The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, 49022 (directions)

269-927-8700

Located on the campus of Lake Michigan College, the Mendel Center offers a rare combination of an ideal location, relaxed surroundings and excellent accommodations. Whether you are planning your wedding reception, entertaining clients from out of town or providing training for your staff, the Mendel Center is personally committed to ensure your utmost satisfaction.

Banquets:
From relaxed and casual to elegant and formal, you'll agree, too, that the Mendel Center is the perfect location to hold your next event. All in a place that's centrally located and easy to get to.

  • Convenient location and parking
  • Close to major shopping areas
  • Within minutes to several major hotels
  • 10 multi-function Rooms
  • Executive board room
  • 1,559-seat Performing Arts Theatre
  • 250-seat Hanson Theatre
  • Over 20,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Full-service business center
  • Comprehensive Conference Support Services
  • On-premise full-service catering operation with liquor license
  • Expert wedding reception consultation and planning services
  • Reunions
  • Corporate meetings & conferences

Concert/Entertainment Venue:
Each season the Mendel Center Mainstage offers a star-packed season loaded with spectacular entertainment. The Mainstage has thrilled and entertained the residents of southwestern Michigan for 25 seasons.

The list of stars that have performed at the Mendel Center Mainstage includes Peter Frampton, Jim Belushi, Lewis Black, Paula Poundstone, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Weird Al Yankovic, Wild Kratts LIVE!, Jack Hanna, Little River Band, Mannheim Steamroller, and many more. Performances have also included international touring companies such as the Russian National Ballet and the Vienna Boys Choir.

The real star however is the Mendel Center Mainstage, with only 1,559 seats, the Mainstage provides intimacy between performer and patron. Patrons sit comfortably with plenty of leg room and unobstructed viewing. The stage, with an adjustable acoustic orchestra shell, can accommodate everything from a 100-piece orchestra to the biggest assemblage or a spotlight on a soloiist.

Each season presents a fabulous variety of entertainment opportunities. The Mainstage is the heart of entertainment in southwest Michigan.

Weddings:
Few days will be as momentous as your wedding. Whether you are planning an intimate affair or a huge gala, the Mendel Center is the perfect venue for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. With our beautiful outdoor and indoor settings, we can help you make your wedding as elegant or as informal as you wish. Our wedding coordinator not only will listen to your wishes, but also, if asked, will offer ideas to make your day even better than you imagined.

At the Mendel Center, you will enjoy unparalleled service and deliciously catered food. No detail will go unattended. Our years of wedding experience will help ease your stress so you can enjoy your special day.

  • On-site catering
  • Off-site catering
  • Full bar
  • Wedding reception packages
  • Spacious dressing rooms
  • Custom decorating
  • Custom menus

Check the Mendel Center website for more information regarding menus and wedding packages at www.themendelcenter.com.

 

Located one mile east of I-94 on Napier Avenue (Exit 30)

Events

Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown

Saturday 21st of September 2019

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

A high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown! These two legendary bands will engage in a musical “shoot out of the hits” featuring internationally renowned tribute bands, Abbey Road and Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show.

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Million Dollar Quartet

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records for one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever. This Tony Award-winning smash-hit musical brings that unbelievable musical moment to life.

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Velvet Caravan - Part of the Living Room Series

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

"Tight and vibrantly free, Velvet Caravan pours violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, accordion, keyboard, and percussion into a gumbo of lively swing music.” ~ Creative Loafing Order tickets at www.TheMendelCenter.com or 269-927-8700, option 1

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Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) - Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

First woman Thunderbird pilot, combat veteran, fighter squadron commander, White House Fellow and adviser

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Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

Friday 18th of October 2019

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Finalist on American's Got Talent and winner of NBC's Phenomenon comes to The Mendel Center for an evening for the whole family. Part of the Discovery Series.

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Ann Curry, part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Saturday 2nd of November 2019

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Emmy Award-winning journalist, executive producer & reporter for the PBS Series We'll Meet Again

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Mystic India: The World Tour

Friday 8th of November 2019

8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Dynamic music. Brilliant dancers. Opulent costumes. Stunning visual effects. Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular that fuses dance, theater, and spectacular special effects.

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Mitch Albom - Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Monday 2nd of December 2019

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Author, columnist, and radio host

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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

This all-new musical and premiere stage production includes an exclusive invitation to Santa’s North Pole and engages audiences with a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves.

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ABBA Mania

Friday 24th of January 2020

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2755 E Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

ABBA Mania brings ABBA fans a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce, or simply be entertained, ABBA Mania is for you! Order tickets at www.TheMendelCenter.com or call the box office at 269-927-8700, option 1.

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The Manhattan Transfer with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 8th of February 2020

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

The Manhattan Transfer, with their impeccable four-part harmonies and genre-defying appeal, join the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable night that will pair soaring symphonic arrangements with sparkling vocals.

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Nic Sheff - Young Professionals Special Presentation - The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Author, recovering addict, and subject of the major motion picture Beautiful Boy

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Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure - The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep

Saturday 15th of February 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

You are invited to explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment using actors, technology, puppets, and imagination to create an amazing visual experience.

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Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure - The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep

Saturday 15th of February 2020

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

You are invited to explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment using actors, technology, puppets, and imagination to create an amazing visual experience.

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Winter Delights Festival

Saturday 29th of February 2020

1:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Make the most of Leap Day by with non-stop live music on two stages, craft beers, crisp ciders, local wines, tasty food, and a bit of shopping in a carefully curated pop-up artisan market…all under one roof at The Mendel Center.

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The Honorable Malcolm Turbull - Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Former Australian Prime Minister, 2015 - 2018

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Aureum: An Ariel and Acrobatic Adventure Tale

Saturday 4th of April 2020

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Aureum is an adventure tale told through heart-stopping aerial routines and amazing acrobatics. Thrill to the incredible original soundtrack, choreography, and some never-seen-before aerial performances.

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National Geographic Live: Brian Skerry - Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Underwater photographer

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Motown All-Star Spectacular

Friday 15th of May 2020

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

The music and the magic of Motown return to The Mendel Center featuring the voices and the musicians who started it all, and those who’ve kept it center stage for the last 60 years!

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Henry Winkler - Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Emmy Award-winning actor, author, director, and producer

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Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless

Thursday 28th of May 2020

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as improv comedy masterminds Colin & Brad must make up original scenes, songs, and more from whatever you, the fans, suggest! You just might also get to join in on the fun on stage.

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