Get ready Kalamazoo; the city’s steady reopening process continues this month with the return of some beloved attractions!
July in Kalamazoo brings an epic drive-in concert, the annual Kalamazoo Black Arts Festival, America’s favorite past time and catching up with friends at our favorite watering holes.
Read on for the hot happenings in and around Kalamazoo this month!
Museums, Attractions and Events
Gilmore Car Museum
Breakout the lawn chairs, sit back and relax or stay in your car and tune to FM. Either way it’s sure to be a good time!
The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan appearance launched a million music careers, these guys are living proof. THE ENGLISH RAIN – all play professionally in Nashville with some very impressive pedigrees. Food will be available at George & Sally’s Blue Moon Diner, as well as The Grillmore. A full bar offering premium or well drinks as well as beer, wine, and soda.
Black Arts & Cultural Center
Black Arts Festival
Black Arts Festival (BAF) is a public arts and cultural festival founded and run by the Black Arts & Cultural Center of Kalamazoo. This African centered and Black culture focused event includes food, music, vendors, liver performances, activities and more for the entire community.
Since 1986, the festival has hosted artists from across the globe and brought hundreds of businesses to the downtown area — creating a cultural destination in our community.
Ever asked yourself, “Are we alone?” It’s a question that has fascinated man for centuries, and in this 5000 square-foot exhibition, you can join scientists in the search for alien life in and beyond our solar system. Explore 9 different themed environments that immerse you in the discoveries in space and the advances in technology that have led to increased speculation on the possibility of life beyond planet Earth.
Hands on experiments allow you to manipulate variables of a particular environment to see how it affects the possibility for life. You can journey to Mars alongside NASA’s Rover robots, get up close with the robots made famous in the Terminator movies and learn about the everyday use of real robots right here on earth.
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Free Admission Through July 19
This must-visit outdoor and indoor experience will connect you to the natural world. The Kalamazoo Nature Center lets you enjoy miles of trails through woods, wetlands, and prairies. While you walk around the trails, listen for owls, songbirds, woodpeckers, and more. Keep your eyes open for wildflowers, deer, turkey, butterflies, insects, turtles and other creatures!
In celebration of Juneteenth, KNC will offer free admission as a way to celebrate freedom and share the healing and nourishment that nature can provide for all. Juneteenth holds historical significance as the date in 1865 that marked the end of slavery in the United States. To receive free admission, simply tell the Welcome Station staff that you’re here to honor Juneteenth!
Summer Sports & Recreation
Along with your Kalamazoo Growlers, meet the Kalamazoo Mac Daddies who will also be playing their home games at Homer Stryker Field.
The ballpark experience is going to look different this year, but the Growlers Readiness Plan represents practical best efforts to proactively keep our players, employees, fans, and community safe when attending events at Homer Stryker Field.
Don’t forget – dogs were quarantined too! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 25 – the first Bark in the Park game where you can bring your own dog to the ballpark!
The greater Kalamazoo area is home to an active and passionate disc golf community, with a wide variety of courses ranging from beginner-friendly to world championship caliber!
With things in the area slowly starting to open up again, disc golf certainly meets the requirements of a sport you can enjoy, while still maintaining a 6 foot distance from others.
Bust out your wheels or your hiking shoes and pedal or trek through Kalamazoo! Right now, it’s very easy to bike from South Haven to Kalamazoo (if you can handle the 35-mile trail). Soon it will be just as easy to bike from Grand Rapids with the River to River Trail. The bike community is very strong, so wherever your pedals start rolling, they are sure to find their way to a bike-friendly Kalamazoo!
Craving more ideas for outdoor fun? Check out our list of recommended Beaches in Kalamazoo or these 7 Itineraries to Help You Discover Kalamazoo’s Water Trails!
Kick Back and Enjoy a Drink or Two
Kalamazoo’s restaurants, breweries, distilleries and more are doing a great job of finding ways that we can all (safely and with enough social distancing from others) enjoy a cold beverage with a close friend or two!
West Michigan Beer Tours is dedicated to safely celebrating and promoting the world class breweries through unique public and private tours.
Our popular Give a Craft® Beer Passport is back with 13 breweries and a new digital passport, making signing up easier than ever before! (Don’t worry– no app is required.) Read on for our reasons why you should register to get your Give a Craft® beer passport today!
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Kalamazoo might be known for beer, but we haven’t forgotten about all you winos out there! Discover your new favorite local hang out or create your own wine tour from the list below.
Indulge in Local Fare and the Freshest Michigan Produce
When summer starts slowly creeping up on us, we can hardly wait to take advantage of all the wonderful things that warmer weather brings! In Michigan, that means an abundance of freshly picked produce, beautiful and vibrant plants and flowers, and so much more.
This annual summer event kicked off on Friday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and continues every Friday through September 4. This is a free event and all community members are welcome. There will not be live entertainment this year through at least June, but they will still play music throughout the park.
Food and retail will be available for purchase. Attendees can expect to find food trucks lined up along the park on South Street as well as other vendors set up throughout the park. They encourage visitors to grab their lunch and find a quiet place to sit in the park, distanced from others.
The Late Night Food Truck Rally events host about 12 food trucks and vendors that offer a wide array of street food menu options. The food is perfect for a late night snack or a snack to get started on your evening adventure downtown. The event also provides live music that features either a DJ or a band. This is a perfect stop, grab some food, and enjoy the walk ability of downtown.