6 things to know about The Mendel Center when planning your next event



While you might be most familiar with the exciting lineup of performing arts events at The Mendel Center, there is another side to what we do. In addition to sharing music, dance, comedy, and other theatrical performances with audiences, we also create great tastes, sights, and sounds for gatherings of all types – from weddings to trade shows, and everything in between.

Before you begin planning your next party, meeting, networking event, or trade show, here are six things you should know about how The Mendel Center’s Conference & Event Services team can make your event a unique success.

  1. More than a dozen meeting rooms for groups of 10 to 1000

Other places have a meeting room or two you can rent. At The Mendel Center you get much more. You have a selection of more than a dozen spaces that comfortably accommodate groups of 10 to 1000 people. Included in your event package is assistance from a professional event planner with the know-how to handle the details so you and your guests can be comfortable and enjoy your event.


  1. Dining options from sunrise to sunset and beyond

The talented Mendel Center in-house culinary team provides delicious catering for all types of gatherings. Whether you need a hot breakfast for an early morning strategy meeting, a lunch buffet for several hundred conference attendees, an elegantly served dinner for a wedding reception, or heavy appetizers for a business networking event, the extensive Mendel Center menu offers incredible variety. We are happy, as well, to accommodate special dietary needs, including vegetarian and gluten-free selections, in the event planning process.


  1. Lights, camera, action

The Mainstage theatre isn’t the only place inside The Mendel Center where dramatic lighting, sound, and video happen. The professionals who design and run performing arts productions infuse the same theatrical-level elements into Grand Upton Hall, Hanson Theatre, and Deckmann Studio events. They put their knowledge and experience to work for clients to plan and implement lighting designs, live video projection feeds, and professionally engineered audio to enhance all types of gatherings.


  1. One-of-a-kind wedding ceremonies

Brides and grooms can literally take center stage when they share their vows at The Mendel Center. In addition to a variety of indoor and outdoor on-site locations for wedding ceremonies, couples can choose to rent the Hanson Theatre or the Mainstage for an entirely fresh take on saying “I do!” Then, after the ceremony, it’s an easy trip for the wedding party and guests to one of the lobbies or the Grand Upton Hall for the post-ceremony celebration.


  1. Parties and receptions – before or after the show

Bringing a group to a Mendel Center Mainstage show is a terrific way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, class reunions, and employee thank you events. But did you know we offer customized pre-show or post-show party options? The Conference & Event Services staff will help you bring everyone together in one convenient location for an evening or afternoon of food, fun, and entertainment.


  1. Proudly serving Michigan wines and craft beers

We love the rich heritage of wines and craft beers Michigan is known for and proudly at events. There’s no need to obtain special licenses or find qualified bartenders when you plan your event with us. We take care of the details and provide trained professionals to serve you and your guests. In addition to Michigan beers and wines, we have a wide selection of liquors for mixed drinks, fun drink specials, domestic beers and house wines, soft drinks, juices, and teas.

Get in touch with our Conference & Events Services staff at 269-927-8700. You’ll quickly discover that The Mendel Center is your place for performances, events, and memories.