Friday, September 2, 2016

Fall Events 2016

Labor Day marks the last weekend of summer and the coming of Fall with crisp cool weather and colorful foliage.  Autumn in Kalamazoo is a great time for walking or riding in the woods, paddling down a river, or watching Sandhill Cranes.  Area festivals celebrate Labor Day, fall harvests, fish, and birds.

Fall events around Kalamazoo

September 2-5 Lawrence Ox Roast Lawrence

September 5 West Michigan Labor Fest Grand Rapids

September 9-11  Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival Paw Paw

September 16-17 Grand Haven Salmon Festival Grand Haven

September 19-26  Michigan Trails Week

September 21-October 9 Art Prize Grand Rapids

September 23-24 Fall Festival St. Joseph

September 23-24 Oktoberfest Grand Rapids

October 9 Fall Color Cruise Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Kalamazoo

October 8-9 Cranefest Bellevue

October 7-9 Fennville Goose Festival Fennville

October 15-16 Arts and Eats Tour  Hastings, Middleville, Hickory Corners, and surrounding areas

October 19-30 Zoo Boo Binder Park Zoo  Battle Creek



Also consider:

Southeast Michigan Labor Day events from MetroParent

Labor Day Weekend Events for Metro Detroit (Oakland County Moms)

Mackinac Bridge Walk
8 Ways to Celebrate Fall from Pure Michigan

Fall recommendations from 52 Michigan Weekends

Fresh apple cider from VerHages Cider Mill.

Fall walks and rides on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Event listings from Discover Kalamazoo

Gazelle Sports' calendar of West Michigan Races and Events

League of Michigan Bicyclist's Michigan Ride Calendar

The DNR has calendars of events for State Parks and Recreation Areas.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Events 2016

Summer is a great time to be in Kalamazoo for biking, canoeing, hiking, and camping or going to a beach on Lake Michigan.  

  
Summer events near Kalamazoo

June 11-12 Michigan Free Fishing Weekend

June 16-19 Harborfest South Haven

June 29-July 4 Balloon Festival Battle Creek

July 6-10 Kindleberger Summer Festival Parchment

July 15-17  Old Tyme Tractor Show Scots

August 11-14  50th annual Blueberry Festival South Haven


Also consider:
Long weekend suggestions from Pure Michigan

50 fun things to do in Michigan this summer

West Michigan Summer Weekends

Kalamazoo Farmers Market

Michigan Fireworks Displays a comprehensive list of fireworks throughout the state

Events at Kalamazoo's Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Event listings from Discover Kalamazoo
Events from West Michigan Tourist Association

Kzoo Kids lists Beaches near Kalamazoo & Battle Creek
Cleveland.com promotes Lake Michigan beach towns.
Beach Freaks guide to Michigan's Best Beaches

Gazelle Sports' calendar of West Michigan events  
League of Michigan Bicyclist's Michigan Ride Calendar

West Michigan Coastal Kayaker's Association Event Calendar
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy volunteer workdays
State park events from Michigan's DNR

Sarrett Nature Center's Event list Benton Harbor

Michigan Festivals and Events Association Events browser

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring wildflowers 2016

Spring Wildflowers are in full bloom around Kalamazoo. 

Two sunny weekends in a row made it easy to enjoy them.  Last weekend, Russ Forest in Cass County was full of people walking, wading in the stream, and riding horses.  There were more flowers than human.  The Spring Beauty were so prolific, I could see their tiny flowers from the highway without slowing down.

Dowagaic Woods had fewer people but more flowers.  We saw everything from hepatica to bloodroot to trillium in bloom.  It felt like the season for ephemeral wildflowers had been compressed by the previous week's snow and that weekend's unseasonable warmth.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center had their Earth Day celebration this Saturday and their timing was perfect.  Dutchman's Breeches, Blue-eyed Mary, Marsh Marigold, Squirrel Corn, and Spring Beauty were all in flower.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Events 2016

Spring in Kalamazoo brings the return of Sandhill Cranes, Turkey Vultures, Blue Herons and Red-winged Blackbirds.  Chipmunks, Groundhogs, and Raccoons awake from hibernation.  Empheral wildflowers bloom before the leafy canopy shades the ground.  For people, Spring is a nice time to hike or bike or look for birds, wildflowers, or morels.
Many festivals and activities celebrate Spring in west Michigan

Spring events near Kalamazoo


March 1- April 30 Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids

April 16-24, National Park Week

April 23 Green-A-Thon 2016 Celery Flats Portage
April 30 Thornapple Woodpecker Festival Middleville
April 30- May1 Victorian Days Grand Ledge
May 7 Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade 1pm St Joseph - Benton Harbor
May 7-14 Tulip Time festival Holland
May 14 & 21 Lees' Kayak & Canoe Demo day Kalamazoo  

May 14-21 Kalamazoo Bike Week Kalamazoo 
May 17  Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival  at Bell's in Kalamazoo

May 21-22 Great Lakes Kite Festival 2016 Grand Haven
May 28 Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones 3rd Annuak Native Plant Sale People's Food Co-op Kalamazoo 

Also consider:
Vegetable planting dates

Earth Day Activities throughout Michigan
Bike Friendly Kalamazoo's  Event listings

Battle Creek Cleanwater Events

Tawas Point Birding Festival Iosco County May 19–22
birdwatching at Bird Trails and Sanctuaries in Michigan

Discover Kalamazoo's event listing

Monthly Events Roundup from Pure Michigan
 
Gazelle Sports Races and running calendar
League of Michigan Bicyclists Michigan Bicycling Calendar

Michigan Festivals and Events Association Events browser

The DNR has calendars of events for State Parks and Recreation Areas.

Sarrett Nature Center's Event list Benton Harbor
Spring weekend getaways

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Maple syrup season 2016


As Winter makes the transition to Spring, maple sap starts flowing.  Sap can be collected via bucket, bag, or tubing and then boiled for hours to make syrup.  Local events celebrate the sugaring season.

Maple Syrup Festivals near Kalamazoo

March 5-6 and 12-13 Maple Sugar Time Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Chesterton, Indiana 
March 12-13 Maple Sugar Madness Sarett Nature Center Benton Harbor

March 12-13 Maple Sugar Festival Kalamazoo Nature Center Kalamazoo

March 19-20 Sugar Camp Days Bendix Woods County Park, New Carlisle, IN

March 19  Sugarbush Festival  Blandford Nature Center  Grand Rapids

April 22 - 24 Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival, Wakarusa, Indiana

April 22 - 24 76th Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Vermontville

Also consider

Michigan MapleWeekends

Michigan Maple Syrup Events 2016 in Oakland County and Southeast Michigan

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winter events 2015-16

This morning's snow makes a post on Winter events timely.  While the first snow isn't usually ski-able, Winter in Kalamazoo offers plenty of opportunities for skiing, sledding, and skating.  Local festivals celebrate the season.

Winter Events near Kalamazoo
December 5, 2015 Tree Lighting Portage

December 5-6, 2015 Olde World Village Winter Holiday Festival Augusta

December 12, 2015  Santacon Kalamazoo 6pm Kalamazoo 
December 12, 2015 Free Admission Day and Local Gift Fair  9 am -4 pm Kalamazoo Nature Center Kalamazoo
December 31, 2015 New Year's Eve Fest Kalamazoo
January 16-23 2016 Kalamazoo Beer Week Kalamazoo
usually around January 17 Schrier Park Winter Sports FestPortage

January 28 - 31, 2016 Winterfest 2016 Grand Haven

typically end of January Muskegon Snowfest Muskegon

February 5-7, 2016  Icebreaker  South Haven

February 5-7, 2016 Magical Ice Carving Festival Saint Joseph

February 12 -15,  2016  Great Backyard Bird Count

February 13-14, 2016 Free Fishing Winter Weekend throughout Michigan

February 26-27, 2016 Winter Beer Festival Grand Rapids

March 5, 2016 Quietwater Symposium East Lansing

Ongoing events
International Festival of Lights Battle Creek November 22-December 31
          Dutch Winterfest Holland
Millennium Park Skate Rink opens in December  Portage
          Christmas Bird Count

 See also

Discover Kalamazoo's event listing

Monthly Events Roundup from Pure Michigan
 
Gazelle Sports Races and running calendar

Kalamazoo in Winter
from CommunityLink

11 Unforgettable Winter Places in Michigan

West Michigan Winter Weekends

Sarrett Nature Center's Event list Benton Harbor

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fall Events 2015

Labor Day is late this year, extending summer by an extra week, but Fall will come soon enough with crisp cool weather and colorful foliage.  Autumn in Kalamazoo is a great time for walking or riding in the woods, paddling down a river, or watching Sandhill Cranes.  Area festivals celebrate Labor Day, fall harvests, fish, and birds.


Fall events around Kalamazoo

September 4-7 No Work - All Play St. Joseph

September 5-7 Lawrence Ox Roast Lawrence

September 7 West Michigan Labor Fest Grand Rapids

September 11-13  Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival Paw Paw

September 18-19 Grand Haven Salmon Festival Grand Haven

September 19-26  Michigan Trails Week


September 25-26 Fall Festival St. Joseph

September 25-26 Oktoberfest Grand Rapids

October 11 Fall Color Cruise Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Kalamazoo

October 10-11 Cranefest Bellevue

October x-x Fennville Goose Festival Fennville

October 14-20 Zoo Boo Binder Park Zoo  Battle Creek

October 17-18 Arts and Eats Tour  Hastings, Middleville, Hickory Corners, and surrounding areas

Also consider:
Labor Day in West Michigan (WLMagazine)

Southeast Michigan Labor Day events from MetroParent

Labor Day Weekend Events for Metro Detroit (Oakland County Moms)

Mackinac Bridge Walk

8 Ways to Celebrate Fall from Pure Michigan
Michigan Apple Festivals

Fall recommendations from 52 Michigan Weekends

a Fall Color Tour

Fresh apple cider from VerHages Cider Mill.

Fall walks and rides on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Event listings from Discover Kalamazoo

Gazelle Sports' calendar of West Michigan Races and Events

League of Michigan Bicyclist's Michigan Ride Calendar

West Michigan Coastal Kayaker's Association Event Calendar

The DNR has calendars of events for State Parks and Recreation Areas.