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Published On: May 11th, 2017

KALAMAZOO, MI – The festival Homer Simpson always wanted is coming to Homer Stryker Field. The first annual Donut and Beer festival will take place on the field at the ballpark in downtown Kalamazoo. Attendees can expect one-of-a-kind donuts, craft beers, ciders, live music, and fun. There will be yard games, donut eating contests, on-field activities, and much more.

The Kalamazoo Growlers have previously hosted Bell’s Brewery’s 30th Anniversary Funvitational and the America on Tap Craft Beer Festival. The organization is excited to partner with Townsquare Media present Donut and Beer Fest — "The response has been great to past events we've held at the ballpark, and we couldn't be more excited to be putting on our own festival" said Growlers Marketing Director, Annie Cultice. "There's nothing Kalamazoo does better than donuts and beer, so why not create an event that celebrates them both?"

The event will take place Saturday, August 26th from 4-8 PM (with VIP hour beginning at 3 PM) at the home of the Kalamazoo Growlers, 251 Mills St. The festival will take place directly on the field.

Each attendee will receive donut samples, drink samples, a mason jar sampling glass and a donut sampling necklace cup holder. This is an event for all ages and non-alcoholic cider tickets will be available. Tickets are available at and at the Growlers box office. All tickets purchased before August 13th will receive a free “Donut Worry. Beer Happy.” Hat (while supplies last).

General Admission ($35) Includes:

  • 10 beer or cider sampling tickets
  • 10 donut samples
  • Sampling mason jar
  • Donut sample necklace holder and cup



VIP Admission ($45) Includes:

  • All benefits of the general admission ticket, but also early access to our Power Hour where drinks and food are included in your ticket.
  • 1-hour early entry for POWER HOUR (3-4pm) which includes:​

    • All-inclusive food, soda and ciders (non-alcoholic) for the entire POWER HOUR
    • 5 additional beer or cider sampling tickets



All-ages Admission ($20) Includes:

  • 10 non-alcoholic cider sampling tickets
  • 10 donut samples
  • Sampling mason jar
  • Donut sample necklace holder and cup



Further announcements about donut vendors and breweries will be made in June with a final list being released 1-2 weeks before the event. For updates be sure to follow the Kalamazoo Growlers on social media and Donut and Beer Fest Facebook page. Can’t wait until August to get your beer fest on? Tickets are still available for Kalamazoo On Tap May 20!


The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.