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.