So Hard To Leave.
Kalamazoo offers so much more than a memorable name. We effortlessly blend energy and innovation with friendliness and a humble attitude. Located in Southwest Michigan, about two hours from Chicago, Kalamazoo is home to the nationally recognized Western Michigan University, several colleges and a variety of cultural institutions. A vibrant and progressive downtown sets the stage for quality dining, eclectic shops and galleries, and live entertainment. Plus, you’re never far from lakes and outdoor recreation, festivals, and world-class attractions.
Experience the place with a big city mindset and a small town heart. Once you make the trip, you’ll be back for more. We promise.
Alamo Draft House opens in Kalamazoo!
The Kalamazoo Alamo Drafthouse is the 16th Alamo Drafthouse to open in the U.S. and the only one in Michigan and the greater region. Named “the best theater ever” by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events.
The chain originated in Austin, Texas and offers first-run films, older movies and unique programming (ex: quote-along movies and 80′s dance parties featuring music videos).
With 32 taps — of which more than 20 are Michigan beers — you won’t go thirsty. Beyond beer, movie-goers can enjoy mixed drinks, wine, soda, coffee, tea or floats (there are even beer-floats!) while ordering from a full menu featuring local ingredients.
Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Returns
Presented biennially over three weeks in April and May, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is internationally recognized as America’s most prestigious piano music festival. In its 25th year, The Gilmore’s nearly 100 events will showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboard musicians in the world along with artists just emerging on the international stage.
From classical to jazz in presentations from solo recital to musical theater, the Festival continually achieves acclaim for presenting music of the highest artistic caliber.
The 2014 festival features dozens of artists including: Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Kirill Gerstein, Rafal Blechacz, Ben Folds and John Legend, among others. More >