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Movie Night + Fireworks

Next Date: Jul 10, 2020

South Bend Cubs to host movie night AND fireworks show on July 10 presented by 1st Source Bank. Gates open at 7pm and movie starts at 8pm with fireworks and…

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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 24, 2020

…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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DTSB: First Fridays – Dog Days of Summer

Next Date: Sep 4, 2020

night out! ​ We will have 20 different booths filled with animal rescue groups and organizations who provide goods and services for animals, plus a pet agility course, and the…

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Best. Week. Ever. 2020

Next Date: Aug 1, 2020

…Best. Wednesday. Ever. on Western Avenue August 6: Recreation Day at Rum Village Park August 7: Best. First. Fridays. Ever. with Kid’s Night Out with ROC UR Body and Fireworks…

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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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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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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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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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Guide to Notre Dame Football Weekends

…town for the game. Heat and an aura radiating from the Grotto can warm even the coldest nights. RELATED CONTENT: 10 Iconic Notre Dame Landmarks Midnight Drummers Circle By the…

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6 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Your Guide to Exploring Howard Park

…several opportunities for fun:   The Rask Family Fountains: Coming to life during summer, the park features an interactive set of water fountains and jets. Think the famous fountains outside the…

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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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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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Take a History Tour of The Bend

…Leighton Plaza in downtown South Bend, a statue (pictured above) of the famed photograph brings this scene to life. The statue faces west toward Main Street. Not only does the…

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First Fridays in South Bend

…a great time to explore South Bend for activities and artist receptions. Often there are special one-night promotions at different shops, museums and restaurants. First Fridays are fun, family-friendly and…

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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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Checklist for Every Kind of Notre Dame Football Fan

…fellow Irish fans. WAKE UP THE ECHOES AT MIDNIGHT DRUMMER’S CIRCLE Before going to bed on Friday, meet the Marching Band’s drumline in front of the Golden Dome at midnight

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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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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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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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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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Top Ten Fall Activities in The Bend

…and hosts a series of special events throughout the fall, including a family friendly trick-or-treating night. RELATED CONTENT: Visit the Animals at Potawatomi Zoo Walking the South Bend Farmers Market…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The History Museum: Explore The Bend’s Past

…the area in the 1830s. It also touches on the Grand Kankakee Marsh, which was dredged for farmland. An award-winning, 30-minute video documentary in the Free Life Theatre features stories…

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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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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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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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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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New Carlisle: More Than Just a Small Town

…Carlisle offers more shopping and dining options than you’d expect. None of it is run-of-the-mill. Area parks offer visitors a chance to slip away from the bustle of everyday life

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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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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 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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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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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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10 Iconic Notre Dame Landmarks

…important gathering spot for students. Its south side features “The Word of Life” mural, better known as “Touchdown Jesus.” Jesus faces the north end zone of Notre Dame Stadium and,…

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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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Places To Go Hiking In South Bend

…at Bendix Woods, which springs to life with dozens of beautiful flower species after the snow melts away for good. You’re likely to hear the pileated woodpecker hard at work…

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Industry Partner COVID-19 Resources

…directions in order to participate. Take a short video of yourself or your employees describing how COVID-19 has impacted your life, whether it be financially or emotionally as an employee…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Notre Dame Game Day: Throw Back

…piece of the pine. On the plus side, close neighbors aren’t all bad when the temperature dips to 35 degrees on a northern Indiana night. *Notre Dame is currently renovating…

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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

…one Abraham Lincoln took to Ford’s Theatre the night of his assassination. RELATED CONTENT: Explore The Bend’s Museums Situated next to Studebaker National Museum, the History Museum is another fun…

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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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What You Need to Know for Tailgating at Notre Dame

…of time to tailgate before heading 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…

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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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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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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

…home to the University of Notre Dame. South Bend is no ordinary college town. The Best Chocolate Shops in All 50 States 2/13/2019 Chocolate is one of life’s sweet, simple…

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…team up with other organizations throughout our area to advance our destination and work towards improving the quality of life experience for visitors and residents alike. ACCREDITATION BY DESTINATIONS INTERNATIONAL…

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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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