Host an Event on Bates Alley

Lined by patios of downtown restaurants and pubs, Bates Alley is quickly becoming a hub of activity in downtown Kalamazoo. With overhead lighting and a painted mural on the pavement, this pedestrian only street is as ideal for an outdoor concert or event as it is for an evening stroll. There's a stage on the alley, plenty of room for vendors, and food trucks can park nearby along Portage or Edwards Streets. It's also located within downtown Kalamazoo's Social District, so guests can responsibly enjoy alcoholic beverages (purchased from the participating businesses nearby) outside.  

Since events on Bates Alley can impact the businesses on the Alley, you'll need to provide signatures of support form nearby businesses with your application. Make sure you have this before apply. 

Host an Event on Bates Alley

Step 1.Plan Ahead at Least 60 Days 

Applications for special events must be submitted a minimum of 60 days before your event date. Applications for events within 60 days will not be approved.  

Step 2.Connect with Business Owners Along Bates Alley

To apply to host an event on Bates Alley, you must have approval from business owners on the alley. You will be required to submit signatures from these businesses along with your application, so make sure you do this before applying.    

Step 3.Submit Applications and Pay Application Fee 

Complete the special event application form and any other needed forms at least 60 days before your event. Include as much information about your event as possible. The application will ask you about parking requirements, food service, and other aspects of your event. The more detail you can provide, the better.  

After you submit your application a member of our team will follow up to arrange payment. Bates Alley will not be reserved until the non-refundable application fee has been paid. 

Apply to Host an Event on Bates Alley

Step 4.Application review

Once forms have been submitted, they will be reviewed by the City. You may be contacted for further information if there are concerns or questions about your event plan. After the event has been reviewed it will be submitted to the City Manager's Office for final approval.

Step 5.Approval of Special Event

Once the special event has been reviewed and all requirements have been met, the organizer will be notified of approval.