Last Summer, the Pokemon Go craze brought a lot of people to downtown Battle Creek. Know what they found out?   It's a really beautiful and fun downtown, with some really great stuff going on.

Clara's on the River

I met and talked with a lot of those people as I sat outside at Clara's on the River, listening to the music of Terry Lower and Edye Evans Hyde, and many others.   They'll be back again with music outside Clara's Wednesday through Friday, starting on May 31st. George Pendill and "Up the Creek" will play from 6pm-10pm.   If it rains, no problem.  The bands just move inside Clara's.

Music at Clara's-Photo by Tim Collins-TSM

Vibe @ 5 begins on July 7 at Friendship Park. The concert series features regional performers playing popular tunes in a variety of genres as well as their own music. All concerts begin a 5:00 p.m. The performance schedule is as follows: July 7, Toppermost (Beatles tribute); July 14, Kris Hitchcock (country); July 21, Universal Xpression (reggae); July 28, Out of Favor Boys (blues, jazz, rock); August 4, Tony Fields & Doug Decker (soul, R&B, jazz); August 11, Erika Scherry Country Band (country); August 18, TYPO (rock, pop).

New to the summer line up will be Saturday Cinema & Suds in Festival Market Square. Movies with mature themes will be shown and alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. The movies, "Anchorman" on June 24 and "Dazed & Confused" on August 19 will begin at 10:00 p.m. for those 21 years and older with valid identification.

Food Truck Fridays  will happen at Festival Market Square. On May 19, June 9, July 14 and August 11 a variety of food trucks and familiar farmers market vendors will be set up beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Musical performances will take place throughout the evening and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 years old and older.

The Post Band, presented by Post Consumer Brands will be returning for its 94th season. The concert band will perform six times this summer in Festival Market Square, June 8, 15, and 23 as well as July 6, 13, and 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m. each night. The Post Band will feature a different theme each week and is free to attend.

Battle Creek Parks and Recreation once again hosts Movies in the Park at Mill Race Park. "Moana" will begin the season on June 10, July 14 will feature "Finding Dory", and August 11 will close the season with "The Lego Batman Movie". The family friendly movies will begin at dusk.

The Battle Creek Farmers Market is back beginning May 3 in Festival Market Square. The Market will feature your favorite fruits, vegetables, and baked goods from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday through October 28.

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