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15+ Things To Get Excited For In Kalamazoo This Fall

Posted on September 20th, 2016

Over the next couple of weeks, Kalamazoo coasts into fall by hosting many exciting new and annual events. Check out which events we’re most looking forward to. There’s something for everyone!



Apple Fest 2016

Every year our Farm throws a great Birthday Party! We have a Arts, Crafts & Vendors Show! And provide FREE Entertainment all day long!

Sept. 24, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

VerHage Fruit Farms & Cider Mill

8619 W. ML Avenue, Kalamazoo

Cost: FREE



Fall Expo & Craft Show

Don’t miss the NEXT BIG, HUGE CRAFT SHOW on September 24th at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center featuring over 100 amazing artists, crafters and vendors from across the Midwest! ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION. Check out the Facebook event page to see some of the participants https://www.facebook.com/events/207519249628076/. Grab your friends and enjoy a day of shopping unique items from stained glass works to specialty food items to re-purposed furniture and home decor.

Sept. 24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Kalamazoo County Expo Center

2900 Lake St.

Cost: FREE



DeLano Farms Fall Fest

New this year … browse and shop creative artisan booths with products that stand the test of time. Visit the homestead and the blacksmith shop, take a horse-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting), and enjoy fun games, live music, cooking demonstrations, and activities for the whole family.

Sept. 25, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

DeLano Farms
555 W. E Avenue

Cost: TBD



Oktoberfest Dinner: Food & Beer Pairing

Celebrate Oktoberfest, with great beer and food at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House.
Paired with six courses of small plates, five beer flavors will be available for sampling.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Kellogg Manor House following the dinner.

Sept. 30,

W.K. Kellogg Manor House
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI

Cost: $50.56/members; $56.18/non-members



Fall Stamp & Cover Show

Stamp show with dealers buying and selling stamps, covers, postcards, and supplies from around the world. Plus stamp exhibits and a youth booth with free stamps for kids – fun for the whole family! Hours: Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Sunday 10am-3:30pm. Held in Expo North.

Oct. 1-2, 10:00 am-3:30 pm

Kalamazoo County Expo Center
2900 Lake Street

Cost: FREE



Pumpkin Patch Party

This is our October Festival!
Arts, Crafts & Vendors Show!

Oct. 8-9, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

VerHage Fruit Farms & Cider Mill

8619 W. ML Avenue, Kalamazoo

Cost: FREE



Fall Swag Workshop

Create a beautiful swag that can be displayed horizontally or vertically using natural materials. These gorgeous swags are a beautiful addition to your indoor or outdoor décor. Used indoors, the swags will last one year. $45.00 per person; Price includes seasonal soup and bread.

Oct. 13, 7:00 pm

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station – Carriage House Classroom
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI

Cost: $45/person (supplies and light meal included in cost)



Fall Fest Craft Show

Crafters, vendors, bakers and more! Candy stations at every booth for the kids. Held in Expo South.

Oct. 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Kalamazoo County Expo Center
2900 Lake Street

Cost: FREE




Join Binder Park Zoo and some of Michigan’s finest microbreweries for the 7th annual BontebOktoberfest, a beer tasting event held on Zoo grounds!  Tip back a few with the cheetahs, wolves, and snow leopards and enjoy live music, tasty specialty dishes, animal presentations, and of course some of the best microbrews that Michigan has to offer – and some wines. This event is 21 and up event.  Tickets are limited.  Visit www.binderparkzoo.org or call 269-979-1351 for more information.  Designated Driver tickets are available at a reduced rate and VIP tickets are available as well.

Oct. 15, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Dr.
Battle Creek, MI

Cost: $45/person pre-register, $25/designated driver, $25 VIP Tent




ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo is just around the corner and offers tons of excitement, animals on exhibit, and nightly entertainment.  Start planning for the perfect Halloween costume and come trick-or-treat at the Zoo! Once your little goblins and ghosts have trick-or-treated, stay a little longer and enjoy the great fall atmosphere and nightly entertainment!  Hop aboard the Binda Conservation Carousel, Hay Ride or Z.O.& O. ZooBoo Express.  Don’t miss the Booville Carnival!  There’s so much to see and do at ZooBoo!  Visit The Great ZooBoo this year and be entertained!   For more information visit our website at www.binderparkzoo.org

Oct. 19-30,

Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Drive
Battle Creek, MI

Cost: BPZ Members $5.50, Non-members $6.50



Monster Mash

The City of Portage Parks Department is putting on a Monster Mash Saturday, October 22nd from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schrier Park (850 W. Osterhout). This event will include trick or treating, face painting, a hayride down the trail, a magician show at 6 p.m., costume contest at 7 p.m and much more. Smoked Down BBQ as well as cotton candy, popcorn will be available for purchase and other fall treats will be provided, so bring your appetite. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for this event will be Sunday, October 23rd from 5 to 8pm.

Oct. 22, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Schrier Park
850 W. Osterhout
Portage, MI

Cost: FREE



Gilmore Car Museum Spooktacular 

The 5th annual Gilmore Car Museum Spooktacular Fundraiser is a FUN and SAFE place to have a ghoulishly great time with the whole family! The Gilmore Spooktacular will feature cool cars exhibited throughout the Museum, trunk-or-treat throughout the galleries for children 12 and under, a featured film in the theater, and special treats and samples from local businesses! Costumes are encouraged!

Oct. 27, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd
Hickory Corners, MI

Cost: $5/adult; Children 12 and under FREE



Fall Wreath Workshop

Create a beautiful wreath that can be displayed through Thanksgiving using natural materials and corn tassels with guidance from expert designer, Sherri Snyder of Gull Lake Landscape Co. All materials will be provided, bringing shears or sharp pruners is recommended. $45.00 per person; Includes seasonal soup and bread.

Oct. 27, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station – Carriage House Classroom
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI

Cost: $45/person (supplies and light meal included in cost)



Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Family Event

Dia de Muertos is a colorful, touching, lively Mexican holiday that honors deceased family and friends. In partnership with the Hispanic-American Council of Kalamazoo, families will enjoy the food, art, music, and dance of this important tradition and connect to Mexican culture. We are seeking bilingual, volunteers (Spanish/English) to help at this event. Please contact Sandy Linabury, KIA Volunteer Coordinator, at sandyl@kiarts.org, (269) 349-7775, x 3114.

Oct. 27, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts



Murder Mystery Dinner

Looking for a night filled with suspense, entertainment and a fabulous meal? Take a crack at solving a ‘murder mystery’ while you feast on a meal that’s to die for! Adult program. Price includes tax and entertainment. A cocktail menu will be provided at the event. Cash and all major credit cards will be accepted for cocktail payments. Reservations required.

Oct. 28, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

W.K. Kellogg Manor House
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI

Cost: $58.20/member; $64.66/non-member



Jack-O’-Lantern 5k & 10k Trail Run & Kids Pumpkin Patch Trick-Or-Treat Run

The 2016 Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) Jack-O’-Lantern 5k and 10k Trail Run and Kids’ Pumpkin Patch Trick-or-Treat 1/2 mile and 1 mile Fun Run (children 12 and under) is a showcase of the Bishops Bog Preserve and Eliason Nature Reserve in Portage, Michigan.

Oct. 29, 8:30 am-11:30 am

South Westnedge Park
9010 S. Westnedge Ave.
Portage, MI

Cost: $15 (5k or 10k), Kids event is free



Safe Halloween

This year’s event will feature a variety of fall and Halloween activities. There will be plenty of candy to fill Halloween bags, and complementary cider and Sweetwater’s donut holes will be provided while supplies last.

Oct. 29, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Bronson Park
200 W. South St.

Cost: FREE



Creatures Of The Night: Tricks & Tales

Meet misunderstood enchanted critters as they come to life along the trail. At the end of the walk, make a craft, listen to music, enjoy a snack, and sip some hot cider. Join the fun by coming in costume!

Oct. 29, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 North Westnedge Ave.



Gull Meadow Farms Pumpkin Drop

This will be our fourth year drop our huge pumpkin over 80ft high from a crane. The pumpkin drop will be at 2:00 but stay tuned as we will have more exciting announcements at this event gets closer.

Oct. 30, 2:00 pm

8544 Gull Rd., Richland, MI