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
Rodgers and Barer's Once Upon a Mattress
Wednesday, July 12 thru Sunday, July 16, 2017
Performance Dates for 2017:
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.
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.
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
Run Age Categories (Men and Women Runners)
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.
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.
Details coming soon!
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 35th Annual Kindleberger Parade will fill the streets of Parchment on Saturday, July 9 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.
Kindleberger Summer Festival Street Dance Saturday July 15 Starts at 7:00pm
Bring your happy feet and get your groove on! Wrap up an exciting day at the Kindleberger Summer Festival by dancing the night away to the beat of popular dance music! Dance tunes for all ages, the fun takes place in the lower park, behind Parchment Community Library and PNC Bank!