Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Events 2018

As the solstice approaches, Michigan moves to full Summer mode with biking, canoeing, hiking, and camping and beachtime at Lake Michigan.  

Summer events near Kalamazoo

June 20 Free Parks Day  Kalamazoo County

June 28-July 4 Balloon Festival Battle Creek

July 20-22  Old Tyme Tractor Show Scots

August 9-12  54th annual Blueberry Festival South Haven

August 24-26 Hastings Summerfest Hastings

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
Gazelle Sports Events page (running and races)

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo's  Event listings
Event listings from Discover Kalamazoo
Events from West Michigan Tourist Association

Kzoo Kids lists Beaches near Kalamazoo & Battle Creek promotes Lake Michigan beach towns.
Beach Freaks guide to Michigan's Best Beaches
League of Michigan Bicyclist's Michigan Ride Calendar

West Michigan Coastal Kayaker's Association Event Calendar
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy volunteer workdays

Sarrett Nature Center's Event list Benton Harbor

Michigan Festivals and Events Association Events browser

Michigan DNR's State Park Events 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring Events 2018

The snow this April hasn't been deep enough to ski but it sure hasn't felt very Spring-like.  Kalamazoo will eventually have warmer weather for hiking, biking, or bird watching.  Warmer temperatures will also bring wildflowers and morels.

Many West Michigan festivals and activities celebrate Spring.

Spring events near Kalamazoo

March 1- April 30 Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids
April 21  free admission to the Kalamazoo Nature Center for Earth Day 
April 22 free admission to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary for Earth Day   
April 21-29, National Park Week
April 14 Green-A-Thon 2018 Celery Flats Portage   
April 28 Thornapple Woodpecker Festival Middleville 
May 5 Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade 1pm St Joseph - Benton Harbor
May 5-13 Tulip Time festival Holland 
May 12-19 Kalamazoo Bike Week Kalamazoo

May 19-20 Great Lakes Kite Festival 2016 Grand Haven
May 19 Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones 4th Annual 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

Tawas Point Birding Festival Iosco County May 17–18
birdwatching at Bird Trails and Sanctuaries in Michigan

Discover Kalamazoo's event listing

Events 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

Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange  May  Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Hickory Corners

Spring weekend getaways

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Maple Syrup Season 2018

The transition from Winter to Spring is maple sugar season.  Warm days and cold nights cause the maple sap to flow.  Changing climate affects the temperature, which complicates syrup production by moving the sap flow earlier in the year.  Local events continue to celebrate the season.

Maple Syrup Festivals near Kalamazoo

March 3-4 and 10-11 Maple Sugar Time Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Chesterton, Indiana 
March 11 Maple Sugar Madness Sarett Nature Center Benton Harbor

March 10-11 Maple Sugar Festival Kalamazoo Nature Center Kalamazoo

March 17-18 Sugar Camp Days Bendix Woods County Park, New Carlisle, IN

March 24  Sugarbush Festival  Blandford Nature Center  Grand Rapids

April 27 - 29 Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival, Wakarusa, Indiana

April 27 - 29 78th Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Vermontville

Also consider
Michigan MapleWeekends

Michigan Maple Syrup Events 2018 in Oakland County and Southeast Michigan

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival