Kick off your summer right with JumpstART Weekend June 2 through 6 throughout downtown Kalamazoo. JumpstART, previously called June Jubilee, is chock-full of fun, art, food, and music in an entirely outdoor setup featuring events the community has come to know and love: Art on the Mall, Do-Dah Parade, and KIA Arts Fair.
Brought to you by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Art on the Mall, located on the Kalamazoo Mall and South Street, returns Friday, June 4 from 12 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This outdoor soft juried show features everything from jewelry to pottery and sculptures to garden art, as well as art demonstrations and live entertainment.
The annual Do-Dah Parade – Follow the Yellow Brick Road is “reversing” itself for the 2021 event taking place on Saturday, June 5, 11:00 a.m. Parade units will be socially distanced throughout downtown, placed in stationary locations. Parade viewers can either walk or ride bikes on either side of the viewing space. Companies or organizations that would like to be in the parade can register for $50 by May 15. More information on registration and parade starting times can be found at www.dodahkzoo.com.
Join the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair by supporting our virtual artist from June 3, 9am – June 6, 9pm! Each artist has a personalized virtual booth showcasing their work. Some artists will even be able to chat with you in real-time through video or messenger! 100% of the sales stay with the artists. Join us for various safe in-person activities on June 4 & 5th (see schedule below)
- West Michigan Area Show opens!
- Free admission into the galleries 11am-8pm
- Enjoy ArtHop 5-8pm:
- Kirk Newman Art School demos
- Pick up kids free mini art kits
Bronson Park, 9:30am – 4:30pm
- Music by Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra from 10:30am to 3:30pm
- Color GIANT chalk drawings in the park
- Relax and shop the virtual Arts Fair
- Free admission at the KIA 11am-5pm