Largest reggae fest in Midwest offers ‘island vibe,’ food, music, goods
By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, Mich. – Take a trip to the Caribbean without leaving Michigan!
The 18th Annual Island Festival in Kalamazoo happens June 20-22, 2013, and this colorful, fun three-day event is sure to have you jammin’.
The festival — which features world-class reggae music, Caribbean cuisine and an “island vibe” — has grown to become the largest reggae festival in the Midwest.
Kalamazoo Island Festival takes place June 20-22 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place (145 E. Water St. in downtown Kalamazoo). Admission is free before 4 p.m. On June 20, the cost is $3 from 4 to 7 p.m. and $6 after 7 p.m. On June 21-22, the cost is $5 from 4 to 7 p.m. and $9 after 7 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 12:30 a.m. on June 20 and 1:30 a.m. June 21-22.
Last year, about 25,000 people came out for the event, and past festival-goers enjoyed Caribbean-inspired food, including rice and beans, spicy jerk chicken, curried goat, fried plantains and more. Attendees have walked through “little Jamaica” and experienced the arts and crafts vendors selling items ranging from woodcarvings to handmade drums, T-shirts to jewelry, and everything in between.
Headline acts include DubTonic Kri on June 20, Warrior King on June 21 and Michael Rose on June 22.
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