Arts, music and magic! June Jubilee kicks off Friday in downtown Kalamazoo

June Jubilee kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday in downtown Kalamazoo. (WWMT/Jason Puhr)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - June Jubilee 2018 will take over downtown Kalamazoo starting Friday morning.

If you’re hoping to get in on the fun, there are plenty of events and activities for all ages through Sunday. We’ve included many of the activities below, and you can find a full list on June Jubilee’s website.


Art on the Mall: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

  • Featuring over 60 artists from all over the Midwest. Features original pottery, garden art, jewelry and mixed media.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair: 3 - 8 p.m.

  • The 67th Annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair features 190 jury-selected artists in Bronson Park, plus entertainment and food trucks on South St. Don't miss the Beer Garden outside the museum at the corner of Park and South, with music, food, beer and wine, 4-10 pm.

Art Hop: 5 - 8 p.m.

  • June’s Art Hop features over 20 locations in Downtown Kalamazoo and beyond. Galleries, businesses and stores will be filled with artwork by local artists. Art Hop events are free and open to the public! The artwork is for sale and artists are on hand to discuss their work. In addition to galleries, downtown will be filled with entertainment and events for the entire family!

Kalamazoo Valley Museum: Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

  • Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the Moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks from 1973 until 1988, longer than any other record in history. The music you know is taken to a new level when combined with stunningly- crisp laser graphics and shown on the Planetarium’s dome.


Art on the Mall: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

  • Featuring over 90 artists from all over the Midwest. Features original pottery, garden art, jewelry and mixed media.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • The KIA Fair turns Bronson Park into a bustling arts marketplace, with nearly 200 juried fine artists. Saturday features food trucks, music, magic, and the children's art tent from 12-4 pm.

Friends of the Library Bag-of-Books Sale: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Summer Bag-of-Books Sale held in the library parking lot - the corner of Rose and Lovell. Fill up a grocery-size bag full with books for only $3.00 or buy books for 20 cents each. Thousands of books, also movies and music. Books divided by category. Come early for children's books. Feel free to bring your own sturdy bag.

Ice Cream Social: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

  • The Annual Ice Cream Social at the Ladies' Library will take place during the June Jubilee on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Stop before or following the parade and enjoy ice cream cones, pie Alamode, ice cream pies and sundaes. Tours will be available from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm.

KPL Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Read or listen to books for at least 20 minutes each day, every day! If you accept the challenge, simply record each day that you read for 20 minutes or more on your challenge card or log your reading online. When you have completed 15 days (they do not need to be consecutive days), bring your challenge card to the library for a reward! (Or let the library staff know you earned a reward online.)

Do-Dah Parade: Come see Newschannel 3 beginning at 11 a.m.

  • Everyone loves a parade and Do-Dah has been a Kalamazoo tradition for 34 years. But this parade is different and a highlight for families. It will put a smile on your face as community organizations create decorated (we use that term loosely) units based on a parody or focused on the theme of ENERGIZE KALAMAZOO. Parade route starts at Lovell and Jasper Street and then moves west to Park Street, from Park Street to Michigan Avenue, and then from Michigan Avenue to Portage Street.
  • Come see your Newschannel 3 favorites dress up as Chief Meteorologist Keith Thompson!

Animotion Festival: 12 - 4 p.m.

  • Cats and dogs animation and illustrations. Student presentations and speakers in the field of graphic design and animation. Plus, a career fair of local vendors and demonstrations.


Concerts in the Park: beginning at 4 p.m.

  • Celebrating their 41st season, the Kalamazoo Singers under the direction of Rick Phelps, has some of the finest vocalists in the area. Their concert will feature favorites from this year of programs as well as several stirring patriotic pieces.

Road Closures

South Street: Closed from Park St. to Farmer’ s Alley from Friday at 6 a.m. – Saturday at 7 p.m.

  • Friday, June 1: South St. will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. to accommodate Art on the Mall.
  • Saturday, June 2: South St. from Park to Henrietta/John St. will remain closed through 5 p.m. and from Henrietta/John St. to Farmer’s Alley through 7pm.
  • South St. from Park St. to Henrietta/John will reopen to traffic at 5 p.m.
  • South St. from Henrietta/John St. to Farmer’s Alley will reopen to traffic at 7 p.m.

Access to Peregrine Tower and the Miller Canfield parking structures will be maintained. Signs will indicate what portion of the road is open for parking structure access only - NO STREET PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED. Left turn access onto South St. will be for Miller Canfield and Peregrine Tower only.

Kalamazoo Mall: Closed from Michigan Ave. to Lovell St. from 6 a.m. Friday – 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Friday, June 1: The Kalamazoo Mall will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. to accommodate Art on the Mall.
  • Saturday, June 2: The Kalamazoo Mall will remain closed through 7 p.m. to accommodate Art on the Mall.

Do-Dah Parade:

  • Saturday, June 2: The Do-Dah Parade Route is the same as previous years and is as follows: starting at the intersection of Portage and Lovell, west on Lovell, north on Park, east on W. Michigan, and south on Portage to Lovell. These roads will be closed from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • The following road closures will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for staging the Do-Dah Parade: Portage Road between Lovell and the Portage-Pitcher Connector, Jasper Street between Lovell and Walnut, Lovell St. between Portage St. and Pitcher.

You can find parking information here.

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