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Celebrate The Bend at Best. Week. Ever.

Best. Week. Ever. 2021, a weeklong festival celebrating creativity and culture in South Bend, is set for Aug. 1-7. Tickets …

The Bend’s Civil Rights Museum

Once a dilapidated building, the former Engman Public Natatorium now tells important stories. The natatorium experienced a rebirth in 2010 …

7 Signs of Summer in The Bend

Summertime has a way of bringing The Bend to life. Here are some of the best things to see and …

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

Sometimes weekend plans are easy to come by. Other times, not so much. Are you wondering what to do the …

Why Fly South Bend International Airport?

Flying into The Bend comes with certain perks. South Bend International Airport (SBN) boasts the amenities of a larger airport …

Things to Do in The Bend in Spring

Beautiful flowers and more sun can only mean one thing — spring is here. As The Bend comes into bloom, …

How to Spend Spring Break in The Bend

Planning for spring break doesn’t have to mean mapping out a trip to the beach. Sometimes you want to slow …

Visit the Animals at Potawatomi Zoo

Walking through the main gates at Potawatomi Zoo reveals a sanctuary for nature lovers. Wallabies hop across open, grassy spaces. …

Winter Hotel Deals Around The Bend

Think winter isn’t a great time to experience The Bend? Think again. If you love getting outside in the snow, …

What to Do with Kids in The Bend this Winter

If you’re looking to get the family out of the house this winter, we have some ideas for how to …

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 with your special …

48 Hours in The Bend – Spring

Visiting The Bend means many options are suddenly at your disposal. Do you want to dine around? Get outside? With …

When to Wear a Mask Around The Bend

One key to slowing the spread of coronavirus through our community is to wear a mask where social distancing isn’t …

‘Tis the Season in The Bend

Even if it looks a little different this year, there’s still joy to be found around the holiday season. Whether …

5 Fun Ways to Spend November in The Bend

As the calendar turns into November, we’re starting to make the transition toward cooler temperatures and (gasp!) maybe even a …

Rejuvenate with a Wellness Weekend in The Bend

Sometimes we need to put the bustle and stress of everyday life behind us for a few days. Plan a …

6 Places for Fall Color

Foliage season is almost here. Peak color change is expected to arrive the week of Oct. 19, according to this …

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 …

Why South Bend is Great for a Quick Getaway

Travel site Hotwire recently named South Bend as its No. 4 “itty bitty city” for a quick getaway, coming in …

6 Places to Celebrate Harvest Season 

 Fall isn’t synonymous with harvest season for nothing.   Nothing says local like growers around South Bend, Mishawaka and the surrounding …

Do a Dog Friendly Trip to The Bend

Planning vacation doesn’t have to mean leaving a part of the family back at home. Isn’t it extra special having …

Take a History Tour of The Bend

An iconic moment in the Civil Rights Movement has connections to The Bend. Unveiled in June 2017 at Leighton Plaza …

10 Iconic Notre Dame Landmarks

Stunning beauty awaits on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Breathtaking architecture evokes history and tradition; nature is interwoven. No …

Enter VSBM’s Mask Up Photo Contest

As we head out and about around The Bend, there’s one important thing we can do to keep each other …

How to Spend 24 Hours in Mishawaka

Day trips are simple yet complex. They’re designed to be efficient ways to explore, yet require some planning to get …

Celebrate Independence Day in The Bend

One of our great celebrations is right around the corner. Start planning your trip after checking out some of the …

List of Postponed/Canceled Events Related to COVID-19

Many area events have been postponed or canceled in response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Several area businesses have closed as …

Support Local Restaurants During COVID-19

Indiana governor Eric Holcomb on March 23 a statewide stay-at-home order in response to COVID-19. It expires April 20, but …

Help Local Business During COVID-19

These are challenging times for everyone with school closures, social distancing guidelines and remote work in place as we react …

How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in The Bend

Memorial Day weekend is going to look a little different this year. Coronavirus-related social distancing guidelines and restrictions against large …

20 Reasons to Visit The Bend in 2020

There’s no doubt last year was one for the books. We kicked off 2019 by welcoming hockey fans from all …

Make The Bend Your Virtual Background

As we practice social distancing and many of our meetings continue to take place virtually, we might still want to …

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in The Bend

As the home of the Irish™, there is no doubt South Bend Mishawaka loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

New Year’s Eve Events in The Bend

All of a sudden, 2019 is almost over. We’re ready to celebrate the beginning of 2020. That means ringing in …

Explore The Bend in 24 Hours

Not every trip comes with time to explore all corners of your chosen destination. Instead you need to make the …

What You Need to Know for Tailgating at Notre Dame

Under different circumstances, game days begin almost under the cover of darkness. Shortly after sunrise on fall Saturdays, fans begin …

Plan an Unforgettable Road Trip to The Bend

Nothing says summer quite like a road trip. Plotting out the stops on your trip is just the beginning. You’ll …

7 Instagrammable Places in The Bend

There probably isn’t a single more photographed landmark in The Bend than Notre Dame’s iconic Golden Dome. It’s a can’t-miss …

2019 in Tourism: A Big Year in The Bend

It took 12 hours into a new year in The Bend for a glimpse at the future. Notre Dame Stadium, …

21 Springtime Events in The Bend

Spring is here, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the fresh blooms and beginning of a new season in South Bend Mishawaka.

Paddle Through The Bend

No physical feature better defines The Bend than the river that runs through its heart. Starting at its headwaters near …

Plan Your Regional Getaway

Let’s be honest, county lines don’t mean much when it comes to your travel itinerary. Perhaps The Bend is the …

An Adventure Seeker’s Getaway

Looking for a weekend getaway that combines adrenaline-pumping thrills and a relaxed vibe? Here’s a step-by-step guide to experiencing that …

24 Hours for Notre Dame Fans in The Bend

The University of Notre Dame has a rich history, and that history spreads throughout the South Bend community.

Checklist for Every Kind of Notre Dame Football Fan

2020 UPDATE: Due to coronavirus-related restrictions, Notre Dame is not hosting visitors during the 2020 season or putting on many …

Where to Park in Downtown South Bend

Parking in a new city isn’t always easy. Fortunately, downtown South Bend makes it simple. There’s no confusing rates or …

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 …

Get Out Get Active

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

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 …