Lunchtime Live in Bronson Park
Jul
26
11:30 am11:30

Lunchtime Live in Bronson Park

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

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Jul
26
5:15 pm17:15

Tap Takeover on the Mall. 100 N. Kalamazoo Mall.

Tap Takeover on the Mall. 100 N. Kalamazoo Mall. Tap Takeover on the Kalamazoo Mall is designed as a FREE business networking event that celebrates outdoor live music, business deals, and Kalamazoo craft beer. Each of the five events will feature a different Kalamazoo area brewery and the event will be filled with great music, craft beer industry learning, business networking, and of course socialization. The event is also designed to end early enough to take advantage of the amazing restaurants located conveniently in downtown Kalamazoo. It is an event that continues the tradition of live outdoor music, after business networking and celebration of the craft beer industry. Wed. 5:15 – 8 pm. 269-388-2830.

 

Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries
Jul
29
12:00 pm12:00

Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries

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. $.

Sunday Concerts in the Park Series in Bronson Park-4pm
Jul
30
4:00 pm16:00

Sunday Concerts in the Park Series in Bronson Park-4pm

2017 Concerts in the Park

One of Kalamazoo’s long standing traditions and is offered each Sunday through June, July and August, area musicians from Kalamazoo and the surrounding region perform in an outdoor setting in Bronson Park. Providing the nostalgia of an outdoor music event, the diversity of performers and selections delivers a unique offering unlike other concert series in Kalamazoo.

Each concert is free, and is friendly for the entire family. Bringing picnic meals (no grilling allowed), blankets or lawn chairs is encouraged. Each concert begins at 4pm and the concerts’ rain location is First United Methodist Church, just across from Bronson Park (unless otherwise noted). Notice will be posted on the Arts Council's Facebook page if the concert is moved indoors due to inclement weather.

2017 Schedule

June 4 - Kalamazoo Singers

Celebrating their 40th season, the Kalamazoo Singers under the direction of Rick Phelps, has some of the finest vocalists in the area.  Their concert will feature favorites from this year of programs as well as several stirring patriotic pieces.

June 11 - Red Sea Pedestrians

The Red Sea Pedestrians are a one-of-a-kind, full-blown, instrument-swapping fusion between tradition and the here-and-now. We’re talkin’ high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder, all filtered through the band’s original vision.

June 18 - Kalamazoo Concert Band

The Kalamazoo Concert Band, an adult wind and percussion instrumental ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Brian Shetterly, will present a varied program of Marches, Overtures, Broadway and Pop Music sure to keep your toes tappin’!

June 25 - Susan Harrison Band

Song slinger Susan Harrison's soulful, bluesy, jazzy pop rocks with quirky, hopeful characters that come to life as they drag you to the dance floor. With music from Motown to Country and many stops along the way. Enjoy the journey!

July 9 - K'zoo Folklife Music Festival at Overlander Bandshell in Portage

Enjoy an afternoon of Bluegrass and Americana music provided by the K’zoo Folklife Organization. The Music Festival will include live entertainment from nine talented bands and performers from the greater Kalamazoo area. The event will be held on the lawn area in front of the Overlander Bandshell. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy great music and concessions during the event.

July 16 - Outer Vibe

Building on Michigan’s storied rock and pop legacy, The Outer Vibe has long pushed the envelope for live performances with its ultra-animated stagecraft, audience-involving antics, and infectious beats.

July 23 - Motor City Women & Detroit Express

Captivating, outstanding, energetic are just a few adjectives that describe the nine-piece band Motor City Women.  Offering several unique styles from Blues to Pop, Funk to Folk, and Country to Rock. ensemble; they are incredible!  Motor City Women boasts years of musical experience that guarantees an entertainment experience like no other!

July 30 - The Verve Pipe

With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the genesis of multi-platinum artist The Verve Pipe can be traced back to the early 90s when the principal members of two rival Michigan bands joined forces.  Verve Pipe is known for  its textured rock songs distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals.

August 6 - Keith Hall & Nashon Holloway

Drummer Keith Hall brings a joyful mix of soul, Gospel, R&B, blues and jazz to Kalamazoo.  Featuring singer/songwriter Nashon Holloway with her dynamic and soulful approach, Bronson Park will feel the vibe of cool jazz on a hot Sunday afternoon!

August 13 – Sidewalk Chalk

Named "Most Outstanding Group" at the 2014 Chicago Music Awards, Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era but never so musically diverse.

August 20 – Schlitz Creek

From the mountains of Kalamazoo, the Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band presents an exciting, high energy show featuring both traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. Instrumentals, vocal harmonies and down home style humorhave made Schlitz Creek a favorite in the S.W. Michigan area for folks of all ages.

August 27 - Community Arts Awards with Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

The nationally renowned Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus started as a single choir and now if five choirs strong.  We are honored to have members of each of these choirs perform for the 2017 Community Arts Awards presentation.

Art Hop--Throughout Downtown Kalamazoo
Aug
4
5:00 pm17:00

Art Hop--Throughout Downtown Kalamazoo

ART HOP. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The biggest and best Art Hop stop! 5-8 pm. 269-349-7775. FREE.  

For details visit: http://www.kalamazooarts.org/event/detail/441999303/January_Art_Hop_2017

Conor Oberst at the State Theatre
Sep
10
8:00 pm20:00

Conor Oberst at the State Theatre

Join folk singer-songwriter, Conor Oberst, at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre this September! Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup. On October 14, 2016, Conor released his seventh studio solo record, titled Ruminations. Recently, on January 18, 2017, Oberst announced a companion album to Ruminations, called Salutations.

Come experience why Conor was named Best Songwriter of the year by Rolling magazine!

 

Ticket Information:
All seating is general admission. This is an all-ages show. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • $35 – Every Seat! Gold Circle, Mezzanine, Orchestra & Balcony.

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Gilmore Rising Stars artists--KATE LIU, Wellspring Theater Kalamazoo
Sep
17
4:00 pm16:00

Gilmore Rising Stars artists--KATE LIU, Wellspring Theater Kalamazoo

Born in Singapore and raised in Chicago, Kate Liu began playing piano at the age of four. By six, she attended the gifted music program of the Yamaha Music School in Singapore and continued her studies at the Music Institute of Chicago with Alan Chow, Micah Yui, and Emilio del Rosario. At 14, she performed with Lang Lang at Chicago’s Symphony Center. Currently, Liu is pursuing a bachelor of music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music under the guidance of Robert McDonald. Among many other honors, Liu won third prize at the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2015 and was awarded the special prize for best performance of a Mazurka. She has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic in addition to several symphony orchestras throughout the U.S.

Blue Öyster Cult with Mark Farner (State Theatre)
Oct
4
7:30 pm19:30

Blue Öyster Cult with Mark Farner (State Theatre)

Pioneering the heavy metal style while providing inspiration to psychedelic jam bands and arena rockers alike, genre-benders Blue Öyster Cult offer the world a taste of the wild side. The group has been known to incorporate elements of science-fiction and dark occultism into their jaw-dropping live show, and this allegiance to dynamic and masterful performances has led to the group being covered by everyone from Metallica and HIM to moe. Formed on a college campus in 1967, Blue Öyster Cult are best known for their smash singles "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Burnin' for You" and "Godzilla." Riff-heavy and head-banging while intelligently hook-laden, the band remains a staple among the heavy metal greats.

 

Ticket Information:
All seating is reserved. This is an all-ages show. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

·         Price ranges from $39.50-$59.50

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Maren Morris at Kalamazoo State Theatre
Oct
5
8:00 pm20:00

Maren Morris at Kalamazoo State Theatre

Join American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer Maren Morris at Kalamazoo State Theatre this fall! This Billboard chart topping regular is known for top hits such as “My Church,” “80s Mercedes,” “Drunk Girls Don’t Lie,” “Rich,” and many more. Maren Morris is the reigning 2016 CMA New Artist of the Year and was nominated for four awards, including Best New Artist, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, where “My Church” won the award for Best Country Solo Performance. Now she’s taking to the road headlining The 2017 Hero Tour. Take advantage of this opportunity and catch her at Kalamazoo State Theatre while you still can!

 

Ticket Information:
There’s a general admission pit pass & the remaining venue is reserved. This is an all-ages show. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • $30 – General admission pit pass & reserved front of mezzanine
  • $25 – Remainder of floor, mezzanine, and balcony

 

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Gilmore Rising Star Series--ZLATA CHOCHIEVA at Wellspring Theatre
Oct
14
4:00 pm16:00

Gilmore Rising Star Series--ZLATA CHOCHIEVA at Wellspring Theatre

Born in Moscow in 1985, Zlata Chochieva began her musical education at the age of four, studying piano with Nina Dolenko at Flier Music School. From 2000 to 2003, she continued her studies under the supervision of Mikhail Pletnev at Central Special Music School, and in 2012 graduated with distinction from Moscow State Conservatory under the instruction of Pavel Nersessian. Chochieva went on to participate in masterclasses with many world-renowned professors, including Pavel Gililov, Pascal Devoyon, Dmitri Bashkirov, Paul Badura-Skoda, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Jerome Lowenthal, Stephen Kovacevich. From 2012 to 2014, she attended the postgraduate course at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, the class of Professor Jacques Rouvier. In 2013 he appointed Chochieva his assistant. She now lives in London.

Program

CHOPIN12 Etudes from Op. 25

Mazurka in C Major, B. 82

Mazurka in A Minor, B. 140

RACHMANINOFFVariations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

Mary Chapin Carpenter--Kalamazoo State Theatre
Oct
20
8:00 pm20:00

Mary Chapin Carpenter--Kalamazoo State Theatre

In celebration of her new release, The Things That We Are Made Of, Mary Chapin Carpenter will be coming to Kalamazoo State Theatre for a live performance on October 20! Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, the American, singer, songwriter, and musician was part of a small movement of folk-influenced country singer/songwriters of the late '80s where she channeled her anti-Nashville approach into chart success and industry awards by the early '90s.

Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like ”Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carpenter made her acclaimed debut on the orchestral album, Songs From The Movie, and has since performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra and many others.

 

Ticket Information:
All seating is reserved. This is an all-ages show. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

·         Price ranges from $39.50-$75.00

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Artist Website - http://www.marychapincarpenter.com/  
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Jeff Daniels WSG Ben Daniels Band, State Theatre
Nov
3
8:00 pm20:00

Jeff Daniels WSG Ben Daniels Band, State Theatre

Join us at historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for a performance by Jeff Daniels! Don’t miss out on experiencing this actor, musician, and playwright right here in his home state of Michigan! In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, the guitar was a road into an artist he didn’t know existed!

Now, fifty years later, he has authored about 400 songs, played over 300 gigs the past twelve years from Maine to Alaska to Californ-i-a with his preferred venue of choice being clubs and hundred year old opera houses, drank from the fountain of youth by touring with his son’s band (the Ben Daniels Band), founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan for which he has written 15 plays (working on #16), and with great pride and a range that would drive a normal actor straight to Betty Ford, can most recently be seen as Will McAvoy on HBO’s THE NEWSROOM, and after twenty long years, with the one and only Jim Carrey in DUMB AND DUMBER TO. The rest you can Google.
 
 
Ticket Information:
All seating is reserved. This is an all-ages show, however this event is recommended for a mature audience. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • $35 – Every Seat! Gold Circle, Mezzanine, Orchestra & Balcony.

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Visit Jeff Daniel’s Website HERE

Gilmore Rising Star Series--Christina & Michelle Naughton (USA)
Nov
5
4:00 pm16:00

Gilmore Rising Star Series--Christina & Michelle Naughton (USA)

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton were born in New Jersey and grew up in Wisconsin, where their first piano lessons were given by their mother. Growing up, the sisters performed individually until the age of 18 when a concert presenter requested that they perform together. That marked the beginning of their preference to perform as a duo. Both are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. Their professional careers were launched in 2010 with debuts at The Kennedy Center and at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The following year the Naughtons performed in Munich’s Herkulessaal and began to establish their reputation outside of the U.S. They are Steinway Artists, and recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics. They now live in New York City.

Program

RAVEL“Mother Goose Suite” for Four Hands

CHOPINRondo for Two Pianos in C Major

JOHN ADAMS“Hallelujah Junction”

MENDELSSOHNAndante and Variations in B flat Major, Op.83 for Four Hands

TCHAIKOVSKY“The Nutcrcaker” for Two Pianos, Op. 71

Lewis Black Returns to Kalamazoo State Theatre!
Nov
9
8:00 pm20:00

Lewis Black Returns to Kalamazoo State Theatre!

Join us at Kalamazoo State Theatre for a live performance by the king of rant, Lewis Black, on November 9. Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor, and author, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. 

Ticket Information:
All seating is reserved. This is an all-ages show recommended for a mature audience. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

·         Price ranges from $39.50-$65.00

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Artist Website - https://www.lewisblack.com/
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Take Me To The River – Movie Screening & Live Concert Featuring Bobby Rush, Charlie Musslewhite, William Bell, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone + More!
Nov
12
7:30 pm19:30

Take Me To The River – Movie Screening & Live Concert Featuring Bobby Rush, Charlie Musslewhite, William Bell, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone + More!

Take Me To The River – Movie Screening & Live Concert Featuring Bobby Rush, Charlie Musslewhite, William Bell, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone + More!

Join us at Kalamazoo State Theatre for a double feature event of the 2014 film “Take Me to the River,” followed by a live performance featuring some of the artists from the film.

Documentary:
Directed by Martin Shore & named after the Al Green classic, this documentary is a celebration of the musical influence of Memphis, paying tribute to old-school blues and R&B masters as they work with hip-hop artists of today, bridging the communication gap between generations. This feature film follows them through the creative process of recording a new album to reimagine and merge time-honored and newer idioms. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.

Watch the Official Move Trailer HERE!

 

Concert:
Watch members of the movie’s cast, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musslewhite, William Bell, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone, The Hi Rhythm Section, and The Stax Academy Alumni Band with Music Director Boo Mitchell take the stage in a live performance following the footsteps of the film.

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages, general admission event. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • Movie price: $10.00
  • Movie & concert price: $32.50 *$15 combo tickets available during the online presale from 5/24-5/25 ONLY*

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Styx in Concert at the State Theatre
Nov
15
8:00 pm20:00

Styx in Concert at the State Theatre

The American rock band, Styx, is coming back to Kalamazoo State there on November 15. Formed in 1972 in Chicago, Styx became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding the style of pop rock and hard rock with the power of a hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre.

In recent years, a new generation of Styx fans have joined with older Styx fans at concerts around the world. Through live excellence and rewarding material from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts, the band proves themselves to be one worth standing the test of time. Styx is best known for the hit songs "Lady", "Come Sail Away", "Babe", "The Best of Times", "Too Much Time on My Hands" and "Mr. Roboto” and has had 4 consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as 16 top 40 singles in the US, 8 of which hit the top 10.

 

Ticket Information:
All seating reserved for this all ages event. There is an 8 ticket limit.

·        $49.50-$99.50

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Artist Website - http://www.styxworld.com/  
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Gilmore Rising Star Series--Andrew Tyson (USA)
Dec
3
4:00 pm16:00

Gilmore Rising Star Series--Andrew Tyson (USA)

Andrew Tyson is a native of North Carolina. A 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Tyson gave his New York recital debut at Merkin Hall and his Washington, D.C., debut at The Kennedy Center that same year. As winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, he was awarded the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize. Tyson made his orchestral debut at age 15, and after early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his master’s degree and artist diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano. He has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Program

SCARLATTISonata in D Minor, K. 9

Sonata in A Major, K. 322

Sonata in D Major, K. 96

RAVELMiroirs

ALBÉNIZIberia, Book I

LISZTRhapsodie espagnole

New Year's Fest in Downtown Kalamazoo
Dec
31
5:30 pm17:30

New Year's Fest in Downtown Kalamazoo

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.

Event Specifics:
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.

5http://www.newyearsfest.com/ 


Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra at The Union Cabaret
Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra at The Union Cabaret

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.

And thanks very much for supporting the arts, especially live music!

May
5
9:00 pm21:00

Kalamazoo Late Night Food Truck Rally.  W. Water Street.

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.

Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off (21st-28th)
Jan
22
Jan 23

Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off (21st-28th)

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 21st through the 28th, 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:

Arcadia Brewing
Bell’s Brewery
Berkshire Hathaway
Boatyard Brewing
Chau Haus
Central City Tap House
Down Dog Yoga Center/Organic Gypsy
Food Dance
fuze
Green Door Distilling
Harvey’s on the Mall
Hop Cat
Kalamazoo State Theater
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Louie’s
Mangia Mangia
mLive
MRC Industries
Nature Connection
Old Burdicks
Old Dog Tavern
Olde Peninsula
Ouzo’s
Peoples Food Co-op
Pop City Popcorn/ Bomba’s
Spirit of Kalamazoo
The Station
Sticks and Stones
Taco Bobs
Tempo Vino Winery
Tibbs Brewery/ Gonzo’s
Tudor House Tea & Spice
The Union
V&A Bootery
Water Street Coffee Joint
Websters
The Wine Loft
Zazios

Visit Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week’s website and Facebook page for updates.