The largest music and art festival for the culture.

2024 Festival Date Coming soon!



Use our festival to promote & advertise your business and community support.

Sell Your Items

Get your business in front of patrons for a shopping experience.

Food Vendors

Bring your flavor and eats to the all day festival to feed over 1,500 patrons!


Get on stage! We’d love for you to show us what you got! All genres welcome!

Be on the lookout for opportunities to support, engage, and become involved in Black Arts Festival 2024!


Youth Day - Friday July 7, 2023

This event highlights youth talents and youth focused organizations here in Kalamazoo. It is FREE and filled with various activities, including live youth performances, music, crafts and free food! 

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Presenting this years Headliner' Booker T Jones

A free community event in celebration of the 2023 Black Arts Festival and the 150th Anniversary of Kalamazoo Public Library
Join us on July 8 at Kalamazoo State Theatre and enjoy a free concert performed by this legend of Soul, Booker T. Jones! Jones’s 2019 memoir, Time is Tight: My Life Note by Note is currently available at KPL for checkout.
Booker T. Jones is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer, and arranger. Best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the MGs, he has worked with countless award-winning artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and has earned a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Along with the band, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Jones continues to record and tour internationally, both as a solo artist and as head of Booker T.’s Stax Revue.
This event is hosted by Kalamazoo State Theatre and presented by Kalamazoo Public Library, Black Arts & Cultural Center, and The Gilmore.
This is a free event. Limited seating is available. Please register at

Doors open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm. 

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The Experience

This years festival will take place at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo  with performances, shopping, eating and an outdoor art gallery.

BAF 2022 Recap

Take a look at last year’s festival


Consider membership to save on the Black Arts Festival. Members get into events free, free vending at events and access to private events. Beyond the festival you have all year round benefits.


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(269) 349 - 1035


Black Arts & Cultural Center
359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 102
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Office Hours
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Gail Sydnor Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm


Office hours are sometimes flexible. We encourage calling before visiting and emailing to schedule Gail Sydnor Gallery viewing and Executive Director appointments.