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Jake is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Visit South Bend Mishawaka. Prior to VSBM, he was a reporter and columnist for the South Bend Tribune. Jake is a proud Indiana University grad and was raised in the region.

Your Guide to the East Race Waterway

There are few thrills like tackling the East Race Waterway. Imagine the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting. Then transport that experience to the heart of downtown South Bend. That's what awaits at the first manmade whitewater rafting course in the country. East Race Waterway Details So, you're…

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6 Picks: Things to Do this June

June means summer is almost officially here. These are some of the things that should be on your to-do list this month. Rebel Art Fest Now in its ninth year, Rebel Art Fest takes place from noon-8 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Potawatomi Park. Local makers, artists and musicians will be on hand to…

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: South Bend Cubs Baseball

South Bend Cubs game offers more than just baseball. Promotions, fun zones, rooftop views, amazing food — Four Winds Field is a family friendly entertainment destination all season long. You can watch future Major Leaguers, take kids to the splash pad and fun zone or catch up with friends at the…

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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 events listed below. Fireworks Around South Bend If you're looking for fireworks shows, here are some of the options. June 29 | Mishawaka Independence Day Celebration Annual, family…

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Camping at Potato Creek State Park

Situated about 12 miles southwest of South Bend, Potato Creek State Park is the crown jewel of The Bend's nature areas. It's home to bountiful wildlife, many activities and is a popular place for camping in Northern Indiana. Before you pack the tent or get the camper ready, here are the things you…

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Father's Day Weekend in South Bend

Ready to do a little something more than give dad a gift for Father's Day? Here are some activities around South Bend to put on your to-do list for Father's Day weekend. Play Golf on Father's Day Weekend Whether you're a little more competitive or just out for fun, The Bend is home to a variety of…

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6 Picks: Things to Do this May

As we get into May, The Bend comes into full bloom. These are some of the things that should be on your to-do list this month. Check out the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition See firsthand some amazing musical ensembles as they compete for one of the most prestigious prizes in classical…

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How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in The Bend

As we pause over Memorial Day weekend to remember those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country, it's often a time to gather with friends and family or get out and explore. If you're looking for something to do over the long weekend, here are some ideas. Find Your Favorite…

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Exploring Rum Village Park: A Wooded Oasis in South Bend

If you're looking for a break from the city without leaving its limits, Rum Village Park is the place to go. Its 160 acres of rolling woodlands are located on the south side of South Bend. From hiking to mountain biking to aerial adventure, this is your guide for things to do at this wonderful…

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Six Picks: Must-Visit Mishawaka Parks

If there is just one thing you need to know about Mishawaka, it might as well be that it is home to an amazing parks system. Several of them line the St. Joseph River as it flows toward South Bend to create the Mishawaka Riverwalk. This multipurpose path is great for walking, running or biking with…

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