From the indulgent Donut and Beer Festival in Kalamazoo to the pure athleticism of the South Haven Triathlon, here are 10 great things to do in Southwest Michigan during the weekend of August 25-27, 2017.

  • Donut and Beer Festival

    August 26

    Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo

    The brilliant combination of Donuts and Beer will be paired for your sampling pleasure at the home of the Kalamazoo Growlers, Homer Stryker Field.

    Admission is $40 and the event runs from 4-8PM.

  • Greater Lansing Balloon Festival

    August 25-26

    Hope Sports Complex

    The skies of the state capital fill with balloons morning and night for the two day Greater Lansing Balloon Festival.


    Early morning and evening launches are planned both days and balloon glows both nights.


    Admission is $10 a carload.

  • Van Buren County Wide Picnic

    August 24

    Oak Shores Campground, Decatur

    The event is coordinated by Seinor Services of Van Buren County and is held on the shores of Kickerbocker Lake at Oak Shores Campgound.

    The County Wide Picnic runs from 11am-3pm rain or shine.

  • Tour de Zoo

    August 24

    Binder Park Zoo

    Tour de Zoo is a bicycle ride through Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. It runs from 5-9PM.

  • South Beach Triathlon

    August 26

    South Haven

    Yes, there's a South Beach Triathon at South Beach Miami, Florida. There's also a South Beach Tri in South Haven, named for the city's famed South Beach. Run, Swim and Bike in and around Lake Michigan.

  • Haunted History of Kalamazoo Tour

    August 26

    Bronson Park

    The late night tour leaving from downtown's Bronson Park will tell the haunts and legends of Kalamazoo.

  • Backyard Burgers & Brewsfest

    August 26

    Festival Market Square, Battle Creek

    Downtown Battle Creek becomes southwest Michigan's largest backyard barbecue. The event features music and burgers from some of the city's best restaurants

  • Walk to End Alzheimer's

    August 26

    Stuart's Landing, Marshall

    The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

    The Calhoun County event is 9AM-Noon Saturday.

  • Lake Effects Hunter Jumper Show

    August 26

    Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, Albion

    2017 marks the 31st season of horse shows in the region.

  • Marcellus Bluegill Frolic

    August 24-26


    The streets of downtown Marcellus turn into Bluegill Capital USA for the annual Bluegill Frolic. A three-day fest including parade and carnival activities.

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