by Jill P

June Jubliee weekend is here! This is one of our favorite (and busiest) weekends of the year! You’ll want to stay in town this weekend and take advantage of all of the family fun.



Some fun highlights for this weekend include:

  • Kalamazoo Greek Festival on June 2-4 at the Arcadia Creek Festival site in Kalamazoo. You’ll find food, dancing, live music and a kids’ tent full of activities.

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(KIA Art Fair)

  • 65th Annual KIA Arts Fair on June 3 from 3:00 pm-8:00 pm and June 4 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. 190 artists fill Bronson Park in Kalamazoo for this fun, annual event. This year the children’s activities for Saturday include Art Detectives Scavenger Hunt from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm children’s art activities. For a nominal cost your kids can try bubble prints, sharpie marker tie-die or temporary tattoos. There’s tons of fun for the entire family.
  • Art on the Mall on June 3 (noon – 9:00 pm) and June 4 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) on the Kalamazoo Mall in downtown Kalamazoo. Over 50 artists booths on the mall.

Art Hop.June Jubilee

(Art Hop)

  • Art Hop from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm on June 3 at various locations throughout Kalamazoo. Click here to see this month’s Art Hop brochure. FREE.
  • Do-Dah Parade on June 4 at 11:00 am in downtown Kalamazoo. In this annual parade anything goes and goofiness abounds! FREE. See the link for information on the parade route, this year’s theme, and info on how to vote for your favorite parade entry.

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(photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum)

  • AniMotion Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on June 4 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Head over to the KVM for fun with Lego-themed animation you create yourself. FREE.
  • Hike to a Concert with Blake Whyte on June 4. You can take your pick of a short hike (15-20 minutes) or a longer hike (30-40 minutes) into the Eliason Nature Reserve – the newest addition to the Portage Park system.

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(KNC Camp Open House-Slip ‘n Slide)

  • KNC Camp Open House on June 5 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Meet the counselors, check out the camp facilities, zoom down the giant Slip ‘n Slide, wallow in the mud pit, enjoy the natural play area, create art, test yourself on the obstacle course, ask a Naturalist your wildlife questions, and meet live animals. FREE.



Check out the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids runs June 3-5. Music, dance, theatre arts and much more. More than two dozen food vendors with ethnic specialties.

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island runs June 3-12. This 10-day celebration is the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. A celebration that blends the Island’s historic varieties of lilacs, distinctive equestrian culture; fine food, drink and accommodations plus a range of other activities.



Friday June 3, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMArt on the Mall
12:00 AMJune Jubilee
12:00 AMKalamazoo Greek Festival
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
8:00 AMPlainwell Farmers' Market
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMToddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
2:30 PMVicksburg Farmers’ Market
3:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
5:00 PMArt Hop
5:00 PMHook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
5:00 PMPre-School Pal Art Hop For a Cause at Bookbug
8:00 PMJumpapalooza

Saturday June 4, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMArt on the Mall
12:00 AMJune Jubilee
12:00 AMKalamazoo Greek Festival
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers' Market
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers’ Market
8:00 AMSouth Haven Farmers Market
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMBattle Creek Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMHook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMSaugatuck Farmers’ Market
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMFairy Garden Class
10:00 AMLake Bluff Craft Fair
10:00 AMNational Trails Day
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMSaturday Chore Time
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
11:00 AMAniMotion Festival
11:00 AMCreature Feature: Honeybees
11:00 AMDo-Dah Parade
11:00 AMGarden Critters
11:00 AMSix Starz Skate Jam
2:00 PMFirst Saturday @ KPL
2:30 PMAniMotion Festival presents A Lego Brickumentary
3:00 PMHike to a Concert with Blake Whyte
6:00 PMKalamazoo Growlers What Would Have Been Night
7:00 PMTalons Out Honor Flight

Sunday June 5, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMJune Jubilee
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers’ Market
10:30 AMTike Hike
11:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
12:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
12:00 PMPortage Farmers' Market
1:00 PMCamp Open House
3:00 PMAir Zoo Member Meet & Greet with Waldo Wright's Flying Service
3:00 PMFirst Tee LINK Open House
4:00 PMConcerts in the Parks

Always remember to check our Events Calendar at What fun things will you be doing this weekend?






By | 2016-06-03T07:43:58+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Tags: |Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent -June 3-5

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