What makes Kalamazoo a cool city and great weekend destination? Events like the Island Festival!
Escape from day-to-day routine and kick off summer with entertainment for all ages. From its humble beginnings, the Island Festival has grown to be the largest celebration of Caribbean Culture in Michigan. Also known as â€œA Taste of the Caribbeanâ€, the Island Festival brings the unique cuisine of the Islands to Kalamazoo!
Entering its 15th year, the Island Festival has expanded to three days, and is slated for Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 17-19 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place at the corner of Kalamazoo Ave. and Edwards in downtown Kalamazoo, MI.
The festival begins each day with regional vendors selling Caribbean cuisine and beverages. Walk through â€œlittle Jamaicaâ€ and experience the arts and crafts vendors selling items ranging from woodcarvings to handmade drums, t-shirts to jewelry and everything in between.
The music and food are complimented with Caribbean style beverages and are all served until 12:30am Thursday and 1:30 am Friday and Saturday.
The theme for this year’s event is Rewind: The Greatest Hits of the Island Festival, featuring several returning acts from previous years.
5:00pm-6:00pm – African Teacher/Champion Bubbler (DJ’s)
6:30pm-8:00pm – Mystic Dub
8:30-10:00pm – The Jah Kings Reunion
10:30-12:00 – Tribute to Bob Marley – Featuring Hydro-Afro Reggae Band
Between sets African Teacher/Champion Bubbler (DJ’s)
11:45-1:15pm – Gypsi Fari Duo
4:30pm-5:30pm – Fada Wayne W/ Gypsi Fari
6:00pm-7:30pm – Hullabaloo
8:00pm-9:30pm – Taj Weekes and Adowa
10:00pm-11:30pm – Inner Visions
12:00am-1:30am – The Jah Kings
Between Sets Dread I Sound -Selector Jonathon, DJ Triple Crown, DJ Assane
12:00-1:30pm – Ras Soul Jah
2:00pm-3:30pm – Family Time Workshop Featuring Dunya Drum & Dance
4:00pm-5:30pm – Fun DubMentals
6:00pm-7:30pm – Spiritual Rez
8:00pm-9:30pm – Bop
10:00pm-11:30pm – Jamacian Reggae legends The Meditations
12:00am-1:30am – Zion Lion
Between Sets Dread I Sound -Selector Jonathon, DJ Triple Crown