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JumpstArt Weekend

June 9


Downtown Kalamazoo
162 E Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Kick-off your summer right with JumpstART Weekend June 7 through 9 throughout downtown Kalamazoo. JumpstART is full of fun, art, food, and music in an entirely outdoor setup featuring events the community has come to know and love: KIA Arts Fair, Art on the Mall, Do-Dah Parade, Kalamazoo Pride, and so much more!

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair

Friday, June 7 | 3 – 8 pm
Saturday, June 8 | 9am – 5pm

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is the second longest-running arts fair in the country. And, it is happening right in the heart of Kalamazoo: Bronson Park. Fine artisans across the country convene for the two-day unique shopping experience. Find jewelry, photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, wood, and more all handcrafted by over 100 jury-selected fine artists from across Michigan and the country.

Visitors can enjoy shopping, music, a beer garden, food trucks, and family activities all weekend long. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is fun for the whole family and open to everyone without registration. As a special treat, the KIA galleries will be open for FREE admission on Friday and Saturday.

Art on the Mall

Friday, June 7 | Noon – 8pm 
Saturday, June 8 | 9am – 5pm

For more than 36 years, this outdoor artistic extravaganza has featured displays by 60+ local and regional artists showcasing original paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, garden art, and art demonstrations on the mall in downtown Kalamazoo. It also offers up crowd-pleasing live entertainment!

Kalamazoo Pride

Friday, June7
Saturday, June 8 

Each year, Kalamazoo Pride brings together an estimated 8,000+ people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and racial identities from Southwest Michigan and beyond to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride. The two-day festival at Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place features show-stopping drag performances, incredible music, exhibitors, food, dancing, and more. #Pride365

Do-Dah Parade

Saturday, June 8 | 11 a.m.

The annual Do-Dah Parade returns Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. The Do-Dah Parade has been part of the Kalamazoo landscape for 36 years and each year, participants are challenged to reinvigorate the meaning of “Do-Dah” (a parody based on a spoof or a satire). This year’s theme is Kalama-SEUSS: Children’s Stories Take to the Street!

Concerts in the Park

Sunday, June 9 | 4 p.m.

The summer music season kicks off with a free live concert featuring The Kalamazoo Concert Band in Bronson Park!