When you stay downtown at the Kalamazoo House B&B, you can choose from a full schedule of concerts, plays, sporting events & festivals in any season. We have 3 live theatre companies right downtown, as well as the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre's concert series. Miller Auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus brings Broadway shows and other headline acts, and WMU's nationally-recognized fine arts department presents quality theatre and music programs all year long. The biennial Gilmore Arts Festival brings the world's best pianists to the area for over 100 concerts in the Spring, and Arcadia Creek Festival Place right downtown is home to major music and food festivals nearly every weekend all Summer long!
Here are just some of the many events coming up soon—we can't possibly list them all. Take a look at this short list, and you can find many more events at Discover Kalamazoo (Updated by Steve each Monday)
- Tuesday, October 25th, 2016: Halestorm. State Theatre. Join GRAMMY-Award winning hard rock band, HALESTORM this fall at Kalamazoo State Theatre! 6:30 pm. 269-345-6500. $.
- Wednesday, October 26th: Halloween at Old Dog Tavern. Join us for our annual Halloween Party!
Participate in the best song & costume combination competition and/or the costume parade at midnight to award the best costume! There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 21+. 9 pm-1 am. 517-617-4792. FREE.
- Thursday, October 27th: Gilmore Car Museum Spooktacular. Gilmore Car Museum. The 5th annual Gilmore Car Museum Spooktacular Fundraiser is a FUN and SAFE place to have a ghoulishly great time with the whole family! The Gilmore Spooktacular will feature cool cars exhibited throughout the Museum, trunk-or-treat throughout the galleries for children 12 and under, a featured film in the theater, and special treats and samples from local businesses! Costumes are encouraged! Admission: Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults $5 person. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times! This event will be held rain or shine. 4-7 pm. 269-671-5089. $.
- Thursday, October 27th: Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) family event. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Dia de Muertos is a colorful, touching, lively Mexican holiday that honors deceased family and friends. In partnership with the Hispanic-American Council of Kalamazoo, families will enjoy the food, art, music, and dance of this important tradition and connect to Mexican culture. 6:30-8 pm. 269-349-7775.
- Friday, October 28th-30th: Haunted Fest. Wings Event Center. HAUNTED FEST KALAMAZOO FEATURING, MARSHMELLO, NGHTMRE, PIERCE FULTON, KRNE. AGES: 18+. NO REFUNDS | ALL SALES FINAL | ARTIST LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Tickets: After completing your purchase on Eventbrite, you will receive an email confirmation with your attached PDF ticket(s). You MUST print and bring your PDF tickets AND VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION to be admitted for the event. The name on the tickets do not have to match the ID so long as the barcode is scannable. PSG is not responsible if ticket(s) cannot be scanned and the order is under a different name than the person presenting the ticket. 9 pm-2:30 am. 269-345-1125. $.
- Friday through Sunday, October 28th-30th: The Pirates of Penzance. Civic Theatre. Mistakenly apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nursemaid Ruth at the age of eight, the handsome Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in a leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday! By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters (including Mabel, who steals Frederic’s heart) and a band of lily-livered policemen contribute to a cacophony that can only be silenced by Queen Victoria’s name. Beloved since its premiere in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance is a delightful farce of a classic, fun for all ages! Call for times. 269-343-1313. $.
- Saturday, October 29th, 2016: Halloween Brewery Tour Event with West Michigan Beer Tours. Get the most out of your Halloween costume this fall by joining West Michigan Beer Tours as we travel to three Halloween Parties with some of our closest brewery friends.
- Saturday, October 29th: Learn to Curl. Wings Event Center. A Learn to Curl clinic is a great way for anyone, age 7 to 70, to get your first exposure to the sport. Each lesson is a 2-hour introduction and instructional session that teaches people the basics of curling. Participants learn physical play, rules, and strategy. We strive for a low instructor-to-student ratio with an emphasis on active participation. Within minutes, you are throwing rocks and sweeping. You finish off the session playing a mini game.
Learn To Curl sessions are also a great way for small groups to enjoy a new activity at a great price, and guests can all curl together as a group. A Learn to Curl clinic includes: 15 minutes off ice instruction to go over terminology, ice safety, and rules, 2 hours of ice time, Instruction on how to deliver the stone, how to sweep, and basic strategy, A two- or three-end game (as many as time allows). 5:15 pm. 432-829-1449. $.
- Saturday, October 29th: Nightmare on Burdick St. State Theatre. Join Domestic Problems, Mega 80’s, and the ghosts of historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for a Nightmare on Burdick Street this Halloween! Domestic Problems will be bringing their Grand Rapids based folk-rock to our venue offering a 6 piece entourage with a high energy horn driven performance. The Detroit based quintet Mega 80’s will serve up a handful of your favorite 80’s songs, a splash of some retro fashion, a pinch of panache and an eye-popping video spectacle in the background. To complete the theme of the evening, our venue will be “spooked out” with more than our everyday spirits that call this venue home so beware of what lurks in the shadows. Throughout the night we will be gifting those who are wearing “award winning” costumes so make sure to dress up & more importantly have fun! Ticket Information: This is an all ages event. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We do recommend a mature audience since we will have some scary ghouls and spooky people lurking in the shadows. All prices increase $3 day of show. 7:30 pm. 269-345-6500. $.
- Saturday, October 29th: Haunted History of Kalamazoo Tours. Bronson Park. Based on the local bestselling book Haunted History of Kalamazoo. Two-hour walking tour which guides you through Kalamazoo's downtown district with costumed guides. Tour is approximately one mile in length; starts and ends at Bronson Park. Pre-registration required. Tipping your tour guides is never a requirement but greatly appreciated. 8 pm. 269-220-9496. $.
- Saturday, October 29th: Barber and Bartok. Miller Auditorium. 2006 recipient of the Dutch Music Prize, Violinist Liza Ferschtman performs Barber’s violin concerto under the baton of Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony & Symphony in C. 8 pm. 269-349-7759. $.
- Sunday 30th: Southwest Michigan Train Show and Sale. Kalamazoo County Expo Center. The Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society presents Southwest Michigan's premier train show. Featuring operating layouts, clinics, demonstrations, over 175 vendor tables, door prizes and a hands-on children's layout. Held in Main Expo. 10 am-3 pm. 269-344-0906. $.
- through October 29th: "Vincent" on stage at The New Vic Theatre. Set in the days after the death of Vincent Van Gogh, Vincent presents the letters exchanged between Vincent and his brother Theo throughout their adult lives. This one man show, featuring James Furney, is a vivid tale of the artist and his life, loves and family. Beautifully staged and performed with a true passion for the piece, Vincent will thrill all who attend. Vincent opens October 7 and plays Fridays and Saturdays through October 29. Park Club dinner evenings, $59 per person, are 10/8 & 10/21. All performances $25. Curtain 8:00 p.m.
- Through November 19, 2016: Kalamazoo Farmers Market. 1204 Bank St--a Kalamazoo Treasure. The purpose of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market is to connect customers and market businesses through honest relationships & supporting community and local economies through a thriving market culture. We accept many forms of currency, including Food Assistance benefits to ensure the products of our market are accessible to more people in our community. Tue., Thu., & Sat. 7 am-2 pm. 269-359-6727.
- Wednesdays 3-7pm through October 12th: 100 Mile Market. People’s Food Co-op. The purpose of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market is to connect customers and market businesses through honest relationships & supporting community and local economies through a thriving market culture. We accept many forms of currency, including Food Assistance benefits to ensure the products of our market are accessible to more people in our community. All things sold at 100 Mile Market are grown or produced within a one hundred mile radius of Kalamazoo! Wed. 3-7 pm. 269-359-6727.
- Ongoing through November 6th, 2016: Reaching into Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates sculptures utilizing light, color, and illusion as physical representations of his investigation of infinite space. His works create an optical and bodily illusion of infinity through apparent limitless space. Ahn s sculpture urges the viewer to consider man s boundless ability for physical and spiritual travel while exploiting illusions of infinity and the poetics of emptiness. Born in Busan, South Korea, Ahn moved to the U.S. in 1997 to study at Eastern Michigan University before receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2002. Tue. & Wed. 11 am - 5 pm; Thur. & Fri. 11 am - 8 pm; Sat. 11 am - 5 pm; Sun. 12 - 5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
- Through January 8th, 2017: Sustainable Shelter. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Shelter is a universal human need – a need we share with other living things. Since buildings consume lots of resources and almost half of all the energy used in the United States, it’s important that we make them more efficient. This exhibition introduces visitors to the functions of shelters and how animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through an amazing diversity of structures. Graphics, cartoons, and interactive computer games explore how daily actions are part of the earth’s carbon and water cycles. Visitors are invited through hands-on exhibit elements to test ways to make homes more sustainable. Scale models show how the size and environmental impact of American homes have changed over time. Visitors can then build a model of a home that incorporates many of the environmental features presented in the exhibition.
- Ongoing through January 16, 2017: Let’s Dance. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Throughout the world, dancing has long been a way to bring people together, and Kalamazoo is no different. Learn about the dance bands, dance halls, and dancing done in the city over the years, hear stories from the people who danced and played the music, and see clothing and more spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
- Ongoing through April 2017: The Golden Age of the Sports Car. Gilmore Car Museum. The Gilmore Car Museum will take guests back in time in this limited engagement exhibition, "The Golden Age of the Sports Car," featuring some of the most sought after sports cars of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, including a 1949 MG TD Roadster, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1961 Maserati 3500 GT, a 1967 Porsche 911, and many more. 269-670-5089 $.
- Saturday, November 5th, 2016: Pianist Marc-André Hamelin at Chenery Auditorium, presented by The Gilmore. Pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin ranks among the elite world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the neglected music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Montreal native has been featured on more than 70 albums throughout his career. In 2006, Hamelin was awarded the lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Award and in June 2015 was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in recognition of his remarkable discography.
- Sunday, November 6th, 2016: KANSAS will be performing at the State Theatre. For the first time ever in concert, the entire legendary multi-Platinum album, “Leftoverture” November 6th at KST! Originally released in 1976, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the original album release, and the band will be presenting a special 2 hour concert. In addition to performing the entire “Leftoverture” album, they will also be including deep album cuts, along with their huge hits “Dust in the Wind,” “Point of Know Return,” “Play the Game Tonight,” and many more. All seating is reserved and this is an all-ages show.
- Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13: "RENT," the Broadway Musical, 20th anniversary production at Miller Auditorium.
- Saturday, November 19th, 2016: Millie Jackson and Friends Tour, Starring Millie Jackson, Latimore, Bobby Rush and Jessie James with MC Gene B (Miller Auditorium). Millie Jackson is much more than an entertainment legend. The charismatic and multi-talented entertainer is without a doubt, a music industry icon whose oft criticized career paved the way for many of today’s forward female recording artists and entertainers. In spite of being stamped bawdy, brash and bad, Millie is the epitome of performance perfection on stage. Several years ago, she added a new dimension to her established legendary career by creating, financing, directing and starring in a ‘hit’ musical stage play that was based on one of her previous recordings, “Young Man, Older Woman.” During the play’s touring years, audiences (old and new) discovered that Millie Jackson was equally at home as an actress, as she was singing songs in a musical mesmerizing manner.
- November 10th, 2016: Robert Cray at the State Theatre. Join five-time Grammy Award winning blues guitarist & singer ROBERT CRAY at the Kalamazoo State Theatre this November! Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. There are five Grammys with Cray’s name on them, and he has a suitcase full of W.C. Handy blues awards. Four years ago Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
- Friday-Sunday, November 11th-13th, 2016: Rent, the 20th Anniversary Tour--Miller Auditorium. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
- November 18th, through December 28th: the tradition continues with "A Christmas Carol" at the New Vic Theatre. For over 35 years The new Vic Theatre has delighted audiences with Ted Kistler's adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic. The production has become an annual tradition for many and has the reputation of being impossible to get into. Yes, it is true that much of the production does sell out well ahead of opening night every year. However, because these seats were reserved often a year ahead of time, people's plans change and often, seats do become available. If you are interested in attending A Christmas Carol, please call the box office and we will do our best to find the seats that work for you and your group.
- Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th: Spend Thanksgiving weekend with Greensky Bluegrass at historic Kalamazoo State Theatre! For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. They redefine that sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. http://www.kazoostate.com/greenskybluegrass
- Saturday, November 26th: Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 8:00pm: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS at WMU's Miller Auditorium: by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!
- Tuesday, December 6th: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” raves The New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in Kalamazoo!
- Wednesday, December 7th: the Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra will continue their fall concert series at the Union Cabaret & Grille in downtown Kazoo on Wednesday, September 14. Their usual 7 pm downbeat will apply, however it is suggested you arrive a bit early to get good seating and food and drink ordered before the loud stuff starts. Wonderful vocalist Edye Evans Hyde will join. It's an evening of great big band music that you can't possibly hear anywhere else. And, what the heck, it's FREE!! If you need to call the Union, their number is 269-384-6756 or you can reach me at 269-268-9199.
- Saturday, December 10th, 2016: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the State Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 15th: Kalamazoo State Theatre presents The Wizards of Winter! Featuring former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and some of the mid-Atlantic’s finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter will be performing a holiday rock opera right here in Kalamazoo! This 12 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December’s past!
- Friday, December 16th, 2016: Frankie Ballard at The State Theatre. Spend Christmas under the starry sky with Frankie Ballard at Kalamazoo State Theatre! Frankie Ballard’s Annual Country Christmas fundraiser concert returns to the atmospheric State Theatre December 16th. This Michigan born singer & songwriter is known for many Billboard chart topping hits such as; “Sunshine & Whiskey,” “Helluva Life,” “Young & Crazy,” “It All Started With A Beer” and his latest “Cigarette.” All profits from this event will be donated to the FTL Sarcoma Fund.
- Saturday, December 31st (inn is sadly closed): Ultraviolet Hippopotamus WSG The Mainstays, Kalamazoo State Theatre. Spend NYE with Ultraviolet Hippopotamus at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre! Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S. and more recently, Europe. Described as “brightening the future of the jam band scene,” Ultraviolet Hippopotamus mixes tight, funky jams with new dance beats, heartfelt lyrics, compelling composition, eccentric effects and a vibrant light show for an incredible, one-of-a-kind musical experience. Known for its on-stage musical alchemy – cultivated from years of relentless touring – the band performs an eclectic selection of technically demanding compositions and improvised material along with unconventional and fun covers. http://www.uvhippomusic.com/
- January 14th-21st, 2017: Beer Week returns in Kalamazoo! This annual celebration of all things beer features tons of tastings, events, music, and celebrations.
- Friday and Saturday, January 20-21st: It's the return of an amazing weekend of music, fun, new friends, and winter walking brewery tours. It's our very own, exclusive, Kalamazoo House weekend celebration, designed to beat cabin fever: Hat's, Boots, and Hops.
- Saturday, January 28th, 2017: Join southern country rockers Blackberry Smoke this January at the Kalamazoo State Theatre! Blackberry Smoke has performed throughout the United States both as headliner and as the supporting act for artists such as Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynrd, and more recently completed a tour with Gov’t Mule. This five-piece group is set to release their self-produced new album, “Like an Arrow,” Blackberry Smoke’s fifth studio record,
- Saturday, January 21st, 2016: Little River Band at Miller Auditorium. With special guest Ambrosia. With 11 hit songs breaking the Top 40, Australia’s Little River Band was one of the most successful groups to emerge from down under. With the perfect sound, LRB’s polished style was draped all over radio throughout the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. From Portland to Fort Lauderdale and New York to LA, fans of the band are treated to an entertaining mix of classic songs, including “The Night Owls,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Lady” and “Cool Change” and new material, delivered as always with that trademark blend of impeccable vocals, soaring harmonies, kick-ass playing and the unmistakable feeling of a band really enjoying itself. Joining LRB is another iconic group—Ambrosia. Ambrosia garnered five Grammy Nominations, five Top 20 singles including “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me,” heavy FM airplay and the admiration and respect of the musical community. Today, the band is more alive than ever!
- Friday and Saturday, February 24th-25th: It's the second of two amazing weekends of music, fun, new friends, and winter walking brewery tours. It's our very own, exclusive, Kalamazoo House weekend celebration, designed to beat cabin fever: Hat's, Boots, and Hops.
- March 24th-26th, 2017: Cinderella (Rogers and Hammerstein's) at Miller Auditorium. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.
- May 9-14th, 2017: Mowtown The Musical at Miller Auditorium
- May 9-14th: The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place at Western Michigan University from May 11-14, 2017. If you haven't heard of it, that's not abnormal, even for locals. But it is HUGE if you study, teach, or have anything to do with Medieval Studies. Book rooms early as the city gets full!
Pedal Power Pub
Indoor Rock Climbing
Skiing (Timber Ridge)
Lake Michigan/Resort Towns
Places to Visit:
Downtown Kalamazoo Mall