Located between Kalamazoo Avenue to the North and Water Street to the South at Edwards Street, the Arcadia Creek Festival Place is a multi-use space opened in 2004 by Downtown Tomorrow Incorporated. Several organizations and individuals funded the construction of the festival place through many generous donations.

While the site is publicly owned by the City of Kalamazoo, the festival place is managed and
programmed by Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated and maintained by the Downtown
Development Authority
. The Arcadia Creek Festival Place is both a public open space 
and a special event venue. As an open space, the festival place is open daily to the general public as a setting for lunch, play and relaxation. As a special event venue, the festival place serves as a community gathering place for celebrations and special events of all types. 
Annually, events begin in late- April and run through mid-October. In 2014, the Arcadia Creek Festival Place was host to more than 25 events encompassing more than 50 event days and over 150,000 attendees. These events range in size from corporate picnics with fewer than 50 attendees, to the annual Greek Festival & Ribfest drawing 30,000 and over.



The Arcadia Creek Festival Place is managed and programmed by Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated. There is a process in place for obtaining the approval to hold an event, it is as follows:

  1. Contact Sue Huggett to check availability for the date you have in mind and for more information. 
  2. Submit the application to Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated via e-mail AND a hard copy along with the $250.00 Application Fee (made payable to Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated) AT LEAST 1 week prior to the next regularly scheduled Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated Board Meeting (The 3rd Thursday of each month). Applications that arrive without the application fee will not be presented to the board of directors.
  3. The application will be provided to the board of directors along with a staff recommendation for approval, approval with conditions, or denial. If the recommendation, that staff will present, is for anything other than approval you will be notified prior to the application being presented to the board of directors.

    Other Resources:

    City of Kalamazoo's Application for Temporary Structure (Tent) Permit 

    Fire & Life Safety Guide
    Tent-Like Structures Guide
    Temporary Structure Application