MSF Schedule

Maple Sugar Festival at KNCMaple Sugar Festival

Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8, 2020

Tasting Maple Sugar

Since 1966, KNC’s Maple Sugar Festival (MSF) has offered an opportunity to experience the maple sugaring process up close. This local tradition spans over 6 decades as a celebration of the coming spring. Join us for a delicious pancake breakfast, followed by a guided tour of the syrup-making process. Enjoy live animal programs, games at the Maple Midway, and visit vendors at the Maple Market throughout the day.

A visit to the DeLano Homestead will give you a unique perspective on early maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. With a costume photo booth, horse-drawn wagon rides, and live demonstrations by blacksmiths and fiber artists, there is something for everyone to enjoy! In celebration of KNC’s 60th anniversary year, we will announce new festival activities the week of the event. Check KNC’s website and social media March 2-6 to find out what’s new at MSF.

Sponsorships are available!  Learn more about the benefits of supporting Maple Sugar Festival here.

Volunteer at Maple Sugar Festival and join in the fun! Learn more and sign up here.

Regenerative Agriculture Discussion at MSF Saturday, March 7, 2 pm 

KNC has partnered with the Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition, and Kalamazoo Valley Food Innovation Center to host a round table discussion on regenerative agriculture.  Learn how some farmers in our region are using nature-based agricultural practices to mitigate the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change. In continued efforts to practice the ethics we teach, KNC has sourced its sausage for MSF from a Michigan farm that utilizes regenerative agriculture practices this year. 

Schedule of Activities Saturday & Sunday

Visitor Center, 9 am - 5 pm

9 am - 1:30 pm   Pancake breakfast with locally-sourced sausage from Bennett Farms in Edwardsburg, MI
9 am - 5 pm   Kids’ activities and crafts  |  Maple Midway - carnival games  |  Maple Market Vendors*  |  Maple sugaring storywalk trail  
9 am - 3:45 pm  Maple sugar tours depart from sundial every 15 minutes (last tour at 3:15 pm)
10:30 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm    Live animal programs featuring a KNC Bird of Prey and other ambassador animals
2-4:45 pm   Ice cream with maple syrup*
2 pm  Regenerative agriculture discussion (Saturday Only)


DeLano Homestead, 11 am - 5 pm

Historic sugaring demonstrations  |  Fiber art demonstrations  |  Anniversary Earth Loom  |  Candle dipping (Saturday ONLY)  |  Blacksmithing (Sunday ONLY)  |  Kids’ activities  |  Historic photo booth 
11 am - 4 pm  Horse-drawn wagon rides (weather permitting)* 
2-4:45 pm  Ice cream with maple syrup*

Admission: Members free, Non-members $7/adult, $6/senior, $4/child (4 – 17 yrs), children 3 years and under are free
Sign up for a KNC membership at the festival and we will deduct the price of admission!
*Additional fees: Pancake breakfast: $6  (children 2 and under free)  |  Ice cream w/maple syrup: $3 per serving  |  Cotton candy: $3 per bag  |  Wagon ride: $2 per person, per ride  |  Vendors: Prices vary depending on product
Guest passes are not valid for special events.

Thanks to our Festival Sponsors!




RiverRun Press



Brain Trust


Bennett Farms




Water Street Coffee