The Kindleberger Arts Commission has an exciting summer of community entertainment and we invite you to visit Parchment for these annual events.

The 2017 Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts week, Wednesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 16, includes the annual family musical production, and youth play. Our car show, art fair, 5K community race and Kids Fun Run, parade, kid’s area, and food vendors are great opportunities for families to spend a day enjoying a wide-range of activities and community.

The Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts and Kindleberger Summer Concert Series is organized by volunteers and supported by donations, local grants and special fundraising events. They are truly locally-organized events that have been part of the Parchment community for a number of years. Be a part of our hometown atmosphere. We welcome you to visit Parchment and Kindleberger Park!


The Stage at Kindleberger Park - Parchment, MI

All Performances are FREE!

Youth Production

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon


Family Musical

Once Upon A Mattress

Wednesday, July 12 thru Sunday, July 16, 2017
Festival Day is July 15.

Performance Dates for 2017:

July 12: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon 5:30pm;
Once Upon A Mattress 7:00 pm
July 13: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon 5:30pm;
Once Upon A Mattress 7:00 pm
July 14: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon 5:30pm;
Once Upon A Mattress 7:00 pm

July 15: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon 3:30pm;
Once Upon A Mattress 5:00 pm
July 16: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon 3:30pm;
Once Upon A Mattress 5:00 pm

Lawn Seating: Bring a Blanket or a Lawn Chair.


5K Race and Kids Fun Run Saturday, July 15 Kids Fun Run – 8 AM 5K Run – 8:30 AM

The 5K Run and 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run (11 and under) course winds through the tree-lined streets of the City of Parchment, bringing runners and walkers back to the finish line in lovely Kindleberger Park where participants can enjoy more of the Festival Day activities!

Have any questions? Contact Parchment City Hall at 349-3785.

Start Location
Parchment United Methodist Church, Parchment, MI.

Race Shirt
ALL participants who
register online by June 29 will receive a 2017 race t-shirt. Individuals who register after June 29 will not be guaranteed a race t-shirt.

Please park at the Parchment Middle School and the streets west of Riverview Drive in and around the middle school. See the course map for more parking information.

Packet Pick Up

Friday, July 14: Gazelle Sports, 214 S. Kalamazoo Mall, 4-7PM

Saturday, July 15: Parchment United Methodist Church, 6:45am-7:59am.

Starting Times
Kids Fun Run – 8 AM
5K Run – 8:30 AM

Entry Fees
5K Run: $20
*Official Race T-Shirts: $5

Kids 1/2 mile fun run: FREE *Includes T-Shirt

5K Family Rate: $55  All participants running the 5K.(all must live at the same address. Offical T-Shirts are $5 and can be added on at registration.

Online Registration: Click here to register!

Awards will be given to overall male and female and the top three finishers in the age group categories for the 5K RUN ONLY.

Both Run and Walk participants will be electronically timed. Results will be posted for both runners and walkers.

Run Age Categories (Men and Women Runners)

  • Under 10
  • 10 - 11
  • 12 - 13
  • 14 - 15
  • 16 - 17
  • 18 - 19
  • 20 - 24
  • 25 - 29
  • 30 - 34
  • 35 - 39
  • 40 - 44
  • 45 - 49
  • 50 - 54
  • 55 - 59
  • 60 and over

Art Fair Saturday July 15  9:00am - 3:00pm

A Kindleberger Summer Festival favorite attraction, the Art Fair presents a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative. Ceramics, fabric and fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, wood, painting, graphics, drawing, sculpture, and photography created by artisans and craftspeople throughout Michigan and beyond. Come, Browse, Shop, Buy!

To become an Art Fair vendor please fill out the registration form here.  Deadline is June 1, 2017

Kindleberger Classic Car Show Saturday July 15 10:00am - 2:00pm

Bring your vintage automobile, hot-rod or classic car to Kindleberger Park and compete for prizes, enjoy the other festival activities and make a day of it in Parchment. A panel of judges including Parchment Mayor Rob Heasley will be awarding trophies in a variety of categories: Top 5 Motorcyles, Top 5 Corvettes, Top 20 Show Cars and Top 15 Trucks, Mayor’s Choice Award, and Best of Show Award! Check-in on the day of the event begins at 8am in Kindleberger Park, Parchment Little League Complex parking lot, registration 8am-10am.

Info coming soon!

Food Vendors

Bring your appetite! The Festival offers a wide variety of concessions and refreshments for your pleasure! Our food booths are brought to you by many area groups in the Parchment community. Enjoy a cool beverage or grab a quick lunch while enjoying all the Festival activities!

Click to View the Festival Food Vendors or Download a Food Vendor Application > > >

Children's Area Activities Saturday July 15 11:00am - 2:00pm

If you have never brought your kids down to enjoy the FREE children’s area, you should really stop by and check it out!

You can start at the Kalamazoo Astronomy Club and learn how to use their telescopes and find out fun facts about the sky!! Then head over to the balloon artist to watch him make your favorite pink poodle from a couple of simple balloons. Then on to the Crafts tent where Tracy, our Children’s Area Coordinator, will give you all the supplies you need to make the craft of the day! The odd sounds coming from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra tent may entice you over to try your hand at playing any of the amazing instruments set out for hands on learning with the instrument ‘petting zoo’. Then you can wander next door to the REAL petting zoo and check out some fun and friendly animals from the local 4H groups. Don’t forget to stop by the face painting booth and have a local art teacher paint a perfect butterfly or baseball on your cheek!! If you get a chance, we also feature a bounce house, arts and crafts from a local church, and a talented caricaturist!

The Children’s Area is designed for kids ages 12 and under and everything is FREE!!

In addition to all that the Children's Area has to offer Borgess Helmets sets up a booth to help you find the appropriate sized bike helmet at a low cost!

Friends of the Parchment Community Library Book Sale Saturday July 15

Early Bird Sale: 9 – 10am; $1 admission Regular Sale:10am to 3pm

Located in the Lower Level of the Parchment Library, 401 S. Riverview Dr. The Friends sell thousands of gently used books of all genres, CDs, DVDs, audio tapes, and magazines at reasonable prices. If you love great bargains, then you’ll LOVE this booksale! Proceeds are used to support the many Parchment Community Library programs that benefit the community, young and old!


Parchment Garden Club Sale Saturday July 15 9:00am - 3:00pm

The Parchment Garden Club Annual Sale is a wonderful Festival tradition! Many perennials dug from local gardens are offered at this sale, great plants at bargain prices! Landscape your yard economically with perennials that are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, and have multiple-season interest.


Boy Scout Troop 218 Pancake Breakfast Saturday July 15 7:30am - 10:30am

The Parchment Boy Scout troop 218 wakes early to serve ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-PANCAKES in Kindleberger Park along with savory sausage, orange juice, milk or hot coffee. What a delicious way to start your Festival Day! Tickets are available at the event.


Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts Parade Saturday July 15 Starts at 10:00am

The 36th Annual Kindleberger Parade will fill the streets of Parchment on Saturday, July 15 at 10am! Come celebrate our city – it’s leaders, past and present, businesses, arts organizations and students, public services and churches – and more! Celebrating years of tradition, the Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts Parade captures the essence of community spirit here in Parchment!

The parade starts at G Avenue, travels along Riverview Drive around the Parchment Community Library to Maple Street, ending at the United Methodist Church. Highly attended, spectators “stake out” their claim early, bring your camera.






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