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 7/15: Bonnie & Clyde. Barn Theatre. The musical centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. Wildhorn described the music as a "nontraditional score, combining rockabilly, blues and gospel music." 8 pm. 269-731-4121. $.
- Through Aug 26th: Kalamazoo A-Z. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Dive into some of the KVM’s rarely-seen collections as the story of Kalamazoo unfolds one letter at a time. Kalamazoo A – Z features artifacts and images from the Museum's permanent collection, most of which have never been exhibited. Visitors will have a chance to explore a thought-provoking array of objects—from advertisements to Zoa Phora products. It is not often that a bassinet is exhibited next to a cash register—this emphasis on material culture presents a unique opportunity to experience Kalamazoo's history. Material culture refers to the physical objects that people use to define their culture. Museums often use this approach to tell stories and explore the relationship between people and the objects they create. The KVM’s original collection dates from an 1881 donation of rocks and fossil specimens accepted by the Kalamazoo Board of Education as “the beginning of a new museum.” Since then, the collections have grown to approximately 55,000 artifacts, documents, and images. Like most museums, the KVM has only a fraction of its collection on display at any given time. The goal of Kalamazoo A – Z is to bring out rarely-seen parts of the collection to demonstrate the depth and complexity of the experiences of those who have lived here. In the mid and early 1900s, donations to the collection reflected what prominent members of the community felt were important enough to preserve in a museum. This resulted in an eclectic collection that the Museum has refined over the last twenty years in keeping with current museum professional standards. Today, staff follows set guidelines when deciding whether or not to officially accept new items. The criteria is largely based on whether the materials will aid in understanding of the historical context in which the Southwest Michigan region has developed. This includes items that were made in the area or used by area residents and items that represent cultures which are currently underrepresented in the collection. Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
- The Bridges of Madison County, Farmer's Alley Theatre, June 8-24, 2018
- The Producers, Farmer's Alley Theatre, July 20-Aug 5, 2018
- Through Sept 2nd, 2018: West Michigan Area Show. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Guest juror is Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey, whose work was on view at the KIA this winter. He selected work from hundreds of submissions to be hung in this annual exhibition -- which is one example of the KIA's commitment to supporting the area. More than $6,000 in prizes will be awarded, including a $1,000 grand prize, and a $1,000 prize sponsored by the City of Portage for a Portage-based artist. Award winners will be announced during the opening reception on Thursday, May 24, from 5:30 - 8 pm. 269-349-7775. $
- Through Sept 9th: Cats & Dogs. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Cats and dogs have lived alongside us for 15,000+ years, and during that time, they have had many different roles in our world. In the exhibit Cats & Dogs, we immerse ourselves in numerous entertaining and interactive elements and environments that help us to truly understand the animals that many of us lovingly share our homes with. Three different environments, IN THEIR SKIN, IN THEIR HEADS, and IN OUR SOCIETY, are designed for visitors to move through and experience what it is like be in a cat and dog's world! With over 20 hands-on exhibits, visitors will have fun learning and experimenting. In the IN THEIR SKIN scene, we learn about the anatomy of the animals and also get to try our own physical skills against theirs. In the IN THEIR HEADS scene, we experiment in many different ways to see what it's like to "get inside" our pets' heads. And in IN OUR SOCIETY, we investigate the relationships between humans and animals. Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
Through October 14th: Global Glass: A Survey of Form and Function. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. This exhibition surveys important artists and works made from the mid-1960s to the present, and will examine both functional glass objects and pure sculptural forms, the latter of which have often taken cures from other fine arts media and movements in the U.S. and internationally. Among the 56 artists represented are glass giants Harvey Littleton, Howard Ben Tre, Dale Chihuly, Ann Robinson, and Kate Vogel. The exhibition has been curated by Don Desmett, independent curator and critic, with art on loan from the Collection of the Alfred Berkowtiz Gallery at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. 269-349-7775. $.