Brewer Newsmaker Series: Paw Paw Brewing Co. Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill. An informal monthly series where regional brewers discuss with the public their new projects, from packaged beers to anniversary parties to new facilities. The brewery will be the featured beer of the night and share details and photos about what’s ahead. 6 pm. 269-350-4598. FREE.
Here's a small, general guide of things happening in and around Kalamazoo, based on our ears to the ground. Though these are our best efforts at staying informed, please independently verify times and events as we do not guarantee accuracy of this content.
There is a list format of these events below the calendar, as well as a list of ongoing exhibits and attractions.
R&B mogul Ginuwine will be crossing the Kalamazoo State Theatre stage for a one-of-a-kind Holiday Jam! This multi-platinum artist needs no introduction, best known for the smooth jams, “Pony” and “In Those Jeans,” Ginuwine rocked the 1990s and early 2000s with his soulful hits.
Joining Ginuwine for this ultimate holiday jam is Jon B, Hi Five, Ruff Endz, and Adina Howard. Dance and sing along to the classics like Jon B’s “They Don’t Know,” Hi Five’s “I Like the Way,” Ruff Endz “Someone to Love You,” and Adina Howard’s “Freak Like Me”. Experience this rare and exclusive ode to the 90’s.
This is an all ages event with reserved seating. Tickets go onsale Monday, October 23rd, at 11am.
- $110 Gold circle – First 150 seats closest to the stage! Includes a meet and greet with Ginuwine.
- $37-$67 – Remaining venue
Holiday Indoor Flea & Antique Market. Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Special Holiday Market! Come check out the market for some great deals and great merchandise! Choose from new and used items, antiques, handcrafted items, seasonal items, and much more! 8 am-3 pm. 269-383-8778. FREE.
Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries. Join West Michigan Beer Tours for a walking tour of some of downtown Kalamazoo's 8 breweries, held every Saturday from April 1 through Oct. 28.
Each tour will include:
- Registration at a craft beer bar/restaurant, brewery or other businesses, including Shakespeare’s Pub, Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, Central City Tap House and more (noon to 1 p.m.)
- Stops at 3 featured breweries – with samples or pint at each stop
- Featured Breweries: Arcadia Brewing Co. Kalamazoo, Bell’s Brewery Inc., Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co., Olde Peninsula Brewpub, Rupert’s Brew House, Tibbs Brewing Co., Brite Eyes Brewing Co., Boatyard Brewing Co.
- Knowledgeable tour guide providing a history of Kalamazoo, the Michigan craft beer industry
- Beer-related Souvenir
Registration will be at noon. Departure at 1 p.m. Tours officially conclude at approximately 4 pm. 12-4:30 pm. 269-350-4598. $. For specific details for this week's tour, visit http://westmichiganbeertours.com/walking-tours/
Music from the Movies with Sara Andon. Chenery Auditorium. A KSO holiday tradition with a twist! Join us as we rediscover music from your favorite holiday movies: The Polar Express, Frozen, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and many more. Los Angeles based and international acclaimed Flutist, Sara Andon and Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus join the KSO. 8 pm. 269-349-7759. $. http://www.kalamazoosymphony.com/calendar/sounds-season-music-movies-sara-andon
New Year's Fest is an all ages showcase of performing arts that takes place New Year's Eve in downtown Kalamazoo. There are a variety of activities that take place including music, magic, comedy, exhibitions, fireworks, and great food! New Year's Fest's vision is to be a premier event that introduces the greater Kalamazoo community to the performing arts by providing an array of quality, unique artists and activities.
New Year's Fest is hosted on December 31st from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be a ball drop & fireworks at midnight in Bronson Park.
New Year's Fest is an all ages showcase of performing arts that takes place New Year's Eve in downtown Kalamazoo. There are a variety of activities that take place including music, magic, comedy, exhibitions, fireworks, and great food! New Year's Fest's vision is to be a premier event that introduces the greater Kalamazoo community to the performing arts by providing an array of quality, unique artists and activities. Special events that night will include live entertainment, downtown hayrides, and of course, the lighted ball drop! The admission to New Year's Fest is $5 and buttons are required for entry to the various sites within Bronson Park. During the event, buttons will be on sale for $10. Buy tickets here.
County Music pioneer Dwight Yoakam will be returning to the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on January 19th, 2018. Dwight Yoakam has recorded more than 20 albums, charted numerous singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, sold more than 25 million records, and has won several awards for his celebrated work in country music.
See Dwight Yoakam perform his classic hits such as “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere” to tunes from his latest album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” released in 2016. Yoakam has been rocking the charts for over 30 years with no signs of slowing down.
General Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with reserved seating. There is an 8 ticket limit.
- $45 – $125
VIP Ticket Information:
VIP can be bought online only. There’s an 4 ticket limit.
- $225 – Limited quantity available
Kick off the New Year right with the Annual Downtown Kalamazoo Winter Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off! Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week is a FREE, culinary celebration highlighting the uniqueness of the many downtown restaurants.
January 27st through Feb 3rd, 2018, select restaurants will feature special “prix fixe” menus at either $10 or $25, which allows for more innovative parings, affordable food options and the affordability to visit multiple spots during the entire week. The perfect time to be adventurous and try something new or stick with your favorites! View the Restaurant Week menus here.
Restaurant week will kick off, January 21st with the 11th Annual Downtown Kalamazoo Chili Cook-Off. Downtown Kalamazoo has kept visitors warm in January with their Saturday, Chili Cook-off for the past 10 years, by offering over 40 different samplings and unique chili recipes prepared by our downtown retail stores, restaurants and food trucks.
Once downtown, stop by the Chili Headquarters at Consumers Credit Union, on the Kalamazoo Mall to pick up your “Chili Passport!” The Holly Jolly Chili Trolley will be making the rounds, transporting chili tasters all over downtown so you don’t miss a single stop!
When you’ve had your fill, help select this year’s winner and vote for your favorite chili! Voting ends at 2 p.m. Official voting spots are conveniently located throughout downtown or text-to-vote with instructions listed on your Chili Passport. Winners are selected for first place in the categories of Best Retail, Best Restaurant, and People’s Choice. Oh, and did we forget to mention that this event is FREE!
2017 Chili Cook-Off Participants:
Central City Tap House
Down Dog Yoga Center/Organic Gypsy
Green Door Distilling
Harvey’s on the Mall
Kalamazoo State Theater
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Old Dog Tavern
Peoples Food Co-op
Pop City Popcorn/ Bomba’s
Spirit of Kalamazoo
Sticks and Stones
Tempo Vino Winery
Tibbs Brewery/ Gonzo’s
Tudor House Tea & Spice
Water Street Coffee Joint
The Wine Loft
Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins, over 20 acclaimed albums, and many great achievements such as being inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame and receiving the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. The group’s most recent recordings, “Nothing But Love” and “In My Soul” has put the band back on the Billboard Charts. Robert Cray Band returns to the Kalamazoo State Theatre February 28th.
General Ticket Information:
All seating is reserved for this all ages event. There is an 8 ticket limit.
- $30 - $57.50 Regular reserved seating
VIP Ticket Information:
VIP can be bought online only. There is an 8 ticket limit.
- $127.50 & $197.50
As four guys looking like they’re fresh out of high-school and a girl in leather pants played at the legendary rock-venue Lepakko in Helsinki, Finland, no-one could’ve known that one day they would be performing gigantic tours and would become the most successful band to ever come from Finland with album sales in figures with more than six digits, well known by their name NIGHTWISH. From their first album, “Angels Fall First” onwards, Nightwish gradually grew, or rather evolved.
The Decades 2018 tour will showcase popular songs and never before performed cuts from the band’s deep catalog of music. Additionally, every ticket will include a special Decades Tour CD which will be distributed at the concert. A limited number of VIP Meet and Greet tickets will be available at every tour stop as well through the band’s fanclub, Enterthevault.com.
All seating reserved for this all ages event. There is an 8 ticket limit.
- $35-$60 Regular reserved seating
- $185 VIP pit options through Enterthevault.com/limited VIP available through Ticketmaster.com
This holiday season unwrap the gift that is Melissa Etheridge. Melissa Etheridge is returning to the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on her “Merry Christmas, Baby” tour on Tuesday, December 12th. Experience Melissa Etheridge performing her holiday favorites such as “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home” and “Merry Christmas Baby” as well as her top hits like “Come To My Window” and “I’m The Only One.”
General Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with reserved seating. There’s an 8 ticket limit.
- $45, $50, $65, & $125
VIP Ticket Information:
VIP can be bought online only. There’s an 8 ticket limit.
- $225, $325, & $675
GLJO at the Union is not only outstanding big band jazz, it's one of Steve's favorite hidden gems of downtown life. Help him support both The Union and GLJO for providing such great art--without cover charge! But get there early for a good table. Downbeat is 7pm. The usual suspects will be on hand to blow in your ear so we hope you'll take advantage of the great food and drink and absolutely "FREE" music! How can you miss?!! You can call the Union for reservations at 269-384-6756 or Harry Boesch with the band, at 269-268-9199.
Also October 11, November 8 and December 6.
And thanks very much for supporting the arts, especially live music!
Kalamazoo Late Night Food Truck Rally. W. Water Street. Responding to a need to address late night “bar hoppers,” turning Water Street into an “After Hours Live Food Truck Corral,” will occur in April and May, July, September, and October starting at 9 pm with food being served until midnight. Tailored after successful food truck rallies in the United States, the Kalamazoo Food Truck Rally includes food trucks, artisans, booths, music, and networking. The event is designed as a pop-up event where people come and go as they celebrate downtown’s entertainment hot spots. 269-388-2830.
Lunchtime Live. Bronson Park. Looking for fun music, good company, and great food? Enjoy local live music, food trucks, retail vendors and summertime festivities. Great for a long family outing or a quick bite - the sights, sounds, and smells are sure to delight. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. 269-337-8191. 2017 Performers:
June 9 Shelagh Brown Band
June 16 Bobby McManus
June 23 Scott Davis
June 30 Matt Gabriel
July 7 Kari Lynch
July 14 Kris Hitchcock
July 21 McFerrin and Borr
July 28 Ed Lester
August 4 Shelagh Brown Band
August 11 The Moxie Strings
August 18 Run for Cover
August 25 Scott Davis
September 1 Kaitlin Rose
September 8 Matt Gabriel
September 15 Megan Dooley
September 22 Mark Sala
September 29 McFerrin and Borr
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.
Let them call your Sweetheart — SWEETHEART! SINGING VALENTINES delivered by the Mall City Harmonizers. (Any area location by prior appointment, call 269.350.4085) http://www.BarbershopHarmony.org
The Mall City Harmonizers is a Michigan nonprofit organization.
What you get:
- 4 singers in tuxedos,
- 2 love songs,
- a red rose and personalized card
- Only $50