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Summer in the Bend

With the patter of foot traffic in ways reminiscent of larger cities, own your summer weekend at our one-of-a-kind River Lights art installation that transformed the St. Joseph River into an interactive playground, or with the rush of the East Race. Whatever you decide, the agenda is flexible and Mondays can wait.

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First Fridays in South Bend

Downtown South Bend hosts “First Fridays” on the first Friday of each month all year. Residents and visitors alike fill …

Your Guide to Kid Friendly Activities in The Bend

There is plenty of great family fun to be had in South Bend Mishawaka.

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 …

New Carlisle: More Than Just a Small Town

Urban centers often define The Bend, especially when it comes to top attractions. South Bend is home to Notre Dame, …

Places To Go Hiking In South Bend

Few activities offer a better chance to explore nature than taking a hike. Quiet footsteps keep animal sightings in play. …

Discover Mishawaka

Mishawaka is more than South Bend’s neighbor up the river. It’s an integral piece of The Bend’s fabric, a place …

Win Big at Four Winds Casino

Great Gaming Options Walk into Four Winds Casino South Bend and the odds of having a great time are in …

U.S. Senior Open Coming to South Bend

Two traditions in sports collide in The Bend next summer. Many of golf’s legendary names will descend on Warren Golf …

Play Ball with the South Bend Cubs

Warmer temperatures in The Bend usher in one of our favorite pastimes: Baseball in the heart of downtown South Bend. …

Celebrate Independence Day in The Bend

One of our great celebrations is right around the corner. We can practically hear the pop of fireworks and smell …

7 Signs of Summer in The Bend

There are certain sights and sounds we associate with summer around here. Let us show you some of the best. …

White Water Rafting in Downtown South Bend

Thrill seekers don’t need to stray far from the beaten path in The Bend when looking their next adventure. Located …

“Shaking” Things Up with Shakespeare

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) was born from an experimental course in 1989 at the University of Notre Dame …

11 of The Bend’s Best Patios

Whether you like the bustle of downtown or a view of the St. Joseph River, several restaurants and bars around …

A Guide to Golf in The Bend

Blackthorn Golf Club Golf Digest ranked Blackthorn as the fourth-best new public golf course upon is opening. It later ascended …

Baseball Is Back in The Bend

Four Winds Field is home to the South Bend Cubs, Single-A affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs. …

Experience the South Bend Foodie Trail by Midwest Living

The editors of Midwest Living magazine have chosen their ten favorite restaurants in our community, and we have the breakdown of the vast variety of eateries right here for you.

Top South Bend Running Trails

A 5-mile loop known as the Riverwalk follows the St. Joseph River, which slips past Battell, Beutter and Central parks. …

Labor Day Fun in The Bend

South Bend Cubs August 30 – September 1 | Times Vary | Four Winds Field Cheer on the South Bend Cubs this …

Dining in Downtown South Bend

Michiana Cork and Fork loves dining out during Restaurant Week every year so we chose three of our favorites for …

Summer Restaurant Week

Downtown South Bend has so much to offer. One big piece that makes up downtown is its wide variety of …

Art and Exercise in South Bend Mishawaka

Running Wild 5K Run AUGUST 19  // 9:00AM // ST. PATRICK’S COUNTY PARK The Running Wild 5K Run is professionally chip-timed with …

End of Summer Fun

Notre Dame Trail AUGUST 25 – 26  // ALL DAY // SOUTH BEND AREA Join along at the end of the Notre …

Fireworks in South Bend Mishawaka

DTSB Summer Restaurant Week JUNE 26 – JULY 9 // ALL DAY // DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND Attention food fanatics! Summer Restaurant …

Fun Summer Activities in South Bend Mishawaka

Visit South Bend Mishawaka is here to help you start planning your summer weekend getaway. From Memorial Day weekend through …

South Bend: More Traditional Than Trendy

Begin your trip to South Bend with a visit to the Studebaker National Museum and The History Museum. At the …

Hidden Gems: La Rosita

When Juan Cervera moved from Chicago to South Bend with his family, his original plan had been to open up …

Craft Cocktails

CHEERS! Wet your whistle at one of the many local establishments in the South Bend region. Check out some of the …

The Perfect Family Weekend in South Bend

Things to Do Around the Bend The University of Notre Dame and the city of South Bend go hand in …

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Since the South Bend Cubs’ arrival in 2015, the Class A affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs …

The Renaissance Returns to Mishawaka

The 6th annual Michiana Renaissance Festival will be held at Kamm Island Park in downtown Mishawaka on August 27-28 from …

Collegiate Community in South Bend

Food, Drink, and Dessert South Bend and the local area has many different microbreweries, bars, restaurants, pizzerias, burger stops, and …

Father’s Day Weekend in South Bend

South Bend Cubs Weekend Series Treat your dad to a great Father’s Day Weekend by taking him to go see …

Get Out Get Active

Get Out Get Active In the South Bend Area presented by Midwest Living HIKE | PADDLE | SPIN | RUN | EXPLORE | …

Where To Explore When Visiting The South Bend Area

You packed walking shoes and your Fitbit, right, for visiting South Bend? Because racking up the steps is a great …

Paddling Through The Bend

THE ST. JOSEPH RIVER’S sharp turn east gave South Bend its name, and two canals (raceways) drove the town’s industrial …

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 …

Don’t Mind if I Do

South Bend Mishawaka boasts so many unique opportunities for our visitors, and sometimes all it takes is a quick reminder …

Top Ten Summer Activities in South Bend Mishawaka

Summer is celebrated in a big way in the South Bend Mishawaka area, and we invite you to join us!

Take a Hike

Explore the St. Joseph River as you bike, walk or run the Riverwalk through South Bend and Mishawaka! St. Patrick’s …

South Bend Cubs Baseball Blast

A visit to see the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field promises thrill you don’t want to miss. We have so much to offer, and we are ready to host you between April and September.

The Beauty and Art of the Mishawaka Riverwalk

Discover the sculptures and art installations of the Mishawaka Riverwalk. Learn why this is a family-friendly outdoor adventure destination you don’t want to miss.

Ten Summer Weekends in South Bend Mishawaka

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning those weekend getaways. The Ten Weekends of …

Staff Picks: Area Parks

The VSBM staff spends a lot of our time talking about the many great attractions, restaurants, hotels and shopping found in …

Get the Planning Started: Outdoor Wedding Venues

When the weather is warm, and nature is in bloom, there is nothing better than an outdoor setting for a wedding.

Take an Arts Tour of South Bend Mishawaka

Those looking to take in some great behind the scenes tours, catch a performance, or stroll impressive galleries will find an abundance of options while visiting South Bend Mishawaka.

How We Roll: Exploring The South Bend Riverwalk by Bike

Mishawaka native, Jonathan Randall Grant, takes a look at the wonders of the many bike paths along the St. Joseph River.