Ribfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. As one of the original festivals held downtown, Ribfest is heading into its 35th year and attracts nearly 15,000 people each summer. A portion of the proceeds from the Kalamazoo Ribfest go to benefit the Arc Community Advocates who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to empower them to live a life that is fully included in the community, and advocate on their behalf.
The event features national and local rib vendors that sell ribs and chicken in outstanding barbeque sauces. To compliment the rib vendors, additional food vendors offer side items and sweet treats to top off the food experience at Ribfest. The event hosts national rock and pop musical artists, local bands, fun activities including children's crafts/games, People's Choice Rib Competition, and the Sponsor's Choice. Ribfest has brought in great entertainment over the years including: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Shenandoah, James Wesley, The Guess Who, Loverboy, Mickey Dolenz; Lou Gramm from Foreigner, Survivor, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Spinners and Eddie Money, Great White, Skid Row, and Travis Tritt.
It might be cold outside, but we're creating a cozy and elegant atmosphere indoors with the sixth annual Wine Not, Winter Wine Festival. The event has now sold out five years in a row, with 1,600 attendees in 2019. Featuring over 70 wineries from Michigan all the way to Italy, including live music from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, wine and food pairings, and other vendors!
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