After a harsh Michigan winter, there’s nothing more anticipated than summertime in Barry County!! This year, Broadmoor Motors Hastings has your hook up to a slew of outdoor activities aimed at making your dog days of summer a little more exciting, and more affordable to make some family memories together. If you’re looking for FREE and low-cost activities to enjoy throughout the summer in Hastings, check out our list of upcoming events in Hastings and the surrounding Barry County area.
Gus Macker is a long-standing tradition in Hastings and like many other area businesses, Broadmoor Motors Hastings is proud to be a sponsor. Beloved by basketballers near and far from young to old, and experienced to inexperienced, this charity event attracts a large crowd of over 23 million spectators and an impressive 2.2 million players both male and female, ages 7 years old to 50 plus. For date and event info, visit here.
Free Concert Series
Who doesn’t love great, FREE music??? The City of Hastings has outdone themselves this year with their offerings of LIVE BANDS on both Wednesdays and Friday nights! See what bands are scheduled to perform at the Thornapple Plaza Stage by looking in their Summer Music & Entertainment Series brochure.
Every Thursday at noon this summer, you can plan on bringing down the kids for some FREE fun and varying activities at the Spray Plaza located downtown, Hastings. Scheduled entertainment includes puppets, music, performances, storytime and more!! You can find more information on what’s happening every Thursday here.
Celebrate Summer the way only Hastings knows how to at their annual Summerfest!! With a 5K, Car Show, Parade, Softball Tournament, 3 on 3 Basketball, Roller Hockey Tournament, weightlifting contest, and soapbox derby, there is something for everyone at Summerfest this year! Visit Hastings Summerfest website here for event details and info.
No Child Left Indoors
They say the family that plays together, stays together and the No Child Left Indoors initiative involves the collaboration of nine different organizations in an attempt to get families outdoors doing just that! These FREE events include a variety of activities, locations and fun for the whole family. Registration is recommended but not necessary. Taken from the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute website, here’s a list of event dates & schedule include…
June 14 – Family Night at Camp at Camp Algonquin. Families can enjoy a concentrated camp experience, including camp games, a climbing wall, and a boat ride. Hosted by YMCA of Barry County.
June 21 – It’s Recess Time! at Charlton Park. Explore the Park and play games from yesteryear. Try out hoop and stick, graces, and more! The best part is that there won’t be any detention! Hosted by Charlton Park.
June 28 – Pond Exploration at Clear Lake Camp. Get a peek at who lives beneath the surface of the water. Catch wiggling, hopping, or diving pond critters from the dock. The evening will end with a campfire and marshmallow roast. Hosted by the Outdoor Education Center.
July 12 – Finding Art Scavenger Hunt at Bob King Park in Hastings. Participants will explore the park through the surfaces and textures around them during a hands-on scavenger hunt. Hosted by Thornapple Arts Council.
July 19 – Exploring McKeown Bridge Park at McKeown Bridge Park in Hastings. Enjoy a family night together fishing, building and flying a kite, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows—all while exploring the great outdoors. Hosted by Barry County Parks and Recreation Board.
July 26 – Surviving on the Trail at Stagecoach Park in Middleville. Learn how hikers can safely find and purify water while out on the trail. This lesson will be followed by a short hike to explore the wonders of this national trail. Hosted by North Country Trail.
August 2 – Amazing Animals at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Many marvelous creatures call the Institute home. See a number of these creatures up close and learn about what it takes to make it in the wild. Hosted by Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.
August 9 – Summer Concert at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Students from the Community Music School will be playing an outdoor concert. Instruments will be available to touch and explore. Hosted by Community Music School.
August 16 – Hop into the Prairie at Hidden Pond Preserve. Participate in an insect investigation in the tallgrass prairie at the preserve. Look for grasshoppers, crickets, mantises, beetles, and other insects. Hosted by Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.
Skip the headache of trying to find parking downtown Hastings and Middleville by enjoying the FREE Trolley Rides available on Friday nights in Hastings & Wednesday nights in Middleville!! On those nights you can shop, get ice cream, dine, meet a friend for drinks or visit the park without worrying about driving when riding the trolley. So bring out the kid in you to sit back and relax on your way to and from downtown all summer long. Click for Hastings and Middleville Trolley Schedules.
Barry County Fair
Held annually, the Barry County Fair will take place July 18-23, 2016. Events will include rides, music, a birthing tent, competitions, mud runs, a demolition derby and so much more. Admission is FREE for Children 12 and Under. Adult admission is $5. For more information on their website here.
Family fun doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, and neither should buying a reliable used vehicle in Barry County. At Broadmoor Motors Hastings, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in. Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Hastings and Caledonia locations with financing available to those who qualify, and we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.