Thursday July 12:  5:00 pm – 10:30pm
Friday July 13:  5:00 pm – 12:30 am
Saturday July 14:  12:00 pm – 12:30 am

Merchandise Vendors:

Please fill out this online application – it should take just 5 minutes or so.  We will be monitoring this and will contact shortly thereafter regarding the status of your application, logistics, etc.  Thanks for your interest in the 25th Anniversary Kalamazoo Blues Festival!

Fill Out Online Merchandise Vendor Application


Food Vendors:

Application to be a vendor at the festival is here:

KVBA vendor application 2018        

Instructions on how to submit are in the application.

If you are a food vendor, please read this overview letter about requirements:

Dear Vendor:

You have previously expressed an interest in the annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival.  We are  pleased to announce the return to the Arcadia Festival Site. We are contacting the people on our mailing list.   The dates for this year’s festival will be  July 12th – 14th.  Vendors will be able to sell all three days.  We have a limited amount of booth space.  


The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association requires all food vendors to carry a minimum of $1,000,000 dollars (one million) liability insurance.  Vendors will be charged a $100.00 booth fee plus 18% of gross sales.  The booth fee includes water and electric hookups.


It is our intent to offer a diverse selection to our patrons.  We will try to use our local vendors as much as possible if they offer a similar menu to yours.  We do not promise that no other vendor will offer your specialty – but that is our goal.  If you are interested in being a food vendor at our festival, please fill out the enclosed application.  The application does not guarantee the vendor a booth at the festivalDo not send a booth fee ($100) until you have been notified that you have been selected.  The deadline for vendor applications is May 7th, 2018.  You will be notified by May 15th – or sooner –  if you have been selected.


Please note the attached requirements of all vendors by the City of Kalamazoo.  This will be strictly enforced.  Certain ones have been checked as being problematic in the past.


The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association would like to thank you for your interest in our festival.  If you have questions concerning this letter contact Dennis at:  (269) 694-4530  or  (email is best)




Dennis Massingill

Vendor Chairperson