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Festivals and Events Abound in Kalamazoo

Arcadia Creek Festival Place

For many people the summer feels like it is half over, but, here at KzooConnect, we prefer to look at the summer event schedule as a half-full glass of festivals! In terms of downtown Kalamazoo, it doesn't get much better than a weekend spent at Arcadia Creek Festival Place taking in the sights, sounds, sips, and tastes of a west Michigan summer. Join us in celebrating all that Kalamazoo has to offer and check out these great offerings still on tap.

Blues Fest is next on the docket, kicking off this Thursday, July 10, and running through Saturday, July 12. Hosted annually by the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association, the event will feature two stages and a line-up of 23 acts. Headliners will include Memphis-based vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini, Kalamazoo jam-band Crossroads Resurrection, and Seventh Son, the oldest, continually performing blues band in southwest Michigan.

The 29th annual Taste of Kalamazoo is set for Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26. Menus, music, and brews are on tap. More than 30 of Kalamazoo's most popular eateries will be on hand to serve an estimated 10,000 people per day. Performers including Kalamazoo's own Knee Deep Shag; Grand Rapid's favorite sons Domestic Problems; the group What Made Milwaukee Famous from the Austin, Texas music scene; and Nashville, Tennessee transplants Augustana, who had huge success with the single "Boston" in 2005. Brews from Arcadia Ales and Bell's Brewery will be prominently featured along with other micro-brew offerings, wine, mixed drinks, and non-alcoholic refreshments.

Save some room on your calendar and in your stomach for the Kalamazoo Ribfest Thursday, August 7, through Saturday, August 9. One of the oldest festivals in downtown Kalamazoo, the festival attracts more than 30,000 people each year with savory and smoky food that would make you swear you had wandered into the deep south. Country singer James Wesley; founding member and lead singer of the band Styx, Dennis DeYoung; and Grammy-winning, country band Shenandoah will headline the three-night festival.

So what about you? Which festival or other local event are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comment section and we'll see you at Arcadia

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