Well, Hornets, it’s officially October—and while that means sweater weather, candy corn, and quoting every line to Hocus Pocus, it’s also the season for midterms. I know that I personally feel very stressed when preparing for midterms, and need to remind myself to make time for relaxation and fun. Thankfully, there’s always something fun to do in Kalamazoo, especially in the fall.
I couldn’t fit every single activity I wanted to highlight onto the original list I posted, therefore I’ve made a follow-up list and encourage every student to indulge in as many endeavors (from both lists) as he/she/they possibly can throughout the rest of the quarter.
- If you enjoy listening to jazz music, the Union Cabaret and Grille features live jazz performers every Thursday night (as well as musicians of other styles throughout the rest of the weekend). Performances are free and open to the public, so you can enjoy some of the restaurant’s famous mac ‘n’ cheese while discovering your new favorite band.
- Are you sad that you missed a certain movie when it was playing in theaters? Don’t worry, there’s a good chance that it will be a Zoo Flick at some point in the quarter! Zoo Flicks take place every Friday night in Dewing Hall, and give students the opportunity to relax and unwind while enjoying free pop and popcorn. (However, if you decide you want to see a movie off campus instead, movie theater options currently include the Goodrich Kalamazoo 10 and Celebration Cinema in Portage.)
- If, like me, you really miss your pet(s) when you’re away at school, you can play with cute puppies at the annual Dog-O-Ween celebration, which is sponsored by the Oak Ridge Feed pet supplies store (dates to be announced). Events included pet costume contents, scavenger hunts, obstacle course, pet adoption, and even a peanut-butter-licking contest.
- When you’re craving a study break (and a sugary snack), walk downtown to Olde Peninsula Brewpub, Kalamazoo’s oldest brewpub. While the restaurant is known for its “hand-crafted ales” (brewed in-house), I still prefer to get their non-alcoholic root beer float—it’s the perfect dessert to share, and only $3.99!
- If you thrive in a space that calls for both personal reflection and social change, go to an event at the Arcus Center for Social Justice and Leadership. They hold numerous events each quarter (discussions, film screenings, etc.) that are not only fun, but informative and influential. Upcoming events include “Beyond the Local Food Movement: Reclaiming Culture and Tradition” (October 4th), “Data Violence: Dignity and Bias in Big Data” (October 26th), and “Shaping Change, Changing Worlds” (November 2nd).
- To get in touch with your artistic side, go to ArtHop, which takes place on the first Friday of every month. This event is extremely popular amongst K College students, and gives members of the Kalamazoo community a chance to showcase their art in various exhibits around downtown Kalamazoo. It’s fun, interactive, and free—the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon!
- For those who love theatre, like I do, an ideal way to spend a Friday night would be to see a show at the Festival Playhouse! This fall, Kalamazoo College will be the first college in the country to perform the musical Fun Home (November 2nd-5th)—student tickets are free, and the book and lyrics for the show were actually written by Lisa Kron, a K College alum! (Other great places to see shows are the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Farmers Alley Theatre, and Miller Auditorium.)
- And, finally, if you feel like staying at home and cooking a delicious dinner, the perfect place to pick up some fresh, local produce is the Kalamazoo Farmers Market, which features over 100 businesses every week. The market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 AM-2:00 PM (until October), as well as Saturdays from 7:00 AM-2:00 PM (until November). There’s no better time to try out that new recipe you’ve been eyeing than on a chilly fall night!
-Lauren Landman ‘18