Dueling Pianos [CANCELED]

An unforgettable musical experience outdoors, Dueling Pianos will feature a dynamic show with outstanding musicians right here in South Bend. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to this free event at the Howard Park Inovateus Solar Event Lawn. Stay for fireworks starting at dusk!

Canceled due to bad weather. Sorry for any inconvenience!


SOLD OUT // Curious Quest for Chromatic | Treasure Hunt

The Curious Quest for Chromatic is an immersive, story-based treasure hunt. 

Curious Quest for Chromatic is an immersive, story-based treasure hunt that will take participants all over town to find the ultimate missing treasure. Participants will collect clues from interesting characters in locations throughout South Bend. While only one team will win the grand prize, there are smaller prize opportunities throughout the game that everyone can win.

Participants will check-in at the Century Center lobby and be directed to the starting location near the Art Museum on Thursday, August 5 at 6:00 pm. The event is appropriate for all ages, but puzzles and clues may require more advanced logic to decode. The game is open from 6-10 pm, but participants can start or end at any time – just know that you are competing against others who may start earlier! Participants will need to work in groups of 2 or more, but it is NOT required to sign up with a specific group to play together.

Participants will receive all information needed to play the game at check-in and more details will be revealed as the game is played. While the event takes place mostly downtown, a vehicle is recommended to make it easier to move from location to location quickly. Smartphones are recommended. All participants will receive a complimentary participation gift.

SOLD OUT


Brunch on the Bend

Who doesn’t love a late morning of waffles, eggs and specialty drinks? Local vendors will unite for a morning of brunching and music.

Join local vendors on the Century Center Island for a tasting event featuring all of your brunch favorite items in smaller portion sizes. Love waffles but can't resist breakfast tacos at brunch? You don’t have to pick just one! Every adult attendee will receive 20 tickets as part of their admission to use at different vendor stations and create their own perfect brunch. Tickets can be used for non-alcoholic beverages including specialty coffees and juices. Alcoholic beverages will be available on site for an additional cost. While browsing all the delicious options, you’ll also enjoy live music, get a chance to win pop-up prizes, and stumble upon a few other surprises! We'll also have activity stations to keep the kids busy.

General Admission Ticket (ages 13+): $28 - Includes 20 tickets

Youth Admission Ticket (ages 3-12): $18 - Includes 10 tickets

TICKET SALES UPDATE // Ticket sales are capped so the vendors are able to have plenty of food prepared. We will continue to sell tickets until they run out. Don't wait to buy them at the door, you may miss out!

Brunch Menu


Best. Baseball Game. Ever.

It's baseball night in South Bend! Cheer on the South Bend Cubs during their Best. Baseball Game. Ever.! This family-friendly evening isn't just about baseball - it'll also feature the opportunity for game-goers to win a ride in a hot air balloon! Belly up to the incredible food options and just enjoy the fun atmosphere at Four Winds Field. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.milb.com/south-bend.


[CANCELED] Best. First Fridays. Ever. | Flashback Friday

DTSB First Fridays is an immersive community experience showcasing the best of what downtown South Bend has to offer featuring live music, dining & retail specials, art receptions, kid-friendly activities, and much more.  The August Best First Fridays Ever will have a “Flashback Friday” theme, celebrating the 80s with a special concert in the street by The 1985, encouraging people to dress up in vintage and retro clothing, and also featuring a Studebaker car show, Retro ROC UR BODY, Fireworks, touch-a-truck, and more! On the east side of the river, dualing pianos will be facing off at Howard Park at the event lawn for all to enjoy.

FREE PARKING

Parking (on-street and in City-managed garages) is always free in downtown South Bend nights and weekends.  For full details on downtown parking options, click here.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

Please be prepared for congestion. There is a significant amount of road construction happening in and around downtown that will impact the flow of traffic. We suggest that you avoid approaching downtown by S.R. 23/Eddy Street. Arrive early if you can and carpool if possible.

ROAD CLOSURES

Michigan Street between Jefferson and Wayne: noon to 11:00 p.m.

Washington Street between Michigan and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.: noon to 10:30 p.m.

Colfax Bridge: 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Jefferson Bridge: noon to midnight.


See SB

See SB will have one-time discounted rates, special promos and even some of our signature Surprise and Delight sprinkled throughout!

Two full days of opportunities to explore everything South Bend has to offer! We’re teaming up with museums, restaurants and retailers to provide special experiences on Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3 throughout South Bend. See SB will have one-time discounted rates, special promos and even some of our signature Surprise and Delight sprinkled throughout!

In addition to all the special promotions already happening, upgraded packages will be available that provide exclusive access to diverse experiences across South Bend.

Tickets purchased on July 19 or later can be picked up at Howard Park Event Center after purchase. Wristbands are valid for both Monday and Tuesday at participating locations. There are not cut-off dates for ticket sales, but participants wearing wristbands are also eligible to receive spontaneous pop-up prizes.

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FREE - No wristband required:

  • • Ali on the Boulevard: 15% Off
  • • Griffon Bookstore: Special Discount
  • • Idle Hours Bookshop: 20% off on Monday
  • • Make South Bend: Special discount when booking fall classes online that week – shop will be closed week-of
  • • Indiana Whiskey: Free tastings and tours, $5 off each bottle purchased when buying 2 or more all week
  • Café Navarre, Chicory Café, Chocolate Café, Cinco 5, Fiddler’s Hearth Public House, Howard Park Public House, Ironhand Wine Bar, LaSalle Grill, LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern, PEGGS, Render Meat & Potatoes, River Valley Farmer's Market, Spirited, Studebaker Brewing Co., Tippecanoe Place Restaurant, Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar: Restaurant Week promotion
  • • Garage Arcade Bar: $3 drinks all week long
  • • Meek + Melz: 15% off bill or BOGO 50% off any specialty paninis
  • • South Bend Farmer’s Market: Buy 5 gift certificates for the price of 4 – can be used anywhere in the Market – $5 breakfast or lunch special at the South Bend Farmer’s Market Café
  • • Snite Museum of Art – Self-guided Tours (Tuesday only)

$5 Wristband Level: 

  • • O’Brien Fitness – Free Admission
  • • Potawatomi Conservatories – Free Admission
  • • Oliver Inn – Free Open House Tours (Monday only)
  • • The Music Village – Free Admission to Acoustic Jam Session (Tuesday only)
  • • Potawatomi Zoo – Discounted Admission
  • • Edge Adventures – 1 hr Adventure for $25 (Monday only)

$10 Wristband Level: 

Everything in the $5 wristband category, plus the following:

  • • South Bend Chocolate Company – Free Tours
  • • Morris Performing Arts Center – Free Backstage Tours (Monday only)
  • • History Museum – Free Admission
  • • Studebaker National Museum – Free admission
  • • Civic Theatre – Free Backstage Tours
  • • Studebaker Golf Course – Free 9-hole round of golf (Monday only)
  • • East Race – Free Admission (Tuesday only)

Best. Wednesday. Ever.

There is something for the whole family to enjoy as West Side South Bend heads up this outdoor festival celebrating the West Side neighborhood. You will experience local favorite cuisine, family activities, incredible live music, and more. The kids zone has free family friendly activities and music. There will also be a beer tent for those 21+. Remember all the family and kids activities will be free! Free to enter and free to ride! The only things for sale will be food, drinks and vendor items. This is a great night of celebration on the West Side.