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Reins of life Cinema Event

Next Date: Oct 24, 2020

…enjoying the sights and sounds of our herd. Help us to sustain pace and support our impactful and life changing services by being a part of this SAFE & FUN…

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Spooky Science Trivia Night

Next Date: Oct 27, 2020

The Michiana Science Cafe is hosting a virtual “Spooky Science” Trivia Night to celebrate Halloween. Register with a team or as an individual for a chance to test your science…

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Opening Day Howard Park Ice Trail

Next Date: Nov 14, 2020

…Skaters can expect a full season of exciting events including: $5 Skate Night, Broomball Night, Friday Afternoon Skate Club, DJ Skate Night, Learn to Skate classes and Yoga on Ice….

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WAITRESS

Next Date: Jan 29, 2021

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film,…

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The Million Dollar Quartet

Next Date: Oct 23, 2021

…of the once-in-a-life-time event where four of music’s best talents came together. Cast members include Nathan Burke as Carl Perkins; Steven Lasiter as Johnny Cash; Trevor Dorner as Jerry Lee…

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Best Late Night Bites

The late night hunger pains are hitting – what do you do? Skip the drive through, and try one of these local spots to help curb your appetite. You won’t…

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7 Instagrammable Places in The Bend

…one of the world’s most renowned college campuses. Other must-see landmarks include the “Word of Life” mural (commonly known as Touchdown Jesus), the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the…

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10 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day Weekend in The Bend

It’s about time to start planning your special night — Valentine’s Day is getting close. A night out with your special someone can come in all shapes and sizes, from…

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Weddings at Gillespie Conference & Special Event Center

night life. Complimentary shuttle service can take you around town and to South Bend International Airport. Whatever you’d like to do outside your event, it’s easily at your disposal. The…

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Plan Your Event at Gillespie Conference & Special Events Center

…most beautiful college campuses in the country, is within walking distance. Turn south and you’re minutes from downtown South Bend’s restaurants, attractions and night life. Complimentary shuttle service can take…

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Plan a Romantic Retreat to The Bend

Taking some time to relax and reconnect means slowing life down for a few days. There’s where The Bend is at its best. From destination dining to connecting with nature…

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Guide to Notre Dame Football Weekends

…town for the game. Heat and an aura radiating from the Grotto can warm even the coldest nights. Midnight Drummers Circle By the time Friday night rolls around, it might…

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Play Ball with the South Bend Cubs

…season games, a membership badge, some Fun Zone wristbands and several other perks. Theme nights and special giveaways On top of regular promotions, there are several special theme nights and…

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5 Fun Outdoor Winter Activities

…where the whole family can skate for $15. Keep an eye out for special themed nights throughout the winter. They include Passport to Play on Dec. 17, DJ Night on…

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What to Do this Weekend in The Bend (Oct. 23-25)

…week’s movie is “The House with the Clock in its Walls.” All proceeds for the event go to support the Reins of Life mission. MORE INFO: Get Drive-In Movie Night

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Guide to Museums in The Bend

…museum is the largest collection of presidential carriages in the world. It includes the very carriage president Abraham Lincoln took to Ford’s Theatre on the night of his assassination in…

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Why Fly South Bend International Airport?

…flights to two cities: Charlotte (CLT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Why SBN? It’s simple: While air travel presents plenty of headaches, South Bend International makes life a little easier. The…

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2019’s Notable Media Mentions

…Indianapolis television state WTHR visited The Bend in August, previewing the soccer friendly between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund while also capturing some beautiful shots the night before his live remote….

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A Wedding Planner’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Venue

…met the most handsome guy from Indiana at the beach on the Jersey Shore! Fast forward to 2006, when I moved to Indiana to create a life with that Fighting…

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Your Spooky Halloween Guide

…Monster Halloween Tent Party will feature snacks, fireworks , live music, and endless trips throughout the attractions and it will be all night long. Every night there is a free…

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National Tourism Week in The Bend

…glass; 80s music night DTSB Wine Walk: Sip your way through downtown South Bend from 5-9 p.m. by enjoying wine and food pairings at several bars and restaurants. $40 for…

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In Honor of Memorial Day

…Best. Home Run Derby. Ever. Location: Byers Softball Complex Time: 5:00pm Summary: The Home Run Derby includes a home run contest each night, with the winner from each night competing…

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New Year’s Eve Events in The Bend

…Pigs will provide the dancing music. Ticket includes party favors, champagne toast and appetizers. Overnight hotel packages are available More info: NYE at the Morris Inn Bring in the 20s…

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Celebrating Shakespeare in The Bend

…the Actors from the London Stage return to Notre Dame in September for a production of “Twelfth Night.” Whether you want to see a live production or stroll through an…

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Spend Spring Break in The Bend

…restaurants will be serving up new, unique dishes and specials. Head to the Museum Campus Have a young gearhead in your life? Studebaker National Museum isn’t just a showcase for…

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Top Burger Joints as Voted on by Locals

Food is often a centerpiece of any travel itinerary. But eating well during a trip doesn’t always mean fine dining. Sometimes life calls for biting into a juicy burger and…

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Your Guide to Kid Friendly Activities in The Bend

…place to cool off on hot summer nights. The playground provides ample opportunity to burn off some energy, as do the bounce and slide in the inflatable Fun Zone. Kids…

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Plan an Unforgettable Road Trip to The Bend

…You’ll find a family friendly environment with great food and promotions. After the Cubs game, there’s one more stop before the night is over. Take a stroll down the Jefferson…

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20 Reasons to Visit The Bend in 2020

…celebrating 20 years in 2020 with several events in July and August. Lovers of The Bard can see a professional production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or a bawdy community…

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South Bend’s River Lights Shine Bright

Sunset brings one of The Bend’s finest public art displays to life. Unveiled in 2015 as part of South Bend’s 150th birthday celebrations, the South Bend River Lights are now…

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The Golden Roamer: Visit South Bend Mishawaka’s Mobile Visitor Center

…Park, Mishawaka Details: Mishawaka Heritage Festival is a celebration of the city’s ethnic, religious and industrial roots. Visit Merrifield Park for food vendors, music, entertainment and history brought to life….

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Your Guide to Exploring Howard Park

…keep an eye on what’s happening. Elsewhere in the park you’ll find several opportunities for fun: The Rask Family Fountains: Coming to life during summer, the park features an interactive…

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Stream these Titles with Local Connections

…significant piece of Lincoln history — the very carriage he rode to Ford’s Theatre on the fateful night of his assassination. It’s part of the world’s largest collection of presidential…

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24 Hours for Notre Dame Fans in The Bend

…towering overhead, at midnight the night before the game. It leads the crowd in cadences and cheers to kick off game day. Get a Good Night’s Sleep There are plenty…

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Bringing Broadway to The Bend

Taking in a night of theater doesn’t necessarily mean visiting a big city. Instead you can visit The Bend, where Broadway Theatre League turns the Morris Performing Arts Center into…

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Lincoln’s Final Journey

…A Nation Mourns,” opening June 19 through October 31. The Museum is the proud home of the carriage President Lincoln rode in on his way to Ford’s Theatre the night

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Stay at the Morris Inn at Notre Dame

…Morris Inn is more than a place to get a good night’s sleep. It’s a AAA Four Diamond property flush with amenities. And a perfect place to spend your next…

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Checklist for Every Kind of Notre Dame Football Fan

…and hear from football players and coaches the night before their game. TAKE THE FAMILY OUT FOR DINNER AT BARNABY’S What’s better than pizza for dinner? Head to Barnaby’s, considered…

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8 Best Spots to Watch March Madness

…make up Corby’s. Upon entry, there is a full service bar area with multiple televisions. Pizza is a staple here as they churn out pies late into the night. Staying…

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10 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in The Bend

…inside, a cozy bar and beautiful décor. Just about every dog owner I’ve met lists this as a favorite, particularly for brunch. There is live music just about every night,…

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Studebaker National Museum: Showcasing Classic Cars

…museum and you’ll go beyond local history. Gearheads can peruse roughly 120 vehicles, including special exhibits. History buffs can get and up-close look at transportation used on a fateful night

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5 Things You Must Do While Visiting The Bend

…in front of the Main Building, with the famous Golden Dome on top, and “The Word of Life” mural, better known as Touchdown Jesus. Free, guided walking tours are available…

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48 Hours in The Bend – Winter

…Main Building with the Golden Dome atop, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Grotto and the Word of Life Mural (known commonly as Touchdown Jesus). They look even more…

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See the Sights in South Bend

…parks, trails, live theater productions, golf courses, shops or many other things you’d want to consider during your visit. Life can be lived simply here. Let us show you how….

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10 Iconic Notre Dame Landmarks

…Jesus Reaching 14 stories high, Hesburgh Library is an important gathering spot for students. Its south side features “The Word of Life” mural, better known as “Touchdown Jesus.” Jesus faces…

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An Adventure Seeker’s Getaway

…the St. Joseph River to life with color. It’s a perfect end to an excellent visit to The Bend. Learn More Interested in more information about things to do in…

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Celebrate Summer Events

…to life pirates, Vikings and colorful fairy-tale characters. FREE EVENTS CONCERTS IN THE PARK – Spread a blanket or open a lawn chair for any of these family-friendly concerts by…

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The History Museum: Explore The Bend’s Past

…Grand Kankakee Marsh, which was dredged for farmland. An award-winning, 30-minute video documentary in the Free Life Theatre features stories about the African American community in the region from the…

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The Home of Action Sports in South Bend

…I suffered a life threatening injury during a practice run in 2012. I have been doing a lot of my recovery at the park. It’s ironic how I built the…

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Explore the Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail

…You can bring some of The Bend’s history to life in this way by traveling the Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail, which explores two companies that shaped South Bend and the surrounding…

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Do a Dog Friendly Trip to The Bend

…take photos of their pets: The Golden Dome and the “Word of Life” mural, commonly known as Touchdown Jesus. You could also line your visit up with a South Bend…

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IDEA Week in The Bend

…came to life in 2018 as a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship. It was an exciting week of workshops, keynote speakers, social activities, concerts and competitions. Keynote speakers included the…

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Explore The Bend in 24 Hours

…Notre Dame. Its campus is full of notable landmarks — Notre Dame Stadium, the “Word of Life” mural (known popularly as Touchdown Jesus), the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, the…

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21 Springtime Events in The Bend

Pack away the snow boots and put away the winter coats — The Bend is thawing out. Spring is right around the corner and there is going to be plenty…

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Your Core Four to a Great Weekend

…Vary | Morris Performing Arts Center Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges…

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A Guide to The Bend’s Farmers Markets

…Curbside pickup is available on to-go orders. Please call ahead. Mishawaka Farmers Market Spring is in the air when the Mishawaka Farmers Market comes to life. Located at Ironworks Plaza…

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Guide to Craft Beer in The Bend

…of chocolate and roasted malts. Evil Czech really comes to life in spring with the opening of its patio, which features a double-decker bus serving food. Get the tacos. Heavenly…

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7 Signs of Summer in The Bend

Summertime has a way of bringing The Bend to life. Pops of color come back in full, especially at some of our most scenic landscapes. Baseball at one of America’s…

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Plan Your Regional Getaway

…Round Barn is an institution in Southwest Michigan. Its vineyards are legendary, producing some of the finest wines anywhere. During summer, the property comes to life with events that include…

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Drink Local in The Bend

Drinking local isn’t just something we say. Folks in The Bend take it seriously. These makers are woven into the fabric of our community. It’s not just because they…

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Campus Activities

…of our favorite things to do is to take a long walk around the lakes and see how beautiful and peaceful the grotto is all lit up at night. The…

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A Guide to Potato Creek State Park

…can utilize the mountain bike trail, which stretches to 6.6 miles total. Campgrounds Nothing brings on a true state park experience like staying the night. Potato Creek has cabins, a…

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Irish Eats Around The Bend

…music most every night. Now let’s get down to the menu. Fiddler’s is best known for its fish and chips, which comes wrapped in local newsprint. You can also find…

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Mishawaka

…Park is home to sweeping water displays, plus the new Ball Band Biergarten, which hosts live music on summer nights. Nearby, at Ironworks Plaza, is the site of the Mishawaka…

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Free Things To Do in The Bend

…then settle in around dusk for kid-friendly movies. Pre-movie activities take place as well. First Fridays Downtown South Bend bursts with activity the first Friday of every month. Themed nights…

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Guide to the Best Places for Brunch

…Another thing to consider: Many of its items can be made vegan. Evil Czech Brewery Evil Czech Brewery Hangover Brunch Whatever The Bend offered up on a Saturday night, Evil…

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How We Roll: Exploring The South Bend Riverwalk by Bike

…bikes up and down the river, chatting as we went, and basking in the night air. Together, we stopped on an island to rest as many friends and neighbors rode…

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Visit South Bend’s Community Theatre

…Oct. 4-20 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Nov. 1-10 The Santaland Diaries | Dec. 6-21 (Warner Studio Theatre) Buddy’s Holiday Surprise | Nov. 29-Dec. 22…

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Tokyo Meets Mishawaka in the Heart of Downtown

…front of you, and has a really unique flavor that pairs nicely with the various Asian dishes offered. Their daily specials like “Sushi Sunday” and Wednesday’s “Wine Lover’s Night” make…

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‘Tis the Season in The Bend

There is so much to do during the holiday season. Finding the perfect tree, decorating and wrapping presents for loved ones are on everyone’s to-do list this time of…

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The Bend’s Best Outdoor Wedding Venues

…even at night. Gillespie also offers all the other things a bride and groom need on site — catering, other venues and hotel accommodations between the Hilton Garden Inn and…

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Dyngus Day in South Bend

…midnight Details: Adults only with a $4 entry fee. Music planned throughout the night. Food includes a $6 Polish dinner, $3 sausage sandwich and more. Food available for dine in…

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How To Get Active In South Bend Mishawaka

No pressure, but there will probably be spectators as you make your moves toward checkmate in Studebaker Plaza. After all, you’re hefting a knee-high knight across a chessboard built into…

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Father’s Day Weekend in South Bend

…the hometown team. There will be several different promotions going on throughout the four-game series, including Fantastic Friday Fireworks Night and Flat Screen Saturday. On Father’s Day, head out to…

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The Perfect Family Weekend in South Bend

…at the ballpark. – Strikes and Spares: If you like bowling, you must check out Strikes and Spares in Mishawaka with different specials every night. If you aren’t a fan…

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Notre Dame Football Weekends: What to Do in The Bend

…the night of his assassination. RELATED CONTENT: Explore The Bend’s Museums Situated next to Studebaker National Museum, the History Museum is another fun stop. It displays several permanent and temporary…

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What You Need to Know for Tailgating at Notre Dame

…to the stadium. Campus lots open at 7 a.m. on game day (including night games). Make sure you get all your tailgating in before kickoff. Tailgating isn’t permitted in campus…

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Wedding Venues in The Bend

…to several bars, restaurants and other nightlife options. The Armory Situated along the St. Joseph River, this elegant venue opened in 2017 after a massive renovation of a building that…

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How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in The Bend

…a great way to spend any night in The Bend. RELATED CONTENT: 12 of The Bend’s Best Patios Shop Local for Your Cookout Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like a…

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Take a History Tour of The Bend

…the largest collection of presidential carriages anywhere, including the one that carried Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination. RELATED CONTENT: Explore the Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail The History Museum…

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Celebrate The Bend at Best. Week. Ever.

…ropes course, trails and dog park. Aug. 7 — First Fridays 5-10:30 p.m. | Downtown South Bend First Fridays will be a “Kid’s Night Out” theme. There will be fireworks…

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A History Lover’s Guide to The Bend

…and fall of Studebaker Co. A lso features the largest collection of presidential carriages in the world, including the brogue used by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination. RELATED…

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Fall in The Bend

…We celebrate harvest season at our farmers markets and explore great hikes with the crunch of leaves under our boots. Embrace life’s simple pleasures here. After all, Mondays can wait….

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Summer in The Bend

It’s the season for weekends you don’t want to end. Mondays can wait when you’re escaping the everyday in The Bend….

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Who We Are

…of life for residents in St. Joseph County. Visit South Bend Mishawaka Vision 2020 Visit South Bend Mishawaka is the destination leader of the regional tourism industry through its recognized…

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We know life can be lived simply in The Bend, and we’re happy you want to experience it yourself.

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In The News

…Chocolate is one of life’s sweet, simple pleasures. And luckily, there are plenty of chocolatiers across the country who are happy to help you indulge your chocolate cravings. Fun Things…

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Basic Info

…destination and work towards improving the quality of life experience for visitors and residents alike. ACCREDITATION BY DESTINATIONS INTERNATIONAL Visit South Bend Mishawaka in 2019 completed the Destination Marketing Accreditation…

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Eat + Drink

…rising beignet dough or as sharp as pickled ginger, and with a half dozen craft breweries dotting the landscape, the sound of clinking glasses often lingers long into the night….

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