Kayaking (Call us!)/Canoeing
Escape Room (professional)
Area Trail System (KRVT)
Walking Brewery Tours
Indoor Rock Climbing
Skiing (Timber Ridge)
Skiing (Cross Country Nordic)
Brew Bus (downtown shuttle)
Lake Michigan/Resort Towns
Places to Visit:
So much to do and see: The Concert and Event calendar we maintain is here. For activities and attracts see the sidebar to the left. Click here for dining, breweries, shopping & entertainment. Brewery Tours are here. Other packages and add-on options (like Kayak adventures/Romance/Gifts) are here. Below are "ongoing" or recurring exhibits, plays, and shows:
Ongoing Exhibits, Attractions and Theatre
- Through June 25th: Hunchback of Notre Dame. Barn Theatre. The deformed bell-ringer, Quasimodo, who is held captive by his devious caretaker, Dom Claude Frollo (portrayed by Robert Newman), escapes for the day to the boisterous Paris festival, where he is treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. He is captivated by her free spirit, as is Captain Phoebus and Frollo. Dom Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. You’ll be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. (Rated PG). Tue.-Sat. 8 pm; Sun. 5 pm. 269-731-4121. $.
- Through June 30th: Great Wall of Bees. Kalamazoo Nature Center. Lad Hanka is a bee keeper and a local independent studio artist. His exhibit in the Glen Vista Artist Gallery explores the world of bees. Mr. Hanka draws etchings and inserts them into the hive for bees to add the next layer. At times the bees join forces with him to co-create interesting and unique works for art. Include a visit to the Glen Vista Gallery when exploring the Kalamazoo Nature Center and view Lad Hanka's works of art. 269-381-1574. FREE.
- Through July 2nd, 2017: Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. A historical survey of printmaking in the Western world, beginning with at 15th-century woodcut by Michael Wolgemut and continuing through to a 2012 silk screen by Shepard Fairey, known for his iconic 2008 campaign poster of Barack Obama. Highlighting the remarkable diversity and ingenuity of the medium, Pressed for Time includes works by Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Jane Hammond, Yvonne Jacquette, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
- July 13-16, 2017: Black Arts and Cultural Center of Kalamazoo Prepares for Annual Black Arts Festival: UNITY THROUGH CULTURE –The Black Arts & Cultural Center (BACC) of Kalamazoo has offered our city intentional and culturally relevant festivals for the past 31 summers. Filled with fun for the entire family, vendors, entertainment and a focus on black arts and culture, the Black Arts Festival is a wonderful way to unite the people of Kalamazoo in order to enhance the community and radiate positivity.
July 13th: Youth Day: 11.a.m.-3.p.m., Bible Baptist Church, 1700 N. Drake Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49006, ages 7-17. Enjoy FREE FOOD, games and more! FREE ADMISSION! Face Off Theatre Company Production of "In the Blood": 7:30 p.m., Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Admission, $8 (groups of 8), $10 (BACC Members), $15 (students/ seniors), $20 (general). July 14th Face Off Theatre Company Production of "In the Blood": 7:30 p.m., Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Admission, $8 (groups of 8), $10 (BACC Members), $15 (students/ seniors), $20 (general). July 15th Unity Through Culture Weekend: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., La Crone Park, 535 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Enjoyvendors, food, live entertainment, kids activities, African drum and dance tent and more! FREE ADMISSION! Summer Black Party: 9 p.m. - .1:30 a.m., Rootead, 1501 Fulford St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001. Sounds by DJ Conscious. Admission, $10 , ages 21 and older. July 16th Unity Through Culture Weekend: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., La Crone Park, 535 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Enjoy vendors, food, live entertainment, kids activities, African drum and dance tent and More! FREE ADMISSION! For more information visit blackartskalamazoo.org or contact BACC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 349-1035. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram- @blackartskzoo
- Through Aug 27th, 2017: Impressions: Printmaking in Japan. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Traditional Japanese woodblock prints fascinated Western artist in the late 19th century. The sense of space, color, and pattern and the glimpse of a distant time and place shown in these prints continue to captivate audiences today. Works from the KIA collection demonstrate the shift from traditional processes and imagery through the developments leading to Japanese printmaking today. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
- Through Sept 4th: Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender, pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America. Many histories have been written about medical care during the Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Through historical images and period documents, the exhibit reveals the life and experiences of surgeons like Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses like Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes, as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
- Through Sept 17th: Dinosaurs: Land of the Fire and Ice & Dinosaur Discovery. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Crossing the threshold of these exhibits means traveling back in time to explore the age of the dinosaurs. In "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice," visitors move through the exhibit, encountering unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and opportunities to investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind. The exhibit features three distinct sections: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station. Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.