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The Mendel Center Experience

From dinners for 1,000 guests and elegant wedding receptions in the Grand Upton Hall, to business gatherings for a dozen people in one of our many meeting rooms, to concerts on the Mainstage, the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center is your place for events in southwestern Michigan.

As you plan your next event, talk with us. Two performance stages and 12 meeting spaces with room for 10 to 1,600 people make this the most versatile performance, conference, and meeting center in the region. But it’s our service and commitment to the success of your event that create the Mendel Center experience. We will help you select the right space and build a plan for food, beverages, room set-up, and services to make this your best event yet.


  • Grand Upton Hall with seating configurations up to 1,600
  • Additional 10,000 square feet of event space
  • Executive board room
  • 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre
  • 250-seat Hanson Theatre
  • Preferred catering option and full bar service
  • Experienced event planners
  • Professional technical staff
  • Sound and lighting design


  • The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center season
  • Nationally and internationally recognized speakers as part of the Lake Michigan College Speaker Series
  • Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department concerts and productions
  • Special engagements

Our location is also welcoming and accessible for your guests. Removed from the crowds and tourist centers, the quiet setting of the Mendel Center has ample, free parking adjacent to the building, and is easy to find. We are located on Lake Michigan College's Main Campus in Benton Harbor within one mile of I-94 exit 30, as well as the US 31 Bypass exit 24. There are also more than 20 hotels and bed and breakfasts within a 10 minute drive.

The Mendel Center hosts a wide variety of events, including some for these long-time clients.

  • All-Star Driving School
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Berrien Community Foundation
  • Berrien County Historical Society
  • Berrien RESA
  • Blossomtime
  • Children's Music Workshop
  • Citadel Dance Center
  • Cook Nuclear Plant
  • Fusion Center for Dance
  • Home and Garden Show
  • Lakeshore Excellence Foundation
  • Lest We Forget
  • Michigan Grape Society
  • Midwest Family Broadcasting
  • MSBOA District 6
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
  • Readiness Center
  • Corewell Health
  • Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber
  • Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra
  • Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors
  • St. Joseph Today
  • United Way of Southwest Michigan
  • Whirlpool Corporation

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Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
2755 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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