Fall is the perfect time to walk through downtown. The leaves are falling, the weather is perfect for shopping, eating outdoors on a sunny day, or enjoying the tradition of skeletons gracing the street corners and sidewalks.

The Skeletour Event Schedule includes:

October 7 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The official kick off to Skeletour will happen during Art Hop downtown. Bates Alley will host the Skeletones who will perform from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. with the ability to get drinks, eat, and enjoy a great concert. From 5-6:30 p.m. on the Kalamazoo Mall, kids will be able to paint pumpkins (one free pumpkin) and then from 7:00-8:00 p.m. an adult pumpkin painting station will be set up on Bates Alley. Sara Glupker will be on the Kalamazoo Mall helping to direct painting (with a few lessons) and will also provide demonstrations to inspire the creativity.

October 7 through 31, is the official Skeletour bar crawl. Check the section below for more details on where to go and how to access the QR codes to be entered into the drawing to win up to $100 in Downtown Dollars.

The Metro Toyota Skeletour is Downtown’s way of saying “Happy Fall” and with over 50 skeletons gracing downtown it’s also a perfect way to tour all of downtown.  Of course we hope that you shop, eat, and enjoy the ambiance of downtown and support our local businesses.  There are a number of things to do during Skeletour and we encourage you to visit the calendar and to check out our  Facebook page for updates.  The skeletons will be waiting for you, October 7 through 31……so come visit.  Did we mention that that skeletons really like getting their picture taken?  So, remember to bring your camera.

Skeletour Kickoff Party

All Ages Welcome

Come one, come all! The official kickoff to Skeletour will be held Friday, October 7th on Bate’s Alley and the Kalamazoo Mall, starting at 5:00 p.m. Head downtown to eat, drink, and enjoy a great concert performance by the Skeletones starting at 5:30 p.m. (Bates Alley).

There will be a Kids Pumpkin painting station where kids will be able to paint a pumpkin (for free) on the Kalamazoo Mall from 5-6:30 p.m..  And, then as pumpkins are available, there will be an Adult Painting Station and from 7-8:00 p.m. on Bate’s Alley. Artist Sara Glupker will be on the Kalamazoo Mall assisting kids with painting and giving a few demonstrations.

Skeletour Bar Crawl

AGES 21+

From October 7th to 31st, select bars and restaurants in downtown Kalamazoo will be mixing up spooky cocktails for you to sip while you peer at skeletons on every corner. Whether it be a fresh margarita or an ice cold IPA, 14 downtown locations are ready for you to come in and try.

During the bar crawl, you will be able to use your mobile phone to download your ‘passport’, collect QR codes from those bars and restaurants, and check in digitally. Visit a minimum of 10 participating bars and restaurants to be entered to win up to $100 in Downtown Dollars. Please check back here for more information on how to enter. Cheers!

Skeletour “Skelfie” Contest

All Ages Welcome

Here’s what you have to do: find a skeleton, take a selfie with them, and share it with us! Simple as that! For the contest, use #SkelfieKzoo and tag @downtownkalamazoo on Instagram for a chance to win $25 in Downtown Dollars every week. The more selfies you submit, the more chances there are to win. Get creative, have fun, and let us know what skeleton is your favorite!

Parking Information

Easy, convenient downtown parking gets you to your holiday fun faster. With more than 400 free 90-minute on-street parking spaces, paid parking garages and lots, Downtown Kalamazoo has a space for you. Returning this year, enjoy FREE Parking Thursdays in December in the Epic Parking ramp, located on South and Lovell Streets, FREE 90-minute on-street parking throughout downtown, and FREE parking all day Sundays. You’ll also find on-street metered spots throughout the downtown, which range from $1.75/hour to $3/day, and are free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

cheers to the...DOWNTOWN CENTRAL COMMONS REFRESHMENT AREASip, shop, and stroll - you can do it all in downtown's Central Commons Refreshment Area. Grab a drink from a participating business and enjoy it while you stroll and shop through downtown.