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)

September, 2016

  • Saturday-Monday, Sept 17-19: The 24th Annual Harry Fest. Old Dog Tavern. Harry Fest has always been about music, food, friends and lots of fun. 7 pm-1 am. 269-381-5677. $.
  • Friday, September 23rd: Lunchtime Live! Bronson Park. It's summertime so Lunchtime Live! is back with even more dates to free you of the office.  Bronson Park will be host to live music, local food trucks, pop-up retail vendors and other summertime activities!  There will be something for everyone! 11 am-1:30 pm. 269-337-8191. FREE.
  • Friday & Sat Sept 23-24: Crawlspace Eviction Improv Show. Epic Theatre. It's time for 'readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic, but it's also time for chuckles, chortles and crack ups! In addition to overflowing test tubes of improv and sketch comedy, CHEM will also offer plenty of extra credit. 8 pm. 269-599-7390. $. 
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25: Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum & Research Center Fall Festival.  Gilmore Car Museum. The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum will host their annual Fall Festival at the Gilmore Car Museum, drawing hundreds of Cadillac and LaSalle enthusiasts and their beloved automobiles. On Saturday, September 24th, the Museum will open the show field to ONLY Cadillac-LaSalle Club members, making a very exclusive showing of some of the nation’s best Cadillac’s. The general public is invited to view the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Showing on Saturday, and then return on Sunday for part two of the Fall Festival, where the show field will be open to CLC Members AND vehicles owned by the public! 9 am-3 pm. 269-671-5089. $.
  • Sunday, Sept 25th: DeLano Farms Fall Fest. DeLano Farms. New this year ... browse and shop creative artisan booths with products that stand the test of time. Visit the homestead and the blacksmith shop, take a horse-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting), and enjoy fun games, live music, cooking demonstrations, and activities for the whole family. Meet: DeLano Homestead lot, 555 West E Avenue. 1-5 pm. $.
  • Friday, September 30th 2016: Kathleen Madigan, The Mermaid Lady Tour, Kalamazoo State Theatre. Madigan is a regular panelist on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and she was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for “Best Concert Comic.” Her third one hour special, Madigan Again, is currently available on Netflix and was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums. Her second one hour special Gone Madigan, premiered on Showtime and is also available on Netflix. Previously she's released 5 CDs, 3 DVDs and starred in 2 HBO specials, 3 Comedy Central specials. In addition to 2 USO tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, Madigan has performed on 5 CMT specials hosted by Ron White with all proceeds donated to the Armed Forces Foundation. The Detroit Free Press and PopMatters.com featured Madigan as one of the “9 Funniest Women on the Planet” alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Lewis Black calls her “the funniest comic in America, bar none,” and Ron White considers her “easily one of the best comics alive.”
  • Through September 30th, 2016: Kalamazoo Valley at 50. Kalamazoo Valley Musuem. An exhibit celebrating 50 years of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, which has enriched the lives of students and communities through quality educational programs and services. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
  • Through October 8th, as follows: Bicycle Tour Series of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries. In partnership with Discover Kalamazoo and Kzoo Swift, the vintage bicycle retail and repair shop, this series of tours will let guests ride through downtown Kalamazoo and learn more about the city’s ever-expanding beer culture. You can learn some of the city’s beer history meet the people behind the current explosion of Kalamazoo beer and try a few samples of the varied styles available around town. Participants in the bike tours will also receive a commemorative water bottle. You are welcome to bring your own bicycle, but rentals from Kzoo Swift will also be available, including the pedicab option for two. The series is also working in conjunction with Open Roads to benefit organization’s Earn-A-Bike Program, a multi-week program that rewards hard-working area youths with a bicycle of their own. The Bicycle Tour Series will be held from noon to 4:30 pm on the following dates: Aug. 20; Sept. 10; Sept. 17; Sept. 24; Oct. 1; Oct. 8.NOTE: Tickets for day-of-sales will increase $10 and cash is preferred. Alcohol consumption will be limited at each stop. Itineraries may be subject to change. Helmets are not provided but are strongly encouraged.  269-350-4598.
  • Through October 8th: Baby With The Bathwater. Gilmore Theatre Complex. This satirical comedy explores the impossible journey of parenting, the delicacy of children, and the unpredictability of the world we live in. Call for times. $.
  • Through October 23rd: Renee Stout: Tales of the conjure Woman. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (next door to the inn). Washington, D.C., artist Renee Stout is best known for her exploration of vestigial retentions of African cultural traditions as manifested in contemporary America. For many years, the artist has used the alter ego Fatima Mayfield, a fictitious herbalist/fortuneteller, as a vehicle to role-play and confront issues such as romantic relationships, social ills, or financial woes in a way that is open, creative, and humorous. The exhibition focuses on the artist's assumed role through an array of works in various media. As Stout explains, "The common thread running through bodies of my work of the past several years is the continuing need for self-discovery and the need to understand and make sense of human motives and the way we relate and respond to each other." Tue. Wed. & Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • 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. Exhibit Highlights •Forces of Nature Theater •Diversity of Shelter Wall •Energy Flow Projection Wall •Carbon Cycle Animation •Home Energy Game •Life Cycle of Common Building Materials •Compare Typical and Sustainable Construction •Water and Energy Interactives •Models of Typical Homes Over Time •Wall-Sized Graphics of Energy and Water Use •Life-Sized Ant Colony and Termite Mound •Build Your Own Sustainable Home Model. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.

October

  • Saturday and Sunday October 1 & 2, 2016: "Dirty Dancing"--The Classic Story on Stage, Miller Auditorium Broadway Series.
  • Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016: 
  • Wednesday, September 14th: 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.
  • October 18th-23rd, 2016: The Book of Mormon: Miller Auditorium Broadway Series
  • October 18th, 2016: Colbie Caillat at the State Theatre. The Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour wsg. Justin Young & High Dive Heart. Doors: 6:00pm
     

November 2016

  • 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. 
  • Wednesday, November 9th: 
  • Wednesday, September 14th: 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.
  • November 10th, 2016: Robert Cray at the State TheatreJoin 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
  • 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

December 2016

  • 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 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 2017

February 2017

March 2017

  • March 24th-26th, 2017: Cinderella (Rogers and Hammerstein's) at Miller Auditorium

pril 2017

May 2017

  • May 9-14th, 2017: Mowtown The Musical at Miller Auditorium