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
- Liberace!, Farmer's Alley Theatre, April 27-May 13, 2018
- Billy Elliot, the Musical. May 4 to May 20 at The Kalamazoo Civic. Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his wish come true. Billy comes from a family of coal miners, but dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, even though his father wants him to box. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, and discovers a passion for dance that inspires and changes his family, his community and his life forever. Based on the international hit film, and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is the winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This spectacular show was also named TIME Magazine's "Best Musical of the Decade!" Billy Elliot is an astonishing experience that will stay with you long after the final curtain.
- Through 5/13/18: My Hero! Contemporary Art and Superhero Action. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. My Hero presents a sprawling collection of international artworks that explore iconic superhero imagery, along with reimagined interpretations of our classic heroes. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal characters, and also present critical questions about their popularity and revered stature. Some artists in the exhibition also spin the fantasy further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging adult, even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero is vast, challenging, and humorous, familiar yet new. Consider for yourself who is a champion in a wide array of media, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, mixed media and video. 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 5/20/18: Westminster Art Festival. Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Art Festival highlights the work of local artists and poets. Self-guided tours are available 9 am to 4 pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 11 am to 2 pm on Sundays. Special events include the poetry awards ceremony on April 21 at 6 pm (doors open at 5 pm), the visual arts award ceremony on May 5 at 6 pm (doors open at 5 pm), and a presentation by local author and adventurer, Loreen Niewenhuis, on April 28 at 4 pm. Loreen is the author of A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. 269-344-3966. FREE.
- 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