by Jill P

August is here! Summer is moving quickly, but there is so much family fun to be had. Take a look at our Weekend Picks for family fun this weekend.

As always, we encourage you to check our full weekend Event Calendar too! There is so much to do this weekend.

We are the headquarters for family fun in SW Michigan. See our “More Summer Fun” section for additional ideas.

Summer Fun Days: Star Wars Day at the Air Zoo


Here are some of our top picks for this weekend:



Fri 08/04/2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art Hop
Kalamazoo Mall & various locations around Kalamazoo


SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT has been canceled due to rain. 

Fri 08/04/2017
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Summer Movie Night – Moana
Celery Flats, Portage, Michigan
Fri 08/04/2017
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Movie’s Under the Stars
City of Plainwell, Plainwell, Michigan



photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo

Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Summer Fun Days: Star Wars Day
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
First Saturday @ KPL
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI




Sun 08/06/2017
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Concerts in the Park
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Kindleberger Summer Concert Series
Kindleberger Park, Parchment, MI



RIb Fest, Kalamazoo – August 3 – 5, 2017

Get ready for three full days of food and fun with the Kalamazoo Rib Fest! Admission to the event is $10 and guests will enjoy live music, specialty food vendors and of course rib vendors. This is the 30th year for Rib Fest and over 10,000 people are expected to participate. Proceeds from Rib Fest go to benefit Arc Community Action, which provides support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live full, meaningful lives within the community.


Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven – July 28- August 6, 2017

This festival is worth the trip to Grand Haven. You’ll find a parade, daily entertainment, carnival, and fireworks. Need ideas on what to do in Grand Haven with Kids? We’ve got tons of ideas! See our Tips for Visiting Grand Haven with Kids.



Check out our recent articles to make the most of your weekend time together.

Need ideas for family fun? We’ve got you covered! Our 101 Ideas For Summer Fun For Kalamazoo Familes will mean that your kiddos never say, “I’m bored”.

Free is good! 50 FREE Things To Do Around With Kids Around Kalamazoo This Summer.

Make sure you attend one of these great Summer Festivals and Fair Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan This Summer

We love the reading programs at our local libraries. See our Summer Reading Programs That Will Have Your Kids Happily Hitting The Books.

Summer berry picking is one of our favorite family activities. See our 2017 Ultimate Summer Fruit U-Pick Guide: Berry Picking and More for where you find a u-pick farm around SW Michigan.

FREE Outdoor Summer Concerts Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan are tons of fun for the family. Grab a picnic basket and go!

Visit a hidden gem in Battle Creek – the Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum with our 5 tips on the best spots to explore Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum


Best Places for Biking-Pinterest

Break out those bikes and go on a family bike ride. See our Best Trails for Bike Riding With Kids Around Kalamazoo.

Make sure to see our recently published article about all things FUN to do for families in the Petoskey area. Hunting for Petoskey stones, boat cruises, miniature-golf, candy tours and so much more are happening in Petoskey –  Traveling with Kids to Petoskey: Fun Things to Do 

Have you signed your kids up for summer camp yet? There are still some options to consider in August. See our 2017 Summer Camp Guide for great summer camps happening around our area.




Friday August 4, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMAnnual Chalk the Block
12:00 AMVBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AM2nd Reformed/2rd CRC Vacation Bible School
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMPlainwell's Farmers' Market
10:00 AMVisit the Farmyard
10:30 AMBinder Park Zoo
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMJoel Tacey, Michigan's Family Funnyman
10:30 AMPlay and Learn
10:30 AMStroller Walk
11:30 AMLunchtime Live!
1:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
2:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
5:00 PMArt Hop
5:00 PMArt Hop in Washington Square
5:00 PMHook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
7:00 PMSummer Movie Night - Moana-CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
7:30 PMFriday Night Concert Series
9:00 PMMovie's Under the Stars

Saturday August 5, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMVBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers Market
8:00 AM2017 Wildcat Road & Trail
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers Market
8:00 AMOtsego Ready or Not 5K
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers Market
9:00 AMAlamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market
9:00 AMAugust Fest Car Show and Thunder at the Park Motorcycle Show/Swap Meet
9:00 AMBattle Creek Farmers Market
9:00 AMFitness in the Parks
9:00 AMHook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMPenske Truck - Home Depot Workshop
9:00 AMPlainwell's Farmers' Market
9:00 AMRed Barns Spectacular Car Show & Swap Meet
9:00 AMSt. Joe Farmers Market
10:00 AMBlack Rock Medieval Fest
10:00 AMFairy Garden Workshop
10:00 AMFly with the Raptors: Zipline Adventure!
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMVisit the Farmyard
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
11:00 AMPeterrific and Aqualicious Storytime
11:00 AMSoakin’ and Splashin’ in the Garden
11:00 AMSummer Fun Days: Star Wars Day
1:00 PMRoot Beer Tasting Experience
2:00 PMFirst Saturday @ KPL

Sunday August 6, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AMPancakes & Pins
9:00 AMPaw Paw Farmer's Market
10:00 AMBlack Rock Medieval Fest
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMPortage Market
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
1:00 PMPotluck Picnic
2:00 PMVisit the DeLano Apiary
4:00 PMConcerts in the Park
6:30 PMKindleberger Summer Concert Series

Need more ideas for family fun? Remember to check our Events Calendar at What fun things will you be doing this weekend?





By | 2017-08-04T17:47:35+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: August 4-6

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.