Downtown Charlotte

Celebrate Charlotte! It’s a great place!

This is more than a slogan — it’s our firm belief in our hometown. We invite you to Celebrate Charlotte along with us, and enjoy it’s quaint and historic downtown, located at the crossroads of Michigan highways 50 & 79.

Downtown Charlotte has a lot to offer our visitors, residents and those just passing through.

Whether your interest lies in specialty shops with friendly service, award-winning restaurants, evening entertainment or plain, old-fashioned family fun, Downtown Charlotte is here for you! Downtown Charlotte features a number of great restaurants, pubs, home improvement stores, a historic Art Deco theater that still shows first-run feature films, and many historic sites and buildings.

The City of Charlotte Downtown Development Authority is a special taxing jurisdiction that helps bring local government resources to bear in Downtown Charlotte. It’s board is comprised of downtown business owners and residents. The DDA is responsible for many of the good things residents enjoy in the central business district. It helps care for the downtown trees and flowers, it sponsors the summer concerts & farmer’s market, it organizes sidewalk snow removal in the winter, sponsors community promotions like the well-known ‘Celebrate Charlotte’ television campaign, and works toward the overall beautification and enhancement of the downtown area. Here is a map of the DDA district.

Downtown Charlotte is easy to find, but hard to leave. Just minutes from Lansing, Jackson and Battle Creek, it’s also reasonably close to Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo.

You don’t need a special reason to visit Downtown Charlotte, but we’re happy to give you a few. We’re home to a number of fun, family-friendly festivals, including the annual Frontier Days Festival & Rodeo in September; the Celebrate Charlotte! Festival in June; Michigan’s oldest continuous Bluegrass Festival, also in June; the Eaton County 4-H Fair in July; Summer Concerts on the Square (Courthouse Square) every Thursday evening in July & August; Charlotte Cruisers car shows in June & September; or, for a real taste of hometown life, the community’s popular City Wide Garage Sales, held each year in May. There are also special Halloween and Holiday Kick-Off events in October and November.

A farmer’s market also operates each Saturday morning throughout the summer on the historic 1885 Courthouse Square.

Click here to download a self-guided historic walking tour brochure that features many of the important historic sites in and around downtown Charlotte.

For more information about Downtown Charlotte, please contact Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle at (517) 543-8853.