Downtown Business District

Explore Downtown

Downtown Battle Creek is experiencing new growth and interest as residents return to the centers of cities nationwide.  Our Downtown is uniquely set between the confluence of the Battle Creek and the Kalamzoo rivers, which offers great access to the natural environment in an urban setting. It is the center hub of more than 26 miles of paved trails that connect the Downtown to many remote community assets such as the Leila Arboretum, Baily Park, Willard Beach at Goguac Lake, Irving Park, Claud Evans Park, Woodland Park Nature Preserve and Fort Custer. There is a significant amount of active and passive open space in the center of the city, including Monumnet Park, Festival Market Square, Wave Square, and Friendship Park. The parks and facilities Downtown are programed throughout the year.  New residential units are being added annually. Merchants are responding by offering new products and services. We invite you to come Downtown and explore for yourself the many opportunities it offers visitors and residents alike.

VISITORS BUREAU EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING

Battle Creek Farmer's Market

Stop down to Festival Market Square during May - October to see what the Battle Creek Farmer's Market has to offer.

Wave Square

Check out the Wave Square live feed!

Flash Flood Water Park

Looking for a place to cool off? Stop by Flash Flood Water Park, Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Downtown Kayaking

State Street Commons

A designated drinking area. A place to sit with plenty of space. Grab a drink and enjoy it as you stroll through downtown.

Linear Path

Take a stroll Downtown on the linear path!

Downtown Kayaking

State Street Commons

A designated drinking area. A place to sit with plenty of space. Grab a drink and enjoy it as you stroll through downtown.

Linear Path

Take a stroll Downtown on the linear path!

Battle Creek Farmer's Market

Stop down to Festival Market Square during May - October to see what the Battle Creek Farmer's Market has to offer.

Wave Square

Check out the Wave Square live feed!

Flash Flood Water Park

Looking for a place to cool off? Stop by Flash Flood Water Park, Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Shop / Dine / Services

You might find yourself Downtown shopping for that new bicycle or maybe trying out the new offerings at the coffee shop.  It could be that you need to meet with your attorney, hair stylist, or close on your new home loan at the bank.  How about meeting family and friends for dinner, a craft beer, or joining the axe throwing league at the Arena? Downtown Battle Creek has an ever-changing wide array of offerings from urban apparel to manicures.  We are home to the Kellogg Arena, the Full Blast Water Park, The Willard Public Library, and the WK Kellogg Auditorium. Our parks and plazas are programed with live music, markets, and public events throughout the year.  The recently established State Street Commons – Social District allows for visitors to openly consume alcoholic beverages, while milling around the Downtown. Welcome to Downtown Battle Creek, we are glad that you are here.

Downtown Social District

State street commons

The State Street Commons, part of the Downtown Social District, was established in February 2021. The commons is a designated drinking area, a place to sit and relax with plenty of space to be safe and social distance. 

This is a designated public area where customers can purchases alcoholic beverages from participating businesses, served in a designated cup and taken to designated Commons areas. So grab a drink and enjoy it while you stroll though the downtown.

how it works

To enjoy the Social District safely and properly, it is important we follow a few simple rules.

1. Exit the liquor establishment onto the designated walkway. Beverages must be purchased and served in the State Street Commons Social District cup to leave an establishment and all cups must stay within the district’s boundaries. Signage will indicate those boundaries.

2. Enter any participating liquor establishment & request your favorite adult beverage in a State Street Commons Social District cup. Hours for the Social District are Sunday-Saturday 10am-2am.

3. Properly dispose your State Street Commons Social District cup when empty. 

4. Repeat! Drink responsibly and have fun!

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Downtown Art Exhibits

origami Art Sculpture- Call to artists

The City of Battle Creek’s Small Business Development Office (SBDO) is seeking sculptures for an outdoor origami sculpture exhibition to be displayed at various locations throughout downtown Battle Creek.

Sculptures will be on display, open and free for the public to view, for one (1) year. Of the five to seven sculptures chose for display, one will be selected by the public at the end of the one year exhibition, and then purchased by the SBDO and remain in downtown Battle Creek indefinitely.

With the goals of increasing access to art, beautifying the downtown and enriching our community, the SBDO will offer a stipend of $950 for each sculpture selected from regional artists or artist teams. Stipends are intended to be used for general project expenses including transportation, insurance, and installation/removal.

Size of Sculpture Entries:

      • Artists are commissioned to create a place-making large scale (approximately 3ft long x 5ft wide x 6ft high) origami-inspired project that will be placed on outdoor display.
      • Concrete pad will be supplied by the SBDO and sculptures must have the ability to be bolted to the concrete pad.

The application deadline is July 1, 2021 with notification to the selected artists being July 15, 2021. Installation will be October 15, 2021.

For questions or more information contact Jacquie McLean at smallbusinessinfo@battlecreekmi.gov.

 

Upcoming Events

BC Beats @ BC Cargo

6/24/21

Join us at BC Cargo for BC Beats on Thursdays from 11am-2pm.

Stop by and watch Keith Scott as he plays the guitar and sings blues and rock.

For more information visit: bccargo.org/events

The Main Event: Stop & Shop

6/26/21

FREE ADMISSION

Show your love! Come on out! Be a part of their word. The Main Event: Stop & Shop Kids Entrepreneur’s Day will be held at Festival Market Square, Saturday, June 26 from 3-9pm.

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

6/30/21-7/4/21

Get ready! 2021 event will rock your world! Air show, night air show, balloons, field of rock bands, 2 balloon illumes, 2 amazing fireworks shows, carnival, vendors galore! Family fun for everyone and then some…

For more information: bcballoons.com

Caribbean Festival

7/17/21

Advanced Tickets: 2 for $8, Children 5 & under FREE

Day of Show: $5, Children 5 & Under FREE

Caribbean Festival 2021! Enter into your own piece of the Caribbean right here in downtown Battle Creek, no passport required! Join us July 17, 2021 from 5-10pm at Festival Market Square. Live Caribbean Entertainment, Music, International Food Market, Caribbean Village Craft Vendors & More! Adult beverages available for 21+. Social distancing & face masks required.

Getting Around Downtown

downtown battle creek map

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Parking

Downtown has three parking structures, twelve surface lots, and on-street parking. Over 3,000 parking spaces are available. 2 hour FREE parking is available in surface lots, 1 hour FREE in parking structures, and time limited parking on the street.

Staying past 2 hours? Extend your stay Downtown using the Passport Parking app. Hourly and all day permits available.

For more information on using the Downtown Passport Parking app click the link below:

For more information for long term parking needs, monthly permits in the structures or surface lots, overnight parking, etc. click the link below:

Transportation

We have an extensive transportation system including Greyhound bus, cabs, Amtrak, county wide BC Go, and local bus services through Battle Creek Transit.

For information on public transportation and BC Go options please visit:

Downtown Living

find your place to call home

Downtowns are becoming an increasingly attractive place to live and the same is true in downtown Battle Creek. From young professionals to retirees, each finds a dynamic downtown that fits a unique need. Short commutes, breathtaking views and cultural conveniences are just some of the reasons young professionals, empty-nesters, and families are seeking the downtown living experience.

The demand for downtown residential living is as strong as ever and has caused developers to take notice and pick up the pace to create new living space out of old and empty buildings formerly as banks, departments stores and offices.

For additional information on development opportunities or have residential space available, contact John Hart at jjhart@battlecreekmi.gov or call 269-966-3355 ext. 1191

luxury housing Options

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