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Tips for seeing the Festival of Lights

Night comes early in the winter, but it’s also the best time for Battle Creek’s brightest festival. Tour the Festival of Lights with these tips. Places to eat Begin with getting a bite to eat. We recommend Griffin Grill and Pub (38 W. Michigan Ave.) and Clara’s on the River (44 N McCamly St.) because […]

Welcome back for Thanksgiving, here’s what’s new

To all the holiday returners, welcome back! You’ve built a life in a new place, but Thanksgiving is where your family is, and your family is here in Calhoun County.  Here are some tips on things to do while you’re here, including escape rooms, a hibachi restaurant and Black Friday sale hours. What’s new? There […]

Small Business Saturday: Shop local at these places recommended by our staff

Small Business Saturday is officially Nov. 30, the day after Black Friday. But here at the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau, supporting local business is for every day of the year. The CCVB works to bring in visitors and direct them to the businesses that make us unique — and put money in the pockets of […]

It’s a sweet, sweet doughnut day

Do not miss an opportunity to indulge by celebrating National Doughnut Day on Nov. 5. Continental Pastries and Deli Even locals might not realize this bakery has doughnuts – it’s known for delicious cakes, which can be filled with jam and custard. In that spirit, try the Bismarks or the Long Johns. You can get […]

Fun things for dogs to do

Dogs can have a lot of fun while visiting Calhoun County, so dogs, this article is for you (and until dog Uber is invented, bring your humans, too). Home Run Dog Park There’s plenty of space to run around in this brand-new park. Hopefully your human has a strong throwing arm, because you’ll want to […]

Tourists get the inside story on Battle Creek

It’s the squirrels that Theresa Anthony of Charlotte, North Carolina, remembers about her trip to Ottawa. “We have brown squirrels in Charlotte, and they have black squirrels in Ottawa. Amazing,” she said on a recent Saturday. Anthony was part of a busload of tourists stopping in Battle Creek before heading to the Gilmore Car Museum […]

Miss ArtPrize? Come to Calhoun County Oct. 18-20

Don’t be bummed that ArtPrize is taking a break. Spend an art-filled weekend in Calhoun County Oct. 18-20. We have everything from ArtPrize winners to a giant kiln and craft beer. ArtPrize winners in Battle Creek We have not one, but two ArtPrize winners in Battle Creek right now. Bigger is better, as proven by […]

New study: Sports tourism generated $8 million in visitor spending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Annie J. Kelley Communications Manager Calhoun County Visitors Bureau 269-419-9077 annie@battlecreekvisitors.org                                                                                  […]

Spend a perfect fall day in Calhoun County

Sweater weather is upon us. Don’t let winter come before you take in the autumn sights.  Whether you’re coming into Battle Creek on M-89 or following Old US Highway 27 into Marshall, here are some stops for your fall color tour: Enjoy the fall colors If you can’t hear the crunch of leaves under your […]

Five weird facts about Calhoun County

1) We’ve got alligators (and one crocodile) Michigan likes to brag about not having sharks and alligators in the water, but that’s not quite true in Calhoun County. The Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary has hundreds of reptiles in the rural village of Athens.  The alligators come to the sanctuary through rescue or adoption and will be […]

5 cool things to buy at the Welcome Center (whether you’re a tourist or not)

One of the advantages to “shop local” is finding unique items that will make you think of your trip. Sure, the Welcome Center has the usual touristy souvenirs, such as postcards and stickers shaped like the Mitten State. But there is also plenty of neat stuff made by Michigan artists or fun gifts that have […]

Wipe away the winter blues with these fun indoor places

Winter has hit and it is cold outside! Here are some great places to enjoy indoors with your kids to get out of the cold. Kids Activities Kids ‘N’ Stuff – Albion Have a fun learning day with your kids at Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum in Albion! This great museum features interactive and hands-on […]

Level up your Instagram with Color the Creek murals

Don’t just drive by these eye-catching murals. Add some color to your Instagram feed. Color the Creek started in 2016 and has brought professional artists to Battle Creek for more than 25 murals to inspire you. Here are 10 of our favorite spots: 637 Capital Ave. SW Street artist Remote’s prism design is like a […]

Get around the Calhoun County trails this winter

Calhoun County is full of beautiful trails that allow you use them all year long. Here is a list of all of the great ones to enjoy the winter weather. Calhoun County Trailway Great for snowshoeing and walking. Leila Arboretum Great for snowshoeing and sledding.  Linear Trail Great for snowshoeing and walking. Woodland Park & […]

Who says you can never go home again? Not these Battle Creek believers who are finding lots to like

Editor’s note: This story is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave’s On the Ground Battle Creek series and was originally posted on their website.  Natasha Northcutt kept leaving and coming back to her hometown of Battle Creek. The last time she came back she decided to stay. “My goal is to stay. I don’t see […]

Find the best breakfast in the Cereal City

Let’s get this out of the way first thing: There are no cereal cafes in Battle Creek.  Yeah, we’re a little bummed, too. But we still take eating breakfast seriously in Cereal City: The sweetest  Continental Pastries & Delicatessen, 928 W. Columbia Ave. While some people stop by Continental in the morning for the bear […]

Weekend Events: August 23 – 25

Battle Creek Farmers Market – August 23 Festival Market Square United Way Pop-Up Volunteer Day – August 23 Downtown Battle Creek All-Oldsmobile Show – August 24 Gilmore Car Museum Home Run Dog Park Grand Opening – August 24 Home Run Dog Park – Bailey Park Backyard Burgers & Brewfest – August 24 Festival Market Square

The Milton, named for a time out of Battle Creek’s past, could be catalyst for downtown’s future

This story is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave’s On the Ground Battle Creek series and was originally posted on their website.  Substitute The Milton building for a cornfield turned baseball field and Mark Harmsen for Kevin Costner and you’ve got Harmsen’s own version of the movie “Field of Dreams.” OK, that may be a tad […]

Cool wedding venues for any time of year

Nowadays, you don’t have to go to the chapel to get married. Around Calhoun County, you can go to the greenhouse, or the garden or the barn, or even on top of Fragrant Hill. “The barn trend is at its peak right now of popularity,” says photographer Stephanie Parshall (https://www.parshallphotography.com). Parshall covers 25 weddings a […]

Weekend Events: August 16 – 18

Firekeepers Hotel Championship – August 16 – 18 Battle Creek Country Club Battle Creek Farmers Market – August 16 Festival Market Square Dingers for DIPG – August 17 CO Brown Stadium Relix Riot Traditional Hot Rod & Customs Show – August 17 Gilmore Car Museum International SummerFest – August 17 Kellogg Community College

Six famous people buried at Oak Hill (who are not cereal magnates)

While the Kellogg brothers were famous for their contentious relationship, the two are now neighbors in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Many of Battle Creek’s movers and shakers have found their way to Oak Hill, which has been in business since 1844. With its trees, wrought-iron fences and memorials, Oak Hill is a lovely, restful place that […]

Weekend Events: August 9 – 11

Vibe@5 – August 9  Friendship Park Movies in the Park: The Incredibles 2 – August 9 Mill Race Park Cereal City Kids Triathlon – August 10  Willard Beach Park Midwest Season Finlax Lacrosse Tournament – August 10 Marshall Soccer Complex Lincoln Homecoming Weekend: Lincoln, Ford & Edsel – August 10 Gilmore Car Museum Marshall Mandolin […]

Best pizza places in Battle Creek

  So, you’ve got a van full of volleyball players or a hotel room that smells like baseball equipment.  Everyone needs to eat and you’re not sure if there’s anywhere in Battle Creek that can handle a group of tired and hungry athletes. May we suggest pizza? It’s delicious, it feeds a crowd, you can […]

Weekend Events: August 2 – 4

Battle Creek Farmers Market – August 2 Festival Market Square Vibe@5 – August 2 Friendship Park American Heart Association Battle Creek Bombers Game – August 2 CO Brown Stadium Reptile Weekend – August 3 & 4 Binder Park Zoo

The most instagrammable places in Calhoun County

Downtown Battle Creek Downtown combines old architecture and big water features. Start your walk at the fountain by Mill Race Park. View this post on Instagram Have a tough time making decisions? Yeah, I sometimes do too. But in today's post, I talk all about what goes into choosing one aspect of your Senior Portraits: […]

Weekend Events: July 26 – 28

USSSA Great Lakes College Showcase – July 26 Bailey Park Battle Creek Farmers Market – July 26 Festival Market Square Vibe@5 – July 26 Friendship Park “Mopars at the Red Bars” Shows & Swap Meet – July 27 Gilmore Car Museum Pop-up Art Show – July 27 BC Cargo  Leilapalooza – July 27 Leila Arboretum

Territorial Brewing Company moving to former site of Springbrook Italian Bistro and Tap House

***This article was originally posted on the Battle Creek Enquirer. Territorial Brewing Company is moving into a bigger space. The brewery has signed a lease on 1600 Avenue A in Springfield, the former location of Springbrook Italian Bistro and Tap House. The move gives them more seating capacity, a bigger parking lot and lots of land — 64 acres. Co-owner […]

Meet these cute animals at Binder Park Zoo

It’s hard to narrow down the cutest of the animals at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, but here we give it a try: African painted dog What’s cuter than one puppy? How about 11 puppies? Binder Park Zoo welcomed a litter of African painted dog puppies last November. While they have grown up into […]

Weekend Events: July 19 – 21

Battle Creek Farmers Market – July 19 Festival Market Square Vibe@5 – July 19 Friendship Park Movies in the Park: Space Jam – July 19 Mill Race Park Hospice Butterfly Release – July 20 Leila Arboretum  Battle Creek Garden Tour – July 20 Gardens Around Battle Creek Vitz BC Block Party – July 20 BC […]

Save the date: Battle Creek’s Annual International Summerfest set for Aug. 17

**Originally posted on Second Wave Media’s “On the Ground Battle Creek” Series The 41st  Annual International Summerfest in Battle Creek will offer visitors an opportunity to sample the cuisine and learn about the culture of the various nationalities that make up the city’s diverse population, says Danni Heddinger, Community Initiative Associate with BC Vision which […]

A Visitors Guide to Field of Flight

Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival starts only one week from today! We have put together a guide for the entire festival to make it easier to know what days you may want to go. Community Kick-Off Day & Kids Day – July 3 The festival kicks off on July 3rd […]

They call it Handmap Brewing and its headed to Carlyle Street in Battle Creek

*Originally posted on Second Wave Media’s On the Ground Battle Creek series. Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) has awarded a $200,000 financial incentive to Handmap Brewing, a new brewery locating in downtown Battle Creek. The new brewery will be located on the first floor of a three-story building at 15 Carlyle Street known as the Record […]

Battle Creek invited to annual celebration of families and history at Juneteenth event

*Originally posted on Second Wave Media’s On the Ground Battle Creek series. Battle Creek’s annual celebration of the end of slavery will happen on June 14 and 15 at Claude Evans Park. Known as the Juneteenth Family Day Celebration, the annual weekend-long observance marks the ending of slavery in America. Battle Creek’s Juneteenth celebrations began […]

10 Things To Do in Calhoun County Parks

Published in Scene Magazine Issue 44-06 1) Walk your dog The 5.3 mile Calhoun County Trail is perfect for your four legged friends. Be kind to other trail users and scoop the poop. 2) Throw a party in the park! Did you know you can rent the Historic Bridge Park pavilion? Just call 269-781-0782, at […]

Weekend Events: Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here and hopefully so is some good weather! Check out what is going on around town this weekend: Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – May 24 Festival Market Square Used Books Sale – May 24 Riverwalk Centre Spring into the Arts – May 24 Linear Trail Garden Bros Circus – May 24 […]

Weekend Events: May 17 – 19

It is finally heating up outside and starting to feel like Spring! This means the weekends start to get busy around town with events, conferences and tournaments. Here is what is going on this weekend! Events: Battle Creek Farmer’s Market: May 17 Festival Market Square Food Truck Friday: May 17 Festival Market Square Free Museum […]

Battle Creek’s Oak Hill Cemetery: Where the famous and those with no headstones rest together

Jane Simmons: April 25, 2019 Editor’s note: This story is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave’s On the Ground Battle Creek series. Death is said to be the great equalizer and there is ample evidence of this throughout Oak Hill Cemetery where cereal magnates with names like Kellogg and Post are interred along with civil […]

Six Area Attractions Offer FREE Admission in May to Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2019 Six local institutions will offer free admission during the month of May to each other’s members. “The Membership Exchange is a partnership that offers an a-MAY-zing opportunity for members to explore the vibrant cultural attractions right here in Southwest Michigan” says Leslie Walsh, spokesperson for Binder Park Zoo, “it’s […]

1st Annual “Enjoy Albion” Photo Contest

“We love being out and about in Albion. With our many parks, trails, and the Kalamazoo River, there is no shortage of stunning beauty to capture. We want to see our community through your eyes, and let you win some wonderful prizes as a “thank you”!” The winning photographs will be featured on the cover […]

Battle Creek’s Charitable Union specializes in help that brings hope

* This article was originally posed on Second Wave Media as part of the On the Ground Battle Creek series. While other moms sought out back-to-school clothing at retailers like J.C. Penney, Chuck Spaulsberry’s mom went to the Charitable Union. Believed to be one of the oldest nonprofits in Battle Creek, if not the oldest, […]

Area volunteers can help bring in the maple sap to assist with fundraising effort in Athens

**This story was originally posted on Second Wave Media and is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave’s On the Ground Battle Creek series. The first crop of the season in Michigan is about to be harvested and representatives with the Athens Youth Council are encouraging anyone interested in volunteering to join them this weekend at […]

Albion Achieves Trail Town Status

North Country Trail Association designation recognizes Albion’s advanced efforts to embrace trails and serve trail users; community celebration planned for September 2nd.   ALBION, Mich. – February 15, 2019 – The City of Albion has been designated a Trail Town by the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) in recognition of local efforts to promote trails […]

Calhoun County – Full of Small Town Charm

Calhoun County is made up of many small towns! The three main ones are Battle Creek, Marshall and Albion. Each city has their own charm. Here is a little more about each one.  Battle Creek The biggest of the three cities, Battle Creek has been dubbed the Cereal City for many years. The city has […]

Kayak through Calhoun County

The Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Rivers run right through Calhoun County, which makes it a great set to go kayaking. There are a few parks that make great launch spots for you to start your trip. These parks include: Bridge Park Bridge Park is a great place to start your kayak or canoe trip! The […]

Plan your family fun day trip!

The spring and summer seasons are upon us and you are probably looking for some fun day trips to do with your kids. Being right off of I-94, Battle Creek is a great and easy stop for your day trip. Here are some ideas for your day trip summer. Binder Park Zoo Located just a […]

Hike around Calhoun County

Linear Park Trail The Linear Park Trail is a paved trail that covers 26-miles of Battle Creek! The park goes through downtown Battle Creek along the river. There are six different loops for you to enjoy: – The East Loop extends 6.9 miles. – The West Loop extends east for 6.6 miles. – The Perimeter […]

Post Polar Vortex Events

After this freezing cold week we have had, I am sure everyone is ready to be out and about! It is suppose to be a whopping 41 degrees this Saturday and there are lots of events going on for you to enjoy and get out of the house. Here is what is going on throughout […]

In Battle Creek, longtime Urbandale restaurants keep their regular customers coming back

*This was originally posted on On the Ground Battle Creek Editor’s note: This story is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave’s On the Ground Battle Creek series. Tameez Osman hasn’t eaten a hamburger in more than 20 years, but he and his staff of 12 serve them up every day at Speed’s restaurant in Battle […]

Battle Creek’s Leila Arboretum uses fantasy and disc golf to grow patrons among the trees

*Originally posted on On The Ground Battle Creek. To describe Leila Arboretum as a city park is like saying that the Eiffel Tower is a sculpture. The 85-acre property located near the west entry point to the Urbandale neighborhood in Battle Creek may have started life as an arboretum and garden, but its root system […]

Albion Malleable Brewing Company Highlighted at U.S. Senator’s Reception in D.C.

Washington, D.C. (January 3, 2019) – Representatives of Albion Malleable Brewing Company attended the “Made In Michigan” Swearing-In Reception for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. Following the official swearing-in ceremony, Senator Stabenow held a special reception themed “Made in Michigan,” which included food and beverage products such as Faygo, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Hanover’s Michigan Mints, Murdich’s Fudge, […]

Downtown Battle Creek is Growing!

Downtown Battle Creek is starting to fill empty buildings! There are five projects expected to be happening in 2019. Here is a little bit more about each of these projects.  Heritage Tower – 25 W Michigan Avenue The iconic tower in the heart of the downtown will soon be brought back to life. The once […]

2018 Holiday Sale! December 17-19

Our Battle Creek Welcome Center is having a Holiday Sale for 20% OFF! Come on in today thru Wednesday, December 19 to get sale prices on all of your holiday gifts! For more information on our Welcome Center, please click HERE. HOURS 9am – 5pm  

Ways to Visit Santa this Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! Are you looking for place to take your kids to see Santa? We have a list of all the events and places doing Santa visits this year.  Polar Express Pajama Storytime – December 7 Barnes & Noble – Battle Creek Dinner with Santa – December 8 & 15 Binder […]

Simply Sensational Berries and Cafe Rica find a place to grow in Battle Creek business incubator

*Originally published on “On the Ground Battle Creek” by Jane Simons Markeeta Haddley’s job description at the nursing home where she worked did not include making sweet treats for residents. Haddley, a Battle Creek resident who grew up in the city’s Washington Heights neighborhood, says she made the people she was caring for confections such […]

Shwe Mandalay: Battle Creek’s Burmese restaurant seen as catalyst for growth of neighborhood

*This article was originally posted on On the Ground Battle Creek A Burmese restaurant in Battle Creek’s Washington Heights neighborhood is feeding the soul of an area that has an appetite for growth and positive change. In August, the restaurant, Shwe Mandalay Burmese Cuisine, opened in a 3,300-square-foot building that once housed Tony’s Chop Suey at […]

Born and raised in Battle Creek and back to brew coffee and create a gathering place

*This article was originally posted on “On the Ground Battle Creek” Coffee and baked goods may be the focus at 32Social, but it’s what happens while eating and drinking that is most exciting to Jake Minear, senior barista and manager of the coffee shop. 32Social, located at 32 W. Michigan Ave., in Battle Creek is […]

Weekend Events: October 29 – 28

ZooBoo – October 25 – 28 Binder Park Zoo Tomb of Frankenstein Haunted Trail – October 26 & 27 Marshall Rad ’80’s Murder Mystery Party– October 26 Marshall District Library Treat-the-Creek – October 26 Festival Market Square Trunk-or-Treat St. Mark’s – October 26 St. Mark’s Luteran Church Griffin Pub’s Annual Halloween Party – October 26 […]

Weekend Events: October 19 – 21

Tomb of Frankenstein Haunted Trail – October 19 & 20 Marshall 4th Annual Halloween Camping Extravaganza – October 19  Calhoun County Fairgrounds Fall into the Arts – October 19 Downtown Battle Creek Teen Halloween Party – October 19  Marshall District Library Haunted Adventure – October 20 & 21 Cornwell’s Turkeyville Station 66 Hayrides – October […]

2018 Trick-or-Treating Events

Halloween is almost here, which means so is trick-or-treating. Do you need a safe place to take your kids trick-or-treating this year? We have put together a list of all the candy hunting events that are going on this year. Check out which one you want to go to or attend them all. ZooBoo – […]

On the Ground Battle Creek coverage to launch on Oct. 18

Originally Posted on Second Wave Media Southwest Michigan Kathy Jennings – Thursday, October 11, 2018 In many communities across the country, there are untold stories of people and organizations working to make their city a better place to live and work. A new program offered by Issues Media group through its regional online publication Southwest […]

Weekend Events: October 12 – 14

Cranefest – October 13 Kiwanis Youth Area Haunted Adventure – October 13 & 14 Cornwell’s Turkeyville Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – October 13 Festival Market Square Spooky Science Saturday – October 13 Kingman Museum  Station 66 Hayrides – October 13 & 14 Station 66 BC Bonteboktoberfest – October 13 Binder Park Zoo Fall Showcase – […]

4 Fun Fall Events for Adults to Enjoy

October is upon us, which means so are all of the fun fall events. You may have heard about all of the trick-or-treating and kids fall events happening in Calhoun County, but there are lots of events for adults to enjoy too! Here are 4 that you may enjoy this October: Bonteboktoberfest – October 13 […]

Weekend Events: October 5 – 7

Haunted Adventure – October 6 & 7 Cornwell’s Turkeyville Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – October 6 Festival Market Square Station 66 Hayrides – October 6 & 7 Station 66 Interactive Harry Potter – October 6 Marshall District Library From Russia to Ravel – October 6 W.K. Kellogg Auditorium

Weekend Events: September 28 – 30

Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – September 29 Festival Market Square Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween – September 29 Calhoun County Fairgrounds Marshall Skeleton Fest Kick-Off – September 29 Downtown Marshall Fall Michigan Craft Beer Disc Golf Event – September 29 Springbrook Italian Bistro & Tap House Station 66 Hayrides – September 29 & 30 Station 66 […]

Giveaway: Zoo Family 4-Pack of Tickets

Binder Park Zoo is less than a month away from closing for the season. If you have not been able to make it there this summer, here is your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets! Enter the form below for a chance to win. *Tickets expire after October 7, 2018. They are not […]

Weekend Events: Sep. 21 – 23

Festival of the Forks – September 21 & 22 Downtown Albion “The House with a Clock in its Walls” Premiere Weekend – September 21 – 23 Downtown Marshall Forks 5k/10k – September 21 Downtown Albion Donut Roll “Slow Roll” Bike Ride – September 22 Dark Horse Brewing Company Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – September 22 […]

Weekend Events: Sep. 7 – 9

55th Annual Marshall Historic Home Tour – Sep. 8 Marshall Area Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – Sep. 8 Festival Market Square Station 66 Tractor Show and Harvest Festival – Sep. 8  Station 66 BC A Salute to Military Ball – Sep. 8  McCamly Plaza Hotel Swingin’ at the Shell – Sep. 9  Victory Park Band […]

Win Home Tour Tickets!

Marshall’s annual Historic Home Tour is this weekend, September 8 – 9. We are giving away tickets so you can go enjoy the fun! If you would like to attend this amazing event, enter below to for a chance to win a pair of tickets. *Winners will be picked on Thursday, September 6.

Weekend Events: August 31 – Sep. 2

Sunset on the Savanna – August 31 Binder Park Zoo Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – September 1 Festival Market Square Swingin’ at the Shell – September 2 Victory Park Band Shell

Weekend Events: August 24 – 26

Las Vegas Comes to Kingman Museum – August 24 Northwestern Middle School Auditorium Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – August 25 Festival Market Square Backyard Burgers and Brewfest – August 25 Festival Market Square Michigan State Arm Wrestling Championships – August 25 Kellogg Arena Swinging at the Shell Free Concert Series – August 26 Victory Park […]

Weekend Events: August 17 – 19

FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship – August 17 – 19 Battle Creek Country Club Color the Creek Community Block Party – August 17 Festival Market Square Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – August 18 Festival Market Square International SummerFest – August 18 Anybodies Playground Dark Horse Chicken Wing Thing – August 18 Dark Horse Brewing Co. Station […]

All Store Sale! 20% Off August 20 – 25 Only

The Battle Creek Welcome Center is having an end of summer sale! Come on in and get your Battle Creek, Cereal and State of Michigan Souvenirs. Everything will be on sale for one week only, so do not miss out. When: August 20 – 25 Where: Battle Creek Welcome Center – 34 W Jackson St, […]

Weekend Events: August 10 – 12

Food Truck Fridays – August 10 Festival Market Square Bike Night – August 10 Downtown Marshall Movies in the Park – August 10 Mill Race Park 170th Annual Calhoun County Fair – August 11 – 18  Calhoun County Fairgrounds Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – August 11 Festival Market Square ‘Turkey Trot” for St. Jude’s – […]

Weekend Events: August 3-5

Downtown Marshall Sidewalk Sales – August 3 Downtown Marshall Vibe@5 – August 3 Friendship Park Reptile Weekend – August 3-4 Binder Park Zoo Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – August 4 Festival Market Square Picker’s Flea Market – August 5 Festival Market Square  Swingin’ at the Shell – August 5 Victory Park Band Shell – Albion

Weekend Events: July 27 – 29

Vibe@5 – July 27 Friendship Park Cereal City Triathlon & Duathlon – July 28  Willard Beach Park  Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – July 28 Festival Market Square Leilapalooza – July 28  Leila Arboretum  Swinging at the Shell Free Concert Series – July 29 Victory Park Band Shell

What’s new in Calhoun County

There are new restaurants and shops popping up all over Calhoun County! Here is what you may have missed. Albion Malleable – 420 S. Superior St, Albion, Michigan Checkout this brand new brewery on the main strip in downtown Albion! Papa’s Italian Sausage – 145 Columbia Ave W, Battle Creek, MI 49015 Get some delicious Italian Sausage and […]

Weekend Events: July 20 – 22

Creek Con – July 20 Lakeview Square Mall Vibe@5 – July 20  Friendship Park Brass Band of Battle Creek’s Youth Brass Band Concert “Making Great Music” – July 20 Marshall High School Hospice Butterfly Release – July 21  Leila Arboretum Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – July 21 Festival Market Square Battle Creek Caribbean Festival – […]

5 Ways to Cool Off this Summer

Michigan is undergoing a heat wave right now and we know you are looking for ways to cool off! Here are 5 ways for you to beat the heat in the creek. Flash Flood Water Park Cool off at the pool at Flash Flood Water Park in downtown Battle Creek! Ride the slides or just […]

Weekend Events: July 13 – 15

Battle Creek Pride Weekend – July 13 – 15 Battle Creek Station 66 Relay for Life Car Show – July 13 Station 66 Vibe@5 – July 13 Friendship Park Corks for Conservation – July 13 Binder Park Zoo Movies in the Park – July 13 Mill Race Park Beat in the Creek – July 14 […]

Weekend Events: June 29 – July 1

Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival – June 28 to July 4 W.K. Kellogg Airport Relay for Life – June 29 Calhoun County Fairgrounds Red, White and Blue Cruise in Car Show – June 29 Downtown Albion History Hustle Run Albion Series Part 2 – June 29 Albion Voces Family Day – June […]

Weekend Events: June 22 – 24

Rock the Summer With Tonks and the Aurors – June 22 Kellogg Community College Cheetah Chase 5k  – June 23 Binder Park Zoo Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – June 23 Festival Market Square Raft & Human Duck Race – June 23 Southeast Corner of Bedford Rd and Jackson St W on the River Marshall Blues […]

5 Fun Field of Flight Events

Kids Day – June 28 5:30 – 7pm Celebrate the first day of Field of Flight with your kids during Kids Day presented by Meijer! There will be fun games, crafts and giveaways for your kids to enjoy. To make the day even better, there is free parking and admission! Stick around at 7pm to […]

Weekend Events: June 15 – 17

Calhoun County Medical Care Facility Rock-A-Thon & Silent Auction – June 15 Calhoun County Medical Care Facility Juneteenth Family Day – June 15 & 16 Claude Evans Park Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – June 16  Festival Market Square Albion Historical Society Garden Party – June 16 Gardner House Museum 8th Annual Magic Gala – June […]

Weekend Events: June 8 – 10

Food Truck Fridays – June 8  Festival Market Square  Movies in the Park – June 8 Mill Race Park National Cereal Fest – June 9  Downtown Battle Creek Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – June 9  Festival Market Square  “African American Spirituals Sing Along” – June 9 Kellogg House Park Trace Adkins – June 9 FireKeepers […]

Official National Cereal Fest Bowls!

What’s better than eating cereal at National Cereal Fest? Being able to bring home an official cereal fest bowl from the event Official National Cereal Fest bowls will be available for purchase at this weekends festival! You can purchase them for $3 at the Battle Creek Welcome Center, in the Riverwalk Center across from Festival […]

Weekend Events: June 1 – 3

Checkout what is goin on in Calhoun County this weekend! JB’s Whiskey Creek Car, Truck & Bike Show – June 2 JB’s Whiskey Creek BC Ice Cream Century Ride – June 2 Trek Bicycle Store Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – June 2 Festival Market Square

4 Fun Summer Events in Battle Creek

It is finally summer, which means it is also festival season! Many weekends in Battle Creek are full of events and festivals. Here are 4 great summer events that you and your family are sure to enjoy! National Cereal Festival – June 9, 2018 Downtown Battle Creek Battle Creek’s annual Cereal Festival is a celebration […]

Weekend Events: Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us! Find out all the fun things happening in Calhoun County this weekend. Wine & Canvas – May 25 Backroads Salloon Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – May 26 Festival Market Square Flash Flood Water Park Opening Day – May 26 Flash Flood Water Park Station 66 Spring Dust Off Car […]

What’s New to National Cereal Fest

Battle Creek’s National Cereal Fest is coming up on June 9! There are some new things coming this year, that we want every one to be aware of. Here a few things you should know.  One Day Only! This year’s Cereal Fest will be combined into only one day! The World’s Longest Breakfast Table, vendors […]

Weekend Events: May 18 – 20

It’s another busy weekend in Calhoun County! There is something for everyone, from Spring into the Arts in Battle Creek to Amateur Bull Riding at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall.  Spring into the Arts – May 18 Downtown Battle Creek Friday Night Under the Lights Amateur Bull Riding – May 18 Calhoun County Fairgrounds […]

8 Fun Facts about Cereal in Battle Creek

Battle Creek’s National Cereal Festival is coming up on June 9! Before you come to the festival, there are some fun facts you should know about cereal and its unique history in Battle Creek. You probably know that cereal was invented here, but do you know any of these facts? 1) Cereal was invented by accident!  W.K. […]

Weekend Events: May 11-13

Nellie McKay – May 11 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food Truck Fridays – May 11 Festival Market Square Save at Home – SAFE Place Shelter 2018 Celebrity Server & Silent Auction – May 11 FireKeepers Casino & Hotel Crimes of the Heart – May 11 – 13 Franke Center for the Arts Women Who DU – […]

Weekend Events: May 4 – 6

Elliott Wuu – Gilmore Keyboard Festival – May 4 Marshall High School Battle Creek Symphony with Wei Luo – May 5 W.K. Kellogg Auditorium Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – May 5 Festival Market Square Cinco de Mayo Celebration – May 5 Tibbits Opera House Cinco de Mayo Festival – May 5 Festival Market Square Battle […]

15 Carlyle Building Awarded to Restore (269) and Startup Brewery Awarded $200,000 to Locate in Facility

PRESS RELEASE May 1, 2018 Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) has awarded the building at 15 Carlyle Street to local developer Restore (269).  Restore (269) plans to renovate the three story building and convert the space into a brewery on the first floor, office space on the second floor, and a multipurpose […]

Weekend Events: April 27-29

It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Michigan! Spend your weekend enjoying some of these events around the area. 15th Annual Great Lakes Chess Open – April 27-29 McCamly Plaza Hotel Cereal City Concert Band’s “Take Flight!” Spring Concert – April 28 KCC Binda Theatre for Performing Arts Richard Buckner – April 28 […]

4 Locations to take Prom Pictures

Prom is coming up, and that means lots of pictures! If you are looking for places to take pretty and unique pictures, make sure to check out these four locations! Leila Arboretum Leila Arboretum features picture backgrounds for everyone. Whether you want a fountain, floral garden, gazebos, or a pavilion in your pictures Leila is the […]

New Holland Brewing Awarded $200,000 Incentive for New Battle Creek Location

PRESS RELEASE April 20, 2018 New Holland Brewing Awarded $200,000 Incentive for New Battle Creek Location Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) will award $200,000 in incentives to New Holland Brewing Company in support of a new location in Battle Creek. New Holland is known for its award-winning beer and spirits. The company […]

Caribbean Festival Returns to Festival Market Square on July 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeff Weber General Manager Battle Creek Live! Kellogg Arena & Festival Market Square 1 McCamly Sq. Battle Creek, MI 49017 (269) 788-1101 BATTLE CREEK, Mich.- The Battle Creek Caribbean Festival will bring the Islands back to Downtown Battle Creek on July 21, from 5:00p.m.-11:30p.m. Presale tickets will remain $5 increasing the […]

5 Things to do this Spring Break

Most spring breaks for the area start next week! Are you staying in town for the week? Here are a few things to keep the kids occupied during their off week. Go Bowling! Bowling is the perfect activity for the whole family to do. Bowlero Lanes in Battle Creek offers: bowling, laser tag, an arcade, and a sports bar. […]

4 Fun Easter Egg Hunts

Do you not have room to hold your own Easter Egg Hunt at home? Head to one of these FREE Easter Egg hunts the next few weekends! Albion Rec Department Easter Egg Hunt – March 24 Victory Park Band Shell This fun Easter Egg hunt is for kids ages 5-11! Come search for candy filled […]

4 Ways to Enjoy St. Patty’s Day

It’s time to celebrate the luck of the Irish! St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday and here are some great ways to celebrate.  St. Patrick’s Day Party – Griffin Grill & Pub March 17 Head over to the Griffin Grill & Pub for some Saint Patrick’s Day fun! Enjoy delicious Irish food and listen to […]

4 Fun Winter Break Activities

Winter break is almost here! Everyone will be trying to find fun activities to do with your kids. Here are few ideas so you do not have to search all over! Bowling and Laser Tag at Bowlero Lanes – Battle Creek Formerly called Notke’s Family Fun Center, Bowlero Lanes is new and improved from it’s […]

Cyber Monday In Store Sale!

In honor of Cyber Monday, we will be doing a full week sale! Come on into the Battle Creek Welcome Center and get a head start on all of those holiday gifts. Get 20% off everything in store.   Address 34 W Jackson St, Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours M-F: 9am – 5pm

Annual Festival of Lights brings new fun

The Battle Creek Christmas Parade kicks off the International Festival of Lights this Saturday, November 18! It also marks the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Battle Creek. The Festival of Lights is back better than ever, with almost every weekend full of fun activities for your families. Here are some highlights to each […]

Enjoy a fun fall day at Station 66

There is only one more weekend before Halloween is here and soon all of the pumpkin fun will be over. Station 66 has all of your fun fall day needs covered! Here is what you should do when you get there. Enjoy a homemade lunch Station 66 hand makes their food on site every day. Get a […]

Fun Trick-or-Treating Events for Kids

Halloween is just around the corner and so is all of the trick-or-treating! There are many opportunities for your kids to get all of their candy throughout Calhoun County. Here is a list of trick-or-treating events for you to choose from.  Zoo Boo – October 19 – 29  Binder Park Zoo Spooktacular – October 26 […]

Fun October events to enjoy with your kids

All of the fun October events before Halloween are here! Here is a list of event for you to enjoy with your kids this fall. Haunted Adventure – Weekends in October Cornwall’s Turkeyville Sabor Latino – October 13 McCamly Plaza Hotel Pumpkin Festival – October 14 Calhoun County Fairgrounds Zoo Boo – October 19 – […]

More fun at Binder Park Zoo this Fall

Binder Park Zoo closes out its 2017 season on October 8! Do not worry, there is still lots of fun to be at the zoo during the off season. Here are some of the events happening at the zoo during the month of October: Bonteboktoberfest – October 14 Michigan Craft Beer lovers rejoice! Binder Park […]

Featured Product: October 2 – 7

Who’s ready for the big game this Saturday? Michigan State takes on Michigan at the Big House and to celebrate, all of our Michigan State and Michigan products will be 20% off October 2 – 7! Come on in and show who you are rooting for. Address 34 W Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, […]

Happy first week of fall!

Happy first full week of fall! The air may not make it feel like fall at the moment, but the changing leaves make it look like it. There are many parks and places for you to enjoy the changing colors. Here are some great places for you and your family to enjoy the fall colors. […]

Featured Product: Sep. 25 – 30

This week’s featured item is all of our plush stuffed animals! Come on into the Battle Creek Welcome Center and get the perfect gift for the favorite kid in your life.   Address 34 W Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours M – F: 9am – 5pm Sat: 10am – 3pm Sun: […]

Featured Product: Sep. 18 – 23

The featured products are back! This week’s sale is all hats. Come on into the Battle Creek Welcome Center and take 20% off of all of our hat selection. Address 34 W Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours M – F: 9am – 5pm Sat: 10am – 3pm Sun: Closed

Explore the Automobiles of the Past

Car loving kids will go crazy for Gilmore Car Museum! The 90-acre museum has eight restored 19th century barns that are used to house car displays, multiple brand new buildings, an authentic 1940s diner, a 1930s replica Shell gas station and a train depot from the 1890s. There are nearly 400 automobiles on display, with the […]

Weekend Events: September 8 – 10

54th Annual Marshall Historic Home Tour – Sep. 9 & 10 Downtown Marshall Tour historic Marshall area homes during the annual Historic Home Tour! The event takes place over too days. Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – Sep. 9 Festival Market Square Get your produce for your weekend tailgating party! Line Dance Workshop – Sep. 9 […]

Weekend Events: September 1 – 3

Sunset on the Savanna – Sept. 1 Binder Park Zoo Have a date night in Binder Park Zoo! Eat dinner as you walk through the zoo. Battle Creek Farmers Market – Sept. 2 Festival Market Square Get your produce for your Labor Day weekend feast! Tropical Riddim Regae’ Festival – Sept. 2 Leila Arboretum Have […]

Back to School Sale!

This week the entire Battle Creek Welcome Center will be 20% off for our back to school sale! Come on in August 28 – September 1 and check out all of our Battle Creek/Michigan Souvenirs. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours M – F: 9am – 5pm Sat: Closed […]

Weekend Events: August 25 – 27

Lake Effects Hunter Jumper Show – August 25 – 27 Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center Head to Albion and watch some amazing equestrian athletes and their horses compete at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center. Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – August 26 Festival Market Square Get your weekend produce in downtown Battle Creek. Walk to […]

Featured Product: August 21 – 26

This week’s featured products are all mugs and glassware! Come on in and get 20% off all of your new coffee mug or water glass. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours M – F: 9am – 5pm Sat: 10am – 3pm Sun: Closed

Weekend Events: August 18 – 20

Calhoun County Fair – August 18 – 19 Calhoun County Fairgrounds Come out the Fairgrounds in Marshall for the last couple days of the 2017 Calhoun County Fair! Marshall Mandolin Summit – August 17 – 20 Franke Center for the Arts Head to the Franke Center for this one-of-a-kind event! The Marshall Mandolin Summit allows […]

Marshall’s Home Tour heads into it’s 54th year

Marshall’s 54th Annual Home Tour is less than a month away! Come on out and visit many historic homes and buildings. Each will take your breath away. Here are some features that may convince you to attend.  Tour 6 private residences At the Marshall Home Tour, you will have the chance to tour 6 private residences. […]

Featured Product: August 14 – 19

Our featured products this week are some of our newest products, jewelry! We have Michigan bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. We also have your school spirit bracelets and rings with U of M and MSU style jewelry. Come on in and check them out and get 20% off!   Hours M – F: 9am – […]

Weekend Events: August 11 – 13

Vibe@5 – August 11 Friendship Park This week’s Friday concert features Erika Scherry and the Backroads Line Dancers. Food Truck Fridays – August 11 Festival Market Square Stop over to Festival Market Square after the Vibe@5 concert and grab a bite to eat! Movies in the Park – August 11 Mill Race Park The last […]

5 things to do before summer is over

Summer is winding down, which means the kids will be back in school and the cooler weather will be upon us. Here are some fun things to do before the summer is over. 1) Have a Picnic in Bridge Park Bridge Park is one of the most unique parks in our area. The park features […]

Featured Product: August 7 – 12

This week’s featured product is all Battle Creek items. These items will be 20% off all week long. Come in and show your Battle Creek pride! Hours M – F: 9am – 5pm Sat: 10am – 3pm Sun: Closed

Weekend Events: August 4 – 6

Vibe@5 – August 4 Friendship Park Come to downtown Battle Creek this Friday night for some great music and fun! This week’s act is Tony Fields and Allie Garland. Albion Yard Sale Days – August 5 East Michigan Avenue, Albion Head down to Albion for their 14th Annual East Michigan Avenue Yard Sales Day! East […]

Best Burger Joints in Calhoun County

Not long ago, we asked Facebook to let us know what the public’s favorite burger places were in Calhoun County. With our 175 responses, we got our answer! We went out and tried the top 9 places on the list. Here are your top burgers in Calhoun County. Territorial Brewing Company – Battle Creek The […]

Featured Products: July 31 – August 5

This week’s featured product is all Kellogg’s Plastic Wear. This includes: character Tervis tumblers, plates, bowls, tumblers and water bottles. It will all be 20% off. Stop in this week and check it all out! Hours M – F: 9am – 5pm Sat: 10am – 3pm Sun: Closed

Weekend Events: July 28 – 30

FireKeeper’s Casino Hotel Championship – July 28 – 30 Battle Creek Country Club Watch some of the best women golfers around as they compete for a spot on the LPGA Tour! Vibe@5 – July 28 Friendship Park Their is music in the park once again this Friday! Hear sounds from Out of Favor Boys (Blues/Funk) & […]

10 fun things to do at Binder Park Zoo

Kids and adults love Binder Park Zoo an know that it has many fun things to do. The zoo is more than just its animals. Did you know these 10 kid favorite activities at the zoo? Pictures at the Ant Visit the Black Bears Feed the Goats Play on the Spider Web Visit the Lemurs […]

Featured Product: July 24 – 29

Puzzles! We have lots of them and they are 20% off this week. Whether you are just looking for a 500 piece puzzle with Toucan Sam or a 1000 piece to show your kids the history of cereal, we have them all. Come in and check them out today!   Hours M – F: 9am […]

Weekend Events: July 21 – 23

Vibe@5 – July 21 Friendship Park Vibe@5 is in Friendship Park again this Friday! Listen to the sounds of Universal Xpression (Reggae) Zumba with Claudia Moreno Escobar. Strut for the Strays 5k – July 22 Humane Society of South Central Michigan Like to run and love animals? The Humane Society of South Central Michigan is hosting […]

Binder Park Zoo’s new lion exhibit now open

Binder Park Zoo officially opened their new lion exhibit yesterday afternoon! You can now go see Binder Park Zoo’s two brand new residents, two female lions named Shelby and Salem. They come from the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. There will be a third lion, a male named Enzi, added to the mix next week. […]

Featured Product: July 17 – 22

Our Michigan themed t-shirts are once again on sale! This includes Michigan Awesome shirts, “LOVE” Michigan t-shirts, and The Mitten State Golf shirts. You will be able to get 20% off from Monday, April 17 thru Friday, April 21. Do not forget to check out all of the other cool products we have in the store!

Weekend Events: July 14 – 16

Tractor & Equipment Show – July 14 – 16  Cornwell’s Turkeyville Come out to Cornwell’s Turkeyville to see the big tractor show! There will be antique tractors all around the grounds. Vibe@5 – July 14 Friendship Park The Vibe@5 concert series continues with this week’s band being Kris Hitchcock & Backroads Line Dancers! Food Truck […]

Spend an afternoon in a Fantasy Forest

Have you ever visited Battle Creek’s Fantasy Forest in Leila Arboretum? This wonderful Battle Creek attraction was created in 2015 with the inaugural Fantasy Forest Festival. The festival was created to bring life to trees that were damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer. Leila Arboretum brought in wood carvers to create beautiful sculptures, during the […]

Big Summer Sale!

Come on into the Battle Creek Welcome Center this week for our BIG summer sale! The whole store will be 10% off all week, with the exception of Wednesday, July 12. Wednesday will be 20% off all day! This does not happen often, so do not miss out on that product you have been wanting […]

Weekend Events: July 7 – 9

Vibe@5 – July 7 Friendship Park Get ready for the first Vibe@5 of the summer! Vibe@5 will be held at Friendship Park and the first artist of the summer will be Toppermost, the Beatles tribute band. Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – July 8 Festival Market Square The Farmer’s Market is still going on in downtown […]

American History in Calhoun County

In honor of the 4th of July, we want to celebrate all of the great American history our county has to offer! Here are some of the most important facts, in Calhoun County, that have a place in our great country’s history.  The Underground Railroad Marshall, Battle Creek and Albion were all stops on the […]

Featured Item: July 3 – 8

Happy 4th of July week everyone! Hope you are having a fun and safe holiday. This week’s featured product is all of our Totally Bamboo products. They will be 20% off all week long! Just a reminder, we will be closed tomorrow for the July 4th holiday. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle […]

Weekend Events: June 30 – July 2

Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival: June 29 – July 4 W.K. Kellogg Airport Battle Creek’s annual Field of Flight is finally here! Come out for a fun weekend of air shows, balloon launches, games, carnival rides, and musical acts. 16th Annual Cruise at the Fountain: July 1 Calhoun County Fairgrounds Do you […]

4th of July Events

Time to celebrate our country’s independence with fireworks and festivals! Are you trying to find a place to watch fireworks or spend the day ? We have you covered, with a list of places lighting off fireworks this year in Calhoun County and places holding festivals.  Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival Field of […]

Featured Product: June 26 – July 1

They’re 20% off again! Need some new outdoor pillows for your patio? Check out our map of Michigan pillows to display on your outdoor furniture. Come in a the the Welcome Center and see them for yourself. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours: M – F: 9am – 5pm […]

Weekend Events: June 23 – 25

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Annual Pow Wow – June 24 & 25 Pine Creek Indian Reservation Head out to the Annual Pow Wow to learn more about Native American Culture, dancing, singing, foods and crafts! Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – June 24 Festival Market Square Come on downtown and get your produce for the […]

Featured Product: 19 – 24

The featured product this week is all of our Kellogg T-shirts! Come in and get yours today! They will be 20% off all week long. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours: M – F: 9am – 5pm Closed this Saturday for Memorial Day Weekend

Weekend Events: June 16 – 18

Great Lakes Pony Club Mega Rally – June 17 – 20 Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center Head out to one of the finest equestrian centers in the country and watch the show jumping competition on Saturday and Sunday. Monday and Tuesday will be the dressage competition. Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – June 17 Festival Market […]

Featured Item: June 12 – 17

This week’s featured sale item is pewter ornaments and keychains! All of the pewter ornaments are handmade by local artisans. This week only, they will be 20% off! Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours: M – F: 9am – 5pm Closed this Saturday for Memorial Day Weekend

Weekend Events: June 9 – 11

National Cereal Festival – June 9 & 10 Downtown Battle Creek The celebration of Battle Creek’s pride and joy is finally here! Come to downtown Battle Creek and celebrate the birthplace of cereal at the parade on Friday and the World’s Longest Breakfast Table on Saturday. Corks for Conservation – June 9 Binder Park Zoo […]

Featured Product: June 5 – 10

In honor of National Cereal Festival being this Friday, our featured product will be the Believe in Battle Creek t-shirts and travel mugs! Come and pick up your t-shirt or travel mug today to show your Battle Creek pride. They will be 20% off all week long and during Saturday’s festival. To learn more about […]

Weekend Events: June 2 – 4

Kaleidoscope Garden Opening – June 3 Leila Arboretum Join Leila Arboretum as they debut the new Kaleidoscope Garden, formerly the Children’s Garden. Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – June 3 Festival Market Square Come out and grab your dinner goodies for the weekend. Taste of Talent – June 3 Festival Market Square Watch some of the best […]

3 Ways to Have Fun this Holiday Weekend

Checkout one of the events going on in the county There are many events happening this weekend, including Flash Flood opening on Saturday and the circus comes to town on Monday. Here is the list of events. Have a picnic in the park Head to one of the many parks and Calhoun County and have […]

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Flash Flood Opening Weekend – May 26 – 29 Flash Flood Waterpark Cool off this weekend and have some fun going down the slides with your kids. Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – May 27 Festival Market Square Get your yummy produce for your Memorial Day party this weekend. Flea Market and Antique Show – May […]

Featured Product: May 22 – 26

Need some new outdoor pillows for your patio? Check out our map of Michigan pillows to display on your outdoor furniture. Come in a the the Welcome Center and see them fro yourself. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours: M – F: 9am – 5pm Closed this Saturday for […]

It’s time to “Believe in Battle Creek”

Have you seen the phrase “Believe in Battle Creek” going around town? There are many amazing things happening in Battle Creek.  The Believe in Battle Creek Campaign is an effort to bring attention to positive events, happenings, businesses and groups all working to make Battle Creek an amazing city.  Believe in Battle Creek was created by […]

Weekend Events: May 19 – 21

Marshall Community Garage Sale – May 19 Calhoun County Fairgrounds  Head to the Fairgrounds for the Marshall Community Garage Sale. Dee what treasures you can find! USSSA Ultimate Fastpitch Experience with Sierra Romero – May 19 – 21 Bailey Park The Ultimate Fastpitch Experience is a girls softball tournament with the opportunity for teams to […]

Featured Product: May 15 – 20

This week’s featured product is all coasters and pint glasses! Stop into the Welcome Center and check our product line out. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI 49017 Hours: M – F: 9am – 5pm Sat: 10am – 3pm  

Weekend Events: May 12 – 14

Spring Fling Craft Show – May 13 Kellogg Arena Head to Kellogg Arena for this Craft and and vendor show. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds will go to Abigail Kopf. Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – May 13 Festival Market Square Get your fresh spring veggies for your weekend dinners. Art and […]

Battle Creek Summer Festivals Coming Up

Summer is just around the corner, which means the streets of Battle Creek will soon be filled with festivals! There will be lots of annual events but lots of new ones too. Take a look at all of the fun stuff coming up. National Cereal Festival – June 9 & 10 Downtown Battle Creek Corks […]

Featured Product: May 8 – 13

Have you been eyeing that Michigan cutting board you saw at the store? They are 20% off this week at the Welcome Center, along with all of our Totally Bamboo products. Come in this week and check out all the cool bamboo products we offer. Address: 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A Battle Creek, MI […]

Weekend Events: May 5 – 7

Downtown Battle Creek Farmer’s Market – May 6 Festival Market Square The Battle Creek Farmer’s Market is back and open for it’s first Saturday of the year! Get your fresh spring veggies for your weekend dinners. Battle Creek Symphony Violin Passion – May 6 W.K. Kellogg Auditorium W.K. Kellogg Auditorium will play host to the Battle Creek […]

The Fire Hub opens in Battle Creek

There’s a new restaurant in town and it is already a hit! The Fire Hub, by FireKeepers Casino, opened up in the old Fire Station #4 on Kendall Street in Battle Creek. FireKeepers restored a building that has not been used in many years. It is a building that I have drove by for many years, whether […]

Featured Product: May 1 – 5

This week’s featured product is all Kellogg’s Plastic Wear. This includes: character Tervis tumblers, plates, bowls, tumblers and water bottles. It will all be 20% off. Stop in this week and check it all out!  

Weekend Events: April 28 – 30

Craft & Vendor Show – April 29 First Battle Creek United Methodist Church The Craft & Vendor Show is a fundraiser in support of the March of Dimes. Wine & Canvas Painting Class – April 29 Backroads Saloon Backroads Saloon will be hosting a Wine & Canvas class for the second weekend in a row. […]

3 places to get great ice cream in Battle Creek

The weather has been warmer, which means those ice cream cravings start again.  Here are some delicious ice cream parlors you should try this spring/summer. Station 66 A Battle Creek favorite, located off of M-66, Station 66 is a great place to get the award winning Ashby’s ice. cream. They have classic flavors like moose […]

Featured Product: April 24 – 28

Puzzles! We have lots of them and they are 20% off this week. Whether you are just looking for a 500 piece puzzle with Toucan Sam or a 1000 piece to show your kids the history of cereal, we have them all. Come in and check them out today! *While supplies lasts.  

Weekend Events: April 21 – 23

Dark Horse Spring Smoke-Off – April 22 Dark Horse Brewing Co. Eat some delicious homemade rib and brisket at this annual event. Parents’ Time Out: Self-Defense – April 22 Kids ‘N’ Stuff Bring your kids to Kids ‘N’ Stuff to play in the museum, while you learn self defense. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers – […]

Calhoun County Parks & Trails to Visit this Spring

Spring is finally here and everything beautiful is starting to bloom. This means it’s a great time to explore where you live and find all those cool walking areas. Here are some great parks and walking trails to explore when everything is starting to bloom. Historic Bridge Park – Battle Creek One of the most […]

Featured Product: April 17 – 21

It is our first week of our featured product line-up! This week’s product is all of our Michigan themed t-shirts. This includes Michigan Awesome shirts, “LOVE” Michigan t-shirts, and The Mitten State Golf shirts. You will be able to get 20% off from Monday, April 17 thru Friday, April 21. Do not forget to check […]

Weekend Events: April 14-16

Check out what fun events are coming up this weekend in Calhoun County: Tonight: Chris Janson– Come out tonight to see country artist Chris Janson perform at Kellogg Arena! You can still purchase tickets at the gate. Saturday: Eric Ondrus– Backroads Saloon in Marshall is hosting Eric Ondrus, an up and coming singer from Ohio. […]

FREE ADMISSION AT HONOLULU HOUSE MUSEUM APRIL 1-2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  For more information contact Bill Mabin at bill3931@gmail.com or at (269) 419-9922. MARSHALL, Mich. – The Honolulu House Museum will open for the 2017 season with free admission on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2. There also will be a special exhibit of early 1900s photographs. The museum at 107 N. Kalamazoo Ave. […]

BTM Episode 98: FireKeepers Casino Hotel features 42 Michigan beers at Dacey’s Taphouse, plus 6 restaurants

Originally posted by “Behind the Mitten” Listen to “BTM Episode 98: FireKeepers Casino Hotel features 42 Michigan beers at Dacey’s Taphouse, plus 6 restaurants” on Spreaker. On this episode of “Behind the Mitten,” John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman travel to FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek where they go behind the scenes to its newest […]

A Trip of a Lifetime

By Kathryn Sippel, Lead Zookeeper at Binder Park Zoo Originally posted by Binder Park Zoo Did you know that the cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal? The cheetah can reach a running speed of up to 70 mph in just three seconds. However, this amazing animal is struggling to survive in the wild. This […]

Jazz Night Coming to Franke Center on March 3

Press Release – February 21, 2017 Hot Jazz comes to the Franke Center in Marshall on Friday, March 3, for an evening of live music with Detroit’s award winning R.J. Spangler Quartet. Held in The Franke’s intimate Downstage Club, this show promises to be a great evening of Jazz music, featuring a diverse selection of […]

Parades to get you in the Holiday spirit

Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, which means so are the holiday parades. Here are three local parades that will get you in the holiday spirit! Battle Creek Christmas Parade – November 19 The Battle Creek Christmas Parade is the first to kick off the holiday season! Come to downtown Battle Creek at […]

Trick-or-Treating Events Around Calhoun County

Halloween is almost here, which means it is time to think about where your kids are going to be trick-or-treating this year. There are lots of events going on in Calhoun County on the 31st and the week before. Read up on the events below and decide which ones you and your kids are going […]

5 fun events to attend this fall

Happy first day of fall! With the change of seasons comes many fun events that celebrate the season. You might be wondering when or what these fun events are and we have you covered. Here is your Calhoun County Fall To-Do List for 2016. Cranefest -October 8 & 9 One of the most beautiful things […]

2016 Battle Creek Heat Wave Survival Guide

2016 Battle Creek Heat Wave Survival Guide It’s mid-July in Michigan and Mother Nature is reminding us of that with 90-degree weather. The next few days are going to be hot ones and I am sure you are looking for ways to survive this summer heat wave. I know I am! We spend most of […]

Albion Checks In for Hotel Groundbreaking

Originally Posted on albion.edu May 12, 2016 | By Jake Weber “This hotel is an important step, but only the first step in the new Albion,” declared Albion City Manager Sheryl Mitchell, warmly greeting the crowd of at least 200 people at today’s ceremonial groundbreaking for a Courtyard Marriott hotel on Superior Street. Set to […]

5 May & June Events to Attend

May and June are busy months in our area and that means there are lots of events! Here are some of the featured events you must see. Spring into the Arts – May 20 Come to downtown Battle Creek for a night of art and music from 5-9pm! Art will be displayed in downtown businesses […]

Battle Creek Bombers announce Cheboygaroni and Cheese and Epic Red Ale

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The Battle Creek Bombers, home of the Twinkie Dog and Poptarko, are at it again with its 2016 menu additions. Cheboygaroni and Cheese and, for the first time, a Bombers-inspired beer, Frankenmuth’s Epic Red Ale (E.R.A.) will debut during the Bombers’ tenth-anniversary season. Cheboygaroni and Cheese is Cheboygan beer-infused macaroni and […]

Community encouraged to participate in Bicycle Month activities

April 26, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Mayor Dave Walters, (269) 209-0626 BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — May is National Bicycle Month and the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee wants to share a calendar full of events to promote and encourage biking in May and beyond. The activities welcome everyone — all bicycle types, […]

Battle Creek Favorites: Bakery Foods

Want to know what some of the local favorite foods/restaurants are? I will be doing a blog series that focuses on the favorite foods of Calhoun County. This week’s focus is Battle Creek bakery favorites. Sweetwater’s Donuts Famous in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Sweetwater’s Donut Mill’s donuts are always a delicious treat. They offer multiple […]

3 places to escape the cold this Spring Break

It’s officially Spring Break week but it sure does not feel like it! This cold front has put a damper on your kids’ Spring Break but it does not have to be that way. Multiple area attractions are open and waiting for you to stop by. Here are 3 attractions you can go this week […]

5 Reasons to Visit Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in Marshall, Michigan this December

Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in downtown Marshall has a long-standing tradition when it comes to the holiday season. This year, there are more reasons than ever before to make Schuler’s part of your seasonal plans with family, friends, colleagues and the community.   1) Holiday Bottle Tree Don’t miss the chance to see this 8-plus-foot […]

NEW BATTLE CREEK WELCOME CENTER GRAND OPENING

BATTLE CREEK, MI   September 25, 2015— The Calhoun County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new Battle Creek Welcome Center on October 1 at 34 W. Jackson Street in Battle Creek, Michigan.   There will be specials throughout the day with a reception and ribbon cutting from 4-6pm. The new welcome center […]

3 area events to attend this fall

After the crisp fall weekend we had, it got me thinking about fall fun! September and October are always great weekends to be in West Michigan. The changing of the leaves and lots of events celebrating the season make this time of year so much fun. Here are four events/activities for you to enjoy in […]

4 area things to do on a hot summer day

The summer heat has finally made its way to Michigan! Chances are, you are looking for something to do on a hot day in the Battle Creek area. Here are 4 things to do in our area on a hot summer day. Willard Beach This popular Battle Creek beach is located on Goguac Lake. The […]

3 FREE area activities to do with your kids this summer

Summer is here, which means school is out and it is time to have some fun! There is a good chance you are looking for something fun to do with your kids during these long summer days. Spending time with your kids is priceless. Here are 3 activities that are priceless too. Historic Bridge Park […]

4 Festivals to attend this summer

Summer is here, which means it is also festival season! Calhoun County and Battle Creek have many great festivals held every summer. Here is a list of 4 that you should attend this year. Cereal Festival and the World’s Longest Breakfast Table June 12 & 13 Cereal Festival is one of Battle Creek’s well-known festivals! […]

All about Battle Creek: “Battle Creek” Episode 9

How is “Battle Creek” already in Episode 9? It feels like yesterday that we had our premiere party but that was two months ago! I have come to love this show and the characters. On this week’s episode, we got to see a lot of the real Battle Creek. They started the show off with […]

Downtown on Display: “Battle Creek” Episode 8

After a week off, the “Battle Creek” blog is back! This week was all about reopening the case of Danny’s parent’s murder. Danny is Commander Guziewicz son. There were several aspects of the real Battle Creek from downtown shots to Battle Creek Central jackets. Here is what I noticed from the real Battle Creek: Downtown […]

This is not a Con: “Battle Creek” Episode 7

Episode 7 was definitely an eventful one! We got to meet Russ’ mom and now we understand why he is so distrustful. She is a con woman and has made Russ who he is today. In this episode I saw and heard things that are and are not real Battle Creek… News Channel 3 In […]

Cereal, Cereal, Cereal: “Battle Creek” Episode 6

This week’s episode of  “Battle Creek” was full of aspects of the real Battle Creek. It started out at their annual “Breakfast Day”. That is something they took straight out of the real Battle Creek! Every year our city holds a Cereal Festival to celebrate our unique heritage. Cereal was invented here and at one […]

3 Similarites/Differences from the Real Battle Creek: Episode 5

Time is flying by! I cannot believe the fifth episode of “Battle Creek” has already aired! I was having trouble seeing what was similar to the real Battle Creek in this episode until I saw a street sign. Then every similarity started popping up from the cop cars to the ambulances to the names of […]

This one’s for the dogs: Battle Creek Episode 4

Sunday’s episode was more of your typical cop show, mostly. It was about a murder of a former drug addict and prostitute. This is all something we’re use to seeing on a typical NCIS or CIS. There were no maple syrup cartels on this one. The main focus at the beginning was dogs. This episode […]

The mitten connection: “Battle Creek” Episode 3

Sunday night’s episode of “Battle Creek” did not have any shots that showed the real Battle Creek, but I still found connections. I not only found connections to the city but to the state of Michigan as a whole. Here is what I noticed about Episode 3: Michigan Sports In this episode there were a […]

Maple Syrup Cartels? Battle Creek: Episode 2

Sunday night’s “Battle Creek” was all about maple syrup cartels. As far as I know, we do not have those in the real Battle Creek. Given that, the episode was a great homage to creator, Vince Gillagan’s “Breaking Bad”, and our city’s title for breakfast capital of the world. Now getting away from the topic […]

“Battle Creek” details from the Real Battle Creek: Episode 1

By now, everyone should know that “Battle Creek” premiered Sunday night on CBS. It was not filmed in the real Battle Creek but there are lots of aspects that look familiar. The opening credits to street signs and many other details I spotted while watching are from the real Battle Creek. Every week, I plan […]

3 Things to do with Kids on Valentine’s Day

Valentines’ Day is all about showing the people you care about how much you love them. Before you go out at night with your Valentine, here are some things you can do with the little Valentine’s in your life. Pick out flowers at Horrocks Get your kids involved in helping you pick out flowers for […]

6 Restaurants for your Valentine’s Day Date

Valentines Day… We all grow up thinking it’s a day to show people how much they mean to us. Whether it is a significant other, family, or friends. With the day coming up in less than a month, it got me wondering about the real meaning of Valentine’s Day. Through some research, I found out […]

BC Brewery Spotlight: Territorial Brewing Company

The newest brewery in Battle Creek has everyone in town talking! Not only is the beer good but the food is too. Territorial Brewing serves German-style beers and German-style food. What’s on the menu? If you really like meat, you will be in heaven at Territorial Brewing. German Sausage is a main food group. They […]

5 Things to do in Battle Creek this Holiday season

The holiday season is upon us, which means there are lots of great things to look forward to! Here is a list of 5 great things to do in Calhoun County during the holiday season: Battle Creek Holiday Parade: Nov. 22 This night time holiday parade is a family favorite! Floats through downtown Battle Creek […]

Three Reasons to Trick-or-Treat at Binder Park Zoo

This year, Binder Park Zoo’s ZooBoo celebrates 28 years of Halloween fun! Growing up in Battle Creek, I have great memories from my childhood going to trick-or-treating through the zoo during ZooBoo.  I especially remember how much fun it was to put on my costume, get into the minivan and then drive through the zoo entrance and […]

It’s a busy weekend in Calhoun County!

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you are not going to have to look far! Battle Creek/Calhoun County will be buzzing with activities from Breakfast on the Farm at the Crandall Farms to Corks for Conservation at Binder Park Zoo. Here is a full list of events for you to consider. […]

3 Reasons to go to Battle Creek’s Cereal Festival

3 Reasons to go to Battle Creek’s Cereal Festival Reasons to go to Battle Creek’s Cereal Festival For many people, cereal is their breakfast of choice. It is a quick and easy meal that is perfect for anyone too busy to make a traditional “bacon and eggs” breakfast. But then again, cereal has become a […]

The Bombers to debut a new crazy food dish: “L’eggo my Eggo Burger”

The Battle Creek Bombers win again for craziest food out there. Apparently a “Twinkie Dog” was not creative enough when it comes to food for the Bombers. To follow up their nationally-acclaimed hot dog filled Twinkie, they will be debuting the “L’eggo my Eggo Burger” during the 2014 season. Are you wondering what this crazy […]

4 Things to do for Mother’s Day in Calhoun County

Mother’s Day is approaching fast! As we get ready to celebrate our mothers, we try to find something nice to do for them. Sometimes it is hard to know what to give or do for that one person who has given us everything. I have compiled a list of places in Calhoun County that have […]

  For the first time in over 88 years Houdini has escaped his world-famous milk can! And the escape was made more difficult this year than ever before- he had to not only from the milk can, but also from a block of ice! Chainsaws showered the surrounding area with ice chips as Harry emerged […]

Explore downtown Battle Creek before summer’s end

By: Brad MacDonald, Content Specialist, MLive Every warm day that seems to pass from the end of August through September feels like the sun is giving us its best evil laugh, as summer’s end taunts us. While Battle Creek is a great place to be year round, there’s something extra delightful about walking around downtown […]

Craft Brewing: Did you know?

Here at the CCVB we have caught the craft brewing craze. With so many great breweries right in our backyard (Arcadia, Dark Horse, Bell’s), how could we not! Because of this, we decided to do some research on how craft brewing came to be. We came across some hilarious facts about beer and wanted to […]

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A Year with Frog and Toad

December 12, 2019
Great Escape Stage Company Art & Music / Marshall https://www.greatescapestagecompany.com/performances/a-year-with-frog-and-toad/

Great Escape proudly presents “A Year with Frog and Toad,” based on Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters in a musical, whimsical story of friendship and adventure.

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Marshall’s Merry Mile

December 12, 20196:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Calhoun County Fairgrounds Calhoun County Fairgrounds / Holiday / Marshall https://choosemarshall.com/event/marshalls-merry-mile-lights-display-2019/2019-11-29/

This amazing, mile-long light display will delight children of every age!  Load up the car and drive through the beautiful display at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds.

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First in Michigan Robotics Competition

December 13, 2019
Kellogg Arena Battle Creek / Kellogg Arena https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/game-and-season

Middle School Competition at Kellogg Arena.

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Middle School Competition at Kellogg Arena.
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