoy an afternoon of Bluegrass and Americana music in beautiful Celery Flats Historical Area. This is the kick-off event for the new Friends of the Park and is sponsored by the Portage Park Board and the K’zoo Folklife Organization. Food concession will be available. Be sure to bring your family to this awesome show! Concert will be held in the grassy common, so bring your chair or blanket.

  • July 13 from 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Riverfront Concert Series

Riverfront Park, Southside Marina, South Haven, MI

When you’re out and about or are spending a sunny day at the beach in South Haven, check out the Riverfront Concert Series in South Haven. Rain location is Huron Street Pavilion in South Haven, MI. All concerts are on Thursdays at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.

Concert Schedule
  • June 26- Blue Water Ramblers
  • July 10- The Snyders
  • July 17- Casco Band
  • July 24- Kevin McDaniel & House Band
  • July 31- Lake Effect Jazz Big Band
  • August 14- Star & Charlie
  • August 21- Girls Night Out
  • August 28- The Adams Family

Richland Township Park

7401 N. 32nd Street, Richland, MI

The Richland Community Library and Richland Township Park will be showing this classic movie at the Richland Township Park.

  • August 15, Wizard of Oz starts at 7:45 pm

5 pm-Color the yellow brick road! All yellow chalk will be provided. Meet at the gazebo next to the playgrounds

6 pm-Costume parade! Meet at the gazebo and parade around the newly created yellow brick road.

7 pm-Ice cream treats provided by MOO-ville Creamery.

7:45 pm-The Movie begins! Location will be determined that day depending on the wind and the weather!

Everyone is welcome to bring their dinner, chairs, blankets, and bug spray!

Lakeside Concert at Kellogg Manor

W.K. Kellogg Manor House, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI

Relax by the shores of beautiful Gull Lake! Enjoy a free performance by the Cereal City Concert Band, saluting Women Who Care, a philanthropic project supporting Battle Creek-area arts. Special guest performers include Edye Evans Hyde (vocalist), Terry Lower (keyboard) and Larry Ochiltree (drums) with guest conductor, Ed Zentera. Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch to make the most of this popular annual tradition. Following the concert, tours of the historic W.K. Kellogg Manor House are offered from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tours begin every 20 minutes, with the last tour departing at 6:00pm. Families welcome.

  • August 24 starting at 3:00 pm.


Enjoy the summer fun!



By | 2014-06-23T07:29:16+00:00 June 16th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Seasonal|7 Comments

About the Author:

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


  1. Theresa Vanderschie June 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I would love to receive posts or emails! So many fun things to do with the grandkids!

    • Jill P June 23, 2014 at 4:24 am

      Great! I can sign you up for our email list. You’ll receive an email when a new post comes out. Make sure to check
      out event calendar, too. It is loaded with lots of ideas each day to do with the grandkids.

  2. Carol McClure June 26, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Thank you for all that you’re doing for the children in the SW Michigan area!

    • Jill P June 26, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Thanks Carol for being a follower of KZOOkids.com!

  3. Lisa white July 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Thank you for all the posts of the wonderful events to share with my boys.

    • Jill P July 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for the comment Lisa. You made our day! We are working hard to find all of the great family friendly things to do around Kalamazoo.

  4. Meagan July 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

    These are wonderful ideas!!! Thanks, I hope i can make it to a few of these 🙂

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