Celebrate The Bend at Best. Week. Ever.

Best. Week. Ever., a weeklong collection of experiences across South Bend, is set for Aug. 1-8 after being postponed on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

Let’s take a closer look at some headline events on the schedule.

Event Schedule

Aug. 1 — Side-by-Side Parade

5-6 p.m. | East Bank Village/Jefferson Boulevard

A parade down Jefferson Boulevard honoring local heroes.

Aug. 2 — Rebel Art Fest

4-8 p.m. | Potawatomi Park

Art fair spearheaded by Make South Bend, featuring local artists, music and food trucks.

Aug. 3 — Dueling Pianos

4-8 p.m. | Leeper Park

Outdoor performance of dueling pianos, plus activities for children.

Aug. 4 — Southeast Celebration

4-8 p.m. | Southeast Park

Outdoor fun for children with low-touch interactive games, splash activities and performances on the mobile “Boomer” stage.

Aug. 5 — Best. Week. Ever. on Western Avenue

4-8 p.m. | Western Avenue at Liberty Street

Festival with family activities, local favorite food vendors and live music.

Aug. 6 — Recreation Day at Rum Village Park

4-8 p.m. | Rum Village Park

Explore Rum Village Park, including the aerial 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 at dusk.

Aug. 8 — Sunburst Races

6:30-11 a.m. | Four Winds Field

Events for this year’s Sunburst Races include a half marathon, 10K run, 5K run and 5K fitness walk. Participants will start and finish at Four Winds Field with new routes after a coronavirus-related postponement from earlier in the year.

RELATED CONTENT: More Info About Sunburst Races

Coronavirus-Related Safety Measures

Best. Week. Ever. launched with a written safety plan in light of coronavirus concerns, approved by the St. Joseph County Health Department. Some highlights of the plan:

  • Volunteers and staff will wear face masks.
  • Volunteers and staff will also undergo a daily health screening.
  • Gloves must be worn during any physical interaction.
  • Extensive signage will be utilized to encourage physical distancing.
  • Visitors will be asked to avoid over-crowding and wear face coverings.

MORE INFO: BWE’s Full Safety Plan