Summer events to resume in Kalamazoo

Concerts in the Park. Art on the Mall. The Do-Dah Parade. All are set to restart this summer.

It’s beginning to look a lot like normal life in Kalamazoo.

With summer on the horizon, many events and activities are announcing they will resume this year despite the ongoing pandemic.

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Summer in Kalamazoo typically kicks off with Super Saturday – a weekend that includes parades, arts fairs, and festivals.

The Do-Dah Parade will go on this year after being canceled last summer, though it will be a little different than usual. Organizers are planning a “reverse” parade, with participants staying still in the middle of the street and attendees walking past. That will allow for better social distancing.

The Do-Dah Parade will begin at 11am on June 5.

At the same time, the annual Art on the Mall will go on as planned. Booths will be stationed along the Kalamazoo Mall on June 4 and 5.

One staple of summer will not continue as normal. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair will still go on, but will be held virtually instead of in Bronson Park as it usually is. There will be a food truck component that will be held in person on June 5.

Finally, the Concerts in the Park series is being restarted this summer. There will be a total of 43 different performances throughout the summer at six different outdoor venues in Kalamazoo County.

You can read more on Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave.