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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“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 …

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 …

South Bend Civic Theatre and a Summer Scavenger Hunt

Wizard of Oz JULY 28 – 30 // TIMES VARY // SOUTH BEND CIVIC THEATRE There’s no place like home in this heart-warming …

Shakespeare at Notre Dame and More

Pulse FM Downtown Summer Series JULY 14 // 6:00PM – 10:30PM // MORRIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Pulse FM is hosting a downtown …

Memorial Day Activities and Best. Week. Ever.

South Bend Cubs MAY 26 – 29 // TIMES VARY // FOUR WINDS FIELD Watch the South Bend Cubs take …

East Race Waterway Opening, Sunburst Races, Music and More

First Fridays: Kids’ Night Out JUNE 2 // 5:00PM – 9:00PM // DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND Downtown businesses will be hosting activities and specials for …

Four Winds Invitational and Pulse FM Downtown Summer Series

Fridays by the Fountain JUNE 9 // 11:45AM – 1:15PM // Jon R. Hunt Plaza Enjoy your lunch outside of the …

South Bend Cubs and Art at Leeper Park

South Bend Cubs JUNE 16 – 18 // TIMES VARY // FOUR WINDS FIELD The Cubs take on the Lake County Captains …

Fireworks in South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend Cubs JUNE 30 – JULY 2 // TIMES VARY // FOUR WINDS FIELD The Cubs take on the Lansing Lugnuts this …

St. Joseph County Fair, Food and More

First Fridays: Around the World JULY 7 // 5:00PM – 9:00PM // DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND Celebrate cultural diversity in downtown South Bend …

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 …

New Carlisle Is Open for Business

At first glance, the small town of New Carlisle is just that— a small town, nothing more. However, if you make …

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 …

Play Ball with the South Bend Cubs

Kids Club Give your child a summer of fun and make memories together at Four Winds Field! The 2016 South …

Hidden Gems: La Rosita

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

Welcome Home: Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet

The 53rd annual Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet is returning to where everything began on May 3 – 6, 2017. …

Discover Mishawaka

The city of Mishawaka is more than just a neighbor to South Bend and Notre Dame, it is a source …

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 …

White Water Rafting in Downtown South Bend

MAKE A SPLASH with white water rafting in downtown South Bend… That’s right downtown South Bend. The East Race Waterway is …

Craft Cocktails

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

First Fridays in South Bend

2017 FIRST FRIDAYS January 6: WINTER WONDERLAND – A celebration of winter, with a snowman building contest and more! February 3: FIRE AND …

Last-Minute Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

Can’t decide what you want to do during Labor Day Weekend? All weekend long there is plenty of fun to be had …

Your Six Picks to a Great Weekend

DTSB SUMMER RESTAURANT WEEK June 30 – July 4 | All Day | Downtown South Bend Bring your appetite downtown for …

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 …

Fourth of July Activities in South Bend

With thoughts of fireworks lighting up the night sky, hot dogs and burgers being cooked on the grill, and the …

Summer Restaurant Week

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

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 | …

Celebrate Summer Events

Meet Me on the Island! June 3, July 1, August 5 Come for an evening of art and live music …

Places To Go Hiking In South Bend

WALK QUIETLY to catch glimpses of deer and foxes and hear woodpeckers and warblers living amid the woods blanketing Rum …

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. …

Best Bike Trails in the Area

SPIN FOREST TRAIL OR CITY GREENBELT. Cafes to stop at or roots to jump. South Bend has a bike trail …

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 South Bend Mishawaka

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.

Light up the Night

The South Bend River Lights are the newest addition to our area’s sprawling selection of attractions, and we couldn’t be …

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.

A Guide to Eating Fresh in South Bend Mishawaka

Here you will find a guide to some of the many options for those looking to eat fresh 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.

Your Guide to Kid Friendly South Bend Mishawaka

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

Your Guide to Golf in South Bend Mishawaka

There is a definite golf culture in South Bend Mishawaka, and it is felt in almost every corner of our community.

Experience the South Bend Area 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.