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Arcadia Creek Festival Place

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 the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership 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.

Hold an Event at the Festival Place

The Arcadia Creek Festival Place is managed and programmed by the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership. 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. Fill out the Arcadia Creek Festival Place Application and familirize yourself with the Arcaida Creek Festival Place User Manual
  3. Submit the application to the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership via e-mail AND a hard copy along with the $100.00 Application Fee (made payable to Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated) AT LEAST 1 week prior to the next regularly scheduled Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Board Meeting (The 3rd Thursday of each month). Applications that arrive without the application fee will not be presented to the board of directors.
  4. 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

Bronson Park

In every city there is a place that houses the memories of generations. It's true of the Bronson Park District, with Bronson Park at its center.

Talk to real locals. Over and over, you'll hear stories of summer days spent playing tag in and around the park. Of summer concerts and Candy Cane Lane during the holidays. Of New Year's Fests and art fairs. Some will also tell you how a proud park, surrounded by neighboring churches, the county courthouse, public library, and civic theatre, stood strong as a deadly tornado swept through downtown. And cut a wicked path through the park. You wouldn't know it today when you see a new band shell in the park, and the beautiful new Kalamazoo Institute of Arts building one street over. Woven in and out of the district's grid of streets are clusters of residential, commercial, and civic activity.

It's where the district's namesake and city founder, Titus Bronson, spent his first night, where Abraham Lincoln once spoke, and people of all persuasions have come to air out their viewpoints. It's a place that could tell so much, if only it could talk. Then again, it wouldn't hurt to ask and see if you get an answer