Welcome to Dowagiac

Whether you live here, or visit for the day or a week or all summer, there is no denying the energy and charm found in this small southwest Michigan town called Dowagiac. We are actually the only “city” in rural Cass County, and we are built around our historic central business district.  We are rural, AND we are encompassed by lake communities.  You could say we have it all—without the traffic!

Dowagiac is passionate about the arts—music, performance and visual.  Summer’s Music in the Park series features a diverse lineup of music from a variety of bands from around the region.  Beckwith Theater features community theater at its best-including an improv night.  A state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Dowagiac Middle School hosts youth productions and more, fostering a love of theater in our students and community.   Visual enrichment is evident throughout Dowagiac, with outdoor, public sculptures by nationally renowned artists Rosetta, John Mishler, Richard Hunt, Fritz Olsen, Nina Akamu and others-- a grand SculpTour.

Join us for our seasonal festivals and events.  From Ice Time to BBQ, car shows to Christmas, farm market to family fun, we celebrate community and the good stuff of every season, regardless of what Mother Nature serves us.  Check out our Event Calendar in the following pages.

Our neighboring Sister Lakes provide all sorts of freshwater fun.  Summer homes and rental cottages set the stage for play.   From watersports to snowmobiles, bonfires and s’mores on the beach, or just hanging out at the local brewery, one can find a way to press pause.    

This small town also boasts a college, a hospital, and two museums, golf courses, numerous recreational areas for hiking, specialty shops and restaurants, and hundreds of businesses ready to welcome you. 

When the traffic of your big town gets to you—come visit Dowagiac!   Drive our country roads “in to town” or “out to the lake”.   Either direction, you will find fun and make memories to last a lifetime.

Latest News from your Chamber

  • June 11th, 2024

    2024 Dowagiac Walking Challenge

    Walking challenge patch
    The Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce and  the City of Dowagiac recently announced the Dowagiac Walking Challenge. The free challenge consists of completing nine designated walks – ranging from one mile to four miles in length – in and around Dowagiac between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2024.
    Once a walk is completed, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves with the hashtag #DowagiacChallenge, or email photo proof as instructed, inorder to receive a commemorative Dowagiac Walking Challenge patch when they complete the nine walks.  Read more ...  
  • May 2nd, 2024

    Dowagiac Home & Garden Tour 2024 tickets available May 8

    Dowagiac, MI - May 8, 2024 - The Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the highly anticipated return of the Dowagiac Home & Garden Tour, scheduled for June 22, 2024. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to explore six of Dowagiac's most historic and picturesque properties, showcasing the architectural variety and historic charm of the region. 

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  • May 2nd, 2024

    Destination Dowagiac Events and Membership Directory available now!

    The 2024 edition of the Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce publication, Destination Dowagiac, is now available for free distribution at numerous Cass and Berrien County businesses, the Chamber of Commerce office, as well as at Pure Michigan Welcome Centers across Michigan.

    This guide not only contains the Chamber's Business Member Directory, but also a calendar of local events and festivals.  Highlighting places to stay, play, shop and dine, the directory serves as a guide for both visitors and local residents. 

    Call the Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce office for copies to distribute at your business. 


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