I can't believe that we are already to September – the summer has just flown by! Before fall arrives (and SkeleTour with it), make sure to catch those last rays of summer sun downtown. We've still got our weekly series Beats on Bates and Workout Wednesday, Art Hop this Friday, and Shop Second Saturdays on September 11.
Today, August 31, is National Eat Outside Day but every day is a great day for a bite at one of downtown's great outdoor dining spots. Snag a tasty lunch at Cairo or La Familia, or plan a dinner date at Principle Food & Drink or Old Burdick's. No matter where you land – it's sure to be tasty!
The Spirit of Kalamazoo, your one-stop-shop downtown for all things Kalamazoo, is celebrating 10 years! Show your Kalamazoo spirit, and support for a local business, by paying them a visit during Art Hop from 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3. They will have art on display by Kalamazoo-based artist and ecologist, Corinn Rutkoski, and adult beverages will be served.
Students of all ages have rehearsed all summer with the Jazz & Creative Institute to share their talents with downtown Kalamazoo this evening at Beats on Bates! Soloists and bands will perform music from several genres. Event page
Workout Wednesday feat. Guess Who's Dancing
September 1, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Guess Who's Dancing Fitness' mission to cultivate an environment where women can embrace the skin they're in to be fearless, fabulous, fit & free! Kim Guess returns for Workout Wednesday – a perfect way to dance the stress of the week out with your best girls. Event page
September Art Hop
September 3, 5 – 8 p.m.
Join us for Art Hop downtown Kalamazoo on Friday, September 3rd from 5-8 PM. The event is free to the public. Individual artists, arts organizations, and small businesses can apply online to show their work. Event page
Shop 2nd Saturdays feat. Vintage in the Zoo
September 11, Noon – 7 p.m.
In the spirit of shopping and supporting local, the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is thrilled to present Shop 2nd Saturdays – a monthly opportunity to head downtown and check out local businesses, entrepreneurs, and makers. Event page
Kara L. Wood, Western Michigan University's Associate Vice President for Community Partnerships, joined the Coalition for Growth in 2021. She joined the Coalition to increase collaboration between the university students, employees, and downtown businesses and has enjoyed the opportunity for community voices to influence downtown decisions. Kara is a fan of Rose Gold Coffee Co. downtown – "They have great coffee and the best chai latte!"
We’re driven to make downtown a place that’s engaging and welcoming for everyone.
The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization built by the people of Kalamazoo for the betterment of downtown Kalamazoo. We believe the greatness of a community stems from the compassion and actions of its members.